Miami Vice: Season One
November 18, 2005
Rated: NR Runtime: 1105 min Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
In 1984, then NBC president Brandon Tartikoff asked for a show to be developed for the upcoming season using one concept… MTV cop show. So, televison producer Anthony Yerkovich and writer/director Micheal Mann stepped forward and pitched what is in my opinion the show of shows, and of course NBC loved the idea, greenlighted the project thus changing TV forever.
For any man born between 1950 and 1978 that has seen this show and loved it as much as we did, you can skip to the bottom. But, if you were under a rock or have never seen an episode due to coma and or political exile, I will give a brief synopsis.
The show follows the lives of 2 Miami Dade vice detectives; James ‘Sonny’ Crockett (Johnson) and his partner Ricardo Tubbs (Thomas). They pursue drug dealers, pimps, porn kings, home invaders and assorted other scum and villainy. They drive around in a “Ferrari (fake) Spyder” and wear thousand dollar suits. All in an attempt to fit the roles of deep, deep, deep undercover cops in the sleazy, neon clad Miami underworld. With the added assistance of the rest of the unit; two chicks, two slackers and Castillo (Olmos), the Lt. that never speaks above a whisper you had an awesome show.
One last tidbit. You have never seen so many up and coming stars as Miami Vice had in it’s 5 years and season one was no exception. Bail Organa, Al Bundy, John McLaine, Mike Torello, Vick Vega, Herbert Stempel, Jackie Brown and even Marsellus Wallace show up before the end of disc 3 side B. Of course that isn’t all of them, the list goes on and on but I will leave a few for you to be suprised by.
There were many TV cop dramas on TV at this time but none with the flash and depth of this one. Other shows on during this period were just that, television shows. Disposable characters doing the same thing in the same setting week in, week out… boring. Michael Mann decided to modify that concept for his show with ‘real’ music, motion picture style cinematography and editing and last but not least $$$MONEY$$$. With a cost of a little over a million dollars an episode, the show had to look like it was worth the cost and it did.
This DVD set is the perfect compliment to that style using a 5.1 dolby digital enhanced soundtrack and complete restoration of each episode to digital quality, it is perfect. I just hope it sells well enough that they keep going. One season just isn’t going to cut it for this fanatic, I have to have all five for my life to be complete.
Popularity: 17% [?]
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