MacGyver - The Complete First Season

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Overview

This six-disc box set contains every episode from the first season of the explosive action series MacGyver. Produced by Henry Winkler, the show starred Richard Dean Anderson as the title character, a man capable of constructing homemade bombs and weapons from typical household items. Each episode is presented in the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono.
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Overview

This six-disc box set contains every episode from the first season of the explosive action series MacGyver. Produced by Henry Winkler, the show starred Richard Dean Anderson as the title character, a man capable of constructing homemade bombs and weapons from typical household items. Each episode is presented in the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Full screen format; Dolby Digital - English mono
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
An unusual concept and a quietly charismatic leading man, Richard Dean Anderson, helped make this action-adventure show a fan favorite that lasted seven seasons and became a hit all over again in syndication. Anderson played Angus MacGyver, a resourceful undercover operative assigned to important missions by a top-secret government agency disguised as a think tank. MacGyver is unique among modern heroes because of his personality traits and his approach to perilous situations: Deeply committed and principled, he eschews weapons and relies on his encyclopedic knowledge of practical science to extricate himself from difficult situations. The resourceful MacGyver can employ anything at hand; in the pilot episode, for example, he uses chocolate as a sealant. A household fan, a car battery, chewing gum -- in MacGyver's hands just about any normal, everyday item can become a valuable tool. Although he appears in the pilot in a supporting role, veteran character actor Dana Elcar later turned up as Peter Thornton, MacGyver's nominal boss. He first appears in "Nightmares," a midseason installment that's one of the better shows among the 22 collected in this box set. "Every Time She Smiles," another top-notch episode, introduces garrulous artist Penny Parker Teri Hatcher, who became a recurring character and a terrific foil for the lead. "Trumbo's World," set in Brazil, borrows not only its premise but also a sizable chunk of footage from the 1954 feature film The Naked Jungle. A change of pace from the usual cloak-and-dagger stories, this episode pits Mac and an etymologist friend against a horde of killer ants that threaten to overrun a jungle compound. "The Assassin," which finds MacGyver impersonating a hired killer, brings Season 1 to a suspenseful end. These early installments in the series display terrific ingenuity on the part of the writers, who were repeatedly challenged to come up with miraculous feats their hero could perform using ordinary items. Anderson deserves a great deal of credit for making the series' protagonist a likable and believable guy, and his fans will be delighted with this nicely packaged collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2005
  • UPC: 097360405446
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Time: 17:25:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 1,171

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Dean Anderson
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Menu

Disc #1 -- MacGyver: The Complete First Season
   Pilot
   The Golden Triangle
   Thief of Budapest
   The Gauntlet
   Previews
Disc #2 -- MacGyver: The Complete First Season
   The Heist
   Trumbo's World
   Last Stand
   Hellfire
Disc #3 -- MacGyver: The Complete First Season
   The Prodigal
   Target MacGyver
   Nightmares
   Deathlock
Disc #4 -- MacGyver: The Complete First Season
   Flame's End
   Countdown
   The Enemy Within
   Every Time She Smiles
Disc #5 -- MacGyver: The Complete First Season
   To be a Man
   Ugly Duckling
   Slow Death
   The Escape
Disc #6 -- MacGyver: The Complete First Season
   A Prisoner of Conscience
   The Assassin
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Macgyver is an example of human ingenuity at it's best

    I loved reliving this series. It's been a while since I watched a show that was a wonderful example of old-fashioned manners and respect for others, especially women. People in today's Women's movement probably won't like this. MacGyver is always respectful to women. He opens doors for women, says yes ma'am, no ma'am, and considers their feelings.

    His solutions are ingenious...even if, as I've been informed, not realistic. The show makes them plausible, they seem like the result of genuine scientific and practical knowledge. I like it because the story is believable. There is a lot of humor throughout, and some thought provoking moments. I would recommend this very highly if you aren't too grounded in stodgy reality. It's fantastic, but believable, and tells an excellent story. That is what I look for in shows to watch. I will definitely be watching this one again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MacGyver's the best!

    Only equal to Stargate SG-1, MacGyver is an awesome show that definitely deserves to have its own full DVD collection. And it couldn't have become what it is with any star other than Richard Dean Anderson. Just to be helpful, here is a list of all the episodes included in this DVD pack (Unfortunately there are no extras), in order: Disc 1: Pilot, The Golden Triangle, Thief of Budapest, The Gauntlet. Disc 2: The Heist, Trumbo's World, Last Stand, Hellfire. Disc 3: The Prodigal, Target MacGyver, Nightmares, Deathlock. Disc 4: Flame's End, Countdown, The Enemy Within, Every Time She Smiles. Disc 5: To Be A Man, Ugly Duckling, Slow Death, The Escape. Disc 6: A Prisoner of Conscience, The Assassin.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Show

    I grew up with MacGyver, and I loved it. I was still a kid when the show went off the air, but I've never forgotten it. I would definitely recommend it for everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hang onto your pocket knives!

    Ah, a hero with attractive good looks, even better brains, good sense, & who probably boosted revenues for the maker of the Swiss Army Knife. (I have a "Miss Army Knife" myself: basic SAK tools plus mirror, needle & thread & safety pins)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Patron Saint of Solutions!

    Wow! Hurry up with season 2! From homages of the old versions of 'the Italian job' and 'Naked Jungle' not to mention several other classic films, here's a hero, no, patron saint, of all who find themselves in a jam. The anti gun, helping hand, 'we can do anything if we all work together' attitude is happy, refreshing, and hopeful. Thinking on your feet can save your life, and the pro-environmental statements are a plus. The sheer fun of trying to guess what Mac is going to make next makes you feel like you too, can be a hero. just stay in school, pay attention in science, eat healthy and get involved with your community. In these paranoid days of terrorism, a hero that can save the day with a bit' o duct tape, baking soda, chocolate, or a large map, is refreshing, indeed and within all of our grasps.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Action Show

    This is probably my favorite show from the 80's. The first season was great but as all fans know the fourth season was the best. My favorite part of these shows was the 6th episode- I think the title was when Macgyver's Dad Died. During the episode he improvises and uses formaldahyde to keep his dad's body from rotting before he can get a proper burial. Its also cool that his name his Angus cause if you take away the g its pretty funny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A genius

    I think that this series tells about a character that puts his knowledge to use to escape from holes and the like...He is talented at getting out of any jam while getting the mission accomplished.

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