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 Posted:   Sep 30, 2010 - 12:49 AM   
 By:   TheSaint   (Member)

Mannix S4 will be coming in January.

Woo hoo!

 
 Posted:   Oct 5, 2010 - 10:38 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea, S4 V2. Looks like we'll have a release date of December 21.

We have two early 60s B/W sitcoms that look to be coming to DVD in 2011. "Car 54 Where Are You?" (a big Grail title for me!) and "I'm Dickens, He's Fenster" (which I have no interest in).

And today, a real faux paus with the final season release of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." Even though the packaging says in big bold words and the press release promised it, the original cast "Curtain Call" credits that ended the original broadcast of the last show IS NOT PRESENT. Not on the episode, not as a supplement, nowhere. Fox has engaged in blatant false advertising on this point and if they fail to fix it, they're a disgrace.

The episodes themself are uncut at least with Mary's hilarious "One For My Baby" performance left alone but as I expected, Ted's singing of "Tonight" in the funny "Mary's THree Husbands" episode has been altered.

 
 Posted:   Oct 5, 2010 - 10:47 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea, S4 V2. Looks like we'll have a release date of December 21.

We have two early 60s B/W sitcoms that look to be coming to DVD in 2011. "Car 54 Where Are You?" (a big Grail title for me!) and "I'm Dickens, He's Fenster" (which I have no interest in).

And today, a real faux paus with the final season release of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." Even though the packaging says in big bold words and the press release promised it, the original cast "Curtain Call" credits that ended the original broadcast of the last show IS NOT PRESENT. Not on the episode, not as a supplement, nowhere. Fox has engaged in blatant false advertising on this point and if they fail to fix it, they're a disgrace.

The episodes themself are uncut at least with Mary's hilarious "One For My Baby" performance left alone but as I expected, Ted's singing of "Tonight" in the funny "Mary's THree Husbands" episode has been altered.


That's a disapointment, it hasn't been aired since re-runs in the late 70's early 80's.

 
 Posted:   Oct 6, 2010 - 6:49 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)


And today, a real faux paus with the final season release of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." Even though the packaging says in big bold words and the press release promised it, the original cast "Curtain Call" credits that ended the original broadcast of the last show IS NOT PRESENT. Not on the episode, not as a supplement, nowhere. Fox has engaged in blatant false advertising on this point and if they fail to fix it, they're a disgrace.

The episodes themself are uncut at least with Mary's hilarious "One For My Baby" performance left alone but as I expected, Ted's singing of "Tonight" in the funny "Mary's THree Husbands" episode has been altered.


GRRRR. Do you have any contacts at Fox that we could write to, Eric? And how was Ted's song altered? Replaced with something else? Was the scene cut. So infuriating. I was going to buy the set this week but maybe I'll wait to see what Fox is going to do about the curtain call.

EDIT - I contacted Bill Hunt of thedigitalbits.com who is always loaded with inside info. I've asked him to see if he can find out anything from Fox on this subject.

 
 Posted:   Oct 6, 2010 - 9:03 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Footage hasn't been cut on the scene. What's happened is that we hear a dubbed voice that may or may not be a soundalike doing "Danny Boy" instead with the lyrics "Teddy Boy". I can remember seeing the original "Tonight" version in reruns through the late 80s and I think it was actually first changed with the Nick reruns in the 90s.

 
 Posted:   Oct 6, 2010 - 9:47 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Well here's a strange update on the missing "Curtain Call" situation from MTM-7. It seems that buyers of the set in Canada are reporting that their copies HAVE the curtain call but not the revised syndicated ending. Curioser and curioser.

The ideal situation IMO should have been to just have the episode proper with the syndicated ending for consistency and the Curtain Call as a bonus. While I think its important to have the Curtain Call ending on DVD, I do think its more appropriate to have the regular theme music one last time as well.

