CHINA BEACH IS COMING!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  1. Ethan Riley

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    I'm sure they did their best, and it sounds like they licensed the bulk of the music, so I'm going to forgive them for skipping a few. It is what it is. My only hope is that they release it on blu as well.
     
  2. Kasey

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    I never watched this (or much TV in general) in the late '80s so am looking forward to it as a brand new show. I won't recognize any music substitutions but am glad to hear they secured as much as they could. This gives hope for The Wonder Years and a proper WKRP--both of which have a bigger fanbase than China Beach.
     
  3. Qrusher14242

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    This is great news! I've only seen a few episodes, but they were pretty bad quality and i never hunted down better ones....I can't wait to get this.
     
  4. DeWilson

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    I also wonder if TIME-LIFE might be planing a Tie-in CD set.
     
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    Yeah, there was, you could have stored them properly. Like not in a basement or somewhere damp. Standing up on their side in a dry environment, I have never heard of a tape having a problem.
     
  6. Tory

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    I did not have a basement. I stored them on their sides in my bedroom, against an interior wall. I stored them in the boxes they came in. I handled them carefully. They were not by any air conditioners, heaters, pipes, or windows and I generally kept the room dark.
     
  7. Bryan^H

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    The tv tape god strikes again.
    Tape degrades. DVD doesn't. Welcome to the 21st century.
     
  8. Harry-N

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    I guess all of the fighting in this thread is appropriate given that CHINA BEACH was set in a war zone...
     
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    :laugh:
     
  10. DeWilson

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    Pressed DVD will eventually degrade - it'll take decades, but they will.
     
  11. Bryan^H

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    I'm sure my dvd's will last until the 22nd century. I'll be a distant memory at that point, so it won't matter what happens to them after I'm gone.
     
  12. Sky Captain

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    Ditto for me. This was something that people should have been doing for quite a while before DVD, especially with options like Super VHS and Super Beta that were out there.
     
  13. Harry-N

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    I've got approximately half of the CHINA BEACH episodes recorded to VHS and then transferred to DVD, figuring that this set would never come out. I only managed a little less than half due to the original network scheduling quirks. CHINA BEACH generally aired on Wednesday night at 10 PM on ABC, and was often directly opposite QUANTUM LEAP on NBC. So depending on my needs to see THAT show at the time, the time-shifting capabilities of the two VHS machines in the house at the time, the situation with antennas and cables, and my own abilities to remember and set said VHS recorders - that's what I ended up with.

    I think most of the third season was lost due to yet another schedule conflict with either a show on CBS, or it had something to do with the local scheduling of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION in the hour prior. I know it was a complicated mess, and the first rule is "you can't tape everything", but I managed to get most of the early episodes, next to nothing from Season 3, and the final six episodes that aired in June and July of 1991. ABC was apparently through with the show and burned off the last episodes as new originals in the summertime, after half a year of bouncing around on Monday and Saturday nights.

    The final moving message from the last CHINA BEACH:




    Harry
     
  14. Ethan Riley

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    I don't think people were routinely recording tv shows until slightly after China Beach finished its run. I think that hobby really took off in the mid-90s. That was the time when vcr and blank video tape prices really started coming down. Before that, it was considered a bit pricey to record an entire show with a lot of episodes. I personally began recording shows in late '83, but most other people didn't seem to be doing it for a long, long time after that. I had, for example, the entire run of Dynasty/The Colbys on 36 vhs tapes (recorded at slp) and people would come to my house and be absolutely scandalized that I would do such a thing. They didn't understand why anyone would save a tv show for further use. I taped a handful of favorite shows in the 80s and they took up a lot of space and I loved it, but no one else I knew was doing it.
    I taped everything in the 90s and early 2000's. I had all of Star Trek TNG and Beverly Hills 90210 & Melrose Place, all of Third Rock from the Sun and dozens more. I threw 'em all out, to save space, as soon as they all come out on dvd. But I really don't think anyone but enthusiasts were taping entire series prior to the mid-90s. There's no reason to chastise those who weren't doing it, because only very few of us were doing it.
     
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    Agreed. People have different life circumstances so it is ridiculous for some people to tell other people what they should have done 20-25 years ago. I was a teenager when I purchased my first VCR in 1983. It was a beta and the blank tapes were $8 bucks. That was a lot of money to spend for a teenager with a part-time job and going to school. I recorded the shows I absolutely had to have. Sure, I wished I would had recorded more, but I couldn't afford it at the time or maybe I wasn't really obsessed enough with a show to keep it.
     
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    WE WANT CHINA BEACH, WE WANT CHINA BEACH, WE WANT CHINA BEACH...
     
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    Then you shall have it. Pre-orders start today, and the set expects to ship the week of April 15th. Press release and packaging pics here: http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/China-Beach-Complete-Collection/18032 It looks like multiple discs housed in standard cases - nice to see a smart decision. :)
     
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    Fantastic news, thanks for the update, Traveling Matt.
     
  19. The Obsolete Man

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    Okay, 268 cleared songs... Is there a list out there of how many songs there were in the network run, and how close to original airing this will really be with (an amazing) 268 cleared songs? Yeah, I'm ordering anyway, because it's as close as we'll ever get, and it sounds like it's going to be nearly perfect... but I'm still curious.
     
  20. Tory

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    I'm looking for a list but can't find a complete one.
     

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