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Created by Stephen J. Cannell, Roy Huggins 
USA 1974 - 80

 

 

"This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message. I'll get back to you."

 

Then the ever familiar Mike Post composed synthesizer melodies starts as the theme music. Da da daa da da ...

 

I always felt James Garner never got the recognition he deserved as a film actor (ex. his stellar performance as Wyatt Earp in Hour of the Gun) with none of his projects reaching masterpiece status. But in Jim Rockford he found his perfect niche as the pardoned ex-con-turned-private-investigator in car chases with his gold Pontiac Firebird. With appealing characters like his father Joseph (a.k.a. Rocky), his best friend Sgt. Dennis Becker of the LAPD, his lawyer/girlfriend Beth Davenport, and his former cell-mate Evelyn "Angel" Martin the show has an iconic status and one with a huge appreciative fan base. His great rugged looks and easy going attitude combined with Rockford's knack for being on the short end of life's opportunities make this show unique and truly both endearing and appealing.

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The original and quintessential anti-hero detective, Jim Rockford, is on the case! Primetime Emmy Award-winner James Garner stars as the former crook turned investigator who stays under the radar and takes on the cases of the lost and the dispossessed, chasing down seemingly long-dead clues on the sunbaked streets and seamy alleys of Los Angeles.

Enjoy all the episodes from six seasons filled with wry humor, suspense, and engaging, entangled cases. It's no mystery though why THE ROCKFORD FILES remains one of the most celebrated detective shows.

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TV Debut: September 13th, 1974

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Review: Mill Creek Entertainment - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Fabulous Films in the UK offer the First Season of The Rockford Files on Blu-ray:

Distribution Mill Creek Entertainment - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime Average episode: 0:50:14.720        
Video

1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc One Size: 47,440,066,557 bytes

Avg. Episode: 7,154,681,856 bytes

Video Bitrate: 15.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1896 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1896 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Mill Creek Entertainment

 

1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc One Size: 47,440,066,557 bytes

Avg. Episode: 7,154,681,856 bytes

Video Bitrate: 15.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
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Blu-ray Release Date:
June 27thth, 2017
Six Standard
Blu-ray  Boxes (4 disc - 2 per spindle) inside a cardboard box

Chapters 4 per episode

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Mill Creek Entertainment bring the mid 70's TV series The Rockford Files to Region 'A' Blu-ray. I have watched about 1/2 the boxset consisting of 22 Blu-ray discs. There are 4 discs per the first five seasons (2 for the final 6th season), with usually six (or five) 50-minute, episodes on each disc.

NOTE: While this doesn't have the 1.5 hour pilot - it does have the two episodes entitled 'Backlash of the Hunter' which it was derived from.

Hence with so much 'Rockford' on each dual-layered Blu-rays - and despite being in 1080P the bitrate are low and the image quality can vary from poor (with occasional compression artifacts and jaggies) to a solid jump above SD information in the original 1.33:1 frame. I wouldn't say I was disappointed but would hope there will be a better transfer available - possibly in Europe. On an HD system it is superior to SD (I tested) and I appreciate the ability to access six full episodes without changing the disc (pure laziness, I agree.) Overall, I would consider the image substandard considering other television shows we've seen on Blu-ray (The Six  Million Dollar Man, The Incredible Hulk, Columbo, etc.)   

What was highly enjoyable was the iconic 'main theme' to The Rockford Files by Pete Carpenter and Mike Post presented in 2.0 channel 24-bit DTS-HD Master in original English. Effects center around the car chases, and aggressive interaction - where Jim is usually on the losing end of a punch-up but its the music that I felt benefitted the the most to the lossless transfer. There are no subtitles on these Region 'A'-locked
Blu-rays.

I have found no extras at all which is a shame because even the DVDs had some brief interview with Jim Garner reminiscing about The Rockford Files.

The Mill Creek Blu-ray boxset is bare-bones and the price reflects that. It's about $3 / BD at present and I'm a huge fan of the show so I throw this one whenever to indulge myself in some nostalgic and a unique 70's detective show. James Garner brings the characters of Jim Rockford to the level of 'the everyman' extremely well and the episodes were mostly well-written with engaging characters; his dad Joseph (a.k.a. Rocky) played by Noah Beery Jr., his best friend Sgt. Dennis Becker of the LAPD played by Joe Santos, his lawyer/girlfriend Beth Davenport (Gretchen Corbett), and his former cell-mate Evelyn "Angel" Martin (Stuart Margolin). There are plenty of guest-stars and quasi-regulars including Simon Oakland, Michael Lerner, Gerald McRaney, Bo Hopkins, Diana Muldaur, Joan Van Ark, Ned Beatty, Isaac Hayes (who called him 'Rockfish'), Lindsay Wagner, Susan Strasberg, Linda Evans, Louis Gossett Jr., Strother Martin, Joyce Van Patten, Lauren Bacall, Sharon Gless, Tom Selleck ('perfect' Lance White in two of the best episodes) , Jackie Cooper, Luke Askew, Kenneth Tobey, Kim Hunter, Stacy Keach Sr., Jill Clayburgh, Joseph Cotten, Shelley Fabares, Lee Purcell, William Smith, Paul Michael Glaser, Joseph Campanella, John Saxon, Burt Young, Barbara Babcock, Edward Binns, Jack Carter, Larry Hagman, Mariette Hartley, Constance Towers, Dick Gautier, James Woods, Leif Erickson, Steve Landesberg, Roger E. Mosley Rob Reiner, Dionne Warwick, M. Emmet Walsh, Rick Springfield, Glenn Corbett, Suzanne Somers, Willie Nelson and many more. The price is right even if the package is imperfect.

Gary Tooze

 


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