One great thing about having the episodes on DVD uncut length wise is that at no time have we been stuck with the shorter syndicated opening which a truncated instrumental of the theme. For many years the syndicated version of "The Last Show" used that opening!

 
 Posted:   Oct 7, 2010 - 6:39 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

Well here's a strange update on the missing "Curtain Call" situation from MTM-7. It seems that buyers of the set in Canada are reporting that their copies HAVE the curtain call but not the revised syndicated ending. Curioser and curioser.


Does Canada have a different DVD region? Do I need to order the set from a moose?

 
 Posted:   Oct 7, 2010 - 8:57 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

Here's an important update from TVShowsonDVD.com:

The Mary Tyler Moore Show - Replacement Disc Available for Missing 'Final Curtain Call' on Season 7
A limited number of copies of this week's North American release were affectedPosted by David Lambert
10/07/2010

This week Fox Home Entertainment released The Mary Tyler Moore Show - The Complete 7th Season on DVD. This final season of the show had been announced as including the fan-requested "Final Curtain Call" sequence at the end of the series finale, which had only aired during the original broadcast of that episode. When the title arrived in stores (and in customers' hands) this past Tuesday, we immediately began getting feedback from fans that the Final Curtain Call wasn't included on their sets. We've looked into this, and found out that it is only an issue on a limited number of sets, and that most customers will find the scene intact on their copy (we have indeed heard from quite a few customers who do have it on their discs, so that's confirmed).

For customers who unfortunately received a disc with this scene missing, you can contact the Fox Customer Service number toll-free at 888-223-4369 and request a replacement disc. At this time all you need is the date of purchase, and the retailer your set was purchased from. Our understanding is that the customer service team has been briefed, so if you have previously contacted them and were told something different, please try again because they should now be up to date. Kudos to the studio for taking care of the fans!


Taken from: http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Mary-Tyler-Moore-Season-7/14514#ixzz11gmqOzWL

 
 Posted:   Oct 7, 2010 - 10:46 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Well I called for a replacement but I think what still isn't clear is whether the "correct" version has BOTH endings. I'd have to keep both discs if that's the only way to have both versions.

 
 Posted:   Oct 7, 2010 - 10:49 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

Well I called for a replacement but I think what still isn't clear is whether the "correct" version has BOTH endings. I'd have to keep both discs if that's the only way to have both versions.

I just wish I knew where I could get one that I won't have to replace. I'm guessing Amazon would not be the ideal source 'cause they're probably loaded with the problem discs. What to do what to do.

Did the original broadcast close with the curtain call and no subsequent credit sequence? I find it hard to believe that there is no credit sequence on the DVD.

 
 Posted:   Oct 7, 2010 - 12:12 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

The original broadcast was playing the credits over the curtain call.

 
 Posted:   Oct 11, 2010 - 3:12 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Rapid turnaround for the second half of S4 of "Gunsmoke", which comes out just two months after the first half. Of course this is the kind of show that really should have FULL season sets released at once.

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Gunsmoke-Season-4-Volume-2/14532

 
 Posted:   Oct 14, 2010 - 3:35 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

My copy of S4 of "Ironside" arrived today! A year ago at this time, I would have considered it miraculous to get S3 to DVD, and now we've got the Eve Whitfield era completed.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 14, 2010 - 11:31 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

YES! One of my Holy Of Holies titles for DVD release, "Ellery Queen", the great 1975-76 sleuth show with Jim Hutton and David Wayne is coming this August!

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Ellery-Queen-The-Complete-Series/13669

Only concern at this point is if the two hour pilot "Too Many Suspects" will be included because the timing of this doesn't sound right in terms of how long the set is.


The pilot movie had Peter Lawford in the title role. Good film. I bought this series on DVD on eBay a couple of years ago for over a hundred bucks. It was a pirated version but didn't look like it from the artwork and pro looking DVD's. Better than nothing I guess. Elmer Bernstein wrote the theme and scored many of the episodes. The entire main line for his Johnny Staccatto theme even showed up in one of the later episodes. EB enjoyed this show and liked Hutton a lot. I sure hope they include the Lawford movie. This is a great release.


