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 Posted:   Aug 23, 2011 - 11:09 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)



This past Friday we alerted you that the Man from U.N.C.L.E. spin-off series starring Hart to Hart's Stefanie Powers, The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., was set to be available on DVD from the Warner Archive tomorrow, August 23rd. It will be available in two half-season sets for $39.95 SRP each, titled The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. - The Complete Series, Part 1 and The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. - The Complete Series, Part 2. Or you can buy a bundle of both halves together at $59.95 SRP, saving twenty dollars in the process.

When these manufacture-on-demand titles went up for pre-order at the studio's WBshop.com online store this past Saturday (see the link above), the studio also added a related MOD title which they hadn't previously told us about! That is "The Man from U.N.C.L.E. - 8 Movies Collection", a 4-disc set running 734 minutes, and priced at $39.95 SRP.

Did we say "movies"? Yes, these are theatrical films. So why are we covering these? Because they are actually expanded versions of various U.N.C.L.E. television episodes, which the studio took and expanded, and bridged them together with some additional footage (including a bit of "inappropriate-for-TV-of-the-era" stuff better suited for theaters), and showed them in color (in a black-and-white TV era), in the cinemas. Mostly overseas. In the USA, these were sometimes seen in theaters, but at some point were available for television syndication, too. The 8 movies are:

To Trap a Spy
One of Our Spies is Missing
One Spy Too Many
The Spy with My Face
The Spy in the Green Hat
The Karate Killers
The Helicopter Spies
How to Steal the World

Since The Man from U.N.C.L.E. - The Complete Series is already out on DVD from Warner Home Video (after first being available exclusively form Time Life), and the 1983 production of The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The 15 Years Later Affair reunion telefilm is also on DVD from CBS/Paramount, then this release of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. - 8 Movies Collection along with the complete run of The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. tomorrow should wrap things up for fans of the show long before the Steven Soderbergh-directed U.N.C.L.E film, planned for 2012, hits theaters. Here's a high-res look at the box cover for The Man from U.N.C.L.E. - 8 Movies Collection:

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Man-UNCLE-8-Movies-Collection/15840

 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2011 - 11:12 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

This past Friday a fan named Jerry Bryant posted a queston on the Facebook fan page of the Warner Archive Collection, asking them about Wizards and Warriors. The team behind the WB studio's manufacture-on-demand (MOD) releases gave Jerry an answer that had both bad and good news:

"We've been wanting to release W&W for quite a while, but we're in limbo at the moment. Substantial technical work on the film elements for each of the episodes is required before we can master them to video. There is no ETA on when the work will be complete. We'd like to think that a release could be effected at some point next year, but we can't firm up our plans until the tech work is a done deal. We'll keep fans posted with any updates here as they develop."

So the 1983 show, which ran for just 8 hour-long episodes and starred Jeff Conaway, Julia Duffy, Walter Olkewicz, Duncan Regehr, Clive Revill and Randi Brooks, is indeed on the radar for DVD release. However, it's going to be a while before the studio can get the clean-up and prep work done to make it happen. Stay tuned, of course, and we'll keep you updated!

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Wizards-Warriors-DVDs-Planned/15838

 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2011 - 11:57 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)


Eric, do you think that future D.V.D.s of seasons of "The F.B.I." will include the "Most Wanted Criminals" segments?


I doubt it, because I have never seen those on any of the syndicated repeats, even the ones cleaned up for more recent cable airings. While it would be fascinating to see them, especially the time James Earl Ray was mentioned while he was wanted for Dr. King's murder, I think those were snipped for the same reason the integrated Ford plug in the opening credits is always snipped.

 
 Posted:   Sep 8, 2011 - 5:59 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Dr. Daniel Westin is a scientist at government think-tank KLAE Corporation, until he is rendered invisible by a formula he concocted. Upon discovering that the government intends to use his formula for evil, he destroys the only batch. With no way to become visible again, he dons a realistic face mask and gloves, and becomes a crime-fighting agent for KLAE while also working in the lab with his wife, Kate, in an attempt to rediscover his formula.

Star David McCallum is widely recognized from his roles on NCIS, Ben 10, The Replacements and the Man From U.N.C.L.E.; also stars Melinda O. Fee (The Guiding Light, Nightmare on Elm Street, Young & Restless, Days of Our Lives), Craig Stevens (Peter Gunn, Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde). Guest stars include Loni Anderson (WKRP in Cincinnati) and Pat Harrington Jr. (One Day at a Time).

