DVD and the soaps...

Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by Jack Cleveland, May 30, 2011.

  1. Jack Cleveland

    Jack Cleveland Second Unit

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    On a lark, I went to YouTube last night and searched for soap opera clips... I was amazed at the amount of episodes that are there- Complete story arcs for many differnt shows. I was clicking and watching for several hours. It made me nostalgic for the serials that are disappearing from the networks. I find it hard to believe that there is no interest in bringing these shows to the DVD market. What in your opinion would be a good way to put together DVD volumes of soaps?

    1. Sample episodes from various decades.

    2. Stories revolving around a certain character.

    3. A complete story, start to finish.


    I agree that it would be impossible to release a complete soap library, but there would seem to be some value in releasing portions of a show. Any other ideas?


    Proctor and Gamble alone are sitting on a treasure trove of episodes!
     
  2. bretmaverick2

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    I would think that most fans would like to have complete stories. Since most stories are character driven, it would be pretty character focused.


    Examples off the top of my head: General Hospital's "Ice Princess" story. Intro'd a lot of characters that became hugely important to GH's mythology. Add to that, it was the first sci-fi styled story on daytime TV.


    Other shows that were much shorter could be collected in complete series sets, a la "Dark Shadows". In those cases, I am thinking of shows like Santa Barbara, Port Charles and such.
     
  3. Jack Cleveland

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    I understand what you mean- Complete stories, especially ones with connections for the fans, like GL's Phillip, Rick, Mindy, and Beth 4 Musketeers story, or the San Cristobel storyline would certainly be enjoyable to revisit. I believe fans are missing their soaps- Perhaps a revisit on DVD would be a good thing-


    Other thoughts?
     
  4. Charles Ellis

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    One big problem is that the classic soaps have incomplete archives, with most of the big production houses (ABC, P&G) only beginning to save day-to-day episodes on a contiuous basis circa 1978. Plus, some shows were being broadcast live until the mid-1970s.

    Check out this Wikipedia article on lost tv episodes in different types of shows- the US soap section is indeed shocking:



    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiping
     
  5. Lerrydimm

    Lerrydimm Auditioning

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    Does anyone know where I can either buy or rent the old daytime soap opera "Loving" which then became named "The City" on DVD or even VHS? The SoapNet channel is not showing it. I really would love to watch it all over again.
    http://www.zimbio.com/member/IleneDaniel/articles/JGZZ-YWGipr/Healthy+Colon+Cleanse+Review+Get+Free+Trial
     
  6. Lerrydimm

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    Does anyone know where I can either buy or rent the old daytime soap opera "Loving" which then became named "The City" on DVD or even VHS? The SoapNet channel is not showing it. I really would love to watch it all over again.
    http://www.zimbio.com/member/IleneDaniel/articles/JGZZ-YWGipr/Healthy+Colon+Cleanse+Review+Get+Free+Trial
     

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