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 Posted:   Nov 14, 2007 - 11:54 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

The Fuge is back! Kimble strikes back! Next stop: February 26, 2008.
Read the announcement:
http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Fugitive-Season-1-Volume-2-Box-Art/8438


Great news. I'm halfway through the first set and I'm lovin' it.

Greg Espinoza

 
 Posted:   Nov 15, 2007 - 11:23 AM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

The Fuge is back! Kimble strikes back! Next stop: February 26, 2008.
Read the announcement:
http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Fugitive-Season-1-Volume-2-Box-Art/8438


Great news. I'm halfway through the first set and I'm lovin' it.

Greg Espinoza





Can you tell me your top list from season 1, volume 1?
Does the DVD set contain English subtitles?
Thanks.

 
 Posted:   Nov 15, 2007 - 12:09 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

anyone get ROUTE 66.

I am interested to know if the set available features Maharis in ALL the eps.

You know what I mean if you are a fan>

 
 Posted:   Nov 15, 2007 - 12:18 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Only FIVE more days until the release of Mission: Impossible season three. We'll get to see "your" episode, Stefan!

 
 Posted:   Nov 15, 2007 - 12:35 PM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

Only FIVE more days until the release of Mission: Impossible season three. We'll get to see "your" episode, Stefan!



At last, at last, I will blossom in all American homes!




- Rollin: "I understand you specialize in glass miniatures."
- Simpson replies: "Uh, what kind of miniatures were you interested in?"
- Rollin carries on: "Birds."
- Simpson concludes: "Any, uh, uh, special kind?"
- Rollin finally answers: "Blue jays and swans."

 
 Posted:   Nov 16, 2007 - 10:15 AM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

You can pre-order BANACEK's season 2 at Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000YVBELY/ref=wl_it_dp?ie=UTF8&coliid=I16P0NMO7V3AUR&colid=2KN38LFPJ41Z7

 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2007 - 5:44 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I've been an admirer of Milton Caniff the writer/artist but I've never seen the Steve Canyon show:

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Steve-Canyon-Complete-Series-Update/8552

 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2007 - 6:00 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

I picked up a four episode "sampler" disc that the producer in charge of the restoration project has already put out, and which you can get for $14.95 through his blog site (http://stevecanyondvd.blogspot.com/2007/08/ye-olde-caniffcanyon-shoppe.html). The quality is outstanding in these 35mm restorations, and they even leave in all the commercials and network promos for other shows (some of them are ABC shows from the series repeats on ABC a year after the original NBC run).

As for the show itself, it's really kind of an Air Force documentary style show, with Canyon as the focal point for showcasing the kind of things the Air Force does, sometimes resulting in some harrowing action. The best episode in the four episode sampler has Canyon piloting an ambassador and his assistant (Joanna Barnes) and crashing inside Soviet controlled territory and their race to get over the border before Soviet forces can legitimately take them prisoner.

 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2007 - 12:19 AM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

I picked up a four episode "sampler" disc that the producer in charge of the restoration project has already put out, and which you can get for $14.95 through his blog site (http://stevecanyondvd.blogspot.com/2007/08/ye-olde-caniffcanyon-shoppe.html). The quality is outstanding in these 35mm restorations, and they even leave in all the commercials and network promos for other shows (some of them are ABC shows from the series repeats on ABC a year after the original NBC run).

As for the show itself, it's really kind of an Air Force documentary style show, with Canyon as the focal point for showcasing the kind of things the Air Force does, sometimes resulting in some harrowing action. The best episode in the four episode sampler has Canyon piloting an ambassador and his assistant (Joanna Barnes) and crashing inside Soviet controlled territory and their race to get over the border before Soviet forces can legitimately take them prisoner.




I don't know this show. I read a comment on imdb and sounds interesting:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0051317/usercomments
Eric or Zelig, can you tell me more about it?

