Actor James Garner had a knack for playing likable rogues with a heart of gold and the talent for getting into trouble.
He proved it when he starred in
Maverick and later in Nichols-both Westerns.
Much like his TV persona his
movie character portrayals tended to follow a similar template.
That’s not to say he wasn’t a
fine actor and on more than one occasion he proved his impressive range.
In the 1970s Garner was offered
the starring role in a new detective series about an ex-con who becomes a
private investigator, lives in a trailer on the beach and shares his domicile
with his rambunctious father.
As a P.I. Jim Rockford often used
his knowledge of both within the law and without to solve cases.
What made the show so unique was
that Rockford shied away from violence, often took the coward’s way out,
abhorred being injured and didn’t always get the girl, the money or solve a
The show was played for fun,
tongue-in-cheek and still managed to turn out episode after episode of solid
detective/crime stories that still have and affect on TV cop and detective
Mill Creek Entertainment’s ‘The Rockford Files: The Complete
Series’ Blu-ray collection contains each and every episode of the award-winning
series spanning 122 episodes and six seasons.
The Rockford Files was and is a
true TV classic that never seems to grow old.
The episodes are as entertaining and well-crafted as the day they were
I can remember it as if it were
I was working as a graphic
designer at an ad agency in Florida and one evening I went home, exhausted, plopped
myself down in front of the TV and began flipping through the channels.
Suddenly I spotted the opening
sequence to a new cop show unlike anything I had ever seen before.
The cinematography looked better
suited to the large screen, pastel colors, gorgeous exterior shots, extreme
close-ups and quick edits, aided by a heart-pounding theme, caught my attention
Intrigued I sat through the first
episode and that’s all it took-I was hooked.
I am talking of course about ‘Miami
Vice’ the ground-breaking and trend-setting cop show that redefined the genre.
Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs were
the high-fashion, over-the-top, fast-car-driving, party kings, girl magnets detectives
that fought crime in all of its various forms in Miami.
The show was a high octane,
in-your-face, unconventional cop show that took America by storm and set the standard
for other trend-setting shows to follow.
Excellent scripts, powerful
acting, impressive directing, killer costume and set design and contemporary music
soundtrack all combined to make Miami Vice a hit.
Al five seasons of the ground-breaking
TV series (which includes lost episodes) come courtesy of Mill creek Entertainment
on Blu-ray. Pink, teal and pastels never
looked so good!