Nov 142018
 

MacGyver: The Complete First Season is a fun if not flawed beginning to a fine series helped mostly by Richard Dean Anderson and the character’s creative ways to get out of trouble using everyday objects, with a handy pocketknife at his aid.

 

 

MacGyver: The Complete First Season
(1985-86)

Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Suspense
Paramount | NR – 1045 min. – $55.98 | October 30, 2018

Date Published: 11/14/2018 | Author: The Movieman


SEASON INFO:
Directed by: Various
Writer(s): Lee David Zlotoff (created by)
Cast: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar
DISC INFO:
Features: None
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 5
Audio: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), German (Dolby Digital 1.0), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Video: 1080p/Full Frame 1.33
Subtitles: English SDH
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

Paramount provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.


THE MOVIE — 3.25/5


Season Synopsis: MacGyver (RICHARD DEAN ANDERSON) is a top agent for the Phoenix Foundation, a progressive agency devoted to righting the wrongs of the world. Even more progressive is the genius MacGyver, who never carries a gun and always thwarts the enemy with vast scientific knowledge – sometimes with little more than a paper clip and the duct tape in his pocket.

Quick Hit Review: MacGyver was never a series I really watched growing up, I was more into either Magnum P.I. or The Wonder Years with some syndication runs of Batman for cheesy measure. Now watching it today for the first time, it is an incredibly fun if not also quant series by today’s standards, with simplistic one-off plots, kind of like others of the era like The A-Team or Knight Rider, episodes which usually revolved around extraordinary gifted people coming into help everyday people get out of a jam and onto the next. No real season-long storyline, the perfect kind of shows to jump in and out of. MacGyver fir that bill perfectly.

The first season of MacGyver is by no means perfect. The dialogue is on the stilted side and the episodes is on the predictable side as well, but Richard Dean Anderson’s charms really help to carry even the below average episodes especially as his character gets out of dicey situations with everyday objects, with whatever is lying around. Who the hell knows whether it’s scientifically sound, though Mythbusters did test a few with, as I recall, mixed results.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 0/5


This 5-disc set is housed in a wide Blu-ray case and comes with a title-embossed slip cover. Unfortunately, no features were included.

 


VIDEO – 4.0/5


MacGyver is presented in its originally televised full frame 1.33 aspect ratio; colors are pretty impressively bright throughout with only some minor defects that I noticed here and there, perhaps an issue with the source material. Other than that, the 1080p transfer is well defined with nice sharpness from episode to episode.

AUDIO – 3.5/5


Each episode comes with a basic but effective enough Dolby Digital Mono track which sounds fine with good dialogue levels though being a singular track, not much depth and there was some minor, though not distracting, hisses in some spots due to some of the on-location filming.

 


OVERALL – 3.0/5


Overall, MacGyver: The Complete First Season is a fun if not flawed beginning to a fine series helped mostly by Richard Dean Anderson and the character’s creative ways to get out of trouble using everyday objects, with a handy pocketknife at his aid. This Blu-ray release offers a respectable video transfer, decent audio but no bonus material.

 

 

 

 

Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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