 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2007 - 6:44 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I picked up a four episode "sampler" disc that the producer in charge of the restoration project has already put out, and which you can get for $14.95 through his blog site (http://stevecanyondvd.blogspot.com/2007/08/ye-olde-caniffcanyon-shoppe.html). The quality is outstanding in these 35mm restorations, and they even leave in all the commercials and network promos for other shows (some of them are ABC shows from the series repeats on ABC a year after the original NBC run).

As for the show itself, it's really kind of an Air Force documentary style show, with Canyon as the focal point for showcasing the kind of things the Air Force does, sometimes resulting in some harrowing action. The best episode in the four episode sampler has Canyon piloting an ambassador and his assistant (Joanna Barnes) and crashing inside Soviet controlled territory and their race to get over the border before Soviet forces can legitimately take them prisoner.


Thanks for the link. The synopsis you gave sounds like the direction that the Canyon comic strip took in the early 1950s, when caniff had Canyon re-enlist to help out in the Korean War. The earlier stories are better, with Steve the head of "Horizons Unlimited", a business he started after WWII. If you ever read the Kitchen Sink Press Steve Canyon magazines from the early 1980s, there's lots of supplemental material about Canyon's past that Caniff drew and wrote about, providing some nice backstory for the character. I love that stuff.

 
 Posted:   Dec 10, 2007 - 12:45 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Interesting story about MANNIX: How I miss this show...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/16/AR2007111600181.html?sub=AR



Mannix Was the Man
A Great TV Detective, Gone? Criminal.
By Neely Tucker
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, November 18, 2007;

Somewhere out there, in the weird, quivering underbelly of the American dream, "Mannix" still lives.
Somewhere out there, there's a place where a sport-coat-clad private eye can whip around L.A. in a convertible, get beat down by some goons, shake it off with a Scotch on the rocks, then solve the case of the week with an assist from his leggy secretary.


somewhere out there, but not on DVD.
"Mannix," one of the longest-running, most violent (for its time), most popular television detective shows in the medium's history, has been left out of the DVD trade. It's fading into the forgotten realm of old television shows nobody remembers. Mannix was, by one count, shot 17 times and knocked unconscious another 55 during the show's eight-year run, and how great is that? Could those "Law & Order" twits take that kind of abuse?
Mannix was the last of a certain type of American manhood, circa early '70s. He wore a tie and a wistful smile. He did not know doubt but was a friend of irony. He didn't worry about giving women "their space," and he wasn't "in touch with his feelings." He was kind to small dogs, little old ladies, and femmes fatales in deep trouble and short skirts.
He drove too fast, drank too much and smoked like he got paid for it. He slugged people and shot guys and never got pulled in by the cops. "The body count, even in the first few minutes of the show, could sometimes be appalling," notes one television reference guide. This was the era of "Who loves ya, baby?" "Book 'em, Danno!" and "This tape will self-destruct in five seconds."
Sigh.
"I've never really understood it myself," says actor Mike Connors, who became one of the highest-paid stars on television (earning a then-stratospheric $40,000 per episode) at the height of the show's Top 10 heyday. "We had a better average [rating] than 'The Rockford Files' or 'Hawaii Five-0' over eight years. And yet it's like it never occurred, it never existed, it never happened." That's what I said!~ Zelig
More than three decades after the show died, there are at least two Web sites devoted to it and more than 1,100 people have voted for it to be brought back on TVShowsOnDVD.com. It was popular on TV Land in reruns in the late 1990s but never translated to DVD.

