Unboxing The Equalizer and Magnum P.I.

In Features by Samuel Love

You know what they say, waiting for DVDs of 80s TV thriller reboots is like waiting for a bus…

Yes, those lovely and ever-generous folks at Fabulous Films have released both the first season of The Equalizer and the first two seasons of Magnum P.I. on DVD on the same day, allowing particularly nostalgic viewers to start fresh journeys with McCall and Magnum in their newly rebooted adventures. 

While these sorts of reboots never really have any right to be good, these two efforts are among the best – addictively compelling, fun, and above all made with a genuine reverence for their source shows. While it’s certainly difficult to fill the shoes of Edward Woodward and Tom Selleck, Queen Latifah and Jay Hernandez respectively do a great job in these charmingly old-fashioned, bingeable crime thrillers.


The Equalizer: Season One

This action-packed reimagining of the classic series stars the multi-talented Queen Latifah as Robyn McCall, a mysterious former CIA operative who draws upon a vast range of skills to defend innocent people in desperate need of a helping hand.

Robyn may appear to be an ordinary single mom who is busy raising her teenage daughter. But when injustice arises, she takes covert action as The Equalizer, an enigmatic vigilante who evens the odds and brings justice to those who need it most. 


  • The Mystery of McCall
  • A New Time for a New Equalizer: Lies, Spies & Allies
  • Gag Reel

Magnum P.I.: Season One

Magnum P.I. is a modern take on the classic series centering on Thomas Magnum (Jay Hernandez), a decorated former Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator.

A charming rogue, Magnum lives in a guest cottage on Robin’s Nest, the luxurious estate where he works as a security consultant to supplement his P.I. business. The “majordomo” of the property is Juliet Higgins (Perdita Weeks), a beautiful and commanding disavowed MI:6 agent whose second job is to keep Magnum in line, with the help of her two Dobermans.

With keys to a vintage Ferrari in one hand, aviator sunglasses in the other, and an Old Düsseldorf longneck chilling in the fridge, Thomas Magnum is back on the case!


  • The Rising of the Sun
  • Scoring Magnum P.I.
  • Kumo & Katsumato
  • Watch! Magazine Shoot
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes

Magnum P.I.: Season Two

Magnum P.I. returns with Magnum still waiting for an answer from Higgins if she will indeed become his new private investigating partner. As Rick (Zachary Knighton) begins a fortuitous new endeavor as the best-connected man on the island, Magnum and his friends tackle cases that include a bank teller who goes missing right before her wedding, a thief with a stolen cell phone that receives a dooming text, and a deadly siege on Robin’s Nest. 


  • Deleted Scenes
  • Hawaii Five-O Crossover Episode
  • Video Diary With Stephen Hill
  • Better Together: The Story of Magnum P.I.’s Second Season
  • Gag Reel