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Entertainment One Press Release: It Takes A Thief: The Complete Series

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#1 of 5 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted September 22 2011 - 03:22 AM

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“The coolest adventure/espionage series of the late ‘60s”

-- Cinema Retro




Street Date: October 23, 2011

DVD SRP (18 disc set): $199.98


Fusing the heist and espionage genres, IT TAKES A THIEF was an action-adventure series that aired on ABC for two-and-a-half seasons between January 9, 1968, and March 24, 1970. Marking the TV debut of six-time Golden Globe Nominee Robert Wagner (Austin Powers, “Hart to Hart”), the cult classic series was inspired by Hitchcock’s  1955 Cary Grant film, To Catch a Thief, and was among the last of the 1960s spy television genre.  Never-before-available on ANY format, Entertainment One presents IT TAKES A THIEF: THE COMPLETE SERIES in a collectible 18-disc set containing all 66 digitally remastered episodes and a host of bonus featurettes and extras.

Stealing to finance his life as a playboy and sophisticate, Alexander Mundy (Wagner) was the world’s greatest cat burglar… until the day he got caught.  But thievery skills are an asset in the world of espionage, so Mundy is pardoned when he agrees to use his wily ways to help steal for the SIA, an American espionage agency Technically under house arrest, Mundy then travels the world over, performing daring acts of thievery in the name of Uncle Sam.  He also works closely with SIA department head, Noah Bain (‘70s TV mainstay, Malachi Throne), his boss, aide, friend and watchdog.  It was Throne who also lent his deep distinctive voice to the split-screen credit sequence set to Dave Grusin’s memorable theme, saying: “Oh, look, Al, I’m not asking you to spy, just asking you to steal.”

The series was created by Emmy® Award winning television writer Roland Kibbee – who had written for “The Virginian” and “The Bob Newhart Show” and would go on to write for “Columbo” and  “Barney Miller”.  And, along with Fred Astaire, who became a semi-regular as Alexander’s retired burglar dad, Alister, IT TAKES A THIEF also boasted a who’s who of A-list guest stars including Season One’s Raymond Burr (“Perry Mason”, Rear Window), Susan Saint James (“Kate & Allie”, “McMillan and Wife”), Gavin MacLeod (“The Love Boat”, “Mary Tyler Moore”), Tina Louise (“Gilligan’s Island”, The Stepford Wives), Bill Bixby (“The

Incredible Hulk”, “The Magician”) and Eve Plumb (“The Brady Bunch”, Little Women), Season Two’s Ricardo Montalbon (“Fantasy Island”, The Naked Gun), Joseph Cotton (Citizen Kane, The Third Man), Richard Kiel (The Spy Who Loved Me, Happy Gilmore), George Takei (“Star Trek”, “Heroes”), Teri Garr (Young Frankenstein, Tootsie), Roddy McDowall (Planet of the Apes, Cleopatra) and Julie Newmar (“Batman”, Seven Brides of Seven Brothers) and Season Three’s Peter Sellers (The Pink Panther, Dr. Strangelove), Frankie Avalon (Grease, The Alamo), Elsa Lanchester (Mary Poppins, The Bride of Frankenstein), and Bette Davis (All About Eve, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?) and Cesar Romero (“Batman”, “Falcon Crest”)


  • All 66 Episodes Digitally Re-Mastered
  • Extended Feature-Length Version of the Pilot Episode
  • The King of Thieves: Interview with Robert Wagner
  • A Matter of Larceny: Interview with Glen A. Larson
  • Limited Edition Senitype (reproduced 35mm film frame)
  • It Takes a Thief Exclusive 4-Piece Coaster Set
  • Collectible Booklet with retrospective essay

Type: DVD

Catalog #:  EOE-DV-6801

Running Time: 816 mins.

Genre:  TV/mystery

Rated:  n/r

Aspect Ratio: 4X3/1.33:1 Full Frame

Audio: Mono

Language: English with English SDH subtitles

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#2 of 5 OFFLINE   smithb



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Posted September 22 2011 - 03:51 AM

In for the show...but once again the packaging of a complete series looks quite suspect. I would have preferred 3 standard 6 disk cases instead, but will wait and see if the disks are supported by hubs or just slid into cardboard sleeves.

#3 of 5 OFFLINE   Mike*HTF


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Posted September 22 2011 - 08:17 AM

They could wrap them in butcher paper for all I care as long as they release them. Been waiting for a proper copy for years now.

#4 of 5 OFFLINE   smithb



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Posted September 22 2011 - 09:17 AM

They could wrap them in butcher paper for all I care as long as they release them. Been waiting for a proper copy for years now.

You might care when the disks come out all scuffed and scratached up. Maybe they will play fine now but who knows what issues that might cause down the road. My concerns have nothing to do with aesthetics, but just in wanting to preserve the material for many years down the road. And yes, I can just put them in other cases when I get them (I seem to have to do this with most full collections I get), but that doesn't mean I like having to do it when they could just as easily take this into consideration when desgning the set from the beginning. Not to forget, the more they try to come up with these special designs the more they think they can add to the cost. But wanting this set as you, I am forking over the money when released because I don't want to have to wait and monitor pricing to try and catch it at some sale.

#5 of 5 OFFLINE   Adam Gregorich

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Posted October 19 2011 - 02:48 AM

Release date has been pushed back to 11/15