Fabulous Films in the UK are continuing their release of classic TV shows with Magnum P.I. in a complete Blu ray box set released December 12th. The huge box set is an impressive 130 hours of television, across 157 episodes, over 8 seasons.
Synopsis: Vietnam veteran Thomas Magnum (Tom Selleck) leaves the Navy to take up position as a private eye and security advisor to famous author Robin Masters in the cultural melting pot of 1980’s Oahu, Hawaii. He is soon living the high life with Master’s beachfront mansion and Ferrari, but soon the idyll is not all it seems and Magnum is drawn into the island’s underworld.
Tom Selleck won the Emmy (1984, Lead) and Golden Globe (1985, Best Performance) for his portrayal of Thomas Magnum. John Hillerman won the Emmy (1987, Supporting) and Golden Globe (1982, Supporting) for his portrayal of Jonathan Higgins.
Contract commitments to Magnum, P.I. famously cost Selleck the role of Indiana Jones. In the show’s final season, the producers gave a nod to his sacrifice with the episode “Legend of the Lost Art”, which parodied the film. Larry Manetti was the only regular cast member without a moustache.
The original theme tune was written by Ian Freebairn-Smith and only lasted 11 episodes. It was replaced with the iconic more uptempo theme tune by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter (composers of iconic TV themes such as The A Team and The Rockford Files).