The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Complete Series

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Complete Series

It was the height of the Cold War, a time when most Americans had only the vaguest understanding of international espionage. Then, in 1964, the televised spy genre exploded on the screen in the U.S. and around the world when the groundbreaking series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. pulled the covers off of the spy game in what became must-watch television for the next four years on NBC. Here is The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: The Complete Series, beautifully packaged in a 60’s style high tech attach‚ case, complete with all episodes along with hours of viewing extras.For Baby Boomers, owning a season or two of a fondly remembered TV series on DVD is enough to satisfy any nostalgic yearnings. The Man From U.N.C.L.E., though, warrants the full-series treatment. It’s a wild ’60s flashback to the Espionage era that was ushered in by Ian Fleming’s James Bond adventures. According to a series retrospective that’s just one of this cleverly packaged set’s prodigious extras, Fleming himself was recruited to create a spy series for American television. His contribution was the name “Napoleon Solo,” the moniker of a crime boss in Goldfinger. That movie, which would kick Bond and spy mania into overdrive, had not yet opened when viewers were introduced to Robert Vaughn’s Solo and David McCallum’s Illya Kuryakin, agents of the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement. This covert agency operated out of Del Floria’s Tailor Shop in New York under the command of true Brit Alexander Waverly (Leo J. Carroll, playing much the same character he portrayed in North by Northwest). The Man from U.N.C.L.E. offered a bit of hope in Cold War America that an American and Russian could work together to stop a common enemy, THRUSH, a ruthless organization bent on world domination. The intriguing conceit of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was to give audiences an empathetic surrogate who would be plucked from their humdrum lives for whirlwind adventures with Solo and Kuryakin. In the pilot episode, Patricia Crowley guest-stars as a housewife who acts as bait to foil the plans of her former college boyfriend, who is plotting the assassination of a world leader. In a series benchmark, “The Never-Never Affair,” a pre-Get Smart Barbara Feldon stars as an U.N.C.L.E. translator who unwittingly becomes involved in actual espionage. Seasons one and two are the series’ best, with a stellar roster of guest stars (“The Project Strigas Affair” features the first onscreen pairing of William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy), stylish direction by directors who would go on to some renown (Michael Ritchie, Richard Donner), smart scripts, and great action (a movie theatre shoot-out in “The Never-Never Affair”). In its third season, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. adopted Batman‘s campy and absurdist tone with shark-jumping results While this season has its share of groaners (in one episode, Sollo watusis with a gorilla), several “Affairs” stand out. Jack Palance and Janet Leigh as a long cool woman in a white dress are great villains in “The Concrete Overcoat Affair.” Harlan Ellison wrote the witty “The Pieces of Fate Affair,” in which he takes some sly digs at television and literary critics (a THRUSH operative is a book reviewer). Joan Collins makes like Eliza Doolittle in a dual role as a Bronx stripper and a countess in “The Galatea Affair.” The series went back to basics in Season Four, but by then, The Avengers was a bigger hit and the writing was on the wall for this once trendsetting series. This lavish box set affair contains upward of ten hours of bonus features, including the unaired series pilot, a series retrospective, an interview with a reunited Vaughn and McCallum, dossiers on each season’s guest stars, one of the U.N.C.L.E. feature films edited and expanded from a two-part episode, segments about the great gadgets and cool music, U.N.C.L.E. designs and blueprints, and season-specific booklets.This definitive box set does full justice to a series that had such an impact on popular culture (as witness the bonus Tom & Jerry cartoon, “The Mouse From H.U.N.G.E.R.”). More than a blast from the past, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is still a potent blend of “cloak and swagger.” –Donald Liebenson

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  • Condition: New
  • Format: DVD
  • Box set; Black & White; Color; DVD; Full Screen; NTSC

3 thoughts on “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Complete Series

