Paramount // 1987 // 239 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge P.S. Colbert // March 4th, 2012
"The fans have spoken!"
You know those Facebook "surveys" you regularly ignore; fearing hackers lurk behind every one? Apparently, some brave souls answered CBS Entertainment's recent call for help in selecting the five greatest adventures of America's Hero* for its new bite-sized Fan Favorites: The Best Of MacGyver release.
*A 2007 McCormick Tribune Foundation disaster preparedness poll gave our hero a solid lead over some pretty stiff competition: Indiana Jones, Jack Bauer, Jason Bourne, and John McClane.
Considering all seven seasons have previously been released on DVD -- not to mention bundling the MacGyver TV-movies, plus a complete series box set -- and that the show continues to run in syndication worldwide, you may wonder who on earth could possibly be left to entice with this no-frills, single-disc sample platter? Well, me for one.
Never mind the sordid details, let's just say my recklessly wild and wonderful youth kept me otherwise occupied during Mac's original prime time run (1985-92). Now older and weaker, I'm amenable to getting my thrills by proxy.
On the menu:
* "Phoenix Under Siege"
* "The Widowmaker"
* "Legend Of The Holy Rose (Parts 1 & 2)"
* "Halloween Knights"
Produced in the show's Second, Third, and Fifth seasons, these five episodes, -- all skillfully reviewed by Judge David Johnson -- had nary an ounce of artistic nourishment among them. And yet I consumed the lot as eagerly as an ice-cold root beer following a plate of buffalo wings.
Paramount's standard definition full frame presentation acquits itself nobly enough. The slightly fuzzy visuals and mildly washed-out colors are hardly surprising, considering some of these installments are 25 years old. The Dolby 2.0 stereo mix provides functional audio and nothing more. English SDH subtitles are always a plus. There are no bonus features.
While I'm not yet ready to spring for the complete series box set, nor join the official MacGyver Facebook page, this little taster has me seriously considering buying a season or two for my collection.
What does it matter? If I pronounce Mac "Guilty," he's only going to find a clever way out of it! Case dismissed.
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Scales of Justice
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
* English (SDH)
Running Time: 239 Minutes
Release Year: 1987
MPAA Rating: Not Rated