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THE SAINT: THE EARLY EPISODES
Set 2

Review by Chastity Campbell

Starring: Roger Moore
Director: Various
Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo
Video:  1.33:1 Standard Fullscreen B&W
Studio: A&E
Features: See Review
Length:  816 Minutes           
Release Date:  August 30, 2005

Film **

Roger Moore has held many jobs over the years.  At one point he was a Moonraker, which was an out of this world job.  For a while he worked in the Zooís aquatic center tending the Octopussy, and heís always had a Live and Let Die attitude about life. 

However, those jobs in my opinion donít compare to his earlier career choice of becoming a Saint.  Now, we are not talking about your garden variety, halo wearing, wing bearing saints here.  No, this is the kind of Saint that can charm the knickers off a blonde at twenty paces, while foiling the bad guys' plots, and still have time for a smoke and dance. 

I think the only way you can truly appreciate Mr. Moore and his smoke tinged halo is to pick up The Saint: The Early Episodes set 2 on DVD.  Yes folks, Simon Templar is back in action in this four disc, sixteen episode box set presented by A&E.  Each episode is a stand-alone adventure that will excite and enthrall you from beginning to end.

Simon is the suavest saint this side of trouble, and he proves that heís still got the same magic touch he had in Set 1.  Whether heís foiling the bad guys, running from the ever persistent Inspector Teal, or seducing the newest lady of the hour, youíll never find yourself bored when in the company of the Saint.

The Saint is one of those older TV shows that can really give you a since of what creativity and imagination used to be.  TV fans are currently left with an entire entertainment industry bogged down in Reality TV shows and teen soap operas that rely more on shock value each week than creativity.  Whatís the cure for this serious lack of entertainment on TV?  A saintly intervention of course!

Whether your viewing the Saint for the first time, or you are a returning fan, you will definitely get a dose of good old fashioned entertainment when you pop in one of these DVDs!

Video **

I wish there was something amazing to report about the video on this four-disc set.  However, black and white TV shows from the 60ís donít really have a lot going for them other than the handsome actors and actresses in each episode.

The 1.33:1 Standard Fullscreen format worked well for this TV show.  There is no need for wide sweeping angles and panoramic views when itís a good old-fashioned detective show that begs you to pay attention to the smaller on screen details.

Black and white is devoid of color, but the use of shadows, and lighting help illuminate not only the actors, but the sets as well.  A lot of detail went into the sets for series like this one, and sometimes the colorless images will reveal more details to you than their vivid counterparts ever could. 

Audio **

Audio is so very important.  Never has the need for good clean audio been as high as it is right now.  The digital age is spoiling us all beyond belief, and Iím afraid that older shows like The Saint will suffer at the hands of critics who are unable to be forgiving of the audio and video quality when it makes its way onto DVD.

Iím sure some work was done to the audio tracks in order to get them transferred onto DVD.  However, there is quite a bit of hiss and hum audible, along with fluctuating audio levels. 

This Dolby Digital Stereo mix was not the best audio Iíve ever heard, but I can be lenient because I know how old this show is.  I understand that audio recording techniques from that era are beyond outdated, and digital recordings were just a gleam in some super techno geekís eye.  So I have to stand in the middle of the road on this box setís audio.  Itís not great, but itís not horrible either.

Features **

This Saint isnít going to earn any big points toward his wings with these extras, but a little goes a long way to getting your foot in the door, I always say!

A Featurette giving us ďThe History of The SaintĒ is included for your viewing pleasure, along with Roger Mooreís Biography and Filmography.  

A photo gallery of saintly images, interactive menus and scene selection serve to round out the extras this box set has to offer. 

Summary:

Roger Moore might not have been a real life Saint, but he played one on TV.  If you find yourself nostalgic for the good old days when TV heroes were too good to be true, then grab this box set, and let him take you for a spin!

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