Some noir films were extreme in their use of darkness and light, which makes them somewhat difficult to follow at times, no matter what the director is trying to say visually. Because of the limits of TV though, and the mass entertainment nature of the medium, these elements had to be held in check somewhat.
What emerges is a nearly perfect combination, on some of the finest film stock ever. These episodes are absolutely pristine. Not a glitch or lighting problem anywhere throughout all of this material. All I can say is that the negatives must have been stored in Fort Knox, because the visual quality of the programs is outstanding. It is as if the shows were filmed yesterday.
Although I am not the biggest fan of the decision to release each season in two separate volumes, The Untouchables remains true “must-see TV.” It is also my contention that of the four-season run, season three was the finest. The Untouchables was about as good as any TV show about the Feds vs. the Mob ever got, at least until The Sopranos came along, 40 years later.