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Preview- The A-Team (Collector’s Edition 22 disc set on Bluray/DVD )

With audio commentary on selected episodes by Dirk Benedict and Dwight Schultz. This all new collector’s edition also contains behind the scenes featurettes from the audio commentary sessions with Dirk and Dwight.

“In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire… the A-Team.”

Join B.A, Hannibal, Murdock and Face in all 97 episodes from 5 seasons of the groundbreaking show, in this action-packed 22-disc DVD set!

Guest stars include Dean Stockwell, Boy George, Isaac Hayes, Hulk Hogan, Rick James, Judy Geeson, David McCallum, Richard Herd, Yaphet Kotto, Anthony James, Ismael “East” Carlo Harold Sakata, Keye Luke, Michael Ironside, John Quade and John Saxon.

It’s not a secret that Mr. T and George Peppard did not get along. Arguments were fed by the fact that Mr. T became the real star of the show, despite Peppard being a ‘proper movie actor’. Things got even worse when Peppard learned that Mr. T was paid more than he was. According to Dirk Benedict, George Peppard refused to talk to Mr. T and would use Benedict as a messenger between them. Peppard would only refer to Mr. T as “the man with the gold”. BA was named after British Airways, owing to his love of aviation.

Singing like a canary once again, Dirk Benedict has said Robert Vaughn was added to the cast in season 5 because of his friendship with the notoriously difficult Peppard. It was hoped that Vaughn would help ease worsening tensions on set.

NBC executives originally wanted the character of Murdock to be removed from the show because they felt that he was too over-the-top. But test audiences for the pilot loved Murdock and gave him the highest ratings. This can’t have pleased Peppard. The executives had to relent.

During the entire series, only five people died on-screen even though almost every single episode involved horrific car crashes. The people driving these vehicles invariably were shown getting out afterward, unscathed. According to Stephen J. Cannell, this was a running gag with the writers testing the limits of realism.

Composer Mike Post created the theme tune to The A Team along with among other TV classics Magnum P.I., Greatest American Hero (which reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100), ChiPs, Quantum Leap and Hill St Blues. Post has made it known several times that the theme to The A Team is very close in rhythm to “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah,” from the 1946 Walt Disney film Song of the South.

The crime they didn’t commit…during the Vietnam War, the A-Team’s commanding officer, Colonel Morrison, gave them orders to rob the Bank of Hanoi to help bring the war to an end. They succeeded in their mission, but on their return to base four days after the end of the war, they discovered that Morrison had been killed by the Viet Cong, and that his headquarters had been burned to the ground. This meant that the proof that the A-Team members were acting under orders had been destroyed. They were arrested, and imprisoned at Fort Bragg, from which they quickly escaped before standing trial.

Face is played by Tim Dunigan in the pilot. The role was soon recast with Dirk Benedict because Dunigan was deemed “too young and too tall.” According to Dunigan the team was supposed to be made up of Vietnam veterans, and the Vietnam War ended during his sophomore year of high school. In fact series creators Frank Lupo and Stephen J. Cannell had wanted Benedict from the start, but were, in the beginning, overridden by the network executives.

Cast: Mr. T  George Peppard, Dirk Benedict, Dwight Schultz, Melinda Culea, Maria Heasley, Tia Carrere, Eddie Velez, Robert Vaughn

Extras:

  • Rumours of Soldiers of Fortune: Interview with Stephen J. Cannell.
  • The Great 80’s TV Flashback.
  • Audio commentary on selected episodes by Dirk Benedict and Dwight Schultz.
  • Behind the scenes featurettes from the audio commentary session with Dirk and Dwight

You can pre-order here for Bluray or DVD.

 

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