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Tales Of The Gold Monkey - The Complete Series [DVD] [1982]

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  • Actors: Stephen Collins, Jeff MacKay, Caitlin O'Heaney, Roddy McDowall, Les Jankey
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Fabulous Films Ltd.
  • DVD Release Date: 5 July 2010
  • Run Time: 1008 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002MVPPN2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,671 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

All 22 episodes of the 1980s adventure series chronicling the exploits of Pacific Islands bush pilot Jake Cutter (Stephen Collins) and his battered old Grumman Goose seaplane in the late 1930s. Episodes are: 'Tales of the Gold Monkey (Part 1)', 'Tales of the Gold Monkey (Part 2)', 'Shanghaied', 'Black Pearl', 'Legends Are Forever', 'Escape from Death Island', 'Trunk from the Past', 'Once a Tiger...', 'Honour Thy Brother', 'The Lady and the Tiger', 'The Late Sarah White', 'The Sultan of Swat', 'Ape Boy', 'God Save the Queen', 'High Stakes Lady', 'Force of Habit', 'Cooked Goose', 'Last Chance Louie', 'Naka Jima Kill', 'Boragora Or Bust', 'A Distant Shout of Thunder' and 'Mourning Becomes Matuka'.

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In 80's tv dominated by mega bucks and shoulder pad soaps, this pulp inspired series was like a breath of fresh air. It was set in the South Pacific in the late thirties on a fictional chain of islands split between the French and the Japanese. The "Gold Monkey" was a bar run by the sophisticated and well dodgy "Bon Chance" Louie. Played by Roddy McDowall (apart from pilot episode), he was a former member of the French Foreign Legion and inmate of Devil's Island. Other colourful characters included Jake Cutter, pilot of the Goose flying boat, and his alcoholic co-pilot Corky. His other side-kick was a one-eyed dog who appeared to understand several languages. Love interest was provided for Jake in the form of Sarah - torch singer and American spy. Another spy was Rev. Tenboom who worked for the Nazis, but had more interest in the local maidens than his German masters. The Eurasian Princess Koji was a villain in the classic "Dragon Lady" mode who had an army that appeared to be from another century, including a samurai called Todo.

If unashamed escapism is your thing, you could do a lot worse than check out this excellent piece of tongue in cheek adventure.
Messin' About Fan.
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I have fond memories of watching this cool show on BBC1 in 1982, so I'm fanatically impressed with the wonderful Fabulous Films for acquiring the DVD rights to Tales Of The Gold Monkey. They have produced a beautiful DVD box set for this show, the menus alone are amazing even before you actually watch an episode. Also included is a detailed booklet with information about each episode. Disk six has some extra bonus material including a documentary with key people on the show talking about their experiences during the production. Excellent purchase.
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I absolutely adored this series when I was a kid and was so excited when I saw it was finally out on DVD and it didn't disappoint. It is pure escapism, very much in the Indianna Jones mode. Other reviewers have given brilliant synopses of the series so I won't bother with that, I'll just say although this box set appears to have a hefty price tag it's got good detail, good quality, lots of nice extras and a kind of souvenir booklet with more depth on each episode. Good buy.
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If you are looking for historical accuracy in your viewing then forget this item but if all you want is pure escapist fun then this is for you. Its corny and lacks quality of line but that is also what makes this fun to watch and forget reality. For me it is about remembering life when it was simpler and fun to be alive.
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I expected to be disappointed by very B quality viewing. I have often got old DVDs or films only to think...uh...why did I like this the first time round?
NOT the case here. The quality is great. They may well be "B" film stories and the fight scenes are definitely "theatrical" as someone else wrote, but it's GREAT. Really Great stuff. If you are a fan of "pulp" type novels and fiction or even the modern equivalent like say Hellboy graphic novels, then get this DVD. It has it all. Evil Nazis up to no good, a "goodish" nazi, a cruel and super sexy evil princess, the various "good girl" hotties and interviews with the cast presently, many years later.
Don Bellisario still makes the best stuff, like NCIS and this shows why. Oh and yeah...this Gold Monkey stuff PRE_dated Indiana Jones, so THERE Steven Spielberg!
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Blast from the past - I had not watched this from since the time it appeared on UK TV. I remember really enjoying it then & to be honest its still fun to watch now although showing its age in terms of tackiness & '80's style series material. It could of done with a much better clean up with regards to the picture & sound....with today's technology its possible to make '50's films look like they were shot last week so was a tad disappointed from that point of view. I guess the show just didn't warrant that level of attention by the studio or the quality of the film used in the day just doesn't clean up well.
The set itself is well up to par & some effort has been made here. Its a 6-disc set with a nice colourful booklet....just a word of warning though the spindles that hold the floating disc trays inside the case are very easily broken as are the lugs of the trays themselves that fit into the spindles. I got my set 2nd hand & they broke in transit (£1.99 to replace & is a 24 mm spine box not the 22 mm I bought which meant I had to shave a mm or so off both the slip cover edges for it to slide in.......).
Anyway the stories are still amusing & am currently working my way through the series.....if you were a fan before then its worth having another look - I always liked the little dog! Ahhhhhh....lol
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My husband has been after this series for a while and I have to say we waited until the price dropped quite a bit as I was concerned about the rose coloured glasses effect having watched this originally in our teens. However it's aged remarkably well, apart from the pretty bad special effects inherent in an 80's production and the rather daft storylines it is still fun. Our 11 year old daughter loves it which is both a sign that it's fairly robust while also indicating its intellectual level. If you liked it before you probably still will.
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