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 Posted:   Apr 12, 2014 - 2:26 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Featuring Dick Powell as narrator and actor, Zane Grey Theater was a western anthology based on the novels and stories of author Zane Grey. Due to its unique production many film and television stars wanted to act in the series. Season two features many big name actors such as: Denver Pyle, Walter Brennan, Anne Bancroft, Michael Landon, Robert Vaughn, Barbara Stanwyck, Nick Adams, Claudette Colbert, Lloyd Bridges, James Drury, DeForest Kelley, Cesar Romero and many others! NOTE: Due to legal reasons the episode "Sharpshooter" (pilot for The Rifleman) was unable to be included in this set. Bonus Features: Biography of Zane Grey with Zane Grey's Son, Dr. Loren Grey; Feature Film: Zane Grey's Man of the Forest.

Five years ago VCI Entertainment released the first season, out of five which were produced. Now the Timeless Media Group (TMG) and their owners at Shout! Factory are following up at last with Zane Grey Theatre - The Complete 2nd Season on DVD. According to Amazon's pre-order listing (see button link below), the 4-disc set will cost $19.97 SRP, and is out starting September 9th. That's five months away, now, so it could be subject to change! As you can see from the Amazon-provided studio description quoted above, there will be a couple of extras, but there will also be an episode missing due to legal reasons. So this release is MOSTLY "Complete," but not completely complete.

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Zane-Grey-Theater-Season-2/19686

 
 Posted:   Apr 28, 2014 - 5:26 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Next month, CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Media Home Distribution will bring to Blu-ray three classic TV shows: The Honeymooners, I Love Lucy: Ultimate Season 1 and The Andy Griffith Show: Season 1. All three will be available for purchase on May 6th.

While discussing with Home Media Magazine the extensive restoration work that was needed to prepare these classic shows for Blu-ray release, Ryan Adams, director of multimedia services for CBS Television Distribution, also confirmed that CBS is preparing Blu-ray releases of Gunsmoke, Rawhide, Bonanza, The Wild Wild West, Petticoat Junction, Dynasty, The Beverly Hillbillies, Taxi, and Twin Peaks (with director David Lynch involved with the restoration). According to Mr. Adams, CBS is also more than halfway through a three-year spruce-up of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Below are the technical specs for the already detailed and available for pre-order Blu-ray releases of The Andy Griffith Show: Season 1, I Love Lucy: Ultimate Season 1, and The Honeymooners: Classic 39 Episodes.

The Andy Griffith Show: Season 1

Synopsis: Few television characters have impacted family culture as much as Andy Taylor (Griffith), Barney Fife (Knotts), Opie (Howard) and the idyllic American town of Mayberry. As town sheriff and widowed father, Andy teaches his son the meaning of family, friendship, and upstanding citizenship in this all-time classic series, now in remastered HD with slick-as-a-whistle special features. Includes every episode from the first season, beautifully restored in high definition, in original night-of-broadcast form with original sponsor openings and closings.

Special Features:

The Danny Thomas Show: "Danny Meets Andy Griffith"
Additional Scenes
Interview: "Person To Person" with Andy Griffith (6/14/57)
The Howards' On-set Home Movies
Return To Mayberry Television Movie
The Honeymooners: Classic 39 Episodes

Synopsis: Ralph Kramden (Jackie Gleason) is a New York bus driver who dreams of a better life. With his eccentric good friend, sewer worker Ed Norton (Art Carney), Ralph constantly tries crackpot schemes to strike it rich. All the while, his exasperated wife, Alice (Audrey Meadows), is always there to bring him down to earth or to pick him up if he beats her to it. For as much as they fight, even dunderhead Ralph knows that she is the greatest and vice versa.

Special Features:

60 Minutes' Jackie Gleason Profile (10/28/84)
50th Anniversary Special
35th Anniversary Special
60 Minutes' Jackie Gleason Profile: Outtakes and Bloopers
Person to Person Interview Segment featuring Jackie Gleason (2/3/56)
The Adoption Featurette
Best Buick Yet Dealer Presentation
Two Promos
I Love Lucy: Ultimate Season 1

Official Synopsis: You've loved and laughed at Lucy, Ricky, Fred, and Ethel for years, but you've never seen I Love Lucy like this on glorious high-definition. Coming to Blu-ray in a highly collectible set with special gloss packaging that includes every episode from the first season, each one beautifully restored in high definition, in original night-of-broadcast form with original sponsor openings and closings. The set also includes a number of as yet undetailed special features, many never before released on home video.

Special Features:

Audio Commentary (from the Criterion Collection laserdisc)
Nine Production Featurettes:
Before and After: The Restoration
Fancy Editing
Guest Cast Profiles & Bios
Costume & Makeup Tests
On-Set Color Home Movies
Sponsor Talent
Take A Bow
Behind The Scenes (audio only)
Slide Shows (audio & photos)
The Very First Show (1990 Network Special)
The Very First Show: Outtakes
Series Bloopers/Flubs
Clowning Around
Interview: Meet Marc Daniels
The Sunday Lucy Show (SD)
1951 Promo (SD)
Lucy On The Radio ("My Favorite Husband" radio broadcasts, audio only)
Photo Gallery
Production Notes

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=13843

 
 
 Posted:   May 12, 2014 - 5:43 PM   
 By:   Nightingale   (Member)

Just noticed the 70's series Search for sale on Amazon. Fifty+ dollars?! I liked the series and would love to see it again, but that's just too much. Oh well. frown

 
 Posted:   Jun 21, 2014 - 6:41 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Bonanza season seven due September 6, 2014. The post-Adam years begin...

