10 Blondie (Singleton) movies now on DVD

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  1. Steve...O

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    Thanks to a tip off in another forum (thanks Clifford!) I just purchased a 2 DVD pack of 10 Blondie movies for $9.99.

    The DVDs are from Platinum, which is one of the bargain companies that I've had good luck with.

    The interesting thing is that the package makes you think these are TV episodes (the films are referred to as episodes). The total running time is also misprinted on the box as 144 minutes. From what the other forum indicated, all movies are uncut although they appear to utilize the credits used for the TV showings. A/V quality is said to be very good. For a buck a movie, I'm not complaining.

    The films included are

    Blondie
    Blondie Meets the Boss
    Blondie Takes a Vacation
    Blondie Brings Up Baby
    Blondie On a Budget
    Blondie Has Servant Trouble
    Blondie Plays Cupid
    Blondie Goes Latin
    Blondie in Society
    Blondie Goes to College

    These are 10 of the first 11 films in the series (only "Blondie for Victory is absent")

    I found this in the TV on DVD section of Best Buy.

    Steve
     
  2. CherylWI

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    I've been waiting for a Blondie release. I may pick this up at Best Buy. I hope the picture quality is acceptable.
     
  3. Brandon Gantt

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    Well I'm guessing this isn't a legit release because the series is owned by Columbia and the character is owned by King Features.
     
  4. Steve...O

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    The packaging carries the logo of Hearst Entertainment (some think they are the rights owners of the films)and references King Features.

    I don't know if anybody else other than Best Buy is carrying these. I didn't see them in my local Borders and I don't have a Circuit City.

    I have sampled various scenes from the movies and I was quite pleased with what I saw. Good prints were used. From what I can tell, there are two main comprises at this price:

    * Use of the TV prints. Although complete, the original titles have been replaced with the standard shot of Dagwood running out of the house, knocking over the mailman, and the mail goes flying through the air.

    * 5 movies are presented on one side. Each movie runs about 70-75 minutes. The average bit rate is about 3.0 - 3.3. Being B&W mono films, this isn't as big an issue as it would be otherwise.


    Steve
     
  5. Bert Greene

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    Do these "Blondie" films have a bug/logo popping up on them? I only have one product from the "Platinum Disc Corporation" (a collection of episodes from the "U.S. Marshall" tv series, recently purchased), and a small bug stating the company name appears intermittently at the bottom corner throughout. I didn't like it, even if it was done fairly innocuously, as these things go. One of the reasons I've been jumping into the dvd scene is to get away from such intrusions.

    I've always loved the old "Blondie" series, and I have most entries on tape. It would be great to upgrade to dvd, but I'm not interested, if infested with on-screen bugs.
     
  6. MarkA

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    I just looked at the Blondie compilation when I was in Best Buy today and the entire dvd is 144 minutes for 10 movies. That would mean less than 15 minutes apiece!

    Obviously I din't purchase it even though I would like to own the Blondie movies.
     
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    The box is wrong. The running time of each movie is 72 minutes. Some moron listed the running time of each dvd of 5 movies in the 2 dvd package as 72 minutes and I guess the same moron listed the total running time as 144 minutes on the outside box which of course is 2 X 72. The actual running time should be 720 minutes.

    As stated earlier in this thread, these are the TV versions of the Blondie theatrical movies. Each "episode" starts out with a few extracted scenes from the movie itself as a kind of preview of what is to come, then Dagwood knocks over the mailman and then the phony generic screen credits come on that were made for the TV showings with a 50's written Blondie song in the background. All of the Blondie movies were adjusted to run for exactly 72 minutes to make them fit nicely in a 90 minute TV slot along with lots of commercials.

    The quality is not too bad and the bug-logo does appear in the bottom right corner, here and there and now and then.

    Back in the days when AMC was a real movie channel, they did show a lot of the Blondie movies in their original form and with the original screen credits.
     
  8. Bert Greene

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    Thanks for the info about the "bug." Were these all nice, cleaned up prints with the original theatrical openings (and no bugs!), I'd surely jump on them. Otherwise, I don't feel terribly rushed. Maybe I'll pick them up at a later date. I guess they'd still be an improvement over some of my tapes. Always had such a crush on Penny Singleton, dating back to the first time I saw the films when I was ten years old. I almost fell over when I heard her speak in person a number of years back and noted that her voice sounded almost exactly the same despite her advanced years.

    I thought I read somewhere that the movies (with the 'new' mailman/letters openings and preface parts) weren't put together and syndicated until 1965 or 1966. I wouldn't mind seeing the 1958-vintage TV series again out of curiosity, but I recall it being rather weak. It was run on cable on CBN around 1984, which is when I saw it. Never saw the short-lived 1968 version with Will Hutchins as Dagwood, but it sounds intriguing. Sugarfoot as Dagwood..?
     
  9. Xenia Stathakopoulou

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    Does this dvd have the option, to pick the movie you want to watch out of the 5 on each set, or does this run as 1 long feature ???
     
  10. Steve...O

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    You can pick out the movie you want to watch.
     
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    Thanks Steve !
     
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    If this is the same set I bought awhile back, I seem to recall the end credit being cut off. Is that the case with these?
     
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    The end credits were always cut off when these used to air on our local PBS affiliate (sundays at 4:00pm--they would run all of the Blondie movies and then Andy Hardy) and replaced with a generic King Features title card.
     
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    Not counting opening credits, end credits, the movies themselves dont have anything missing as in full versions ???
     
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    Other than the credit changes and the addition of "preview" scenes before the feature (to bolster the running times to a standard 72 minutes) they are complete and uncut. In fact, the "restorations" that used to run on AMC used the available King Features versions and simply grafted the (somewhat rough) original openings on to them.

    They didn't find all of the original openings either. One in particular (BLONDIE ON A BUDGET) uses the credits for the original Blondie with the ON A BUDGET title card from the King Features version added in.
     
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    Thanks Will, thats the info i was looking for !
     
  17. Xenia Stathakopoulou

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    Ive recieved mine, and here is what I think from sampling only blondie goes to college. Considering that theyve put 5 movies on each dvd,they look alot better than i was expecting for a budget dvd release. These movies would look as good as the abbott and costello franchise collections , if they put 2 movies per dvd.All things considered still not bad for a budget release. My only minor complaint is the transfers are just a tad bright, but i just turn the brightness down a notch and it looks perfect! !! So if youre a fan of these films get them , i doubt we will see better dvd treatment for a long time.The company logo from about 40 minutes that ive watched did not appear once, i guess it appears twice tops during each movie so good news on that.
     
  18. Steve...O

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    Hi Tony,

    Yes, the bit rates are embarrassingly low but they do look pretty good. I contacted Platinum at the time of the original release to see if Vol 2 was in the works, but they said "no" and sure enough, no Vol 2 has ever appeared. Perhaps this was a one shot licensing deal with Hearst Entertainment for these 10 films only. For the $9.99 + tax I paid for this, I'm not going to complain too much. Heck, if Fox put this out, they'd charge $60 for each group of 4 films!

    Steve
     
  19. Xenia Stathakopoulou

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    Steve, you never know if the rest will be released . Just last week the set made it all the way up to amazons top 5,000 sales rank, outselling lots of other classic comedies fromthe 30s to 50s.In fact right now its sold out at amazon, and says usually ships in 3 to 6 weeks !!!
     
  20. LaurenceGarvey

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    This has been out for quite some time, more than a year, easily. I have it and love it -- one of my fave low-budget compilations.
     

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