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TV Shows Needed On DVD

Tue Jul 05, 2005 5:19 pm

These shows are needed on DVD:

Alice

Route 66

Perry Mason

Barnaby Jones

In The Heat Of The Night

Major Dad


Any hopes of them coming out sometime in the near future?

Tue Jul 05, 2005 8:02 pm

Oh where oh where is FAMILY TIES!!

Tue Jul 05, 2005 8:11 pm

The first season of Family Ties on DVD is in production. No word yet on any extras, although I've heard that Tina Yothers is BEGGING to do a commentary track for $10 and a Snickers bar.

Tom

Tue Jul 05, 2005 9:21 pm

That is very good news. Awesome show.

Tue Jul 05, 2005 9:33 pm

Anyone else a fan Remington Steele ?
Season 1 streets at the end of this month.

Review

This was a truly stylish television show that tapped into the kind of Stanley Donan light mystery romance that is missing from the movies today. Pierce Brosnan and Stephanie Zimbalist were perfectly cast and the show only got better with each episode. The Henry Mancini theme music captured the feel of this light and sophisticated show tinged with humor perfectly. It was as evocative and as much a part of the show as his "Peter Gunn" theme had been decades before.

Laura Holt (Zimbalist) couldn't get her private detective agency off the ground in spite of her skills until she invented the phantom agency head, Remington Steele. Business was booming and everything was going swell until Pierce Brosnan shows up and assumes the roll of the nonexistent Steele, both around town and with clients. An uneasy alliance was formed that to the delight of fans moved more and more towards the romantic as time went by.

Brosnan's Steele was debonair and stylish, his past a shady mystery ala' "To Catch a Thief." Each season Laura discovered new things about his past in Ireland and his exploits in other countries. Steele was also a film buff and would make constant references to films of the 1930's and 1940's he would recall pertaining to the case. It made all us film buffs who knew just what he was talking about feel like we were insiders, and was one of the many charms of this wonderful show.

Brosnan and Zimbalist were a terrific screen couple in the tradition of all those ones we remember fondly. One could say they were our generations Nick and Nora Charles. There was a fun anticipation for viewers as week after week we watched the two become involved in a mystery while they danced around their growing affection for each other. And it was always fun as little tidbits of Steele's past were discovered by Laura.

This series was fun and sophisticated and always left you feeling good. This kind of entertaining film is missing from today's teen driven box office. It is also missing from the "reality" driven television we see so much of today. Remington Steele filled a void left for those seeking the kind of fun escapism which all but disappeared when the Hollywood studio system began to collapse.

Remington Steele was something really special in television. Every one of the episodes was enjoyable and finally, after years of waiting, the first season of this truly fantastic show is being released. Every lover of classic films was in love with this show. It was a refreshing reminder of what television could, and should be. I have this on my wish list to pick up and you'll want it on yours as well.

Tue Jul 05, 2005 10:31 pm

Some that I've been waiting for:
Batman
The Six Million Dollar Man
Bionic Woman
Rockford Files
Mannix
Mod Squad
Chips
Gunsmoke
Big Valley
Mission Impossible
Police Woman
The Rookies
Get Smart..I read this may be coming out in soon
The Fugitive
Life and Times of Grizzly Adams
And the list goes on and on.

Wed Jul 06, 2005 5:41 am

Add The Green Hornet to the list.

Wed Jul 06, 2005 8:43 am

I also wish for "The Fugitive". Great 60's drama.
"Gunsmoke" is available through Columbia House from the beginning. Of course, you only get a couple discs a month. I currently have the complete first two seasons and am now getting the third season episodes.

jeff R

Wed Jul 06, 2005 9:31 am

genesim wrote:That is very good news. Awesome show.


I have all 7 seasons on DVD but not official :wink: I've been waiting for this too as it's probably my favourite 80s sitcom. It would be nice if the whole cast were involved for some extras.

Wed Jul 06, 2005 9:32 am

Tom in North Carolina wrote:The first season of Family Ties on DVD is in production. No word yet on any extras, although I've heard that Tina Yothers is BEGGING to do a commentary track for $10 and a Snickers bar.

Tom


Any news on Spin City Tom? Thus far, there have been two compilation DVDs and that's it.

Thanks

Wed Jul 06, 2005 3:37 pm

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com

This great site usually reports the lastest news first.

Wed Jul 06, 2005 3:50 pm

After a little more research I discovered that Paramount announced last year that the entire first season-22 episodes-of Family Ties would "street sometime in the first half of 2005". Obviously, they missed that goal, but that does bode well for a release sooner, rather than later.

TJ,
No word on any season sets of Spin City as of yet.

Tom

Wed Jul 06, 2005 3:57 pm

jeffreyjames wrote:I also wish for "The Fugitive". Great 60's drama.
"Gunsmoke" is available through Columbia House from the beginning. Of course, you only get a couple discs a month. I currently have the complete first two seasons and am now getting the third season episodes.

jeff R


I didn't know DVDs were available through Columbia.I'll have to check into that.
But I can tell you that I read that CBS and Paramount Home Video are working on a The Best-of Collection likely for September.

