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The Rockford Files: Seasons 1-4 [DVD]

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  • Actors: James Garner, Noah Beery, Pepe Serna, Stuart Margolin, James Hong
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 24
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Playback
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Oct. 2007
  • Run Time: 4680 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000VA3IXU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,670 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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All 89 episodes of the classic American television detective drama series, starring James Garner as Jim Rockford, the laid-back ex-con turned private investigator. Episodes comprise: 'The Kirkoff Case'; 'The Dark and Bloody Ground'; 'The Countess'; 'Exit Prentiss Carr'; 'Tall Woman in Red Wagon'; 'This Case is Closed (Part 1)'; 'This Case is Closed (Part 2)'; 'The Big Rip-Off'; 'Find Me If You Can'; 'In Pursuit of Carol Thorne'; 'The Dexter Crisis'; 'Caledonia - It's Worth a Fortune'; 'Profit and Loss (Part 1)'; 'Profit and Loss (Part 2)'; 'Aura Lee, Farewell'; 'Sleight of Hand'; 'Counter Gambit'; 'Claire'; 'Say Goodbye to Jennifer'; 'Charlie Harris at Large'; 'The Four Pound Brick'; 'Just By Accident', 'Roundabout', 'The Aaron Ironwood School of Success'; 'The Farnsworth Stratagem'; 'Gearjammers (Part 1)'; 'Gearjammers (Part 2)'; 'The Deep Blue Sleep'; 'The Great Blue Lake Land and Development Company'; 'The Real Easy Red Dog'; 'Resurrection in Black and White'; 'Chicken Little is a Little Chicken'; '2 Into 5.56 Won't Go'; 'Pastoria Prime Pick'; 'The Reincarnation of Angie'; 'The Girl in the Bay City Boys Club'; 'The Hammer of C Block'; 'The No-Cut Contract'; 'A Portrait of Elizabeth'; 'Joey Blue Eyes'; 'In Hazzard'; 'The Italian Bird Fiasco'; 'Where's Houston?'; 'Foul on the First Play', 'A Bad Deal in the Valley', 'The Fourth Man', 'The Oracle Wore a Cashmere Suit', 'The Family Hour', 'Feeding Frenzy', 'Drought at Indianhead River', 'Coulter City Wildcat', 'So Help Me God', 'Rattlers' Class of 63', 'Return to the 38th Parallel', 'Piece Work', 'The Trouble with Warren', 'There's One in Every Port', 'Sticks and Stones May Break Your Bones, But Waterbury Will Bury You', 'The Trees, the Bees and TT Flowers (Part 1)', 'The Trees, the Bees and TT Flowers (Part 2)', 'The Becker Connection', 'Just Another Polish Wedding', 'New Life, Old Dragons', 'To Protect and Serve (Part 1)', 'To Protect and Serve (Part 2)', 'Crack Back', 'Dirty Money, Black Light', 'Beamer's Last Case', 'Trouble in Chapter 17', 'The Battle of Canoga Park', 'Second Chance', 'The Dog and Pony Show', 'Requiem for a Funny Box', 'Quickie Nirvana', 'Irving the Explainer', 'The Mayor's Committee From Deer Lick Falls', 'Hotel of Fear', 'Forced Retirement', 'The Queen of Peru', 'A Deadly Maze', 'The Attractive Nuisance', 'The Gang at Don's Drive-In', 'The Paper Palace', 'Dwarf in a Helium Hat', 'South by Southeast', 'The Competitive Edge', 'The Prisoner of Rosemont Hall', 'The House on Willis Avenue (Part 1)' and 'The House on Willis Avenue (Part 2)'.


From the premiere of its first hour-long episode in 1974, The Rockford Files was a critical and commercial success that gained a large and loyal following. Like other private-eye shows of the 1970s (such as Columbo and David Janssen's Harry O), the series offered smart mystery plots in the hardboiled-sleuth traditions of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Rex Stout, given a sunlit spin in contemporary California. But ex-convict turned private investigator Jim Rockford (who served time for a crime he didn't commit) was anything but a conventional gumshoe; for one thing, he rarely carried a gun, and resorted to violence only when he'd exhausted his options. As played to perfection by James Garner (in what would become his signature role, surpassing his previous success as Maverick), Rockford preferred wisecracks over violence, and his going rate ("$200 a day, plus expenses") was typically applied to cold cases, missing persons, and family disputes, frequently leading to entanglements with organised crime and L.A.P.D. Sergeant Dennis Becker (Joe Santos), whose friendship with Rockford lent the series one of its pivotal character relationships. As Rockford pursued the truth from his rusty trailer-home on the Pacific Coast Highway, his inherent warmth and compassionate sleuthing were further enhanced by engaging interplay with his retired ex-trucker father "Rocky" (Noah Beery, Jr.), his lawyer and on-and-off girlfriend Beth Davenport (Gretchen Corbett), and his weasely former cell-mate "Angel" Martin (Stuart Margolin), a trio of supporting players as memorably appealing as any in '70s television. As a loose-knit ensemble, they followed Garner's capable lead with intelligent dialogue (the best of it written by series cocreator Stephen J. Cannell and frequent contributor Juanita Bartlett) and occasionally burst of stunt-laden action, typically involving Rockford's expert driving of a versatile Pontiac Firebird.

With a catchy Mike Post theme song, The Rockford Files began each week with a new message on Rockford's telephone answering machine, usually a humourous indication that Rockford's life was always in some kind of financial disarray. Garner played this angle to the hilt, portraying Rockford as a nice guy who knew all the scams and wasn't above using them if it aided his case. --Jeff Shannon

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