Gentle Ben from CBS? -- Coming on October 15th

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  1. JoeDoakes

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    According to TVSHOWSONDVD (http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Gentle-Ben-Season-1/18749). I don't think that I have ever heard of this show and when I first saw it, I assumed it must be from Timeless. But no, apparently it's from CBS. With all of their bigger name abandoned shows, why issue this? I'm pleased but confused.
     
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    One of the *many* productions from Ivan Tors ("Daktari", "Flipper", "Ripcord", "Sea Hunt", in addition to films like "Hello Down There").
     
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    Well, I liked it when I was 5...definitely a family-type show.
     
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    Happy for those who want this but it'd be nice if CBS would go back to a couple stalled titles IMO.
     
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    This show was popular and re-run all the time in the 70's but I don't think I've seen it since then. I loved it back then and will pick this up even though I would have preffered The Beverly Hillbillies.
     
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    A couple of months ago, someone provided a link to a CBS digital site that stated they were working on digital restoration of The Honeymooners, Beverly Hillbilles and one other show that I can't remember. Seeing as The Honeymooners are done, perhaps TBH will be coming before long as well.
     
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    I would seriously consider a complete series of the Beverly Hillbillies. I will buy Gentle Ben at least for old time sake if nothing else. Does CBS own It's About Time?
     
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    This release is definitely a shock. I'd never thought I'd see CBS/Paramount do something so obscure, and in black and white no less. Perhaps someone over there is a Dennis Weaver fan? All his seasons of Gunsmoke are coming out and now his starring show.
     
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    I'm a little surprised also (always happy to see major studios releasing shorter-run old shows), but it isn't a black-and-white series. They haven't given in to us to THAT extent...
     
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    I thought it went longer than 2 seasons but I'm wrong obviously. I figure this is a "two and done" deal like Timeless did on Grizzly Adams. I just hope the episodes are complete.
     
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    Actually this is a color show. I only consider this slightly more obscure than Flipper the two shows ran back to back in reruns for years in the 70's. There are 2 remake movies of it from 2002 and 2003. But compared to continuing many of their stalled shows then yes its obscure.
     
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    Randy, as you said, I would've preferred the Hillbillies. However, this gives some hope that TV on DVD isn't dead or even on life support if they're picking up something of this nature.
     
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    I will buy this release,I have not seen this show in years.Will they remaster it?
     
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    I know CBS only distributed The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams for Timeless, but I just have this underlying fear that it will be cut episodes that aren't even remastered. Grizzly Adams was, at least in some cases, quite obviously from video tape sources.
     
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    Hey Ron that was me. Honeymooners Blu is announced. More Rawhide and TBH are hopefully coming soon.

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    Yeah. I'm getting this for sure, but I know what you mean. CBS is the king of title hopping.
     
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    Thank you! I had it bookmarked and somehow lost it.
     
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    We get to see Clint Howard with Hair :)
     
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    One of my childhood favorites. I'm all in for this one!
     
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    No, that's owned by MGM. Which should give you hope as they seem to be licensing their shows out like crazy now after sitting on them for so long. Unfortunately, I know of one independent who would have jumped all over that series and several other obscurities had they been offered reasonably a half decade ago. Now, since the market has changed, they aren't in a position to pay up front rights fees so they can no longer do it.
     

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