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 Posted:   Sep 24, 2011 - 3:59 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

Are those DVD cases or coasters? Heh.

 
 Posted:   Sep 26, 2011 - 4:46 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Season 4 of "The Donna Reed Show" to be released on December 20. Fans of this show have waited a better part of a year for this to happen since the previous distributor abandoned it after three years and the Reed family negotiated with MPI to pick it up.

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Donna-Reed-Season-4/15989

 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2011 - 10:21 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

For those interested in it, "Courtship Of Eddie's Father" Season 1 is now available from Warner Archive.

 
 Posted:   Oct 6, 2011 - 2:04 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Some new announcements today. The word that more music is restored in the complete series "Fugitive" set has been dealt with but there's also this:

"Adam-12" S6. FINALLY. This means seventeen months delay since S5 which IMO was ridiculous. I wanted to see all of the big three Jack Webb titles finished this year but we'll have to settle for this finished in 2012.

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Adam-12-Season-6/16041

"Kojak". Instead of S3, Shout! instead will be releasing all of the post-series movies AND including the original "Marcus-Nelson Murders" pilot in the same package.

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Kojak-The-Complete-Movie-Collection/16040

"Dennis The Menace" S4. For those who care about this sitcom it gets it's run finished. I wish Shout had attended to some other titles rather than fast-track this one but for those that like it, congratulations.

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Dennis-Menace-Season-4/16039

 
 Posted:   Oct 11, 2011 - 6:14 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Universal it seems hardly ever releases a vintage title on their own any longer but they are now unstalling "Alfred Hitchcock Presents", which last had a release in October 2009 with S5 scheduled for early January. This will leave two more unreleased seasons in the half-hour format and five overall.

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Alfred-Hitchcock-Presents-Season-5/16073

 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2011 - 5:53 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)



In 2004, Universal Studios Home Entertainment released a DVD set of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century - The Complete Epic Series, a 5-disc package (all double-sided DVDs) with the complete 2-season run of the show (32 episodes, including 5 double-length special episodes). The two seasons of the program were very different from each other, with the first 21-episode run (including 3 double-length installments) being based on Earth and having Buck, Wilma, and ambuquad robot Twiki (Felix Silla, The Addams Family's "Cousin Itt" and voiced by Mel Blanc, of "Bugs Bunny" fame) getting their mission directions from Dr. Elias Huer (Tim O'Connor) and the disc-like computer carried by Twiki, Dr. Theopolis (voiced by Eric Server, B.J. and the Bear). The opening credits were narrated by William Conrad (Cannon, Jake and the Fatman, and narrator on The Fugitive).

The second season (11 episodes, with the first two of them being double-length stories) had Buck, Wilma, and Twiki relocated to deep space, on board the starship Searcher, where they were led by Admiral Asimov (Jay Garner) and joined by Dr. Goodfellow (Wilfrid Hyde-White), the alien Hawk (Thom Christopher), and "superior" robot Crichton (voiced by Jeff Davis). This season was much less loved by fans, and likley has been most memorable for the (in)famous "off-think" scene (do a web search for that, if you're not familiar with it). Since it was relatively short, however, Universal included it in their "Complete Epic Series" DVD release 7 years ago...a collection which is still officially in print as of this writing, and lists for $26.98 SRP. However, it's become much harder to find than it used to be.

Today Universal announced that on January 24th they will release Buck Rogers in the 25th Century - Season 1, a collection of JUST the original Earth-based season with Dr. Huer, Dr. Theopolis. It also includes a galaxy of guest stars that include Pamela Hensley, Henry Silva, Roddy McDowall, Buster Crabbe, Jack Palance, Tim Robbins, Cesar Romero, Frank Gorshin, Markie Post, James Sloyan, Peter Graves, Jamie Lee Curtis, Gary Coleman, Ray Walston, Michael Ansara, Dorothy Stratten, Morgan Brittany, Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson, Mary Woronov, Anne Lockhart, Dennis Haysbert, Jerry Orbach, Judy Landers, Julie Newmar, and Vera Miles. These 21 episodes running 1166 minutes come on 6 single-sided DVDs, presented in full screen video, English mono sound, and with subtitles in English, French and Spanish. The original complete series release had no bonus material, and similarly there have been no extras announced for this title, either. Before anybody asks about a Blu-ray version, we'll just point out that nothing at all has been said by the studio about a high-def disc release of this show. Cost for the Season 1 DVDs are $24.98 SRP (you can pre-order it from Amazon at the button link below), and here's the package art (using the same key graphic seen on the old set):

http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Buck-Rogers-25th-Century-Season-1/16074

