McCloud – Seasons One & Two

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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Dennis Weaver as Sam McCloud
J.D. Cannon as Peter B. Clifford
Terry Carter as Sergeant Joe Broadhurst
Diana Muldaur as Chris Coughlin

Special Features:
Bonus Episode of “Murder by the Barrell” from the hit show McMillan & Wife

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono Sound
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 15 Hours 45 Minutes

Synopsis:
McCloud originally aired in 1970. The following is from the DVD cover:

“There ya’ go. Rustle up some action and adventure as police drama McCloud rides on to DVD for the first time ever! Emmy winner Dennis Weaver stars as the brave Deputy Marshal Sam McCloud, the toughest cowboy to ever take on the mean streets of New York, as well as the by-the-book detectives on the NYPD. Despite the demands of his strict supervisor, Chief Peter B. Clifford (J.D. Cannon), McCloud finds himself in an endless showdown with some of the meanest criminals east of the Mississippi. This amazing DVD set from the popular NBC Mystery Movie Series features all 11 thrilling episodes of McCloud Seasons 1 & 2 ‘ including the series’ pilot, as well as a gripping bonus episode of the popular McMillan & Wife. Saddle up with entertaining guest stars including Milton Berle, Pat Morita, Stefanie Powers and more in the series that proved that sometimes all you need to solve a crime is a little good ol’ country know-how.”

McCloud – Seasons One & Two is not rated.

The Movie:
The gimmick of McCloud is that a small town country deputy from Taos, New Mexico brings his rural wit and charm to New York City. Using his plain speaking and tough-guy attitude, he helps the NYPD solve crimes. I think the premise alone will quickly tell you whether you’ll like it or not. I personally found McCloud’s country mannerisms terribly annoying, and I’m from Texas. Down-home charm is perfectly fine, but this series heaps it on in such mass quantities that it rivals the Tammy movies. It didn’t help matters that the mysteries were not very engaging and the show’s pacing was usually at a crawl. I found it terribly boring.

One of the few novelties of the show was its wide range of guest stars. In the pilot alone they feature Raul Julia and Julie Newmar. Other episodes, as the box states, feature Milton Berle, Pat Morita, Stefanie Powers, Burgess Meredith, Richard Dawson, Susan Saint James, and many more.

The Extras:
There are no bonus features included on this DVD.

The Bottom Line:
I would only recommend McCloud to fans of the show from when it first aired or fans of the many guest stars that appeared on the show. You might also like it for the mysteries, but I found other mystery shows to be more engaging.

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