Great "Dick Van Dyke" News! Complete Release Schedule For Seasons 3, 4, And 5!

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  1. David Von Pein

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    I recently e-mailed Image Entertainment, asking some general questions, and complimenting them on the excellence of the DVD-on-DVD sets.

    I didn't really anticipate any kind of a detailed reply. But, to my delight, I received the full schedule for the three future releases. And, inasmuch as Image didn't hesitate at all in revealing this information to a total stranger, I thought I'd pass it along here.

    Here's the info I received........

    Subj:Re: Dick Van Dyke / Andy Griffith*
    Date:10/30/2003 11:10:26 AM US Eastern Standard Time
    From:inquiries@image-entertainment.com


    Dear David,
    Image Entertainment is planning on releasing Seasons 3, 4 and 5 of the Dick Van Dyke show as follows: Season 3 is set to be released on 2/10/04, Season 4 is to be released on 4/13/04 and Season 5 is set to be released on 6/15/04. Unfortunately Image Entertainment does not have any plans regarding the release of the other Classic Television titles that you mentioned at this point in time. However, I will pass your email on to our acquisitions department which will look into the possibility of releasing these titles on DVD at some point in the future.

    Thank you.


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    My original mail to Image was..........

    Hello Image........

    The two current releases you've done on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" are simply amazing.* Stellar in every aspect!* Thanks for the effort that so obviously went into these excellent DVD products.

    These perfect Van Dyke sets got me to thinking ..... Is there any chance of Image doing similar boxed seasons of the famed "Andy Griffith Show" (1960-1968) sometime in the future?

    An Image DVD product of the Andy series would, no doubt, be worthy of high praise (based on previous digital products put out by your team -- Dick V. Dyke & The Twilight Zone to name two that I enjoy).

    "The Fugitive" (1963-1967 TV Series) is another program I'd buy in an instant should a company, like yours, produce it on the DVD format.* Would you have any idea who holds the controlling video rights to either "The Andy Griffith Show" or "The Fugitive"?

    Thank you for any info you might be able to provide on the above matters.

    And .... I'm looking forward with great anticipation to the remaining three seasons of Dick Van Dyke throughout 2004.

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    I realize that the info regarding the other TV series I mentioned (Andy & The Fugitive) could very well have just been the standard "PR" reply that companies give to inquiries of this nature. But, still...who can tell? Maybe it'll help get a ball or two rolling in the right direction.

    Anyway, pretty cool info indeed about DVD-on-DVD (I'm sure Van Dyke Show fans will agree)! These dates, of course, might very well be subject to change -- although a date-change disclaimer was not mentioned by Image in the mail they sent to me.

    If these dates prove accurate, it means within the relatively short span of just 8 months (October 2003 - June 2004), we'll have seen every season and every episode of the Van Dyke series released onto DVD. Hard to beat that productivity.

    (Perhaps someone should tell "The Simpsons" DVD creators about this breakneck pace exhibited by Image Entertainment. [​IMG] [​IMG])

    (Then again, I also realize that these DVD-on-DVD sets have actually been in the making for some time now. Doug Denoff at www.dvdondvd.com says he's been working on the project for some 4 years now.)

    So....all Classic TV fans start saving the greenbacks! Looks like 3 more boxed sets to get in a 4-month span starting February 10th!

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    EDIT: Release schedule has changed slightly from what I indicated above. Each succeeding boxed season has been pushed back exactly 2 weeks ----
    S.3 = Feb. 24;
    S.4 = Apr. 27;
    S.5 = Jun. 29.


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  2. ScottDombrowski

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    That is such great news--Thanks so much David!! I know I'm not alone in being very excited by this news.
     
  3. Casey Trowbridg

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    David VP, it will be good to have all these episodes by June, I'm already looking forward to February. Man, I'm going to be buying TV product every release day of the first 6 in 2004.

    1/6/2004: Cheers and Frasier Season 2 (although these will probably be birthday presents from my girlfriend or family)
    1/13/2004: Green Acres season 1
    1/20/2004: Dilbert: the complete series
    1/27/2004: The Critic: the Complete series
    2/03/2004: In Living Color, season 1
    2/10/2004: Dick Van Dyke, season 3.

    2004 is going to be a banner and expensive year as far as TV on DVD goes.
     
  4. David Von Pein

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    I'd guess we'll be able to Pre-Order Season 3 by ... what would you say? ... early December sometime?

    (Perhaps, since the release dates for all 3 remaining seasons are fairly close
    together--just four total months apart, we'll see Pre-Ordering available for all remaining V.Dyke seasons whenever S.3 goes up online.)

    Anyhow...Any way you slice it, such classic episodes of the Van Dyke series like "Coast-To-Coast Big Mouth", "Uhny Uftz", "The Curse Of The Petrie People", "That's My Boy??", and "October Eve" seem to be just a few months away. [​IMG] [​IMG]


    Laura -- "Rob?! Why does our baby have a blue foot?"

    Rob -- "Well...er...Jerry and I were just conducting a series of tests." [​IMG]
     
  5. Casey Trowbridg

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    a whole series in only 8 months time is impressive. Some of my favorites are from season 3, including the 1 you quoted in your last post David.

    Hey, what email address did you use to email Image? I'd like to send of an appreciative email for what they've done on these first 2 releases, quality quality work.
     
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    You da man, David! Thank you so much for your posting this. The handling of The Dick Van Dyke Show is nothing short of brilliant -- from the content to the extras to the packaging and now all the way down to the release schedule! To have all 5 seasons released in a span of about 8 months is a dream come true!

    I just bought season 2 tonight, David, as your raves about the special features on that set in particular made me realize I couldn't hold up on purchasing it any longer. You were right -- it seems they did save some of the best stuff for season 2, probably as an added incentive for people to continue with this series on DVD. There appear to be quite a few more commentaries as well (just 2 audio commentaries on the season one set while I noticed 2 on the first disc alone for season two).

    I am currently watching the "Stump the Stars" episode included and am really enjoying it. This and the priceless "hidden" Kent Cigarette advertisements are just two more things that make this set the benchmark by which future classic TV on DVD sets should be measured. Let's hope they saved some goodies for seasons 3-5.

    And, oh Lord, would I love to see Image get their hands on The Andy Griffith Show...
     
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    Someone asked here about "The Fugitive" on DVD...that is up to Republic and Artisan..no wait! Lions Gate, now that they bought out Artisan. Or perhaps wait until 2005 when Paramount takes control of the Republic library.
     
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    oops, sorry about that, don't know how I missed it when I read over that post, I've really got to stop scimming the text like that. Thanks again David.
     
  11. David Von Pein

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    Thanks Jo C ... for the "Fugitive" info. I had no clue as to who owned the video rights to that great 60s drama.

    Of course, based on past releases, I'd love to see Image do "The Fugitive" some day as well (if rights could be secured).

    (I'm unsure...has Image released any hour-long TV shows onto DVD?)
     
  12. David Von Pein

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    Interestingly (and somewhat curiously), I just realized that in my e-mail to Image I didn't even specifically ask about the future release schedule for the Dick V. Dyke sets. They just volunteered to me that information. How sweet of them. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    This is excellent news. I suppose the really quick release means there won't be time for Carl Reiner to change his mind regarding outtakes, but that's a small price to pay for having all of these by next June.
     
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    Star Trek:TNG?
     
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    Wow, David, this is really great info. Do you mind if I post those dates over at TVShowsOnDVD? Giving you full credit, of course!
     
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    Beautiful packaging. Extremely well done & done with a lot of care.

    BUT ...

    Extremely expensive! No sale here.
     
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