Dukes of Hazzard on Blu-ray

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  1. jeremy223

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    With Dukes of Hazzard now airing on CMT in HD, has anyone heard anything about Dukes maybe coming to blu-ray? CMT is editing the show and cropping the picture. I'm not interested in a blu release with cropped picture, but if it's uncropped and unedited, I'll buy it. A new release would also be a chance to fix some problem episodes from the DVD releases. Carnival of Thrills and Ten Million Dollar Sheriff are the cut syndicated versions. Treasure of Hazzard is missing it's teaser.
     
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    I'm with you. If Warner issues a Blu ray set, I am all in for it and ready to buy. But if they release them in the cropped widescreen format that TNT is showing I will not buy them. Also, they have to restore all of the episodes to their uncut night of broadcast showing.
     
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    I wouldn't be at all surprised if the versions already released on DVD are from the HD masters (albeit in the correct aspect ratio and unedited, apart from the 'problem' episodes already cited above). If so, I certainly wouldn't expect WB to go back and fix any problem.

    Of course, I don't expect WB to put this out on Blu-Ray either.
     
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    Was the show produced on film or videotape?
     
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    Film.
     
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    Film but later seasons were edited on video.
     
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    Dukes may not be as popular as Star Trek, but putting Dukes on blu ray would be easier than Star Trek, meaning it wouldn't have to sell as many copies to be profitable. If its true some seasons were edited on video, all they need to do is find all the film footage and edit it back together. Maybe since CMT is airing the show in HD, that means all that work has already been done. I don't know if the CMT showings are brand new masters or upconverted dvds or what.

    I'm hoping Dukes replicates what happened with Star Trek Remastered, where the edited HD episodes aired in syndication for a year or so and then were released on dvd and blu ray.
     
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    Since The Dukes Of Hazard has been around for nearly 50 years, has had 5 TV series & about a dozen movies, countless home video releases, dozens of soundtrack records, tapes & CDs, probably thousands of comic books & novels, thousands of toys (from prop replicas that cost thousands of dollars all the way down to a $5 action figure), has conventions where some fans have made costumes of the characters, has an insanely devoted fan following and has actually spawned a language, I agree that it's far more popular than Star Trek.
     
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    Travis, 50 years? You might need to redo some math in your head as DOH have been around for roughly 35 years time, since the show premiered in 1979.
     
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    The Dukes Of Hazard also didn't do any of the other things that they I mentioned, Star Trek did. :)
     
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    It isn't, but that doesn't mean it won't see a Blu-Ray release.Considering Dukes sold great #'s on dvd for Warner Brothers, I think it is definite lock for a Blu release down the line.
     
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    I think The Dukes of Hazzard would look good on blu-ray considering the number of outside scenes and stunts being performed. If they could go back to the original elements and go HD with it, it would be wonderful. I know the show is somewhat formulaic but I always was glued to the TV on Friday nights to watch!
     
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    I hope they redo all the scenes with the General Lee in them. It's needs some cgi cleanup.
     
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    You're kidding, right? That's what made it so charming, was the the General Lee was USED, and not some perfect, pristine, just-off-the-assembly-line car. It made the show believable, and the General Lee didn't look out of place in Hazzard County.
     
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    I think that might have been a bit of sarcasm...
     
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    That Rebel flag on the roof has got ta go! I mean... it's 2014!
     
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    kidding all over the place! :D

    It would be funny to see what they might do to change things up. Daisy's dukes could be a little shorter I think. woo hoo!
     
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    I know if they were doing it today, they wouldn't require the actress to wear pantyhose under them! Very ridiculous "rule", given that the bikini she wears in the opening credits is much tinier than those shorts. I think ABC standards and practices had a similar rule on the set of Three's Company.
     
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    I think these are new prints. The colors are different and I've noticed some picture clean up and picture stabilization. Just watching "Double Sting" tonight, there is an obvious difference at the very beginning where the Dukes are run off the road. On the dvd, this scene looks like it takes place at dusk and both cars are using their headlights to see. On the hd print, this scene is much brighter. It looks like the cars have their headlights on in broad daylight.
     
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    I watched it on CMT tonight and didn't notice any cropping; I had full frame. The picture does look a lot sharper than in the past, too.
     

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