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 Posted:   Jul 16, 2010 - 1:42 AM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

Timeless previously a two volume "Best of" set for the 1960-62 series "Checkmate". Now we're getting the whole two year run in one package.

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Checkmate-The-Complete-Series/13724



Someone needs to tell Timeless though, that just because a series is part of the Universal vault doesn't mean it originally aired on NBC. "Checkmate" was a CBS series. They've also put the Peacock logo on their "Alias Smith And Jones" set even though that was on ABC.



I was going to say- the peacock made no sense. My parents watched CHECKMATE in it's original network run when I was around 5 years old. That's all I remember of it. I don't remember it ever being re-run.


Interestingly, C.B.S. Video released the first three seasons of "The Untouchables" on D.V.D. (even though it originally aired on A.B.C., except for the pilot, which aired on "Desilu Playhouse", which on aired on C.B.S., making the releases a sort of full circle). Also, "Checkmate was produced by JaMco Productions (Jack Benny's production company) in association with Revue Television.

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2010 - 11:08 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

#1-We receive our second confirmation from a Fox executive at Home Theater Forum that the final episodes of "Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea" will be out by year's end, so expect an announcement on that come August-September if it's timed for a December release.

"We will have a box set later this year celebrating 75 years of 20th Century Fox - it will include Cavalcade. The remaining episodes of Voyage... will be out by the end of the year and Elia Kazan's A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN is also coming with a lot more Kazan. I will confirm when I can..."

#2-And "Gunsmoke" resumes with the first half of Season 4 in late October (a gap of some 16 months between releases) and the best part is CBS/Paramount will include a missing episode from Season 2 "How To Cure A Friend" that they didn't include in S2 because they instead used a similarly titled episode from Season 5 by mistake!

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Gunsmoke-Season-4-Volume-1-Announced/14136

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2010 - 11:25 AM   
 By:   Scott M (Oldsmith)   (Member)

#1-We receive our second confirmation from a Fox executive at Home Theater Forum that the final episodes of "Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea" will be out by year's end, so expect an announcement on that come August-September if it's timed for a December release.

Oh man that would be great. Finally.

 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2010 - 8:40 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

Anybody familiar with a '60s show called The Mothers-in-Law ? I've never heard of it. Complete series released on DVD today. Ultra-cheap.

http://www.amazon.com/Mothers-Law-Complete-8pc/dp/B003JHXS5A/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1280245071&sr=1-6

 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2010 - 9:20 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Anybody familiar with a '60s show called The Mothers-in-Law ? I've never heard of it. Complete series released on DVD today. Ultra-cheap.

http://www.amazon.com/Mothers-Law-Complete-8pc/dp/B003JHXS5A/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1280245071&sr=1-6


The series was a co-production of Desi Arnaz Productions and United Artists Television for NBC. Until recently, the rights to this series have complicated in terms of distribution outside of home video. A number of entities, among them Desilu, Too (successor to Arnaz Productions), Eve Arden's estate, MGM (which is a majority owner of UA), and CBS Television Distribution (successor to the original Desilu company), have been believed to have some involvement in the rights, and many different companies (including The Samuel Goldwyn Company, whose holdings are, in part, also owned by MGM) have re-issued the series in syndication, mostly in scratchy 16MM prints. Whatever the case, both the copyright and the underlying rights to the series now stand with Desilu, Too.

MPI Home Video (under license from Desilu, Too) will release the complete series of The Mothers-in-Law on DVD in Region 1 on July 27, 2010. This new release will include a new introduction from Desi Arnaz, Jr., an interview with Kaye Ballard (one of the few surviving stars of this series), original sponsor tags, cast commercials, scripts for unproduced episodes, and other failed pilots from Arnaz Productions.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mothers-in-Law

 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2010 - 7:01 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

Several episodes of THE MOTHERS IN LAW are available on Youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgRWUafKIU8

Boy, do I still hate that theme music....

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2010 - 8:36 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

Several episodes of THE MOTHERS IN LAW are available on Youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgRWUafKIU8

Boy, do I still hate that theme music....


Probably Desi Arnaz' idea, judging from that the main title starts off with the sound of a conga drum!

 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2010 - 9:30 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

If we're talking about 60s sitcom with the word "mother" in the title, could any theme song be worse than this one? smile

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siOZDZ1A0OM

 
 Posted:   Aug 10, 2010 - 9:03 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

August proves to be a very great month overall for vintage TV!