 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2011 - 5:55 AM   
 By:   Scott M (Oldsmith)   (Member)

Are those DVD cases or coasters? Heh.

Coasters. The DVD cases are seen below them. :-)

 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2011 - 5:58 AM   
 By:   Scott M (Oldsmith)   (Member)

In 2004, Universal Studios Home Entertainment released a DVD set of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century - The Complete Epic Series, a 5-disc package (all double-sided DVDs) with the complete 2-season run of the show (32 episodes, including 5 double-length special episodes).

This is a weird release. The complete series can be found for as low as $10 - 20. The only real improvement here are the single sided DVDS. Unless Uni has decided to include the TV version of the pilot and not just the theatrical feature. And what does this mean for a season 2 re-release?

 
 Posted:   Oct 17, 2011 - 6:53 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Here's an obscure title making it to DVD. The 1962-63 "Going My Way" with Gene Kelly in the role originated by Bing Crosby in the original movie.

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Going-Way-The-Complete-Series/16097

 
 Posted:   Oct 18, 2011 - 6:43 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

I was awfully happy yesterday to read the press blurb announcing the final batch of Columbo films from the '90s is coming in January. At last I can revisit Butterfly in Shades of Grey. Yay!

 
 Posted:   Oct 19, 2011 - 3:56 AM   
 By:   chriss   (Member)

I was awfully happy yesterday to read the press blurb announcing the final batch of Columbo films from the '90s is coming in January. At last I can revisit Butterfly in Shades of Grey. Yay!

Great news! Man, that was a long ride to see this series on DVD complete! When did they begin to release this back then?

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Columbo-The-Mystery-Movie-Collection-1994-2003/16090

 
 Posted:   Oct 20, 2011 - 5:59 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)



Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced - at long last! - that Sliders - Season 5 is coming to DVD. The most recent release was in 2008, and fans have waited (im)patiently since then for the final season of the show to come home. It will finally slide into stores on January 17th, a 4-disc set priced at $34.98 SRP. Video is 1.33:1 full frame, audio is English stereo, and English subtitles are on board as well.

http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Sliders-Season-5/16112



 
 Posted:   Oct 20, 2011 - 3:57 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Timeless, which has become the outlet for obscure Universal shows of the 50s and early 60s now gives us the complete series of "Arrest And Trial" (1963-64) with Chuck Connors and Ben Gazzara. Previously two "best of" sets totaling 18 of 30 episodes had been released.

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Arrest-Trial-The-Complete-Series/16116

 
 Posted:   Oct 20, 2011 - 6:28 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

Is it worth seeing?

 
 Posted:   Oct 20, 2011 - 7:03 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

It's the earliest version of the "Law And Order" format. The series, like "The Virginian" was 90 minutes each week and divided into two parts showing Ben Gazzara engaged in the arrest of the defendant, while the trial part took up the second half with Chuck Connors as the defense counsel. This of course created a more awkward format of trying to devise scripts that were not a case of Gazzara arresting the wrong man etc. week after week and for the most part they did manage to avoid that by coming up with good human interest drama. There are some good performances to be seen over the course of the season's worth of episodes.

Dick Wolf screened the pilot years later when he first conceived of "Law And Order" and knew right away that a similar format would work better by focusing on the prosecution in the second part. In that respect "Arrest And Trial" was an interesting idea ahead of its time but which failed to recognize how it could have best capitalized on the opportunity because back then audiences were always conditioned to root for the defense attorney.

