Miami Vice - Season One

Miami Vice - Season One

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Director: Thomas Carter

Cast: Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Edward James Olmos


The streets are hot once again as Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs make their DVD debut with the Miami Vice: Season One three-disc set from Universal. Now you can savor all 22 episodes of the first season with each show's original soundtrack intact, including the pilot episode that started it all. In fact, Universal went all out for this groundbreaking series,…  See more details below


The streets are hot once again as Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs make their DVD debut with the Miami Vice: Season One three-disc set from Universal. Now you can savor all 22 episodes of the first season with each show's original soundtrack intact, including the pilot episode that started it all. In fact, Universal went all out for this groundbreaking series, spending a reported 2.5 million dollars just to clear all of the music rights for seasons one and two! Their work paid off, with tracks from Phil Collins, Glenn Frey, and, of course, Jan Hammer busting through the 5.1 surround soundtrack and making things feel like the gaudy, neon-filled '80s once again. Video quality on the set varies, with some digital distortion rearing its ugly head every now and then while the rest of the picture seems to be clouded in a soft haze that might or might not be the fault of the transfer. Extras include five short featurettes that delve into the style, music, and impact that the show had on television and real life Miami at the time. Featuring vintage interviews of Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, and Jan Hammer, the clips are a fun look back on the mania that was Miami Vice Fever. Interesting insight on production design (color schemes for every show?) as well as costuming can also be found here, though not surprisingly, Michael Mann is nowhere to be seen on the disc. You do get a bunch of sound clips from the show's official creator, Anthony Yerkovich, though a fair share of credit is given to the Hollywood mega-director throughout the featurettes. A fine release that sets the stage for hopefully more improved sets to come, Miami Vice: Season One is one cool package that any fan of the show will have a hard time resisting.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The most stylish TV show of the '80s, Miami Vice redefined the cop show forever. Writer/producer Michael Mann pulled off something unique with this series: His deliberate incorporation of the latest fashions and music made it trendy, but the stories -- especially in the early years -- were often gritty and uncompromising. There really wasn't any way around it, given that the show's detectives were working Vice for the Miami Metro-Dade police force. They were constantly involved with drug pushers, prostitution rings, gun runners, and a fair number of crooked law-enforcement officers. The 1984 pilot episode found smooth but tough Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) teaming up with NYPD detective Rico Tubbs (Philip Michael Thomas) who has gone south to investigate murders tied to a Colombian drug lord. Rico stays on and rounds out a squad that also includes Larry Zito (John Diehl), Gina Calabrese (Saundra Santiago), and the quietly forceful Lt. Castillo (Edward James Olmos). The first-season episodes were chock-full of well-known stars and character actors, including Pam Grier, John Turturro, Jimmy Smits, Ed O'Neill, Michael Madsen, Ving Rhames, and Sylvia Miles, to name just a few. Musician Glenn Frey, whose songs often turned up in the show's soundtrack, became the first of several recording artists to appear in a dramatic role. Season 1 highlights include the two-part "Hit List," which finds Tubbs working behind the scenes to protect Crockett and his relatives from an Argentinean assassin. "Give a Little, Take a Little" stunned viewers by pushing Gina into a compromising position when her undercover pose as a prostitute arouses suspicion. "Smuggler Blues" had Crockett and Tubbs being recruited by the DEA to pose as drug runners to flush out a vigilante believed to be working within the bureau. Of course, TV has grown up a lot in the 20 years since Miami Vice made its first big splash in the prime-time pond, but this groundbreaking series still has a lot to offer -- in addition to Jan Hammer’s unforgettable theme music.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
[Full Frame]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]

Special Features

"The Vibe of Vice" -- Discover how Miami Vice forever changed the face of television; "Building the Perfect Vice" -- From development to prime time: behind the scenes of Miami Vice; "The Style of Vice": How Miami Vice's trendsetting fashions gave the series its signature look and influenced pop culture; "The Music of Vice": How the music of Miami Vice transformed television storytelling, attracting music's biggest stars to the series; "Miami After Vice": From the 1980s to the present, how the city of Miami has evolved

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1 - Side A
1. Supply & Demand
2. Working Together
3. Who Can You Trust?
4. Through the Cracks
1. Making Movies
2. Gone to the Other Side
3. In Deep
4. Do or Die
Side #2 -- Disc 1 - Side B
1. Dodging Bullets
2. Getting Noogie
3. Cutting Corners
4. It's Party Time
1. The Upside to Surveillance
2. Making the Hit List
3. All on the Line
4. Getting the Wrong Guy
1. Gone Fishing
2. By the Book
3. Blood Money
4. The Masquerade's Over
1. Place Your Bet
2. On the Take
3. Coming Up Short
4. Pay Back
Side #3 -- Disc 2 - Side A
1. Heavy Artillery
2. Dirty Laundry
3. A Demonstration
4. Done Deal
1. Burglary in Progress
2. A Close Race
3. High Stakes
4. Winner Take All
1. Witness Protection
2. Swamp Rats
3. Gator Bait
4. Getting Lucky
1. Looking for Some Action
2. Working the Streets
3. Held in Contempt
4. A Snitch for a Snitch
Side #4 -- Disc 2 - Side B
1. Get Me High
2. Through the Cracks
3. Freeze!
4. Taking a Fall
1. Passenger Surveillance
2. Colombian Souvenirs
3. Caught Red-Handed
4. Full Cooperation
1. Bad Chowder
2. Big Pimping
3. Dead Drop
4. People Smuggling
1. Our Business
2. Dangerous Reunion
3. China White
4. Fallen Adversary
Side #5 -- Disc 3 - Side A
1. Giving Up the Goods
2. Goodbye America
3. Avoiding Violence
4. Welcome Home
1. Come to Papa
2. Inadmissible Evidence
3. The Party Life
4. An Eye for an Eye
1. Clean Streets
2. Jumping the Gun
3. Hostage Situation
4. Trigger Happy
1. Making Money
2. Out of Whack
3. Bosom Buddies
4. A Big Score
Side #6 -- Disc 3 - Side B
1. Surprise Visit
2. Planning the Next One
3. The Inside Man
4. Their Last Heist
1. Joy Ride
2. Full Attention
3. Bad to the Bone
4. The Same Routine
1. Product Exhibition
2. Bad Blood
3. Name on the Bullet
4. What Are Friends For?
1. You've Been Served
2. Keep Him Alive
3. In Protective Custody
4. Day in Court

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Miami Vice - Season One 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched all shows in 1 week it is an excellent DVD.Does anyone know when season 2 will be released?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not having seen the series in 20-odd years, it brought back memories. The visuals and the music are still absolutely unbeatable. The acting now appears a little wooden in places, but that's probably due to the evolution of TV over the past two decades. Great entertainment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
you got to get this i love every bit of it and now im on to season 2 and i heard that its where the show just took off, you got to love miami vice
JeepsterGR More than 1 year ago
Watching Miami Vice Season 1 brings back so many cool memories. The whole package is fantastic. My memories of Friday night glued to my TV set are set in stone. The music is just killer. Can't get enough of it
jameswormold More than 1 year ago
One of the best shows ever put together. Concept, direction, cast, music, writing, visual impact & acting--Miami Vice in its first three seasons was like nothing we'd ever seen before. And nothing since has matched it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great seeing Don Johnson,etc. Enjoyed fast moving plots. Music is excellent!