CTHV Press Release: "All In The Family" The Complete First Season

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    FROM AWARD-WINNING TELEVISION PRODUCER NORMAN LEAR COMES:

    ALL IN THE FAMILY - THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON

    Comes to DVD in a Three-Disc Set on March 26, 2002

    CARROLL O'CONNOR, JEAN STAPLETON, ROB REINER AND SALLY

    STRUTHERS STAR IN THIS GROUNDBREAKING COMEDY

    Culver City, Ca (1/17/02) - On March 26, 2002 Columbia TriStar Home

    Entertainment will release on DVD ALL IN THE FAMILY - THE COMPLETE

    FIRST SEASON.

    From one of television's pioneering creators, Norman Lear (One Day at a

    Time,

    Sanford and Son, Maude, The Jeffersons), comes one of the most beloved

    families in television history, the Bunkers, starring Carroll O'Connor

    as Archie,

    Jean Stapleton as Edith, Rob Reiner as Mike "Meathead" Stivic and Sally

    Struthers as Gloria. Television was changed forever the night of January

    12,

    1971, when the premiere episode of All in the Family debuted.

    The show's central character, Archie Bunker, is a working-class family

    man who

    holds bigoted, conservative views of the world. His viewpoints clash

    with nearly

    everyone he comes into contact with, especially his liberal son-in-law

    Mike Stivic

    (or, as Archie delights in calling him, "Meathead"). The two disagree

    about nearly

    everything: politics, minorities, sex, religion, economics, war, gun

    control, crime,

    free speech, women's rights, morality, philosophy and (so it seems) life

    in

    general. Archie's daughter, Gloria, often (but not always) sides with

    Mike, while

    his saintly wife, Edith, is the rock that holds the family together.

    Edith is as

    friendly, reserved, considerate and open-minded as Archie is bigoted,

    loud, rude

    and closed-minded; however, the love and faithfulness between them is

    undeniable.

    During the course of its remarkable eight-year run, All in the Family

    was

    nominated for an amazing 48 Emmy Awards, taking home 20 trophies with

    multiple wins for all of the lead characters as well as three wins for

    Outstanding

    Comedy Series. Numerous spin-off series resulted from All in the Family

    including the very successful Maude and The Jeffersons.

    DVD ADDED VALUE ELEMENTS

    * Three-Disc Set Contains Complete First Season

    * Full Screen Presentation

    * Audio: English Mono

    * Subtitles: English and Spanish

    * Episode Selections

    * Interactive Menus

    Not Rated

    Color

    Closed-Captioned

    286 Minutes

    DVD #08207

    UPC: 0-43396-08207-6

    DVD Order Date: 2/26/02

    DVD SLP: $24.95
     
  2. Beast

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    286 Minutes
    Ok, now the 286 minutes is showing up on an official press release, I'm starting to worry about this release being edited or being the cut for syndication versions. Can someone with contacts in CTHE please find out if they just are listing the time wrong?
    There is no way that 13 episodes of a TV series from the 70's which were on average 25-26 minutes long, can fit in 286 minutes. I so want to buy this when it comes out, but I won't support edited versions. [​IMG] [​IMG]
    MTFBWY and HH!!
    Mike
     
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    I have a hard time believing that the press release saying that the 3 disc set is only $25 is not a misprint. Weren't these going to be originally $25 or $30 per disc?
     
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    I just had a scary thought. There has been much talk about Columbia House's subscription DVDs of this show, which run $20 for a 4 episode disk. Obviously with the 13-episode season 1 selling for only $5 more than that the Columbia House model becomes unworkable.

    Let's say Sony/Columbia wants to protect their Columbia House revenues. They give CH the exclusive rights to the uncut episodes, and release the syndication cuts on the retail box. This way they get easy revenue from average Joe consumer (who may not be aware of the shortened episodes), and still maintain their expensive subscription series for the "serious collector" market. This is the "added value" needed to justify the higher priced Columbia House discs.

    This is all speculation, of course, but it makes sense from a bean-counter point of view.

    I hope I'm wrong.
     
  5. Walt Riarson

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    I too am a little concerned about this set. This show deserves a fully uncut release. I hope CTHV isn't making a mistake here.

    We would like some answers.
     
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    Are the current DVD releases available from Columbia House (or the ones on Video) uncut? If they aren't, I would have to believe that these would be uncut also and that the running time mentioned is a mistake. It would make no sense to use edited episodes just for this DVD release.
     
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    I don't think we should either tense up nor relax based on the running time included in the press release, by any means. Those things are released from marketing guys who know nothing except what they *think* they know. So, if they originally "leaked" info about the show (what I saw at DVD Shrine, perhaps?) and calculated a wrong "running time" total for that, then they'll keep on using the wrong figure until someone or something forces them to correct it.
    The best thing to do, like someone else suggested, is to find a way to get in touch with the studio and ask. Let them know that a "Complete First Season" (and Complete = Unedited, right?) means approximately 325-330 minutes, not 286. Ask them if they can double-check this figure and get back to us. Heck, say you're a "reviewer" for the Home Theater Forum and that you intend to use their answer in an "article". [​IMG]
    Shoot, give me the number...I'll do it! No need to be shy, here.
     
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    Not only will I not buy cut versions, but I will not buy anything, ANYTHING, from Columbia TriStar unless they correct it.
     
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    OK, guys, don't panic! ALL IN THE FAMILY was a mid season replacement starting in JAN 1971, so the first season is just 13 shows. The box set contains these shows UNCUT. The second season on will be a full 22-24 shows, and one would assume the price will be higher as well. I'm looking forward to these, this was a great show for most of its run.
     
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    By "uncut", Steve, by the context you seem to be speaking of the number of episodes rather than the minutes for the running time of the show.

    Everyone is concerned about the latter; the running time. Can you please specify whether or not it is this you mean, rather than the number of episodes?

    Also, please let us know how you come by this info! Do you work for the studio, or do you just have an inside source?

    This is great news if that's what you mean!

    Thank you, and welcome to the HTF!
     

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