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Bonanza-Season-7/19897

 
 Posted:   Jul 10, 2014 - 4:24 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

The Big Valley season four due October 28, 2014:

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Big-Valley-Season-4/20033

 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2014 - 8:12 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Medical Center, the fifth season now available:

"Chad Everett and James Daly, as Chief of Surgery Joe Gannon and Chief of Staff Paul Lochner, continue their hit run as the groundbreaking medical drama entered its well-seasoned fifth year. As the country started to come of cynical age due to Watergate, urban blight and rampant inflation, Drs. Gannon and Lochner waged their healers' war against the likes of hysterical paralysis, sudden infant death, gambling addiction, kidney transplants and seismic- sensitive seizures.

Parallel to these perils of the body, the show bravely confronts infidelity, intolerance, mid-life crisis, repressed homosexuality and returning Vietnam POWs."


Bring on that post-Watergate cynicism, which imo was at its cultural peak circa 1973-75, and is quite a different mindset than the Still-Getting-Over-the-Sixties early '70s and the Disco-Drenched-1976-and-On late '70s. Fascinating stuff, if only to me.

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Medical-Center-Season-5/20055

 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2014 - 3:50 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

More news about Batman '66:

As we reported two weeks ago, Batman - The Complete Television Series is coming - at last! - to DVD and high-def Blu-ray Disc this fall, in November. We didn't have a specific release date at the time, but now a tweet earlier today (see image above) from one of Warner's PR "guys" shows that Tuesday, November 11th is the exact street date for this highly anticipated item! The image shown in the tweet is a keycard for a hotel in San Diego, which gives the Bat-pun to the wording of his post: "The key to @Comic_Con is 'Batman: The Complete Television Series' "

It says on that keycard that you can "Pre-Order Online Now!" Yes you can: while Amazon.com doesn't show the Blu-ray version just yet (that we can find, anyway), Amazon.com is accepting DVD pre-orders right away! Cost shown there is $199.70 SRP, but you can lock in your copy for all 3 seasons of the show for under $140 if you place an advance purchase now. Up in Canada, Amazon.CA shows both DVD (CA$229.99 SRP) and "limited edition" Blu-ray Disc (CA$299.99 SRP) available to pre-order right now. Box cover art displayed at these listings can be seen below.

UPDATE: thanks to our industry friends, who pointed out that the Amazon.com Blu-ray pre-order can be found here, at $269.97 SRP for the States but currently discounted to under $190 if you pre-order today!

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Batman-The-Complete-TV-Series/20070

 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 5:31 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

More news about Batman '66:

As we reported two weeks ago, Batman - The Complete Television Series is coming - at last! - to DVD and high-def Blu-ray Disc this fall, in November. We didn't have a specific release date at the time, but now a tweet earlier today (see image above) from one of Warner's PR "guys" shows that Tuesday, November 11th is the exact street date for this highly anticipated item! The image shown in the tweet is a keycard for a hotel in San Diego, which gives the Bat-pun to the wording of his post: "The key to @Comic_Con is 'Batman: The Complete Television Series' "

It says on that keycard that you can "Pre-Order Online Now!" Yes you can: while Amazon.com doesn't show the Blu-ray version just yet (that we can find, anyway), Amazon.com is accepting DVD pre-orders right away! Cost shown there is $199.70 SRP, but you can lock in your copy for all 3 seasons of the show for under $140 if you place an advance purchase now. Up in Canada, Amazon.CA shows both DVD (CA$229.99 SRP) and "limited edition" Blu-ray Disc (CA$299.99 SRP) available to pre-order right now. Box cover art displayed at these listings can be seen below.

UPDATE: thanks to our industry friends, who pointed out that the Amazon.com Blu-ray pre-order can be found here, at $269.97 SRP for the States but currently discounted to under $190 if you pre-order today!

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Batman-The-Complete-TV-Series/20070


Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has officially detailed the Blu-ray release of Batman: The Complete TV Series. The 13-disc Limited Edition box set features all 120 original broadcast episodes presented in 1.33:1 1080p and fully remastered in HD, along with more than three hours of new extras. The Complete TV Series arrives on Blu-ray on November 11th.

Synopsis: TV's iconic Dynamic Duo has been captured, along with a legion of abominable archenemies in a POW-erful numbered limited-edition collection. Featuring every original broadcast episode, a lineup of ever-popular guest stars like Julie Newmar and Cesar Romero, a complete episode guide and much more, and exploding with special features, bring home all the crime fighting action that won generations of fans.

The 13-disc Blu-ray release of Batman: The Complete TV Series includes a Hot Wheels Replica Batmobile, a collectible book ("The Adam West Scrapbook"), 44 vintage trading cards, and the following supplemental content:
•Hanging with Batman – A true slice of life in the words of Adam West.
•Holy Memorabilia Batman! – A journey into the most sought after collectables through the eyes of three extraordinary collectors.
•Batmania Born! – Building the World of Batman – Explore the art and design behind the fiction.
•Bats of the Round Table – A candid conversation with Adam West and his celebrity friends, chatting all things Bat '66.
•Inventing Batman, in the Words of Adam West (Episodes 1 & 2) – A rare treat for the fans as Adam discusses his script notes on bringing Batman to life in the first and second episodes.
•Na Na Na Batman! – Hollywood favorites stars and producers recount their favorite Batman memories.
•UltraViolet Digital Copy

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=14576

 
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