Nostalgic fans of this family-friendly detective series have had to wait nearly six years for its third and final season to reach DVD, after Universal abandoned it without sealing the deal. But good old Shout! Factory has taken care to complete it, even using box art in the style of the first two releases. It’s due at retail Tuesday.
The big difference, of course, is that this isn’t The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, with alternating or crossover shows featuring the boy detective brothers played by Shaun Cassidy and Parker Stevenson and the girl detective played by Pamela Sue Martin. It’s only the The Hardy Boys this time, and with only 10 episodes.
But if you savor late-’70s styles and innocent yet earnest entertainment, you’d do well to hitch a ride with Frank and Joe Hardy as they visit exotic settings to solve cryptic mysteries and crimes. This time they’ve grown up from amateur sleuths in college to professional agents for the Justice Department. (more…)