"We've called, we've had hundreds of people petition, I just don't know why Paramount/Viacom won't release it," says Pat Talley, a university librarian in Tennessee who runs a Web site ( http://17paseoverde.tripod.com) and is a charter member of the Barracudas, the unofficial fan club of the show. (It's named for the Plymouth that Mannix drove.)"We've really pursued this thing, and we just cannot get an answer. We made tapes of the show during its TV Land run and given them to Mr. Connors. It's all he has of the show, either."
Montreal's Helene Gagne, an assistant manager at a pharmacy, has collected more than 100 scripts from the show, many of them originals. She tracks down locations used on the show via the Internet, then leads fellow fans on a "Mannix" tour of Los Angeles every year or so. She once met Connors in a restaurant there, and now they exchange Christmas cards.
"Every year we say, 'This'll be the year,' because Paramount keeps putting out old shows, but they just won't put out 'Mannix,' " she says. "I just want to see the eighth season [never shown in reruns] before I die."

Meanwhile, the rest of the gang has been pretty much rescued from oblivion by DVD, that pre-"Hill Street Blues" generation of stand-alone cops and anti-hero private dicks who bend the law to save the day: "Kojak," "Columbo," "Banacek," "Baretta," "Police Woman," "Starsky and Hutch," "Mission: Impossible," "Hawaii Five-0," "The Rockford Files," "Ironside," "The Streets of San Francisco" and, coming this Christmas, "The Mod Squad." (Peggy Lipton, we love you!) Even -- and this is hard to believe -- the sixth season of "Magnum, P.I." was rolled out on DVD earlier this month for Memorial Day, because Magnum had been, in the story line, a Vietnam vet.
But no "Mannix." Who had been in Korea.


It is to weep.
DVD releases of old television shows have become something of a national pop culture library, and why something as cool as "Mannix" remains MIA is a minor mystery perhaps only the detective at 17 Paseo Verde himself could solve.
The people at Viacom, part of the corporate structure that oversees the rights to the show, politely referred us to a spokeswoman for their partners at Paramount, who very politely did not return our repeated calls for two weeks. Spokeswoman Brenda Ciccone finally offered in an e-mail that CBS, yet another branch of the shop, has the rights, and it might issue the show next year. We called CBS and got no return calls. We went back to Ciccone, asking who decided what shows get picked and how.
She replied via e-mail that it was "honestly all very complicated." Consumer demand just isn't enough! "Legal rights, music clearances, availability of supplemental material and access to talent for new interviews or commentaries" also go in the consideration. (Um, we kind of knew that anyway, but that's their story and they're sticking to it.)
"That's pretty much what I've heard from them for years," laughs Connors.
This is a shame, because Mannix was great, just great -- one of the last unapologetically masculine and completely unrealistic American icons, at least in the myths we tell ourselves on television. Cops and detectives got cute or complicated later on, and there really hasn't been much on television like it since.
It debuted at a turbulent time in American culture, 1967, and Joe Mannix was pretty much a modernized Lone Ranger -- no wife, no kids, no pets, no political views, no close friends. He was hip enough to listen to jazz and to mock himself as "a hard-boiled detective in the classical tradition," but traditional enough to wear a coat and tie and to have good manners.

And there was Gail Fisher as Peggy Fair, the husky-voiced secretary! She even shared top billing, the only actor other than Connors named in the opening credits. Her primary job description seemed to be getting kidnapped.
For the era, when television was the Great White Way, a black actress in a major role was extraordinary.
"Peggy was like the bright girl from church who got that good job," remembers Clarence Page, the Chicago Tribune's Washington columnist, who watched her as a love-struck teen, then wrote a farewell column to Fisher when she died years later. "You know, she was that girl who was the first to get hired in a white guy's office, and if she didn't do well, nobody else was going to get hired, either. She was representing."

Fisher gained screen time, and the show even skirted with -- gasp! -- an interracial romance.
See -- this also tended to happen a lot -- Mannix gets shot, right? And loses his sight because the bullet creases his left temple and, while not doing much physical damage, still shows him death! Heavy, baby!



