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 Posted:   Dec 1, 2010 - 8:37 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

At the moment, keep in mind that what they're doing is charging $13 for an individual half hour edited show that is *already* available on the big set they just put out which works out to another rip-off rate on the part of Jeff Sozting.

These butchered 30 minute versions I have seen on the official set and they are not well-done IMO, because it's as if there's a conscious effort to *only* do that much because you'll often see things end in mid-interview or see awkward edits to avoid panning down the couch for a guest who was not "cleared" (or put another way, they were too cheap to try).

Still, I have to grudgingly admit that if some unique individual shows from the pre-73 period came out I'd probably do it, but I still would rather see a restoration of the old policy of just letting the individual get ANY episode *uncut* for $100.


Hmm. Sounds troublesome. On the other hand, I'm so starved for GOOD late night TV from bygone days. I can't stand the modern bunch of unfunny, phony hosts. I miss Johnny and everything that went with his era of talk shows.

 
 Posted:   Dec 1, 2010 - 9:01 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

I'll admit I come at this from a bit of a spoiled perspective since thanks to the trade circuit I've probably got a couple hundred plus uncut shows from the 70s and 80s (and a few 60s rarities like the Tiny Tim wedding show), so that's why not being able to get new material in an uncut format can be more frustrating. I realize its different for those who weren't fortunate to get access to the uncut shows when they were available or who aren't connected with the trade circuit and I will grant that a 30 minute thing is certainly better than those repackaged clip packages of the same old same old stuff that had been going on for a long time.

 
 Posted:   Dec 2, 2010 - 2:54 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

The last grail title for me among 60s sitcoms not on DVD is finally coming!

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Car-54-Season-1-Press-Release/14743



The 4-disc set will contain all 30 episodes mastered from the only known set of 35mm fine grain prints known to exist. The set will also contain a cool extra: A newly-shot roundtable conversation between Bronx-raised comedian Robert Klein and two of the regular cast members - Charlotte Rae and Hank Garrett.

http://www.thedigitalbits.com/mytwocentsa187.html#113010b

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2010 - 1:59 AM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

I'll admit I come at this from a bit of a spoiled perspective since thanks to the trade circuit I've probably got a couple hundred plus uncut shows from the 70s and 80s (and a few 60s rarities like the Tiny Tim wedding show), so that's why not being able to get new material in an uncut format can be more frustrating. I realize its different for those who weren't fortunate to get access to the uncut shows when they were available or who aren't connected with the trade circuit and I will grant that a 30 minute thing is certainly better than those repackaged clip packages of the same old same old stuff that had been going on for a long time.

Like the time on The Tonight Show where Don Rickles crashes that thing where Johnny Carson was being tended by those two Geisha girls (where Johnny throws Don in the tub) On "The Tonight Show" compilation set, that thing was slightly edited. Also, on Johnny's final "The Tonight Show", there was a section devoted to the musical performers that were featured on the show that was cut on the compilation set (to avoid paying royalities, of course!). I was fortunate to record this.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2010 - 2:00 AM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

At the moment, keep in mind that what they're doing is charging $13 for an individual half hour edited show that is *already* available on the big set they just put out which works out to another rip-off rate on the part of Jeff Sozting.

These butchered 30 minute versions I have seen on the official set and they are not well-done IMO, because it's as if there's a conscious effort to *only* do that much because you'll often see things end in mid-interview or see awkward edits to avoid panning down the couch for a guest who was not "cleared" (or put another way, they were too cheap to try).

Still, I have to grudgingly admit that if some unique individual shows from the pre-73 period came out I'd probably do it, but I still would rather see a restoration of the old policy of just letting the individual get ANY episode *uncut* for $100.


Hmm. Sounds troublesome. On the other hand, I'm so starved for GOOD late night TV from bygone days. I can't stand the modern bunch of unfunny, phony hosts. I miss Johnny and everything that went with his era of talk shows.


Allardyce, read my post below.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2010 - 2:04 AM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

You have to look at a couple of the specific questions and answers under "Just Others."

"Still waiting for Warner to open up the vaults to their TV Classics from the 50s and 60s. How about giving us: 77 Sunset Strip, Surfside 6, Hawaiian Eye, Bourbon Street Beat, The Alaskans, The Dakotas, Roaring 20s, Colt 45, Sugarfoot, Bronco, Dr. Kildare, Mr. Novak, The Lieutenant, Cain's Hundred, The Thin Man, The Ele...venth Hour, Sam Benedict, Asphalt Jungle, Hank, Many Happy Returns, Harry's Girls, Father of the Bride, National Velvet, The FBI, Please Don't Eat the Daisies, The Little People, Adam's Rib, Mayberry RFD, Courtship of Eddie's Father, Eight is Enough, No Time for Sergeants, Wendy and Me, Girl from UNCLE, Conflict, King's Row, Casablanca and the dozens of other shows that are collecting dust on your shelves?"

"Warner Archive Collection: TARZAN, most definitely. THE GREEN HORNET is not ours to release"


"Any chance of having the Quinn Martin/Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. series "The FBI" out on DVD as well? It was a TV rerun staple of my childhood!

"Warner Archive Collection: Inspector Erskine will be on the case beginning early next year....All 9 seasons are planned...and bonus content, to boot!"


I'm not so sure about "Mayberry R.F.D", because the title and format are owned by Paramount. There WERE plans to release Season 1 earlier this year, but it was cancelled, possibly because of the reasons I stated at the beginning.

