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 Posted:   Feb 6, 2007 - 8:12 PM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

Have you read that news:
http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/newsitem.cfm?NewsID=6885

Oh, no, they did it again, they splitted a season set and their new victim: "Rawhide" season 2.

It's a trend these days!

 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2007 - 7:07 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Glad it's coming out.


Can you believe that tv shows once ran 39 eps per season!

yeesh!

 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2007 - 7:20 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

Glad it's coming out.


Can you believe that tv shows once ran 39 eps per season!

yeesh!


Yeah- Summer re-runs didn't start until early June back in the 60's. You only had 3 months worth, as opposed to 6 now....

 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2007 - 3:39 PM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

Paramount has a strange vintage series DVD release policy.
Paramount divides in two categories its back TV catalogue:

The juicy series on a single season set:
"Star Trek"
"The Wild Wild West"
"Mission: Impossible"
"Hawaii Five-0"

The maverick series splitted in two season sets:
"Rawhide"
"The Streets of San Francisco"
"The Untouchables"
And soon: "The Fugitive"


That policy was introduced by Fox during the Irwin Allen series releases (Cf. "The Time Tunnel", "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea") and "The Big Valley".

 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2007 - 6:11 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Glad it's coming out.


Can you believe that tv shows once ran 39 eps per season!

yeesh!


Plus, they were at leat 50 mins. each!

 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2007 - 8:14 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

A Five-O PR piece:

http://tvshowsondvd.com/newsitem.cfm?NewsID=6893

 
 Posted:   Feb 17, 2007 - 3:09 AM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

as ye know, a favorite thread, so I'll bump it in expecation of new, interesting releases.

 
 Posted:   Feb 17, 2007 - 3:34 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

This past week did bring us a good release in "Emergency!" Season 3 (the first year where they used the restored original Mark VII tag, and it looks like Universal is now restoring its classic studio tag at the end of the shows that they've been snipping in the past) and next week of course brings us the rest of Season 2 of "Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea."

 
 Posted:   Feb 17, 2007 - 8:05 AM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

This past week did bring us a good release in "Emergency!" Season 3 (the first year where they used the restored original Mark VII tag, and it looks like Universal is now restoring its classic studio tag at the end of the shows that they've been snipping in the past) and next week of course brings us the rest of Season 2 of "Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea."



Eric, that is good news: at last Universal is back on the right track.
Watching "Columbo" or "Kolchak" without Universal logo was hard to handle.
I am glad to get in the future a "Banacek" or "The Six Million Dollar Man" releases with the original end logo.
Don't forget the March release:
"The Wild Wild West" season 2: the greatest season of all!

 
 Posted:   Feb 17, 2007 - 3:05 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

This past week did bring us a good release in "Emergency!" Season 3 (the first year where they used the restored original Mark VII tag, and it looks like Universal is now restoring its classic studio tag at the end of the shows that they've been snipping in the past) and next week of course brings us the rest of Season 2 of "Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea."

Completely forgot about VOYAGE this week- also I've ordered season 6 of ALL IN THE FAMILY, which I'm keenly awaiting for an Archie Bunker fix.

 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2007 - 3:41 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Season 1 of "Welcome Back Kotter" has been announced for June.

A 24 episode "Best Of" set of "Ozzie And Harriet" will be out in May, which fans of that show (I'm not, the result of total lack of exposure to it) should appreciate as it will be an official release with episodes in good quality as opposed to the bad quality PD releases that one can find for a dollar usually.

 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2007 - 5:30 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

Season 1 of "Welcome Back Kotter" has been announced for June.

A 24 episode "Best Of" set of "Ozzie And Harriet" will be out in May, which fans of that show (I'm not, the result of total lack of exposure to it) should appreciate as it will be an official release with episodes in good quality as opposed to the bad quality PD releases that one can find for a dollar usually.


Many 1950's series seem to be relegated to that "Best of" situation. I don't know how official they are, but b&w sitcoms like "Our Miss Brooks", "I Married Joan", "Love That Bob", etc. only have a hand full of episodes available. Even a show like "Here's Lucy" which ran in color from 1968-74 has only had a one set release of 24 episodes from a six year run. Okay, I admit I like old sitcoms....

 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2007 - 6:26 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

The one 50s sitcom I wish had a quality DVD release would be "Burns And Allen." Columbia House released by mail most of the first filmed season (season 3) and the beginning of Season 4, and for many of the episodes even left in the commercials for Carnation and B.F. Goodrich. Alas, there has been nothing on DVD except for PD releases of kinescopes of the live shows from the first two seasons.

If anything a show that started out live with episodes saved on kinescope and *then* switched to film is a show that stands little chance of getting a good DVD release. The live shows are all in PD and thus make it cost prohibitive to do an official release from the beginning of "Season 1" which would have to include the live shows. "Burns And Allen" as a legit DVD release from Sony, would have to start with Season 3, and it's likely this would confuse a lot of people.

 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2007 - 6:37 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

Burns and Allen WAS a funny show. George Burn's McCadden Productions produced it as well as "Love That Bob" that in terms of storyline existed in the Burns and Allen show universe. He and Gracie appeared on the show a few times as well as Bea Benedaret as their neighbor Blanche. Burns saw what Lucy and Desi had cooking with Desilu and wanted in on that end of tv production as well, just as Danny Thomas and Sheldon Leonard did.

 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2007 - 6:50 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

And for my money, I always felt Gracie Allen was a funnier woman than Lucy. It's unfortunate (I shouldn't use the term "crime") that she never won an Emmy.

 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2007 - 7:46 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

And for my money, I always felt Gracie Allen was a funnier woman than Lucy. It's unfortunate (I shouldn't use the term "crime") that she never won an Emmy.[endquote

Well, she had the best straight man in the business with George Burns- just watch his reactions when she says something stupidly off the wall- he looks at the audience and rolls his cigar around in his mouth. Funny stuff. Gracie was a different type of comedienne than Lucy. Lucy was pratfalls and slapsticky physical comedy, at which she had no peer. She was very Chaplinesque in that regard. God knows I've adored her since I was knee-high.

George Burns used to go to Gracie's grave regularly after her death by heart attack in 1964. I gather at one point he was unfaithful to her. She once remarked, "I wish George would cheat on me again- I need a new fur coat."

 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2007 - 9:29 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Even on radio, when George was playing a different kind of straight man than he did on TV (on radio he did not do the asides to the audience, and he was more the flustered husband) Gracie managed to be hilarious just from her innocent delivery that made her a cut above any kind of "dumb Dora" comedienne that was common to those days. I can still be put on the floor by this exchange with announcer Bill Goodwin just because of her delivery:

Bill: My girlfriend's real nice. She gave me a carnation for my buttonhole.

Gracie: Well that was a silly trade. What could she do with your buttonhole?

 
 Posted:   Feb 20, 2007 - 6:35 AM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

On behalf of my friend Eric Paddon, I'm discussing vintage television. Here are some names:

STEVE ALLEN
DON KNOTTS
LOUIS NYE
TOM POSTON (this guy stole Suzanne from me!)

 
 Posted:   Feb 20, 2007 - 6:37 AM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

PART II.

 
 Posted:   Feb 20, 2007 - 10:48 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

The vintage Steve Allen shows would be great to see on DVD. The repeats of those in the early 90s was probably the best thing Comedy Central ever aired before it became a channel I could never watch again.

Allen's 1962-64 Westinghouse talk show is also extant in the vaults of UCLA Television Archive. There'd be a number of great programs from that show worth seeing on DVD, seeing as how we've had multi-volume releases of full episodes of the Dick Cavett Show on DVD.

 
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