 
 Posted:   Oct 25, 2011 - 7:16 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)



The 12th and last year of the classic series starring Jack Lord comes home on January 10th with the CBS DVD release of Hawaii Five-O - The Final Season. These final 19 episodes, including the double-length season opener, features visits from various guest cast such as Robert Reed, Jayne Meadows, Soon-Tek Oh, Cathy Lee Crosby, Tricia O'Neil, Gary Lockwood, Kelly Preston, and Jeff Daniels. Package art and pricing aren't available yet, but we hope to update you with that in the near future. The same date will see a CBS release of "The Complete Original Series", with all 12 seasons...but we don't expect that to be a special release of the type we normally cover, but rather just a shrinkwrapped "brick" of the existing season sets bundled together. Stay tuned for more info, if it becomes available!


UPDATE: Retailers have received info and early artwork for this title today, with the finalized packaging shown below and the additional details noted in this quote from the studio:

http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Hawaii-Five-O-Season-12/16130

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 25, 2011 - 10:40 AM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)



The 12th and last year of the classic series starring Jack Lord comes home on January 10th with the CBS DVD release of Hawaii Five-O - The Final Season. These final 19 episodes, including the double-length season opener, features visits from various guest cast such as Robert Reed, Jayne Meadows, Soon-Tek Oh, Cathy Lee Crosby, Tricia O'Neil, Gary Lockwood, Kelly Preston, and Jeff Daniels. Package art and pricing aren't available yet, but we hope to update you with that in the near future. The same date will see a CBS release of "The Complete Original Series", with all 12 seasons...but we don't expect that to be a special release of the type we normally cover, but rather just a shrinkwrapped "brick" of the existing season sets bundled together. Stay tuned for more info, if it becomes available!


UPDATE: Retailers have received info and early artwork for this title today, with the finalized packaging shown below and the additional details noted in this quote from the studio:

http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Hawaii-Five-O-Season-12/16130


In the rear, that's Herman Wedemeyer (Duke) on the far right, with Richard Denning (the Governor) on the left, and I don't know who that guy on the far left is.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 25, 2011 - 10:42 AM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

It's the earliest version of the "Law And Order" format. The series, like "The Virginian" was 90 minutes each week and divided into two parts showing Ben Gazzara engaged in the arrest of the defendant, while the trial part took up the second half with Chuck Connors as the defense counsel. This of course created a more awkward format of trying to devise scripts that were not a case of Gazzara arresting the wrong man etc. week after week and for the most part they did manage to avoid that by coming up with good human interest drama. There are some good performances to be seen over the course of the season's worth of episodes.

Dick Wolf screened the pilot years later when he first conceived of "Law And Order" and knew right away that a similar format would work better by focusing on the prosecution in the second part. In that respect "Arrest And Trial" was an interesting idea ahead of its time but which failed to recognize how it could have best capitalized on the opportunity because back then audiences were always conditioned to root for the defense attorney.


I'm glad to hear that Dick Wolf finally admitted what was the inspiration for "Law And Order" (though it's also interesting that both shows were distributed by Universal Television).

 
 Posted:   Oct 25, 2011 - 11:59 AM   
 By:   Scott M (Oldsmith)   (Member)

In the rear, that's Herman Wedemeyer (Duke) on the far right, with Richard Denning (the Governor) on the left, and I don't know who that guy on the far left is.

Yeah, it's pretty interesting that they left out three people from the opening credits that year. Not that it was a sterling cast or anything. But for the record, the actors boringly shown were William Smith (running), Moe Keale (talking on a mic) and/or Sharon Farrell (waving like an idiot).

What I always found funny about the opening credits was that never, in the 12 years of the series, did they change Jack Lord's close up. He still had those 1968 looks in 1980.

 
 Posted:   Oct 25, 2011 - 2:43 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)


I'm glad to hear that Dick Wolf finally admitted what was the inspiration for "Law And Order" (though it's also interesting that both shows were distributed by Universal Television).


I think what happened was Wolf pitched his idea, and an exec said, "Oh yeah, 'Arrest And Trial'". Wolf wasn't familiar with it so he had an episode screened and right away he knew they had erred in making the lawyer protagonist the defense counsel for who gets arrested in the first half of the show.

 
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