The Good

You gotta love that they packed two seasons into this box set.

The Bad

A commentary track from Pierce Brosnan and Stephanie Zimbalist would have been nice. This is the end of the show for crying out loud!

Remington Steele: Season 4 and 5 is a bittersweet, final look at an on screen duo who had a lot of chemistry. Though the story was basically the same each week, Private Investigator Laura Holt (Stephanie Zimbalist) partners with a former thief (Pierce Brosnan who assumes the role of Remington Steele), and together they fight all sorts of crime. Whether it's Mildred Krebs (Doris Roberts) being bilked out of money she has invested in pigs, someone being wrongfully accused of a murder, or Holt and Steele uncovering a corporate scam, we could always expect a lot of action, a lot of intrigue and a decent amount of Los Angeles locations to make this show easily move through it's one hour time slot.

Though I think this show may have lost a little bit towards the end, overall I feel that Remington Steele: Season 4 and 5 is a grand way to cap off this show's run not only on TV but on DVD as well.

Features

Commentary

This five disc set contains commentary tracks for Beg, Borrow and Steele, Bonds of Steele (both of these are with Series Co-Creator Michael Gleason and show writers John Wirth, Brad Kern and Jeff Melvoin) and Steele On the Air with writers John J. Sakmar and Kerry Lenhart. I chose to listen to the Bonds of Steele commentary mainly because I wanted to hear from the writers and the show co-creator. They talked about this episode being the final one in the show (before it got picked up for a fifth season), the business of writing a show like Remington Steele, Pierce Brosnan being up for the role of James Bond, the show's characters and just about everything else that writers have control of. If I would have had more time, I'd have very much liked to have checked out some of the other commentary tracks.

Steele on the Road

An interesting featurette in that it shows how the show showed off Los Angeles to so many people who had never been there before. In an interesting way, this featurette looks at how TV effects viewers and how what is put across on screen is often taken as reality. We get to see the various places that this show was shot (both in LA and other locations), and while it isn't the most extensive featurette, we see how producer Gareth Davies had a hand in making certain episode locales happen.

Steele Fanatics

Apparently, this show was canceled after the fourth season. It was only by popular demand from the fans that it came back for a handful of episodes for the Fifth one. The actors and writers on the show talk about their fan experiences, being stalked and just how devoted these people could be. While none of these stories ever got too creepy, there is a reason why fan is short for fanatic.

Steele Stars

This section looks at the guest stars on this show of which there were many. Here is a short list, it includes Jennifer Tilly, Sharon Stone, Annie Potts, Delta Burke, Mickey Mantle and many others. Rather than just list these people out, some of the actors have actually been taped talking about their roles on the various shows that they worked on. All in all, nothing too amazing but an interesting featurette and the kind of thing fans of the show should like.

Steele Farewell

The cast and crew of this show look back at their fondest memories. Co-Creator Michael Gleason talks about working with the actors and the staff. Doris Roberts discusses how her husband had died and Remington Steele allowed her to get lost in the work. Stephanie Zimbalist discuss how this show made her "solvent" and Pierce Brosnan credits it with giving him a career. The writers and others are on hand to give their thoughts on what it was like being a part of this experience.

Video

Full Frame - Aspect Ratio - 1.33:1. These shows are from 1985 to 1987 and they look it. This isn't meant as an insult, I am actually happy that the colors look muted and that the clothing is conservative. While there's nothing that could really be done about the way the actors are dressed, the creators of this DVD could have tried to make the colors on this show seem more alive. Heck, if they wanted to they could have probably reedited these shows, but something tells me the same fans who made it come back for a fifth season would have been up in arms at any such meddling.

Audio

Dolby Digital. English Mono. Subtitled in English and Spanish. Close Captioned. As I am fan of all things Eighties, I loved the music on this show. Sure, looking back now, everything seems a great deal more dated and melodramatic but overall, I really like the effects that were achieved here. This show doesn't have sound that comes bounding out of your speakers, but it captures a time and place and sometimes that's all you want a piece of art to do.

Package

Yet another front cover with Brosnan in his trademark Remington Steele tux, and Zimbalist standing behind him seeming to be excited (but also nervous) about what lies ahead. There is a blue background that wraps over into the back cover. Over that is a description of the show, some small pictures that are a mix of promo shots and images from various episodes, a Special Features listing of what this five disc set includes and some technical specs. The five discs are stored in three cases that have the same cover image as the main covering that holds them. The back covers list out both the episodes and their descriptions. Overall, this set feels both dense and economical.

Final Word

As I didn't really watch Remington Steele a lot when I was younger, I rather enjoyed being able to rediscover it now on DVD. I think this show was quite well written and I also think that Pierce Brosnan and Stephanie Zimbalist were perfectly cast. There is a suaveness to the way Brosnan delivers his lines, but Zimbalist always had a way of keeping him grounded in reality. As a result, it didn't seem like this show ever favored one of the characters over the other.

As I mentioned above, sure the stories for Remington Steele got a little long in the tooth, but I think that it was this show's ability to merge interesting storylines with equally interesting characters that contributed to it's 5 season run.

Remington Steele was released .