Miami Vice: Series 1 [DVD]
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The complete first season of the American crime television drama, starring Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas as Detectives Sonny Crocket and Rico Tubbs of the Miami Metro-Dade police 'Vice' department. The detectives investigate a series of murders connected to a Colombian drug baron, an arms dealer selling stolen Stingers, and are assigned to protect crime boss Al Lombard before he is to testify in court. Episodes are: 'Brother's Keeper (1&2)', 'Heart of Darkness', 'Cool Runnin', 'Calderone's Return (1)', 'Calderone's Return (2)', 'One-Eyed Jack', 'No Exit', 'The Great McCarthy', 'Glades', 'Give a Little, Take a Little', 'Little Prince', 'The Milk Run', 'Golden Triangle (1)', 'Golden Triangle (2)', 'Smuggler's Blues', 'Rites of Passage', 'The Maze', 'Made for Each Other', 'The Home Invaders', 'Nobody Lives Forever', 'Evan' and 'Lombard'.
To hear the opening beats of Jan Hammer's percussive, propulsive Miami Vice theme is to be instantly transported back to 1984. But this groundbreaking series, with its cinematic sensibility, cool clothes, and killer soundtrack is no mere blast from the past. It still rocks. This three-disc set would be worthless if it didn't. Music was an integral part of Miami Vice's hip vibe. The soundtrack propelled the stories and established the mood like no series before it. So the first thing you want to know is: Have the music rights been secured for this DVD release? In the pilot episode, does Phil Collins's "In the Air Tonight" still play ominously as vice undercover cops Crockett and Tubbs speed toward a bust? Does Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight" serenade Sonny and Gina on his boat in the episode "One-Eyed Jack?" And what would the benchmark episode, "Smuggler's Blues" be without Glenn Frey's instant classic? From the Rolling Stones on a boombox to Elvis Presley singing "Rubberneckin'" on a TV, Vice's cutting-edge soundtrack has been preserved and honed in 5.1 surround sound glory.
Miami Vice made stars out of Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, and Edward James Olmos, who won an Emmy as the intense, taciturn Lt. Castillo (watching him bust some martial arts moves in "Golden Triangle" is like Yoda cutting lose in Attack of the Clones), but the first season also offers time-capsule glimpses of actors on the cusp of stardom, including a pre-L.A. Law Jimmy Smits in the pilot, a pre-Crime Story Dennis Farina in "One-Eyed Jack," and a pre-Moonlighting Bruce Willis in "No Exit." Miami Vice put a neon sheen on cop-show convention. Its fashion sense (pastel suits, no belt, no socks), and the brilliantly employed freeze frames are still arresting. Miami Vice was a TV watershed, and this DVD set does it full justice. --Donald LiebensonSee all Product Description
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So what was Miami Vice? Well it was, first and foremost, a cop show, set in 1980s Miami, based around the Vice squad, with the leads usually as undercover operatives, dealing with drugs, gambling, prostitution etc. Let us clear one thing up straight away: despite many comments about Miami Vice not being serious, and, say the new 2006 film being 'harder hitting', the reality was that the original series was as grim as it gets. This is not a tongue in cheek series, and it hit very hard indeed; no punches are pulled here. There are occasional jabs of witty dialoge, and the first appearance of Elvis the alligator is deeply amusing, but it's generally about as much of a comedy as The Sweeney. It may be set in the hedonistic atmosphere of 1980s Miami, but the first couple of series of Miami Vice were dark, violent, and laced with tragedy, personal and wider.
The acting was always good, particularly in these eary series, and the leads were fluid, natural and worked well together. The same goes for the rest of the cast, who all knew just what they were about. Don Johnson will always be remembered as epitomising 1980s style, and to be fair, he looked annoyingly sensational in a selection of white, peach, blue and darker suits, with lots of other jackets, trousers etc making appearances.Read more ›
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Does not stand the test of time. 26 years have really made this look old fashioned. Silly clothes and even sillier characters. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mr. P. L. Spearink
Stylish 80's TV! Purchased for a male family member who wants to relive the days of cotton suits and slip on shoes and looking uber cool in there 20's!!!!Published 17 months ago by Chillichic