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The Mod Squad
The Complete Collection
One White, One Black, One Blonde...
The Grooviest Gang of Fuzz Who Ever Wore a Badge
Entire Series on DVD for the 1st Time Ever; Groundbreaking,
Classic TV Series Available in Special Collector's Set, Nov. 12th
TORONTO - The grooviest thing to hit DVD this fall is indisputably the special collector's set, The Mod Squad: The Complete Collection
, available Nov. 12 from Visual Entertainment, Inc. (VEI). While most popular shows of the era focused on the ideal American family (moms wearing pearls and baking cookies) or society's mainstream heroes (mostly White, macho men), ABC's The Mod Squad
(1968-73) broke the mold and - to coin the vernacular of the day - was hip.
While solving crimes, apprehending heinous criminals and addressing social injustice, the youthful investigators - Julie (Peggy Lipton), Pete (Michael Cole) and Linc (Clarence Williams III) - fairly oozed...well, cool. Not only were they counter-culture, but a female and an African-American protagonist made for ground-breaking TV. One White, One Black, One Blonde was the network's promo line, targeting a youthful audience.
Offered work fighting crime as an alternative to being incarcerated themselves, The Mod Squad's
three cops utilized their youthful, hippie personas as a guise to get close to the criminals they investigated. Being ofthe flower-child era, they didn't carry guns (or make the ultimate arrests), but instead wore beads and mod clothing, peppering their dialogue with slang of the day - like "groovy," "keep the faith" and "solid" - all backed by a rock 'n' roll soundtrack.
Led by the straight-laced, frequently perturbed Captain Adam Greer (Tige Andrews), the showportrayed a multi-cultural society, dealing with such controversial issues as racial politics, drug culture, anti-war sentiment, soldiers returning from war, student unrest, abortion, spousal abuse, child neglect, illiteracy and slum lords...all radical subject matter for TV. Available on DVD as a full collector's set for the first time, this Golden Globe-winning series ("Best Actress") was loosely based on Bud Ruskin's real-life experiences in the late '50s as a Los Angeles Sheriff's Department squad leader for undercover narcotics cops. Executive produced by Aaron Spelling and Danny Thomas.
Guest roles include such iconic actorsof the day as Yvonne Craig (Batman's
"Bat Girl"), Carolyn Jones (The Addams Family's
"Morticia"), William Daniels ("Mr. Braddock" in The Graduate
), Sammy Davis Jr., Robert Duvall, Louis Gossett Jr., Vincent Price, Ed Asner, Andy Griffith, Richard Prior, Richard Dreyfuss, Danny Thomas, Tyne Daly (Cagney & Lacey
), Martin Sheen, Sugar Ray Robinson, Ida Lupino, Leslie Ann Warren, Tom Bosley (Happy Days), Joan Van Ark (Dallas, Knots Landing
), and more.
The Mod Squad: The Complete Collection
is presented in fullscreen with an aspect ratio of 4.3 and digital sound. Special features include "Forming the Squad," "Inside the Teeth of the Barracuda: 1968," "Friends of The Mod Squad
" and "Hello, My Name is Julie: The Mod Look" featurettes.
About Visual Entertainment, Inc.
Visual Entertainment, Inc. (VEI) releases contemporary and classic television programming, across a wide variety of genres, on DVD and Blu-ray. Launched in 2004 and headquartered in Toronto, Canada, VEI boasts a library of 80 titles, licensed from Universal/NBC, MGM, CBS and ITV, among others. VEI serves the collectible, fan marketplace with contemporary hit series (Hell's Kitchen), popular classic series (Cagney & Lacey, McMillan & Wife, Diagnosis Murder), hard-to-find television (The Invisible Man), cult (Earthworm Jim); and more. Visit us online at:www.visualentertainment.tv
The Mod Squad: The Complete Collection
Visual Entertainment, Inc.
Genre: Police Drama/Classic TV
Format: DVD Only
Running Time: Approx. 100 Hours (Plus Approx. 1 Hour Special Features)
Suggested Retail Price: $269.99
Street Date: November 12, 2013