'The Untouchables - Season Two, Vol. 1'
(Carl Milletaire, Robert Bice, et al / 4-Disc DVD / NR / (1959) 2008 / Paramount)
Overview: The Untouchables chronicles the campaign of Eliot Ness (Robert Stack) the young U.S. Prohibition Bureau agent to smash the beer and booze empire of Al Capone in 1920s Chicago.
DVD Verdict: Powerful stuff. You can't beat this show. Black and white TV noir: dark wet streets, light and dark chiaroscuro shadows, feds, gangsters and the best character actors of all time guest starring on the show. Robert Stack is at his best as Eliot Ness and Bruce Gordon is wonderful as his nemesis Frank Nitti. And definitely don't leave out Nick Georgiade as Rico Rossi, Paul Pecerni as Lee Hobson, Abel Fernandez as William Youngfellow and, last but not least, Steve London as Jack Rossman round out the rest of Untouchable's squad.
Molls, machine guns, the roaring twenties and depression era 30s, tough guys and down and out gals plus Walter Winchell as narrator which gives the series a documentary feel. This show has it all.
The trademark of the show was the way each act would end with the background music crescendoing and segue into the signature tune of the closing bumper. Unlike the Season 1 DVD set you will not find that here. They hacked off the first three act's closing bumpers. By lopping off the bumpers they had to fade out the scenes and background music before they actually ended, making for a sloppy edit that makes the end of each act seem very awkward and loosing the original emotional effect that was originally conceived. This was a complete hack job.
Who knows, these could be the butchered up versions made for the VHS market about twenty years ago, not the direct transfers to DVD from original 35mm film that were on the 1st season set. And don't let anyone tell you there were no bumpers in Season 2. All four seasons of the Untouchables had them (opening and closing for each act). This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs but does not come with any Special Features.