Last week we had S9 of "Hawaii Five-O."

Today we have S5 of "Adam-12".

On the 24th, "The Patty Duke Show" joins the ranks of the completed.

On the same day we get "McMillan And Wife" S2 at last.

And "Thriller" on the 31st which I have just ordered as a blind buy simply because I could get it at a ridiculously low price (Amazon discount plus a gift card from trade-ins enabled me to get the $150 set for $63 which is more reasonable for a two season set!)

September has just one title of import for me, "Ellery Queen" on the 28th, but October will be giving us "Gunsmoke" S4 V1, "All In The Family" S7, "Mary Tyler Moore" S7 (and joining the completed), and "Bionic Woman" S1.

Still on the horizon for possible release by end of year are "Fugitive" S4 and the final episodes of "Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea." "Ironside" S4 is also supposed to be available by then.

All of which goes to show that even in a year of "slowdown" we're still getting plenty of good vintage TV on DVD to keep us satisfied for years to come.

 
 Posted:   Aug 10, 2010 - 11:24 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

Thriller is $150??? Sheesh.

 
 Posted:   Aug 10, 2010 - 12:01 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

That's the retail price. Amazon has it for $105, but that's still too steep for a two season show IMO so I only got it when I could knock the price down further.

I imagine Deep Discount will have it for probably around $100.

 
 Posted:   Aug 10, 2010 - 5:13 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

Wait a month or two, you'll find used and discounted copies by the bushel on Amazon. I'm not impatient enough to spend that kind of money.

 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2010 - 9:31 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Season 1 of "Highway Patrol" now available as part of MGM's on-demand series.

http://www.amazon.com/HIGHWAY-PATROL-Season-1-MGM/dp/B003BLPEHE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1281587387&sr=8-2

This is the second TV series to be released in this package. S2 of "Flipper" was the first.

 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2010 - 6:22 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Season 2 of "Wagon Train" announced for release by Timeless. This will actually make three of the show's eight seasons now out on DVD since the seventh season (the lone color year) was previously released and then Season 1.

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Wagon-Train-Season-2/14243

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 13, 2010 - 11:52 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

Season 1 of "Highway Patrol" now available as part of MGM's on-demand series.

http://www.amazon.com/HIGHWAY-PATROL-Season-1-MGM/dp/B003BLPEHE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1281587387&sr=8-2

This is the second TV series to be released in this package. S2 of "Flipper" was the first.



Well, it's about time!

 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2010 - 6:17 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

S4 V1 of "The Fugitive" announced!

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Fugitive-Season-4-Volume-1/14309

 
 Posted:   Aug 24, 2010 - 8:51 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Although these are not truly vintage titles by my definition, I mention them to note that Warner is now entering the "MOD" approach for TV series releases, but instead of a vintage title this is what they'll be doing with S4 of "Night Court" and S2 of "Falcon Crest" respectively.

 
 Posted:   Aug 24, 2010 - 8:55 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

Although these are not truly vintage titles by my definition, I mention them to note that Warner is now entering the "MOD" approach for TV series releases, but instead of a vintage title this is what they'll be doing with S4 of "Night Court" and S2 of "Falcon Crest" respectively.

Are we talking CD-Rs here? Man I hope that doesn't become the norm. "Hey, here's a wonderful season box set, but it'll start crapping out in about 10 years. Enjoy!" Ugg.

 
 Posted:   Aug 24, 2010 - 1:00 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

I don't know if it will be DVD-R like MGM's releases. It could be professionally produced but only available on-line like Shout! has done as well.

Meantime, my S2 of "McMillan And Wife" arrived from Canada today. The packaging switched to a single Amray case in not good fashion but at least this series is rescued from limbo land at last!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 24, 2010 - 2:32 PM   
 By:   Disco Stu   (Member)

Season 1 of "Highway Patrol" now available as part of MGM's on-demand series.

http://www.amazon.com/HIGHWAY-PATROL-Season-1-MGM/dp/B003BLPEHE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1281587387&sr=8-2

This is the second TV series to be released in this package. S2 of "Flipper" was the first.


Flipper? Really Flipper? Spider-man and Green Hornet still not out but flippin' Flipper is put on DVD?
What the blazes is the world coming to?!!!

D.S.

 
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