Co-created by Stephen Bochco (who has won 12 Emmys and been nominated an additional 32 times; he created Hill Street Blues, Doogie Howser MD, LA Law and NYPD Blue) and Harve Bennett (who was executive producer of the Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, and Gemini Man; he also wrote and produced Star Trek II, III, IV and V).
VEI (Visual Entertainment Inc.) of Canada has announced that the classic 1975 science fiction series is coming home at last, on both DVD and high-def Blu-ray Disc, with their October 25th release of The Invisible Man - The Complete Series! Our information is early, so we don't have all the details, but we do know that you'll get a 3-disc set priced at $24.95 SRP for the DVD version, and $29.95 SRP for the Blu-ray. There's no word yet on extras, and below we've got some early art (possibly temp art) that is not finalized, and is probably going to change (perhaps into something a bit more collectible, like with a slip cover for example). Amazon's U.S. branch isn't listing this title at the moment, but north of the border customers can pre-order it - in either format - from Amazon.ca using the button link provided:



http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Invisible-Man-The-Complete-Series/15898

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 8, 2011 - 12:04 PM   
 By:   quiller007   (Member)





Wow! Now here's something I never thought I'd see on dvd.
I'm starting to feel better about some of the other short-lived shows
I want getting a dvd release. smile

Btw, THE INVISIBLE MAN sports a great theme by Henry Mancini.

Den

 
 Posted:   Sep 8, 2011 - 2:35 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Short-lived sci-fi oriented series always seem to make it to DVD sooner or later. I have a dim memory watching the end of an episode once when it first aired. I'll be getting it since it has one of my favorites, Nancy Kovack's, last acting roles in one episode.

 
 Posted:   Sep 8, 2011 - 5:29 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

Is the pending release of the complete McMillan & Wife news around here? I saw an announcement for it today, but I can't imagine Mr. Paddon doesn't already know! Perhaps all the seasons have been previously released. I haven't followed the release schedule of this show closely...

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/McMillan-Wife-The-Complete-Series/15902

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 8, 2011 - 6:03 PM   
 By:   quiller007   (Member)

Is the pending release of the complete McMillan & Wife news around here?

No, seeing as how I posted this announcement some time ago. smile


I saw an announcement for it today, but I can't imagine Mr. Paddon doesn't already know! Perhaps all the seasons have been previously released. I haven't followed the release schedule of this show closely...


All six seasons should be out individually by now. I'm going to pass
on the complete set since I already have seasons 1 thru 4. I only
need season 5. I don't even want season 6 since Susan St. James
and Nancy Walker were no longer part of the show.

Den

 
 Posted:   Sep 8, 2011 - 6:05 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

There's no need to get it if one has been getting the indvidual releases already unless VEI goes the extra mile and reissues S1 on single-sided discs and then *maybe* it's worth it at some future time.

 
 Posted:   Sep 8, 2011 - 6:14 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

I hate double-sided discs. Hate them all. I'm working my way through a show right now of which seasons 1 - 3 are on double-sided discs. Nothing but trouble and inferior picture quality. Pfft.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 8, 2011 - 7:23 PM   
 By:   quiller007   (Member)



I've never had any problems with double-sided discs, at least to the
extent that other people have reported. I bet the season one
McMillan & Wife dvds in this complete series set are on single-sided discs.
I just wish that VEI had used all the proper Mystery Movie openings,
instead of the same one over and over. Season 2 didn't even have
the opening.

Den

 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2011 - 7:16 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)



We have some special Saturday news posts for you today! It's not listed yet at the WBshop studio store (although a triple-feature DVD set of the original theatrical trilogy sure is!), but at Warner's password-protected B2B site this morning we found that overnight the Warner Archive Collection had added a piece of box art for the 1973 television series Shaft! You can see that below.

For those who don't remember, the original film trilogy (Shaft, Shaft's Big Score and Shaft in Africa) hit theaters from Summer 1971 to Summer 1973, starring Richard Roundtree as private detective John Shaft. The character's song, "Theme from Shaft" by Isaac Hayes, was a huge hit and won both an Oscar and Grammy award. But the third film didn't live up to financial expectations, yet the character was still very popular, so in the fall of 1973 Shaft resurfaced as a TV series, but still with Roundtree starring as "the cat that won't cop out when there's danger all about".

Shaft on TV was actually a series-within-a-series, as each "episode" was a feature-length telefilm that aired under the umbrella program "The New CBS Tuesday Night Movies." The show was short-lived, however, and only 7 of these "TV movie" episodes were produced: "The Enforcers," "The Killing," "Hit-Run," "The Kidnapping," "Cop Killer," "The Capricorn Murders" and "The Murder Machine". Now it looks like the Warner Archive Collection is preparing to gather these together into Shaft - The TV Movie Collection. Right now, though, we only have this early look at the package art (which could be subject to change). We don't have a date, cost, or any other details. Stay tuned, however, and we'll update you just as soon as we know anything further!

http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Shaft-TV-Movie-Collection/15911

 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2011 - 5:48 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)



Peter Graves reprises his role as Jim Phelps, the brilliant and charismatic leader of the Impossible Missions Force. Summoned out of retirement, Phelps organizes a new team of I.M.F. agents in order to carry out dangerous and complex assignments. The revival of the classic, award-winning spy show that launched the blockbuster film franchise debuts on DVD with its first explosive season! 5 disc set - released in time for the December theatrical debut of the Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol film - includes all 19 first season episodes introducing the new IMF team. Notable Guest Stars: Parker Stevenson (The Hardy Boys), Maud Adams (Octopussy), Lynda Day George (Mission: Impossible).

