Dynasty Season Four Announced

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  1. Ethan Riley

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    Oh, oh--I misunderstood. I thought you were saying that the older seasons didn't look good on dvd and needed remastering. I guess you're saying that the episodes had undergone some recent remastering before dvd release. Didn't realize that. Well they sure did a good job! And I would add that I think they look better now than they did when aired on ABC in the 80s, too! Actually, the series has always looked pretty good in syndication. I remember seeing the middle seasons, say 6-7 on Soapnet in the late 90s...the show somehow looked better than it had on its original ABC broadcast. Don't ask me why--it just did. And the show was already 10-20 years old even then. I always figured that Spelling had kept especially good care of the prints or masters. But I don't really have any direct knowledge of why Dynasty looks so good compared to some of its contemporaries.
    Now if we could only get Warners to pay attention, cause that Falcon Crest dvd didn't look so hot. I wish all pre-90s shows could look as good as Dynasty does (it's the only one from your list that I've seen so far).
     
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    I've read people's comments on the Soap Chat forum for Dynasty, saying how great the digitally remastered episodes of Dynasty look. There are the occasional episodes where some scenes or shots haven't been transferred to HD, but the majority have been transferred to HD.

    I also liked how CBS DVD presented the series' pilot in it's original 135-odd minutes long version, instead of presenting the first two parts of "Oil" together, with "Oil: Part 3" separate on disc 1. Also, "Krystle's Lie" and "The Necklace" are presented as one feature length episode, instead of a two-part story.

    I'm excited about this fifth season release, to see if CBS DVD have remastered the 29 episodes, because the first volume of season five hasn't been announced for Region 1 yet. If (and it's a big if) it does indeed come out in the UK on Region 2 on Monday 21st June, and CBS DVD go by the six month rule between releases (which dosen't always happen now with TV and film releases on DVD), the sixth season could be out before the end of the year in December.

    I'm hoping the juddering screen for Michael Praed has been corrected. When I saw the fifth and sixth seasons on BBC1 and UK Gold (and the title sequence for "The Titans" on YouTube.com) the background behind Michael Praed (of the clock tower) judders up and down slightly.

    That's going to be very interesting the sixth season set of Dynasty, because of course it was when they introduced The Colbys.
     
  3. Ethan Riley

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    "Krystle's Lie" and "The Necklace" were shot and intended as two one-hour episodes. They ran together on the same night simply because ABC ran into a scheduling snafu and had to air something.

    As for the Colbys; geez, I don't think we're going to see it, unless CBS/Paramount is wise, and decides to make it a MOD or a direct sales title (like the Shout Factory titles). I just don't see Colbys as this big hit on dvd, seeing as how it was a lower-rated show in the first place. It's got star power working in its favor, but little else. But would it work as a MOD? Oh sure--there's loads of hardcore fans who want it; just not hundreds of thousands of them that would support a traditional release. My advice to CBS is to put the 49 episodes out as one big set, MOD, and charge about $99 for it. Whoever really wants it would buy it.

    I have a good feeling that Dynasty season 5 is coming out in the U.S. as a general release to stores. But seasons 6-9? Who knows. the show sure got crummy about then. CBS didn't put out the last two (dumb) seasons of Melrose Place, so Dynasty's (dumb) seasons 6-9 might slip into "abandoned" territory if they don't MOD it.
     
  4. AlanP

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    I think when they complete the series and a box set is done, throw "THE COLBY'S" in FREE....... or include the series as it does overlap with "DYNASTY" in with each respective season. Other there are holes in the "DYNASTY" plot.....
     
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    Region 2 DVD front cover artwork for Dynasty: The Fifth Season has been put up on Play.com's pre-order listing page (source of the front cover artwork for the Region 2 fifth season set is Play.com).
     
  6. Ethan Riley

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    I WANNIT!!!
     
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    It's very similar to artwork posted on the Soap Chat forum for Dynasty for other countries in Europe. It's probably my favourite artwork so far.

    It will be interesting to see how the eight discs are placed in the case. Will they all be attached to the plastic down the spine in the middle of the inside of the DVD case? Or will discs 1 & 8 be placed on their own on the left and right-hand sides of the inside of the DVD case, with discs 2 to 7 attached to the plastic in the middle of the inside of the DVD case?
     
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    come on CBS / Paramount it is time to step up and provide R1 w/ a full season set.
     
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    I don't get it out. How are they releasing Season 5 - COMPLETE in Region 2 and we haven't even received an announcement yet for Region 1. This really stinks.
     
  10. Ethan Riley

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    I do know that U.S. primetime soaps and such are far more popular in Europe (not to mention Latin America) than they are in their country of origin. They capture the foreign fantasy of what romance is like in America, while those of us actually in America may view these same shows as preposterous and unrealistic. Some of these 80s primetime soaps are still revered in Europe, while back in the states some think back upon them as being dated and corny. (As an American, I did view them then as fantasy; I think today that they're kind of silly, but I still like them. They take me right back to better times).

    Nevertheless, as I say, these shows are still revered in much of Europe which explains why they have far less trouble marketing them to Europeans. All the U.S. seems to want these days are 1-hour cop shows and (stupid) competition reality shows.
     
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    I'm looking forward to seeing what the print quality is like, hopefully up to the standard of the previous four seasons on Region 2 DVD.