The pilot film was called "Ellery Queen: Don't Look Behind You" and aired in 10/'71.

 
 Posted:   Oct 15, 2010 - 12:19 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

"Don't Look Behind You" has nothing to do with the subsequent EQ series. It was only a pilot for a version of EQ that thankfully never came off.

 
 Posted:   Oct 27, 2010 - 7:51 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Columbo news:

Wow! Today it's been over a year since we reported that Columbo - The Mystery Movie Collection 1991-1992 was "coming soon". That was according to a screen card promoting the planned title, one that was found among the trailers on the July 2009 release of Murder, She Wrote - The Complete 10th Season. That's a long time to wait, and fans have been asking us from time to time what the fate of this release turned out to be. Today we've found out!

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced that Columbo - The Mystery Movie Collection 1991-1993 (note the changed year!) would be coming out at last this February 8th. It's a 3-DVD set with full frame video, English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo sound, and English subtitles. Cost is $26.98 SRP. Box art isn't available yet, but below is a copy-and-paste of the studio's description for this release:
Peter Falk is back in all his rumpled, trenchcoat-wearing glory as police lieutenant Columbo in six captivating two-hour TV movies that aired between 1991-1993. Join the four-time Primetime Emmy winner for "just one more thing" as he goes after sure-footed suspects with his offbeat wit, wily charm, and dogged persistence. Featuring such amazing guest stars as Faye Dunaway (Bonnie and Clyde), Penny Johnson Jerald (24), Little Richard, George Hamilton (Dynasty), Louis Herthum (The Last Exorcism) and Rip Torn (Men In Black), it's a must-see 3-disc collection that will keep you on the edge of your seat with one of the mystery genre's most beloved icons.


http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Columbo-Mystery-Movie-Collection-1991-1993/14612

 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2010 - 6:45 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

I hope Columbo sells well enough to warrant the next set, which will feature William Shatner as the hammy radio personality Fielding Chase! That's one of me '90s Columbo favs.

 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2010 - 9:11 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

There would only need to be one more DVD release after this one to complete the entire series of 90s episodes. I'm not much of a fan of them because to me the problem is that (1) they overstressed Columbo's eccentricities and made him too much of a caricature at times (2) the stories themselves are not as well-plotted as the 70s ones, often using an inappropriate film noir atmosphere to compensate for lack of layered clues that lets us see how Columbo figures out things are not as the killer tried to make it seem.


 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2010 - 9:19 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

There would only need to be one more DVD release after this one to complete the entire series of 90s episodes. I'm not much of a fan of them because to me the problem is that (1) they overstressed Columbo's eccentricities and made him too much of a caricature at times (2) the stories themselves are not as well-plotted as the 70s ones, often using an inappropriate film noir atmosphere to compensate for lack of layered clues that lets us see how Columbo figures out things are not as the killer tried to make it seem.

Absolutely agree that the '90s episodes are flawed. I like them up to a point, but they don't come close to the original series. Even so, I love the Shatner episode because he just chews the scenery like only he can. Out of the first batch of '90s episodes that were released (or maybe it was '89), the only one that I thought was really strong was the first one with Anthony Andrews. That had a bit of the old school Columbo to it. The rest of them were inconsistent. I hated the scene in one of them where Columbo plays with a marching band (or something like that). The scene was just silly and didn't fit within the story or any logic at all.

 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2010 - 10:05 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

I think the strongest 90s ones were in the second batch released (the most recent one) which had Patrick McGoohan as the campaign advisor (though even that appearance, which he won an Emmy for, isn't as good as his two 70s appearances as a military school commandant, and then as a spy in a send-up of his whole Danger Man/Prisoner persona) and also the one where Columbo thinks the sleazy magazine publisher has killed Diedre Hall.

 
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