The Rockford Files - Season One

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Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
James Garner created two iconic television characters; the first was affable gambler Bret Maverick, the second was Jim Rockford, the hard-boiled but softhearted private eye of this fondly remembered 1974 series. Since this three-DVD package does not include the feature-length pilot, an introduction is in order: After serving five years in prison for a crime he did not commit, Rockford was granted a pardon and now makes a meager ...
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Special Features

Includes James Garner reminiscing about the genesis of "The Rockford Files" and becoming Jim Rockford
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
James Garner created two iconic television characters; the first was affable gambler Bret Maverick, the second was Jim Rockford, the hard-boiled but softhearted private eye of this fondly remembered 1974 series. Since this three-DVD package does not include the feature-length pilot, an introduction is in order: After serving five years in prison for a crime he did not commit, Rockford was granted a pardon and now makes a meager living as a private eye specializing in cases the police consider closed. He is a thorn in the side of Detective Dennis Becker Joe Santos, who notes in one episode, "Every time you come in here with a bloody nose, morale goes up ten points." Rockford is not your standard-issue TV private eye. From the mobile home he shares with his father Noah Beery Jr. to his beat-up Firebird, his life is distinctly unglamorous. Each episode humorously begins with answering machine messages to Rockford from debt collectors, clients leaving town without paying his fee, and other petty humiliations. Over the convoluted course of each case, Rockford invariably gets beat up or finds himself framed for one misdeed or another; fortunately, he is continually bailed out by attorney Beth Davenport Gretchen Corbett and aided by Angel, a former cellmate Stuart Margolin, an eventual Emmy nominee. Rockford's redeeming qualities -- making this character such a perfect fit for Garner -- are his savvy and cleverness. Rockford subverts the conventions of crime drama by dishing out the wisecracks "Does your mother know what you do for a living?" he asks two abductors in one episode. When said abductors manhandle him, Rockford protests, "Take it easy, I'm not struggling, am I?" The Rockford Files was a Top 15 show in its inaugural season. More than three decades later, this charming series holds up well, thanks to Garner's timeless appeal, Mike Post's classic theme song, and a stellar roster of veteran and younger character actors who enliven each episode. Among them: James Woods and Abe Vigoda "The Kirkoff Case"; Joseph Cotten "This Case Is Closed"; Jill Clayburgh "The Big Ripoff"; Lindsay Wagner "Aura Lee, Farewell"; Ned Beatty "Profit and Loss"; and Hector Elizondo "Say Goodbye to Jennifer". In a brief interview included on Disc 1, Garner reflects on the series and remarks that he couldn't wait to "get back to work the next day." It still shows.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/6/2005
  • UPC: 025192848223
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Slip Sleeve / Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 592

Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- The Rockford Files: Side A
1. Preview/Main Titles [2:10]
2. Set Up [14:40]
3. Beat Up [21:35]
4. Run Down [11:48]
1. Preview/Main Titles [2:14]
2. Road Duel [26:23]
3. Party Crashing [3:39]
4. Protecting Assets [10:56]
1. Preview/Main Titles [2:14]
2. Framed for Murder [26:23]
3. Warrant for Arrest [3:39]
4. Making Mistakes [10:56]
Disc #1, Side B -- The Rockford Files: Side B
1. Preview/Main Titles [2:00]
2. Found Dead [13:40]
3. Run Out of Town [24:24]
4. The Missing Link [10:13]
1. Preview/Main Titles [1:59]
2. Missing Person [13:50]
3. Followed by Feds [24:20]
4. Robbing Graves [10:11]
1. Preview/Main Titles [1:59]
2. Under Surveillance [13:50]
3. Is it Worth It? [24:20]
4. Saved by the Feds [10:11]
1. Review/Main Titles [8:41]
2. Gang Killing [9:16]
3. A New Client [10:58]
4. Adding the Facts [20:34]
Disc #2, Side A -- The Rockford Files
1. Preview/Main Titles [1:59]
2. Not Dead [13:09]
3. One Way Ticket [25:16]
4. Take My Advice [9:54]
1. Preview/Main Titles [2:00]
2. I Need Help [16:14]
3. Can't Keep Running [22:38]
4. Always Cover Yourself [9:29]
1. Preview/Main Titles [1:59]
2. The Con Is On [23:45]
3. Honor Among Thieves [16:13]
4. Welching on a Bet [8:20]
1. Preview/Main Titles [2:00]
2. Irritating Manner [22:35]
3. Making Trouble [14:25]
4. Public Service [11:20]
Disc #2, Side B -- The Rockford Files
1. Preview/Main Titles [1:59]
2. Valuable Information [15:26]
3. Three-Way Split [13:01]
4. Worth a Fortune [19:51]
1. Preview/Main Titles [2:03]
2. Dangerous Involvement [5:14]
3. False Charges [28:40]
4. Meet the Boss [14:20]
1. Review/Main Titles [2:02]
2. Phony Stocks [24:26]
3. Fatal Mistake [12:42]
4. Citizens Arrest [11:08]
1. Preview/Main Titles [2:02]
2. Getting Picked Up [25:48]
3. Running a Bluff [13:09]
4. Vicious Cycle [9:11]
Disc #3, Side A -- The Rockford Files
1. Preview/Main Titles [2:04]
2. Strange Disappearance [9:53]
3. Extreme Concern [28:29]
4. Sorting Things Out [9:52]
2. Atmosphere of Cooperation [28:33]
1. Preview/Main Titles [2:01]
3. Taking Chances [8:33]
4. Street Value [11:08]
1. Preview/Main Titles [2:16]
2. Finding Charlie [21:25]
3. Accessory to Murder [18:08]
4. Getting Even [7:22]
1. Preview/Main Titles [2:02]
2. Chasing Ghosts [9:45]
3. Losing a Buddy [15:40]
4. Still Alive! [22:52]
Disc #3, Side B -- The Rockford Files
1. Preview/Main Titles [2:02]
2. Fast and Easy [17:11]
3. Gathering the Alibi [19:38]
4. Arguing the Point [11:19]
1. Preview/Main Titles [2:02]
2. On the Take [23:39]
3. Defaming an Officer [12:45]
4. Tapped In [11:47]
1. Preview/Main Titles [2:02]
2. Staged Accident [28:51]
3. Insurance Fraud [12:10]
4. Smash-Up Derby [7:19]
1. Preview/Main Titles [2:02]
2. Loss of Life Policy [12:14]
3. Proff of Delivery [10:18]
4. Cooking the Books [25:45]
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Menu

Disc #1, Side A -- The Rockford Files: Side A
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   Episode Index
      The Kirkoff Case
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         Scenes
      The Dark and Bloody Ground
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      The Countess
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         Scenes
   Bonus Materials
      James Garner On-Camera Interview
   Languages
      Spoken Language
         English
      Subtitles
         English SDH*
         Español
         Subtitles: Off
Disc #1, Side B -- The Rockford Files: Side B
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   Episode Index
      Exit Prentiss Car
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      Tall Woman in Red Wagon
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      This Case Is Closed, Part 1
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      This Case Is Closed, Part 2
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   Bonus Materials
   Languages
      Spoken Language
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      Subtitles
         English SDH*
         Español
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Disc #2, Side A -- The Rockford Files
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   Episode Index
      The Big Ripoff
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      Find Me if You Can
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      In Pursuit of Carol Thorne
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      The Dexter Crisis
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         Scenes
   Bonus Materials
   Languages
      Spoken Language
         English
      Subtitles
         English SDH*
         Español
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Disc #2, Side B -- The Rockford Files
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   Episode Index
      Caledonia - It's Worth a Fortune!
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      Profit and Loss, Part 1: Profit
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      Profit and Loss, Part 2: Loss
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      Aura Lee, Farewell
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         Scenes
   Bonus Materials
   Languages
      Spoken Language
         English
      Subtitles
         English SDH*
         Español
         Subtitles: Off
Disc #3, Side A -- The Rockford Files
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   Episode Index
      Sleight of Hand
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      Counter Gambit
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      Claire
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      Say Goodbye to Jennifer
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         Scenes
   Bonus Materials
   Languages
      Spoken Language
         English
      Subtitles
         English SDH*
         Español
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Disc #3, Side B -- The Rockford Files
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   Episode Index
      Charlie Harris at Large
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      The Four Pound Brick
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      Just by Accident
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      Roundabout
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         Scenes
   Bonus Materials
   Languages
      Spoken Language
         English
      Subtitles
         English SDH*
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    James Garner=CLASS

    Rockford Files is as good or better than I rememeber. Every member of the cast is superb. Dialog,action scenes, & humorous tidbits are as entertaining today. Listening to the James Garner interview was very special. James Garner is special.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jim Rockford is a smash.

    The first season of the Rockford Files is an entertaining group of mysteries and the great James Garner. His shows are always fun to watch. The plots are a delight, always keeps you guessing.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Rockford Files

    very good audio and video quality: I am quite satisfied.

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