    CBS Drama in the UK is currently showing the sixth season of Dynasty. Still no sign yet of The Colbys.
     
  12. Ethan Riley

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    The Colbys was rerun over and over on Soapnet in the U.S. several years back--so it managed to develop a more recent fanbase. I don't know if that helps its dvd chances, but it can't hurt. I still think it should be a MOD or direct order set; it'd probably do ok. I think people can enjoy Dynasty without having seen the Colbys, but Dominique did cross over from time to time, and people would never understand what was up with that pesky UFO...
     
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    "The Colby's" fell victim to "DYNASTY'S" ridiculous over the top plot lines. This series should have been incorporated into the story line of "DYNASTY" rather than a stand alone series it would have made some great story lines. Would love to have seen Joan with Stanwyck in a few scenes !!! And Sammy Jo go at it with Miles !!! This would have brought "Dynasty" back from Moldavia. And there would have been no need for the ridiculous Amanda to fill the void of Fallon on the series. That became a joke to me Blake and Alexis with children they never mentioned until they arrived. OK Adam I can understand but a fourth lost child.....
    I personally loved the Colbys !!! They could have expanded the storylines and made the series two hours or two installments a week........
     
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    You also had Ken Howard being a main cast member in both Dynasty and The Colbys after The Colbys had started it's first season (even though he appeared occasionly in Dynasty). Emma Samms and Maxwell Caulfield popped back into Dynasty for an episode later on in the 1985-86 season as well.

    That's a good idea, if CBS Paramount/CBS DVD did a MOD or direct order set for the whole of The Colbys. I worked it out and it would be something like a 13 disc set if the whole series was released together (24 episodes in the first season = 4 episodes each on discs 1-6 ; 25 episodes in the second and final season = 4 episodes on discs 7 to 10 and 3 episodes each on discs 11 to 13). This is just a theory, but the following could be how they would spread all 49 episodes across 13 discs (source of the episode titles below is EpGuides.com):


    The Colbys: The First Season (1985-86):

    Disc 1:

    1. The Celebration (Series Premiere)
    2. Conspiracy of Silence
    3. Moment of Truth
    4. Family Album

    Disc 2:

    5. Shadow of the Past
    6. A House Divided
    7. The Reunion
    8. Fallen Idol

    Disc 3:

    9. The Letter
    10. The Turning Point
    11. Thursday's Child
    12. The Pact

    Disc 4:

    13. Fallon's Choice
    14. The Trial
    15. Burden of Proof
    16. My Father's House

    Disc 5:

    17. The Outcast
    18. The Wedding
    19. The Honeymoon
    20. Double Jeopardy

    Disc 6:

    21. A Family Affair
    22. The Reckoning
    23. Anniversary Waltz
    24. Checkmate (Season Finale)


    The Colbys: The Second & Final Season (1986-87):

    Disc 7:

    25. The Gathering Storm (Season Premiere)
    26. No Exit
    27. Jason's Choice
    28. The Matchmaker

    Disc 8:

    29. Something Old, Something New
    30. The Gala
    31. Bloodlines
    32. Deceptions

    Disc 9:

    33. And Baby Makes Four
    34. Bid for Freedom
    35. Sanctuary
    36. Reaching Out

    Disc 10:

    37. Power Play
    38. The Legacy
    39. The Home-Wrecker
    40. Manhunt

    Disc 11:

    41. All Fall Down
    42. Guilty Party
    43. Fallon's Baby

    Disc 12:

    44. Answered Prayers
    45. Return Engagement
    46. Devil's Advocate

    Disc 13:

    47. Betrayals
    48. The Dead End
    49. Crossroads (Season & Series Finale).
     
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    The full set Season 5 of Dynasty is set for release in Australia on August 5th.
     
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    Amazon.co.uk have updated their listing page for the Region 2 DVD boxset of Dynasty: The Fifth Season by updating the front cover artwork, the same as the front cover artwork on Play.com's listing page for the boxset.
     
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    Are thier any plans for the release of the colbys
     
  18. Ethan Riley

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    Not yet, Tim. We're all hoping!
     
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    Comments on the Region 2 (UK) DVD boxset of the fifth season of Dynasty below:
    1.) On the majority of the inside of the slipcase is the glitter which has again been used on the front and back cover of the slipcase.
    2.) The front of all eight discs are not in grey, but have a clear shiny look (like with some older Region 2 Paramount film titles.
    3.) Did CBS DVD think this was the last season of Dynasty? The year is incorrect for all eight discs (1988 on discs 1 to 3, and 1989 on discs 4 to 8).
    4.) The episode synopsis' on the reverse side of the DVD sleeve seem shorter, as the writing looks bigger than it did on the reverse of the fourth season DVD sleeve (even though there are more episodes in the fifth season compared to the fourth).
    5.) I didn't notice this on the rear cover of the slipcase and DVD sleeve for the first four seasons, but there is a 'technicolor' logo in the bottom left hand corner.
    I'll test the discs out in the next couple of days probably.
     
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    Dynasty: The Sixth Season is available for pre-order on Amazon.co.uk and Play.com.

    Also, I read on Soap Chat a week or two ago that CBS Drama are going to show The Colbys in the UK sometime in 2011.

    Below is the front cover 3D artwork for Dynasty: The Sixth Season:


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