Jason King, starring Peter Wyngarde, was a spin-off series from Wyngarde's earlier program, Department 'S' -- it developed a strong cult following in England, even though it only ran for one season, and was widely shown around the world, in several languages, for years after its original 1971-72 airing. As much a spoof of espionage series as a serious adventure series, it ended up bearing some similarities to the Austin Powers movies, which is why it has shown up on DVD from Image Entertainment, in a seven-disc set. The complete 26 episode series has been transferred fairly well in full-screen (1.33-to-1), if not exceptionally so -- the producers obviously spent some time getting it to look this good, but it also seems as though second- or third-generation sources have been used -- the color is well balanced, if not as bright as one would expect, and there is a slight softness in the detail, as well as some grain in many of the shots. Still, it does compare favorably with the syndicated prints that this reviewer remembers from the 1970's, and the sound is loud and sharp. The 52 minute episodes have been given five or six chapters each, which is hardly adequate for the fairly complex plots involved, and there are no extras. Each of the seven platters opens automatically to a simple menu that is easy to access and maneuver around.
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As a transplanted Brit, I was delighted to find this show had been released on DVD in the States. Back in 1969, I was glued to the telly each week to catch the latest episode. Jason King was the epitome of cool, of style, of wacky plots. His wardrobe caused young men to copy him, his facial hair created a frenzy, and the lead actor, Peter Wyngarde, became the hottest male lead in Europe and Australia. This show never aired in the USA, but it was the inspiration for the successful film franchise Austin Powers. If you enjoy those movies, you will love the original. These shows are a lot of fun and a great addition to a collection of classic British 60s/70s television