Peter Graves, Jane Badler (seen in both the old and new versions of V) and Phil Morris (seen in Smallville, and who is the son of original M:I star Greg Morris) are among the cast of the 1988 revival for Mission: Impossible. The first of that show's two seasons has been announced for DVD release on November 29th, titled as "Mission: Impossible - The '88 TV Season". The 5-disc set runs 923 minutes and includes the guest stars mentioned in the studio description quoted above. Another guest star, seen in the show's debut episode, is John de Lancie (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Torchwood: Miracle Day). Here's the package art for this title:


CORRECTION: The date above, November 29th, is now correct. Due to a typographical error, the date originally showed up as the 19th. We regret any confusion this may have caused.

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Mission-Impossible-The-88-TV-Season/15925

 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2011 - 1:56 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Last week we broke the news about the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases for The Invisible Man - The Complete Series, the 1975 classic starring David McCallum (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.). It has a great pedigree, being co-created by Stephen Bochco (Hill Street Blues, Doogie Howser M.D., NYPD Blue) and Harve Bennett Six Million Dollar Man, Gemini Man, The Bionic Woman). This is one of the classic '70s sci-fi shows fans have been yearning for! And Visual Entertainment Inc. (VEI) is delivering it on October 25th, in both standard and high-def formats.

In our earlier report, we had an early image that was cautioned you was not likely to be the actual box art, and we've turned out to be correct. Today VEI sent over the finalized image of the outer "o-ring" slip that will be used for the DVD (expect the same thing for the Blu version, too), and we've got that for you below. The goal of any home video release's front cover is to catch the eyes of fans in stores, and to capture the very essence of the show. There is no doubt in my mind that this handsome package art does EXACTLY that! Very nice, very clever...kudos to VEI on this one! Check it out:



http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Invisible-Man-The-Complete-Series/15952

 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2011 - 3:11 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

A Shout spokesman at Home Theater Forum just posted some fascinating news regarding early 2012 releases of 70s cop show titles.

The long-delayed S6 of Adam-12 is apparently on for January. Much later than I would have preferred but I hope this time frame is definite at last.

But here comes the news that will excite other people though it doesn't have me jumping for joy too much since these are not what I consider favorite titles of mine (and I'm still asking where the hell is "Ironside" S5!). Scheduled for 2012, no specific dates yet are a trio of abandoned 70s Sony cop shows:

The Rookies S2
Police Woman S2
SWAT S2.

The last one, if it gets released is going to set the record for the longest gap in-between releases as S1 was released way back in 2002! That means a gap of TEN YEARS in between releases just to finish a two season title!

"The Rookies" I would note was missing its pilot movie in its S1 release which had Darren McGavin instead of Gerald S. O'Loughlin. That and "Police Woman" will mark resuscitation after five-six years of inaction.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2011 - 4:08 PM   
 By:   quiller007   (Member)

A Shout spokesman at Home Theater Forum just posted some fascinating news regarding early 2012 releases of 70s cop show titles.

The long-delayed S6 of Adam-12 is apparently on for January. Much later than I would have preferred but I hope this time frame is definite at last.

But here comes the news that will excite other people though it doesn't have me jumping for joy too much since these are not what I consider favorite titles of mine (and I'm still asking where the hell is "Ironside" S5!). Scheduled for 2012, no specific dates yet are a trio of abandoned 70s Sony cop shows:

The Rookies S2
Police Woman S2
SWAT S2.

The last one, if it gets released is going to set the record for the longest gap in-between releases as S1 was released way back in 2002! That means a gap of TEN YEARS in between releases just to finish a two season title!

"The Rookies" I would note was missing its pilot movie in its S1 release which had Darren McGavin instead of Gerald S. O'Loughlin. That and "Police Woman" will mark resuscitation after five-six years of inaction.



And it's ABOUT FRIGGIN' TIME!!!! Sheesh. I've been waiting forever
to get the rest of the seasons for all three of these of shows,
especially POLICE WOMAN.

Thanks for the info, Eric.

