FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASERYKODISC SET TO RELEASE SPENSER THE MOVIE COLLECTION ON JUNE 28TH
(May 2, 2005) New York, NY - Rykodisc announced today the June 28th DVD release of Spenser - The Movie Collection. The four feature length films were produced by ABC following the cancellation of the networks beloved detective drama Spenser: For Hire (1985-1988), which was deemed by The New York Times one of the great series in the history of the American detective story. Created by Boston-based writer Robert B. Parker, the Spenser character was portrayed by Robert Urich, whose depiction of the wisecracking-but- deadly Boston detective made Spenser his most memorable role. Spenser - The Movie Collection reunites Urich with series co-star Avery Brooks (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) as right hand man "Hawk." Rykodisc is pleased to present these films as the first-ever Spenser titles on DVD. The films will be available exclusively as a 4-DVD box set that includes an extensive Spenser essay.
Unlike the series, all four films in this set are based directly on books from Parkers Spenser series: Ceremony, Pale Kings And Princes, The Judas Goat and A Savage Place. The scripts for both Ceremony and Pale Kings And Princes were co-written by Parker himself, marking the first time the author adapted his character for the screen. Like the series, the films were well regarded by fans and critics alike. USA Today said of Ceremony: The script is crisp with classic Spenser one-liners that are such an integral part of the books, but were often missing from the series. Robert Urich turns in his best Spenser effort. Wendy Crewson (Air Force One, The Santa Clause 1 & 2) co-stars in A Savage Place and The Judas Goat, the film that would also mark Urichs final appearance as Spenser.
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