 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2010 - 7:55 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

Good news for you Fugitive Fans:
http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Fugitive-Season-4-Volume-2/14774


 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2010 - 6:50 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Another vintage sitcom hits DVD next year as we have S1 of "Dennis The Menace" confirmed for March 29.

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Dennis-Menace-Season-1/14799

 
 Posted:   Dec 17, 2010 - 4:57 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

March 29 will also be the release date for the post-series "Emergency!" TV movies closing the books on that series. It took six years for Universal to put the entire run out, following a strict once-a-year pattern of releases.

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Emergency-The-Final-Rescues/14825

We also have word that Seasons 4 and 5 of "The Donna Reed Show" will eventually come from MPI taking us through the end of Shelley Fabares's time on the show. The last three seasons are still under Sony's direct control whereas these first five seasons are done through the Donna Reed estate.

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Donna-Reed-Seasons-4-and-5/14823

And April 26 for Season 4 of "The Lucy Show".

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Lucy-Season-4/14822

 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2010 - 4:02 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

The remainder of S5 of "Have Gun Will Travel" now announced for February. There's a chance that with just one more year to go this will become the first longer running western series of note to get to completion.

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Gun-Travel-Season-5-Volume-2/14829

 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2010 - 7:24 PM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

Sad news for lovers of Barney Miller, Steve Landesburg has passed away. He and Jack Soo are probably having a rather entertaining discussion somewhere about now.

 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2010 - 7:26 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Sad to hear that and also it's amazing to think of him dead and Abe Vigoda (Fish) still going strong.

 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2010 - 9:48 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Season 3 of "The Virginian" is a go for DVD!

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Virginian-Season-3/14831

But the announcement fails to mention the presence in the season debut of the then unknown Raquel Welch (which is the biggest reason for me to get this!) smile

 
 Posted:   Jan 3, 2011 - 5:28 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

I see that ALL IN THE FAMILY Season 8 (1977-78) will be released on January 11th. Finally, "Edith's Cousin Liz" will be available- a classic, funny as hell!

Product Description
All 24 Original Half-Hour Episodes from 1977-1978

Season Eight of the award-winning television series from Norman Lear earned Emmys for Carroll O’Connor, Jean Stapleton and Rob Reiner, not to mention the award for Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series.

This second to last season finds Archie (O’Connor), Edith (Stapleton) and the Stivics (Reiner and Sally Struthers) battling some difficult issues when Archie buys a bar he cannot afford, Edith questions her faith and Mike and Gloria plan a move to California. As dark as the plots run at times, the laughs always shine through in this perfectly balanced and performed sitcom that inspired spin-offs Maude and The Jeffersons.

 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2011 - 7:56 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

Strange news about the upcoming Columbo movie set...

Columbo - 1991-1993 Collection to be Widescreen
New transfers, new vieo formatPosted by Gord Lacey
1/04/2011


When we first posted about Columbo: The Mystery Movie Collection 1991-1993 we reported that it'd be Full Frame (1.33:1). Universal recently updated their specs, listing the video as Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1), so we contacted them to get the story on the spec change.

Universal is using a new Anamorphic Widescreen transfer for the set, opening up the sides of the picture, much like Warner Bros did with the early seasons of ER (and not what happened to the first season of Kung Fu, which had the tops and bottoms cropped). Obviously these didn't air in widescreen initially, but we're hoping the new transfers look great.

The 3-disc set will be released on February 8, and can be purchased from Amazon.com for $20.99


Taken from: http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Columbo-1993-collection-widescreen/14881#ixzz1AGsLbOlC

 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2011 - 10:51 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Well the Columbo info is a little disconcerting because I'm not all that convinced that episodes shot back in 1991 were done in widescreen with an eye to the future. But we'll wait and see.

Meantime, VEI which unstalled "McMillan And Wife" last year with a S2 release in Canada now announces Season 3!

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/McMillan-Wife-Season-3/14888



And one week later will come their earlier promised release of "Snoop Sisters".

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Snoop-Sisters-The-Complete-Series/14887

Looks as if VEI is going to at least bring "McMillan And Wife" to completion in the R1 market (even though there has still been no US release of S2) long-term which will mean eventually 2/3rds of the classic NBC Mystery Movie will be on DVD.

 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2011 - 4:50 PM   
 By:   TheSaint   (Member)

Figured you'd beat me to the McM & W S3 news. Does VEI think S2 won't sell in the US?

 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2011 - 4:55 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Wish I knew what the deal was on S2 in the US, because the TV shows article suggests they're considering a US street date for S3 and Snoop Sisters. Maybe they've forgotten they never did S2 in the US???

Whatever the case, I'm glad more is coming. Yet another episode with Barbara Rhoades makes it to DVD! big grin

 
 Posted:   Jan 7, 2011 - 1:44 AM   
 By:   chriss   (Member)

Wish I knew what the deal was on S2 in the US, because the TV shows article suggests they're considering a US street date for S3 and Snoop Sisters. Maybe they've forgotten they never did S2 in the US???

It is strange that S2 is already oop at amazon.ca:
http://www.amazon.ca/McMillan-Wife-Season-Rock-Hudson/dp/B003QTDH8E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1294393183&sr=1-1-spell

 
 Posted:   Jan 7, 2011 - 10:59 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

I'm glad I got it right away if one can't even get it in Canada at this point!

 
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