The Original "The Man from UNCLE Movies – Now on Digital HD!

As filmgoers go gaga over Guy Ritchie’s stylish and swinging origin story for "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." with Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment offers a chance to grove to the original U.N.C.L.E. team with Robert Vaughn and David McCallum as it’s neer been seen – in eye popping, crystal clear 1080p Digital HD!

Crafted from the original series' frequent two-parters, these are more than mere patch-jobs, employing extra footage shot while filming the original episodes to expand the stories and including elements that would be deemed too racy or violent for American primetime television.

Notable guest stars in these films include Academy Award winner Jack Palance and Joan Crawford, Emmy Award winners Telly Savalas, Maurice Evans & Bradford Dillman, Oscar nominees Eleanor Parker, Rip Torn and Joan Blondell, as well as Vera Miles, Herbert Lom, Jill Ireland, Carol Lynley, Kim Darby, Terry-Thomas, Dorothy Provine, "Star Trek" star James Doohan and "James Bond" luminaries Curt Jurgens and Luciana Paluzzi. The late Yvonne Craig appears in two of the films.

These entertaining films are now available for download in Digital HD from Amazon and iTunes.

Here's the list of the eight "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." features -- complete with one-line synopses, guest stars, a link to a trailer and a link to the actual film. And attached are a few of the film's one-sheet posters (all of the posters are available upon request).

To Trap a Spy (1965)

Expanded version of the U.N.C.L.E. pilot (Napoleon Solo aka The Vulcan Affair), including the famous "too hot for TV" scenes shot with future Bond girl Luciana Paluzzi.  



The Spy With My Face (1965)

Expanded version of The Double Affair, in which a fake Napoleon Solo wreaks havoc on an U.N.C.L.E. secret mission.



One Spy Too Many (1966)

Expansion of season two's Alexander the Greater Affair, in which an ambitious industrialist (Rip Torn) sets out to conquer the world. With Yvonne (Batgirl) Craig. 



The Spy in the Green Hat (1966)

The Concrete Overcoat Affair gets the feature treatment, in which Thrush agent Louis Strago (Jack Palance) attempts to unleash climate change upon the world.



One of Our Spies is Missing (1967)

Vera Miles, Yvonne Craig and James Doohan guest as Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin head to London and Paris to foil a plot hatched by the nefarious fashion industry.



The Karate Killers (1967)

The Five Daughters Affair feature version, with heavyweight heavies Telly Savalas and Herbert Lom providing the menace while Joan Crawford, Jill Ireland and Kim Darby make up the distaff side.



The Helicopter Spies (1968)

Carol Lynley and Bradford Dillman lend their talent to the film version of The Prince of Darkness Affair.



How to Steal the World (1968)

Leslie Nielsen joins Robert Vaughn and David McCallum for the film version of the U.N.C.L.E. series closer, The Seven Wonders of the World Affair.


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Emerkeith Davyjack said:

Have you followed the link to the " The Final Affair " posting , Cmdr. ?


No, and it wouldn't matter. I don't consider the novels as canon.  Anything in the novels doesn't count, to me.

I haven't seen the movie for various reasons that I haven't really thought about, but the Commander's reasons are probably in the mix. I loved U.N.C.L.E. as a kid, and it will live there forever in my memory, unchanged. And, like Captain Marvel, the version I love can only live in the past. I don't want a remake or update.

...Okay here goes .


  In the U.N.C.L.E. novel " The Final Affair ":

  Napoleon Solo , during an Uncle raid on a San Francisco office (where Ilya is off in another room) has killed a Thrush guard , and another Thursh member(who was a nonknowing Uncle double agent , hypnotized) has been killed .

  The door opens , and , pointing a gun at his long-dead (He thought .) wife Joan , who he had been told was dead when he was a soldier stationed in Korea , during the Korean War . She is a Thrush member .

  She leaves with him , defecting to Uncle .

  She explains:

  She was " working for T.H.R.U.S.H. before you ever heard of U.N.C.L.E. - from about the time they first heard of you " .

  Joan was first contacted by Thrush when she was 16 years old .