"You live a dangerous and complex life," the optometrist tells him, in dialogue typical of the day. "You risk it constantly in your profession. To you, that's just an occupational hazard. But you're also a man, and a mortal. . . . In that split second, you felt death. Your eyes saw it, couldn't stand it, and they closed."
Mannix comes home from this diagnosis, blind, under serious medication, and what does he do?
He gets a drink, that's what! Like a MAN!
And right there with him is Peggy, in an orange miniskirt, an open blouse and hip little vest. She takes him for a walk on the beach, arm in arm.
He learns Braille and shows her his progress by spelling out "Hi Peggy" with his fingers.
She smiles and says, eyes flashing, in that bedroom voice, "Hi, Joe."
He regains his sight -- when he shoots the bad guy. (Mannix was so bad he could shoot people when he was blind.) Peggy rushes in, they embrace, and . . . and that was it. Kind of a downer. It was the early '70s. You could only go so far.
What happens to lost TV show legends? What happens to ghosts of pop culture?
Connors went on to work steadily in dozens of television roles, invested wisely and retired comfortably in Encino with his wife of more than half a century, Mary Lou Willey. He's 82 and has dinner with Robert Wagner a lot. Robert Reed, often appearing as Mannix's source at LAPD, went on to camp television history as America's Dad, Mike Brady, in "The Brady Bunch." He died from complications of AIDS in 1992.
Legendary composer Lalo Schifrin said in a telephone interview last week that the elegant music he composed for the show, a unique jazz waltz, is second only to his "Mission: Impossible" theme in popularity. People ask for it all the time, he says.
Gail Fisher largely vanished.

Shortly after the series ended, she was arrested for drugs. She got divorced. Work dried up.



It took four years before she worked again -- and that was a guest appearance on one episode of the ultra-cheesy "Fantasy Island," according to her bio on the Internet Movie Database. Another four years and another guest cameo on "Knight Rider."

She did a god-awful independent film called "Mankillers" and a bit role in the 1990 TV movie "Donor." She was 54 years old. She developed diabetes and emphysema and, according to IMDB, never worked again.

In 2000, the National Enquirer asked Connors if he'd go with a reporter to deliver flowers and cards from well-wishing readers. He said sure.

"It was really sad," he says. "I hadn't seen her in years. She was in a nursing home over on Olympic Boulevard. She was using a wheelchair." She died in December. She had fallen into such obscurity that, other than the Enquirer, no other media outlet reported her death for another month -- not even her hometown paper back in New Jersey, not even "Jet," the magazine focused on black America.

Her ashes were scattered in the Pacific, the same ocean by which she once walked arm in arm on the beach with handsome Mike Connors, and the sunlight had played upon her face and her smile and her future had looked so bright.

Los Angeles is a land of lies.

The only way to see one of television's great detectives now is on tapes somebody made during its run on TV Land. They are dubs and the quality is lousy, but you get the snazzy opening theme in that three-quarter waltz, the right hand of the pianist carrying the theme. Trapped in time, Mannix goes sprinting across a suspension bridge in Long Beach, tie flapping over his shoulder. His name spells out in rectangular boxes on the screen, M-A-N-N-I-X, over shots of him jumping out of a car, swimming, driving a race car or swirling a blonde around in the sunlight, her skirt twisting above her hips. Days were tough there at 17 Paseo Verde, what with gunfire, exploding cars and hit men trying to cancel your oxygen supply.


But it also had Peggy's smile, the convertible out front, the .38 in the top right-hand desk drawer, the promise of a date for dinner. A man could take it in, tie loosened, Scotch in the crystal decanter, smokes in the soft pack.

The rest of the 20th century hadn't happened yet.

It was a good life.

 
 Posted:   Dec 10, 2007 - 12:56 PM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

Interesting story about MANNIX: How I miss this show...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/16/AR2007111600181.html?sub=AR



I read that article in the Yahoo! Mannix group, weeks ago.
Good reminder.