Den

 
 Posted:   Sep 23, 2011 - 5:56 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE




"The coolest adventure/espionage series of the late '60s" - Cinema Retro

ENTERTAINMENT ONE CRACKS OPEN THE CLASSIC TELEVISION
VAULTS TO RELEASE THE NEVER-BEFORE-AVAILABLE ICONIC '60s
SPY SERIES STARRING GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER ROBERT WAGNER
AND A DAZZLING LINEUP OF A-LIST GUEST STARS

IT TAKES A THIEF
THE COMPLETE SERIES

Street Date: October 25, 2011
DVD SRP (18 disc set): $199.98



Fusing the heist and espionage genres, IT TAKES A THIEF was an action-adventure series that aired on ABC for two-and-a-half seasons between January 9, 1968, and March 24, 1970. Marking the TV debut of six-time Golden Globe Nominee Robert Wagner (Austin Powers, "Hart to Hart"), the cult classic series was inspired by Hitchcock's 1955 Cary Grant film, To Catch a Thief, and was among the last of the 1960s spy television genre. Never-before-available on ANY format, Entertainment One presents IT TAKES A THIEF: THE COMPLETE SERIES in a collectible 18-disc set containing all 66 digitally remastered episodes and a host of bonus featurettes and extras.

Stealing to finance his life as a playboy and sophisticate, Alexander Mundy (Wagner) was the world's greatest cat burglar... until the day he got caught. But thievery skills are an asset in the world of espionage, so Mundy is pardoned when he agrees to use his wily ways to help steal for the SIA, an American espionage agency. Technically under house arrest, Mundy then travels the world over, performing daring acts of thievery in the name of Uncle Sam. He also works closely with SIA department head, Noah Bain ('70s TV mainstay, Malachi Throne), his boss, aide, friend and watchdog. It was Throne who also lent his deep distinctive voice to the split-screen credit sequence set to Dave Grusin's memorable theme, saying: "Oh, look, Al, I'm not asking you to spy, just asking you to steal."

The series was created by Emmy Award winning television writer Roland Kibbee - who had written for "The Virginian" and "The Bob Newhart Show", and would go on to write for "Columbo" and "Barney Miller". And, along with Fred Astaire, who became a semi-regular as Alexander's retired burglar dad, Alister, IT TAKES A THIEF also boasted a who's who of A-list guest stars including Season One's Raymond Burr ("Perry Mason", Rear Window), Susan Saint James ("Kate & Allie", "McMillan and Wife"), Gavin MacLeod ("The Love Boat", "Mary Tyler Moore"), Tina Louise ("Gilligan's Island", The Stepford Wives), Bill Bixby ("The Incredible Hulk", "The Magician") and Eve Plumb ("The Brady Bunch", Little Women), Season Two's Ricardo Montalbon ("Fantasy Island", The Naked Gun), Joseph Cotton (Citizen Kane, The Third Man), Richard Kiel (The Spy Who Loved Me, Happy Gilmore), George Takei ("Star Trek", "Heroes"), Teri Garr (Young Frankenstein, Tootsie), Roddy McDowall (Planet of the Apes, Cleopatra) and Julie Newmar ("Batman", Seven Brides of Seven Brothers) and Season Three's Peter Sellers (The Pink Panther, Dr. Strangelove), Frankie Avalon (Grease, The Alamo), Elsa Lanchester (Mary Poppins, The Bride of Frankenstein), and Bette Davis (All About Eve, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?) and Cesar Romero ("Batman", "Falcon Crest").

FEATURES:
All 66 Episodes Digitally Re-Mastered
Extended Feature-Length Version of the Pilot Episode
The King of Thieves: Interview with Robert Wagner
A Matter of Larceny: Interview with Glen A. Larson
Limited Edition Senitype (reproduced 35mm film frame)
It Takes a Thief Exclusive 4-Piece Coaster Set
Collectible Booklet with retrospective essay


IT TAKES A THIEF: THE COMPLETE SERIES
Type: DVD
Running Time: 816 mins.
Genre: TV/mystery
Aspect Ratio: 4X3/1.33:1 Full Frame
Audio: Mono
Language: English with English SDH subtitles

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Takes-Thief-The-Complete-Series/15979

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 23, 2011 - 9:57 AM   
 By:   quiller007   (Member)



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

"The coolest adventure/espionage series of the late '60s" - Cinema Retro

IT TAKES A THIEF
THE COMPLETE SERIES




I already pre-ordered mine from Amazon. This is going to be great.
After years of suffering through crappy black market off-air broadcasts,
we get to finally see this classic series uncut and REMASTERED!

Den

 
 Posted:   Sep 23, 2011 - 2:27 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

I have to admit, this title overall doesn't excite me as others of the era, but the guest star factor is enough to make me get it. However I went for the lowest price possible through Deep Discount.

That is terrible packaging though. I really hate things that do it that way instead of just give us normal cases for easier storage.

 
 Posted:   Sep 23, 2011 - 2:39 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

I'll order IT TAKES A THIEF sometime this fall on Amazon when I can get a good second hand price.

 
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