  1. trebe

    The Home Stretch Affair . . . 0

  2. Catharsise

    UPDATE to save you a little time… What we know now about the contents is as follows.DISC COLLECTION SEASON 1EPISODE LISTDISC ONE1. The Vulcan Affair2. The Iowa-Scuba Affair3. The Quadripartite AffairDISC TWO4. The Shark Affair5. The Deadly Games Affair6. The Green Opal AffairDISC THREE7. The Giuoco Piano Affair8. The Double Affair9. The Project Strigas AffairDISC FOUR10. The Finny Foot Affair11. The Neptune Affair12. The Dove AffairDISC FIVE13. The King of Knaves Affair14. The Terbuf Affair15. The Deadly Decoy Affair DISC SIX16. The Fiddlesticks Affair17. The Yellow Scarf Affair18. The Mad, Mad Tea Party AffairDISC SEVEN19. The Secret Sceptre Affair20. The Bow-Wow Affair21. The Four-Steps AffairDISC EIGHT22. The Sea-Paris-and-Die Affair23. The Brain-Killer Affair24. The Hong Kong Shilling AffairDISC NINE25. The Never-Never Affair26. The Love Affair27. The Gazebo in the Maze AffairDISC TEN28. The Girls of Nazarone Affair29. The Odd Man AffairDISC ELEVENSPECIAL BONUS FEATURES include:- Featurette–The Spy-Fi Tour: Archives, Art and Artifacts- U.N.C.L.E. Feature Film–One Spy Too Many- Bonus Feature: U.N.C.L.E. V.I.P.S.–A Celebration of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Guest StarsDISC COLLECTION SEASON 2EPISODE LISTDISC ONE1. Alexander the Greater Affair, Part I2. Alexander the Greater Affair, Part II3. The Ultimate Computer AffairDISC TWO4. The Foxes and Hounds Affair5. The Discotheque Affair6. The Re-Collectors AffairDISC THREE7. The Arabian Affair8. The Tigers Are Coming Affair9. The Deadly Toys AffairDISC FOUR10. The Cherry Blossom Affair11. The Virtue Affair12. The Children’s Day AffairDISC FIVE13. The Adriatic Express Affair14. The Yukon Affair15. The Very Important Zombie Affair DISC SIX16. The Dippy Blonde Affair17. The Deadly Goddess Affair18. The Birds and the Bees AffairDISC SEVEN19. The Waverly Ring Affair20. The Bridge of Lions Affair, Part I21. The Bridge of Lions Affair, Part IIDISC EIGHT22. The Foreign Legion Affair23. The Moonglow Affair24. The Nowhere AffairDISC NINE25. The King of Diamonds Affair26. The Project Deephole Affair27. The Round Table AffairDISC TEN28. The Bat Cave Affair29. The Minus-X Affair30. The Indian Affairs AffairDISC ELEVENSPECIAL BONUS FEATURES include:- Featurette–The Cloak & Swagger Affair: The Untold History of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.- “Solo”–The Original Color U.N.C.L.E. Pilot- Bonus Feature: U.N.C.L.E. V.I.P.S.–A Celebration of U.N.C.L.E. Guest Stars!DISC COLLECTION SEASON 3EPISODE LISTDISC ONE1. The Her Master’s Voice2. The Sort of Do-It-Yourself Dreadful Affair3. The Galatea AffairDISC TWO4. The Super-Colossal Affair5. The Monks of St. Thomas Affair6. The Pop Art AffairDISC THREE7. The Thor Affair8. The Candidate’s Wife Affair9. The Come with Me to the Casbah AffairDISC FOUR10. The Off-Broadway Affair11. The Concrete Overcoat Affair, Part I12. The Concrete Overcoat Affair, Part IIDISC FIVE13. The Abominable Snowman Affair14. The My Friend the Gorilla Affair15. The Jingle Bells Affair DISC SIX16. The Take Me to Your Leader Affair17. The Suburbia Affair18. The Deadly Smorgasbord AffairDISC SEVEN19. The Yo-Ho-Ho and a Bottle of Rum Affair20. The Napoleon’s Tomb Affair21. The It’s All Greek to Me AffairDISC EIGHT22. The Hula Doll Affair23. The Pieces of Fate Affair24. The Matterhorn AffairDISC NINE25. The Hot Number Affair26. The When in Roma Affair27. The Apple a Day AffairDISC TEN28. The Five Daughters Affair, Part I29. The Five Daughters Affair, Part II30. The Cap and Gown AffairDISC ELEVENSPECIAL BONUS FEATURES include:- Interview–Double Agents: The Robert Vaughn and David McCallum Reunion- The Secret Tapes of Illya Kuryakin: Home Movies from the Set of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.- Bonus Feature: U.N.C.L.E. V.I.P.S.–A Celebration of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Guest StarsDISC COLLECTION SEASON 4EPISODE LISTDISC ONE1. The Summit-Five Affair2. The Test Tube Killer Affair3. The “J” for Judas AffairDISC TWO4. The…

  3. Clark B. Shaffer
    Clark B. Shaffer says:

    “Why not on DVD Affair” 0

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