Monday, July 4, 2016

Popcorn & Coffee: Miami Vice Season One & Season Two

Not Rated; 1118 minutes; $14.98; Amazon; Mill Creek Ent.
While there are plenty of police procedures still on television, none of them are as action-packed as the 1984-1989 Miami Vice. Created by Anthony Yerkovich, the crime-drama starred Don Johnson and Phillip Michael Thomas.

From 2005 thru 2007, Universal Studios Home Entertainment released individual season sets as well as a complete series set. Last month, Mill Creek Entertainment released Miami Vice: Season One and Miami Vice: Season Two DVD sets, featuring new cover arts for the DVD jackets. There are no special features or extras on the sets.

Miami Vice centered on Miami Vice Squad detective James "Sonny" Crockett (played by Don Johnson) who witnesses the death of his partner Eddie Rivera (played Jimmy Smits) while he was investigating the Colombian drug dealer, Esteban Calderone. He teams up with a a New York narcotics detective Rafael Tubbs (played by Phillip Michael Thomas) to help him take down Calderone. Tubbs has his own personal vendetta - to avenge his brother's death. By the end of the 96-minute pilot episode, Tubbs decides to join the "Southern Law Enforcement" as Crockett's new partner.

The series is famous for using a wide-range of popular music from the 80s as well as featuring sports cars,
boats, and stylish men's fashion. The show as also known for using brand name firearms and accessories. While the series was extremely popular with audiences, it was heavily criticized for the amount of violence that was featured in each episode.

Not Rated; 1120 minutes; $14.98; Amazon; Mill Creek Ent.

Final Thoughts: I was a three-year-old when Miami Vice originally aired  in 1984, so of course I don't remember any of the episode. However, my father did watch the series, which probably explains why I remember the opening title sequence and theme. Many 80's action series have aged quite a bit, but Miami Vice has aged quite nicely. Yes, the clothes and some of the dialogue is a bit out of style, but the action scenes are well done (especially for television) and all the music is awesome.

Each season set has five DVDs with all the episodes in 1:33:1 ratio. As far as I can tell, the episodes feature all the original music. The picture quality is pretty good on the discs.

Overall, I have enjoyed watching Miami Vice Season One & Season Two and I recommended it other action junkies.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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