Burke's Law/Honey West

Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by Bob Hug, Apr 26, 2007.

  1. Bert Greene

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    Have we heard anything new on this front? I thought the initial scuttlebutt was that the first Four-Star offering from VCI (Burke's Law, I believe) was slated for September. But that's getting pretty close now. VCI, as much as I love 'em, has a history of being a little bit too optimistic with their release-date projections, so I won't be surprised if plans have been pushed back.

    Whatever the case, I hope this 'leasing from Fox' situation works out well, because there are a host of other Four-Star series that I'd love to see. Same with Shout Factory and their Universal offerings. With VCI's propensity for westerns, I can easily imagine them as being a good outlet for more Four-Star westerns (besides "Zane Grey"), like "Black Saddle," "Trackdown," "Law of the Plainsman," "Stagecoach West," and whatever others. Although, my own preference might be for sets devoted to Four-Star's non-western items "The Dick Powell Show" and "The Rogues."
     
  2. FanCollector

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    I coincidentally e-mailed VCI this morning, and I was told that Burke's Law is due out in September, price to be determined.
     
  3. Charles H

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    I'd love "The Dick Powell Theater" on dvd. It was the last of the great anthologies and his death in 1963 changed the future of television by ending the concept of the anthology in television programming. "Dick Powell Theater" was a brilliant series that utilized the best in writing, directing, and acting. Had Powell lived, he might have beat Lew Wasserman to the punch in inventing the tv movie.
     
  4. Charles Ellis

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    You're forgetting Dick's protege Aaron Spelling, who made the popular The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, and Hotel years after his days producing Burke's Law for Dick Powell's Four-Star Productions (the other stars being Charles Boyer, Ida Lupino and David Niven).
    Those shows were anthologies, with multiple stories in either comedic or dramatic vein that were wrapped up by the episode's end. The only difference was that the Spelling shows had a basic supporting cast to 'host' each show (e.g., the crew of the Pacific Princess, Mr. Roarke and Tattoo, and the staff of the St. Gregory).
     
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  6. Charles H

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    By "anthologies," I mean in the context of short stories and early tv ("Playhouse 90," Studio One," "Four Star Playhouse") with independent casts, genres, and stories. On BURKE'S LAW (a terrific series), the pilot (by Pulizer Prize winner Frank Gilroy) was originally shown on THE DICK POWELL THEATER with Powell playing Amos Burke. Ronald Reagan was one of the suspects, and I hope they include it on the BURKE'S LAW dvd.
     
  7. Mike*HTF

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    Looking forward to Burke's Law if it really happens - but in the meantime I don't regret picking up BL and HW (R2, Delta), they did a great job with them. I hope this means we will eventually get BL season's 2 and 3 (Amos Burke, Secret Agent)!
     
  8. Tom.W

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  9. Bert Greene

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    Ah, forgot about "Johnny Ringo." Haven't seen one of those in ages. But, I do recall it being a component of that aforementioned catch-all syndicated package, "The Westerners." The added openings with host Keenan Wynn always made me suspicious the various episodes were snipped a bit, to make room for that. I don't know what year all those were syndicated, but they did date back to the 60s. The last time I recall encountering them was on CBN in the mid-80s. Smart move, to batch all those short-lived series together. At very least it gave exposure to the high-quality "Westerner" series with Brian Keith, which had so lamentably few episodes to its name, and would otherwise have been rendered unseen and forgotten.

    It does seem that those various Four-Star westerns are now freed from that "Westerners" construct, though. When the Nostalgia Channel (now AmericanLife) aired "Law of the Plainsman" and "The Westerner" in the mid-90s, they all had their original openings. They aired a big batch of Four-Star series around that time, like "Dante," "The Law and Mr. Jones," "Richard Diamond," and "Stagecoach West." I also seem to recall TV-Land running a few episodes of "Trackdown," back in their early days, when they were an interesting network. Hard to imagine nowadays, considering what they've become, but they were initially prone to dig up some intriguing rarities. Heck, I even recall them showing an "Amos Burke: Secret Agent."
     
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    The problem with Richard Diamond is that the package is split between Paramount and 4 Star ownership.
     
  12. Charles Ellis

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    It's a shame that an entire era of TV history is vanishing before us. With the removal of most of the vintage WB shows from the American Life Channel in favor of the seen-to-death Fox/MTM shows of the 1970s and 80s, that channel is following the same regrettable path as TVLAND, in chasing an under-40 audience. There should be a premuim classic TV channel, like the way TCM reverently treats classic film (and the way AMC used to when it was a real channel). Imagine seeing shows like these (some which haven't been syndicated in years) commercial free and in new remastered prints:
    Our Miss Brooks
    December Bride
    My Three Sons
    The Mod Squad
    Adventures In Paradise
    It Takes A Thief
    The Governor and J.J.
    Here Come The Brides
    The Farmer's Daughter
    Father Knows Best
    The High Chapparal
    Peyton Place
    The Defenders
    The Nurses
    Dr. Kildare
    Ben Casey and so on.
     
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    I second that emotion, Charles.
     
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    I third it!
    Gary "I happened to be out of town when this thread was resurrected a few weeks ago" O.
     
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    A friend of mine e-mailed me a few days back to let me know that VCI's asked him to write the liner notes for this release. He asked me if there were any extras I'd like to see, and since I'm stymied to come up with any I open the floor for suggestions.
     
  17. Bob Hug

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    Well, for starters, Ivan, and if they're up to it, interviews and/or episode commentaries from Gene Barry and Gary Conway. But also, if they exist, bloopers/outakes, promotional clips, etc. Gene Barry did interviews for the "War of the Worlds" theatrical release a few years ago, and Gary Conway was more recently featured in interview segments for "Land of the Giants" (a clip which can be seen at Amazon.com), so it would be great if either of them could be part of the release. But with a March 4 release date for season 1, volume 1, they'd have to hurry! Maybe it would be more realistic for season 1, volume 2 since VCI is going the split season route on "Burke's Law."
     
  18. Hollywoodaholic

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    Also, perhaps an edited clip reel of "The Babes of Burke's Law." The recent Time/Life release of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. did something like this, but really shorted the idea. Both shows featured a calvacade of some of the hotter ingenues as well as established actresses of the day. It wouldn't cost much extra to have an editor highlight their sexiest scenes. I think the Star Trek series did the same thing.

    They could also do an edit clip of all the great old-time Hollywood actors and legends who appeared on the show. It's just a nice extra to see them all in one place. Plus, the same edit clip could be used to promo the series on YouTube or elsewhere.
     
  19. FanCollector

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    The "pilot" for this series was, I believe, an episode of The Dick Powell Show, starring Powell as Amos Burke. A worthy extra, I would think, and not requiring too much effort from the studio.
     
  20. michael_ks

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    I concur with Bob and Wayne. Interviews with Barry and Conway would indeed be welcome as well as a guest star retrospective. A spotlight on Herschel Burke Gilbert, the composer who provided the music to the series would be a nice touch as well.
     

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