  Uncle first knew about Napoleon when he was a HS junior , in spring 1949 . Thrush learned of Napoleon , and that Uncle was already interested , and " ran (Joan's) profile through the Ultimate Computer and it matched mine to you " , and she came to his HS as a senior in fall that year . After three months , he noticed her .

  After Solo's graduation , they marry , during his post-Basic Training for the Army leave , live together less than a month , and then he leaves for Korea .

  Joan truly loved him , and convinced her Thrush controllers to allow them to marry , but all the time was looking at his suitability as a double agent .

  She declares him unsuitable , the Thrush office agrees , so they order her to leave him , staging a fake death for her which Solo hears of by letter to Korea .

  Post-coming home , Solo was contacted for the first time to be told of Uncle's interest in him , and accepts their job offer .

  Joan stays with Thrush , marrying another Thrush and being widowed by him , and for two years has known " I'd come over to your side to be with you " ~ and does , when the opportunity presents itself in 1969/70 , and participates in the final attack that destroys Thrush's HQ and thus the organization , and (re-) marries Napoleon in the last chapter .

I saw the first two U.N.C.L.E. films The Spy With My Face and To Trap A Spy as a double feature at a neighborhood theater. Even though they were adapted from TV episodes, there was a coolness factor to seeing our favorite agents in color on a big screen at a time when we were watching the show at home in black and white on a relatively tiny TV screen. Since I didn't start watching the show until its mid-season switch to Monday nights, I may never have seen the original episodes that made up the films.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was the first time I was ever caught up in a pop culture phenomenon - I owned an U.N.C.L.E. gun and an U.N.C.L.E. board game, I had the trading cards and read many of the books, comics and magazines that hit during the shows run. Heck, I even built the plastic model kits of Illya and Napoleon. U.N.C.L.E. merchandise was everywhere - hard to believe now that the shows popularity was so short lived.

One of its draws was David McCallum, whom my sisters thought was groovy. The problem with teen idols, though, is that your fan base ages out fast.

Emerkeith Davyjack said:

...I recall reading that the Gene Barry vehicle BURKE'S LAW... made his character , Amos Burke , a secret agent rather than an everyday policeman in its last season 

Thanks, E.D.

...I saw the film last night . I liked it ! What year is it set in ~ 1963 ? More later . Anybody else seen it here ?

Man from U.N.C.L.E. ran 1964-68, so presumably your movie was based on episodes from those years, and likely set in those years.

...No , it is a prequel to the series , and JFK is shown as the President ~ and both Napoleon and Ilya are given decidedly dark backstories (I presume never mentioned or implied in the series of TV movie

 itself ~ nor in the nonpublished

 " Final " novel I synopsized , either .) , I assume no one here's seen it .

  Basically , I'm sure 'twas 1963 , but I kind of blinked when the title appeared on screen .

  In an Italian party scene I thought I saw non-speaking cameos by Robert Vaughn and Stan Lee , but I suppose that it was not them .

Oh, you mean the new movie. I haven't seen it, do I don't know.

...You thought I meant these 60s featurizations ?

  Granted , that's the original focus of this line , but I thought...Yes . Napoleon and Ilya are given new back stories concerning their lives before meeting (in Berlin) , which I presume a TOS fan would have thought of for them ~ and aren't in that never-published last Ace novel either .

 I loved U.N.C.L.E. as a kid, and it will live there forever in my memory, unchanged. And, like Captain Marvel, the version I love can only live in the past. I don't want a remake or update.

I agree with that. I was a big UNCLE fan--I read the novels (and probably still have them somewhere; I know I've got all the GET SMART novels) and still have the Aurora models on my shelf. I didn't see the UNCLE remake movie, as I have a picture of those shows in my head (wry, quippy but very competent agents with lots of cool gadgets), and I didn't see any reviews that made me think the remake would be anything but a special-effects movie using familiar names.

I AM interested in these movies of old episodes, though. Maybe I should be careful what I wish for, as my fond memories of old TV shows I thought were cool don't always hold up on viewing now. 

Speaking of gadgets, I didn't see that played up at all in any of the movie reviews. But that was a key part of the show, especially the fountain pen communicator. I had the pistol that became a rifle (actually, I had--and still have--the James Bond attache case version) and a cigarette case that had fake cigarettes covering a radio receiver. That was no doubt the tip of the iceberg.

-- MSA

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