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Vega$ – The First Season, Volume One (aka Vegas/1978/CBS DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Episodes: C+



When the Spelling-Goldberg juggernaut was helping to make ABC the #1 network, they decided to expand after the success of Charlie’s Angels with another sexed-up crime drama where the mysteries were just about eclipsed by the sex and flashiness of the set up.  This time, the show would take place in the original version of Sin City and make a star out of up and coming character actor Robert Urich (Soap) and the resulting hit would be Vega$.


Surprisingly, the series only lasted three seasons, but the makers went all out in the beginning as we were reminded looking at The First Season, Volume One DVD set CBS DVD just issued.  Driving around in his ’57 Thunderbird, Dan Tanna became an icon of the era, a slick detective who did more thinking than he got credit for and certainly more sleeping around than most TV detectives of the time.  Much money went into the pilot (included here) then the show moved on with Tony Curtis and Greg Morris, as well as regulars Bart Braverman, Judy Landers and Phyllis Davis.


Now a time capsule of the time as well as Las Vegas, the show has its moments, but was never the most challenging show of its kind and was never intended to be.  That could explain why it ended more quickly than Charlie’s Angels, for which a cross-over episode was arranged.  The show also had Will Sampson, Chuck Vennera and was created by a then not-as-known Michael Mann, now a major filmmaker.  But the camera liked Urich and he had many more hit shows before his recent, sad death from cancer long before his time.


For all the poker and gambling interest out there, it is surprising the show took this long to get to DVD, but here it is and you get the first 11 episodes on 3 DVDs.  Sometimes campy, sometimes silly, Vega$ at least was trying to be entertaining and have a sense of humor and that is sorely missing from TV today.


The 1.33 X 1 image was shot in 35mm film and these transfers can be soft more than we would have liked, but the film sources are clean and these look like new transfers.  Color and depth make up for the detail limits and of course, old Las Vegas looks pretty good, though don’t expect color as good as the Blu-ray of the Elvis Presley film Viva Las Vegas, but we bet this show will look really good when a Blu-ray is issued.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is good for its age and as clean as you have ever heard it.  The combination is consistently good between episodes.  The only extras are promos for most episodes.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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