Wed Jul 06, 2005 3:58 pm

Any chance that The Misadventures Of Sheriff Lobo will come out? :D

Wed Jul 06, 2005 4:12 pm

I think when it comes to TV shows it all depends on the fan base and popularity. Obviously a lot of lousy B-Movies get released on DVD format. Probably because the production doesn't cost as much and it doesn't take as long to remaster films as a show that is around an average of 22-episodes.
10 years from now that might change, because all the old and new TV shows have been released on DVD and the studios tackle the less popular to cash in on them. :?

Fox Home Entertainment released "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." A show that won numerous Emmy awards etc. And the word it they didn't want to release the second season at all, because of low sales of the first box. It took them
3 years to make up their minds.

Wed Jul 06, 2005 5:52 pm

SuspiciousMinds wrote:
jeffreyjames wrote:I also wish for "The Fugitive". Great 60's drama.
"Gunsmoke" is available through Columbia House from the beginning. Of course, you only get a couple discs a month. I currently have the complete first two seasons and am now getting the third season episodes.

jeff R


I didn't know DVDs were available through Columbia.I'll have to check into that.
But I can tell you that I read that CBS and Paramount Home Video are working on a The Best-of Collection likely for September.


The problem is that Columbia House has been known to edit or take inferior prints....though sometimes like in the case of All In The Family on VHS...there is actually a little more then what was on the DVD! So in other words, same sh*t different day. lol

Wed Jul 06, 2005 5:58 pm

I'd like to see:
1. Maude
2. wanted dead or alive(steve mcqueen)
3. big valley
4. laredo (show about the texas rangers with neville brand)

Wed Jul 06, 2005 6:14 pm

epfan22 wrote:I'd like to see:
2. wanted dead or alive(steve mcqueen)


Season 1 has been released on June 7

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/newsitem.cfm?NewsID=3150

Wed Jul 06, 2005 6:17 pm

epfan22 wrote:I'd like to see:
1. Maude
2. wanted dead or alive(steve mcqueen)
3. big valley
4. laredo (show about the texas rangers with neville brand)


Wanted Dead or Alive-Season One was released on June 7th. Great set!!

Tom

Wed Jul 06, 2005 6:26 pm

How is the quality?

Wed Jul 06, 2005 6:43 pm

Melanie wrote:How is the quality?


For a series from 1958, I was very pleasantly surprised at how good the quality was. Sure, there is some occasional grain, but the picture is sharp and the sound nearly perfect. Highly recommended!!

Here's a screen shot:
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Tom

Wed Jul 06, 2005 8:04 pm

Tom in North Carolina wrote:After a little more research I discovered that Paramount announced last year that the entire first season-22 episodes-of Family Ties would "street sometime in the first half of 2005". Obviously, they missed that goal, but that does bode well for a release sooner, rather than later.

TJ,
No word on any season sets of Spin City as of yet.

Tom


Thanks. Please post here if you hear anything :)

Wed Jul 06, 2005 8:34 pm

Thanks for the screen shot and information Tom. Much appreciated.
Is Pacer Burton around too? :wink:

The quality looks like a clear transfer.

How are the three episodes presented in color as extras ?
I just saw there are two sets of "Bewitched" Season 1: Colorized - B/W and some reviewers are stating, that the colorization is horrible.

I am disappointed about the dual-sided dics. The price tag might be lower,
but 1. the mastering is less reliable - 2. even more care is required when handling. 3. they undergo additional "wear and tear" when in player. 4. No disc art. I hate to be negative, I am glad about the release, it is just the fact seeing that a lot of other TV shows get released on single-sided discs. But I guess in the end it is the content that counts.

Wed Jul 06, 2005 8:54 pm

Melanie wrote:How are the three episodes presented in color as extras?

The transfer on the color episodes is just as impressive. However, this show almost looks out of place in color.

Melanie wrote:I just saw there are two sets of "Bewitched" Season 1: Colorized - B/W and some reviewers are stating, that the colorization is horrible.


I have seen both (own neither) and the colorization is deplorable. My 2-year-old could have done better with a box of Crayolas.

Melanie wrote:I am disappointed about the dual-sided dics. The price tag might be lower, but 1. the mastering is less reliable - 2. even more care is required when handling. 3. they undergo additional "wear and tear" when in player. 4. No disc art.


You have hit upon the quintessential problems with dual-sided discs. Personally, I hate them for all the reasons you mentioned. Fortunately, Warner (tired of all the complaints) finally released the latest season of The West Wing on six single-sided discs. Hopefully, other studios will follow suit, but don't count on it.

Tom

Wed Jul 06, 2005 11:44 pm

dual-sided dics seem to be limited to the US market.
The only recent European / PAL release that comes as a flipper set is the
mini-series "The Thorn Birds". The Casino Anniversay Edition is a 2-disc set in Europe and Canada.

But what is even more curious is that there seems to be a market for fullscreen. It is basically half the movie for the full price.
What gives? Anyone who wants their 4:3 TV filled up by an image does not understand the concept of feature films shot for 2.35

In Europe studios don't bother releasing fullscreen titles, because the demand is nill because the public is informed. Studios seem to release fullscreen titles in the US just to placate the stupid.


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