Magnum, P.I.: The Complete Second Season (1980)

Genre(s): Adventure / Crime / Drama
Universal || NR - 1083 minutes - $49.98 || April 12, 2005
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2005-04-10


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

A U D I O &
.:: V I D E O ::.

Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Donald P. Bellisario, Glen A. Larson (creators)
Cast: Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley, Larry Manetti


Theatrical Release Date: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Bonus Episodes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Full Screen (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

"Magnum, P.I." is one of those shows from the 80s that stand the test of the time in terms of story and humor. Tom Selleck played the Farrarri driving private investigator, Thomas Magnum for 8 seasons. Along for the ride are Robin Masters' house keeper Higgins, club owner Rick, and chopper pilot TC. Together they trade jabs and work together to solve a variety of cases ranging from fighting the KGB and/or CIA to Magnum tracking down his wife whom he thought had died years earlier. Unlike some shows from the 1980s era (such as "Knight Rider"), "Magnum, P.I." is an absolute blast to watch.

Though I'm at the young age of 24 and couldn't have seen the show until maybe 7 or 8 (toward the end of the show's run), I still loved just about every episode; and more to the point, the episodes are usually distinct enough to make each unique and original (again, unlike "Knight Rider", where they used the same template and replaced the villains).

Young or old, "Magnum, P.I." is a fantastic crime-drama-comedy that, despite being 20+ years old, it is still better than some of the [reality] drivel we see today.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Outside of bonus episodes of "The A-Team" and "Knight Rider", there are no special features here, though it would've been nice to hear a commentary or two from the creator or even Selleck himself...



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Like most older shows, there's no stereo and therefore we only get a 2 channel surround sound. The picture, too, is grainy in spots but tolerable enough. That said, for the age of the show, "Magnum" actually looks and sounds decent enough, though you could just use your TV speakers.



.::OVERALL::.

Although I don't (and couldn't) remember "Magnum, P.I.", I found season two to be great fun and entertainment for most ages. It is indeed better than the drudge now seen today (with some exceptions, of course). The show has wit and humor to go along with a charismatic lead actor in Tom Selleck (whose career has had a minor resurgence with TV movies). Although the set has basically no special features, the show itself is special enough to be worth the money... and time to watch!