 
 Posted:   Dec 10, 2007 - 12:56 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

I think what's kept "Mannix" from appearing on DVD up to now has been the uneasiness over the fact that the first season was a totally different format from what most people remember about the show. No Gail Fisher, and Mannix working for Joseph Campanella at the detective agency where computers were the big deal, and Mannix's two-fisted approach clashing with their philosophy. On the one hand, collectors like to see a show released from the beginning, but "casual" fans might react to a first season release with surprise, and the next thing you know you have poor sales that put a halt to the idea of future releases (this is what killed "Night Court" on DVD. No Markie Post, no "classic" format in place until Season 3).

That said, I have heard rumors that Paramount *will* get to "Mannix" sometime in next year, and since Paramount has been the best studio for classic TV on DVD, I'm inclined to believe the rumors. So far, the only two series of note that Paramount started and then abandoned are "Taxi" and "Have Gun Will Travel".

 
 Posted:   Dec 10, 2007 - 1:01 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I think what's kept "Mannix" from appearing on DVD up to now has been the uneasiness over the fact that the first season was a totally different format from what most people remember about the show. No Gail Fisher, and Mannix working for Joseph Campanella at the detective agency where computers were the big deal, and Mannix's two-fisted approach clashing with their philosophy.

I thought that that's what kept Mission: Impossible from DVD for so long, with the first season having Steven Hill instead of Peter Graves, but then again, the show's *format* was the same.

Give us MANNIX!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 10, 2007 - 1:08 PM   
 By:   LRobHubbard   (Member)

Somewhat off topic, but kinda related to "Mannix" - the San Francisco group Rube Waddell did a tribute theme (their own, not Schifrin's) to Mannix, featuring sound samples from the show on their album BOUND FOR THE GATES OF HELL.

I'd totally spring some hard cash for MANNIX season sets!!

 
 Posted:   Dec 17, 2007 - 9:37 AM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

From the WE LOVE LUCY website this morning:

More "Untouchables" On the Way


CBS Home Video announced last week that it will be continuing its series of "Untouchables" DVDs... Up next is "Season Two, Part One," a collection of the first 16 episodes from the 1960-61 season. Included will be guest-appearances by such stars as Elizabeth Montgomery, Steven Hill, June Havoc, John McIntire, Jan Sterling, Jack Warden, Rip Torn and Richard Conte.

Elizabeth Montgomery's performance in the season-opener, "The Rusty Heller Story," won her an Emmy nomination, and "put her on the map" as an actress.

The new DVDs are scheduled for release March 18


This show was pretty violent for it's time.








 
 Posted:   Dec 17, 2007 - 10:48 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Sometime in 2008, we will hopefully be seeing on DVD from VCI, Season 1 of "Burke's Law" and the entire one season run of its spin-off "Honey West". VCI has indicated for nearly a year that it has both titles leased from Fox (which owns the Four Star catalog) but only recently has their website begun announcing it as a "coming soon" project officially (still no release date, alas). These are the two most wanted B/W titles for me on DVD.

 
 Posted:   Dec 25, 2007 - 8:30 AM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

FIRST NEWS:


Image Entertainment is about to release the series "I Spy" in an intelligent way--as I wished--:
1. chronological order season set, meaning three boxes (season 1, season 2, season 3)
2. clean remastered copies
Read the announcement:
http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Spy-Remastered-Season-Sets/8684
Release date: April 29, 2008
Price for each season set: $19.98


See the cover artwork:







SECOND NEWS:

MANNIX on DVD: June 3, 2008
http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Mannix-Season-1/8687

 
 Posted:   Dec 25, 2007 - 11:19 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Great news, Stefan! 2008 already looks to be another stellar year for we vintage TV folk. Hope you're having a nice holiday over there in Boradur...wink

 
 Posted:   Dec 25, 2007 - 11:37 AM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

Great news, Stefan! 2008 already looks to be another stellar year for we vintage TV folk. Hope you're having a nice holiday over there in Boradur...wink


I had a good Christmas. I still wait for my MISSION and WEST season 3 DVDs--the package was lost so they sent me a replacement.
I wish I could order the first season of THE MAN FROM UNCLE!

 
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