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A&E Home Video presents
The Saint '66: Set 2 (1966)

"There's a lot to be said for a fishing holiday. Quiet, pleasant, and the scenery is lovely even if you catching nothing. Anyway, it's nice to get away from the blare of city traffic....or, am I hoping for too much?"
- Simon Templar (Roger Moore)

Review By: Dan Lopez  
Published: June 25, 2001

Stars: Roger Moore, Cyril Shaps, Peter Wyngarde, Alexandra Stewart
Other Stars: June Ritchie, Ronald Hines, Francesca Annis
Director: Leslie Norman, Jeremy Sumners, Gordon Fleyming, Roy Baker

Manufacturer: DVSS
MPAA Rating: Not Rated for (mild violence)
Run Time: 05h:20m:00s
Release Date: June 26, 2001
UPC: 733961702316
Genre: television


Style
Grade
Substance
Grade
Image Transfer
Grade
Audio Transfer
Grade
Extras
Grade
B+ A-B+B+ C-

DVD Review

Roger Moore returns in the second set of A&E's The Saint DVD collection, which begins with the 1966 season. More adventures and mysteries await the opportunistic Simon Templar in this set, and everything is still entertaining. Of course, the question that begs to be asked is: doesn't Templar ever get any rest? I suppose if he did, though, there wouldn't be much to put on film. The episodes included here are:

The Angel's Eye
Templar counsels a wealthy member of the British Aristocracy who wants to sell his prized diamond. He meets with great resistance from members of his own house, but Simon is willing to help him get the job done by guarding the diamond. Unfortunately, once the plans are all said and done, the diamond mysteriously vanishes. A good, basic mystery, this episode is lighter on the action/adventure aspects and is a little more cerebral. It's also based on an original Saint story.

Rating: 4 out of 5 halos.



The Man Who Liked Lions
The Saint meets an old friend in Rome who tells him about uncovering the mysterious "Man Who Liked Lions", but before any more information can be said, he's brutally murdered. Simon Templar investigates what's going on, and it brings him to an established artist, her patrons, and a cult? Any episode with Peter Wyngarde is O.K. by me (who starred in several Saint episodes).

Rating: 5 out of 5 halos.



A Better Mousetrap
French police think that Simon Templar is the man behind a string of jewelry thefts. He claims he's innocent, but the only way to truly prove it is to get himself involved in with the real criminals and entice them with a spectacular scheme, where they'll get caught, of course. A good episode, overall, but a bit slow.

Rating: 3 out of 5 halos.



Little Girl Lost

While getting in some holiday, Simon Templar is suddenly asked by a girl on the lam for help. During a calm moment, she reveals the reason she's being chased: she's the daughter of Adolf Hitler! A modern day Nazi party wants her to return to Germany as a symbol for a new revolution, but she resists. Templar is not convinced, however, and helps her only to find out more. This is the only episode, so far in the DVD sets, that I actually remember seeing on television (reruns of course).

Rating: 5 out of 5 halos.



Paper Chase
Simon Templar engages himself in a thoughtful walk along London's Westminster Bridge, but along the way, he picks up a piece of paper belonging to a passerby. The man practically kills Templar for the paper, and then runs off with it. This is too much of a mystery for The Saint to pass up investigating. A decent and entertaining mystery episode.

Rating: 3 out of 5 halos.



Locate and Destroy
Nazis and Nazi hunters do battle with each other in Peru over forged works of art. Templar finds himself wrapped up in the middle of it when he accidentally gets involved in of their bad dealings. Somewhat darker than normal, the episode marks one of the more serious and less lighthearted outing for The Saint.

Rating: 4 out of 5 halos.



Roger Moore effortlessly carries this set, along with a good set of co-stars and good stories. These 6 shows move away from the political intrigue schemes that Templar is often mixed up with, which is nice. It's good to change the tone once and a while, and this works well for that purpose. If you already enjoy The Saint, nothing here will change your mind, but if you're not a fan, maybe the less complicated ideas here will be more attractive. In any case, The Saint still stands as a television monument. They've done Saint shows since the Roger Moore era, but none have really managed to pack the same impact.

Rating for Style: B+
Rating for Substance: A-

 

Image Transfer

 One
Aspect Ratio1.33:1 - Full Frame
Original Aspect Ratioyes
Anamorphicno


Image Transfer Review: As with the first volume, we have spectacular quality work. Despite some print problems, the brilliant colors and intricate detail are easily apparent, resulting in a dazzling reproduction of the original quality, or close to it at least. The image grade goes down just a tad for some heavier problems with prints on the second disc, but it's all very minor. Very impressive overall...there are really no complaints.

Image Transfer Grade: B+

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
MonoEnglishyes


Audio Transfer Review: The Pro-Logic Mono manages to perform pretty well, offering loud, rich sound effects and music without becoming harsh or drowning out the dialogue. It is also a dual-channel mix that will "Stereo-ize" if you don't decode the Pro-Logic portion, so it's really a matter of taste.

Audio Transfer Grade: B+

 

Disc Extras

Static menu
Scene Access with 36 cues and remote access
6 Original Trailer(s)
Packaging: other
Picture Disc
2 Discs
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: single

Extra Extras:
  1. History of The Saint
  2. Photo Gallery.
Extras Review: On top of the broadcast trailers for each episode, there is a short text on the history of the Saint character and a very short photo gallery with some behind-the-scenes looks. Beyond this, nothing else is present. The general presentation is nice, but nothing special. I preferred the artistic style for the VHS tapes, personally, rather than all these bright colors.

Extras Grade: C-

 

Final Comments

The Saint: Set #2 continues what A&E started with Set #1 with very satisfying quality and presentation. I only hope it continues for a long while to come, especially with over 100 episodes in the entire Saint catalogue.

 


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