HTF DVD REVIEW: Barnaby Jones: The First Season

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  1. Bryan^H

    Bryan^H Producer

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    Yeah, the warning is on the back of the box. I watched it all the way through, and I'm just puzzled as to why they feel a warning is necessary. The cartoons themselves are harmless at best. I'd rather kids would watch some of those cool cartoons of yesteryear than some of the crap aimed at them currently.
     
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    While I agree there are definitely channels showing cartoons produced for this generation that are complete garbage there are also some really great educational programs being produced today. Better then I ever recall seeing when I was a kid in the 60's and 70's. My kids only watch "Nick Jr." formerly known as"Noggin" and not to be confused with "Nickolodean". This station shows cartoons produced in the last decade or so that are educational in all respects, as well as being commercial free. I would prefer my kids watch shows like Little Bear, Franklin, Oswald (too name a few) over anything from the past. So I wouldn't want everyone to think all is a loss in this day and age. Of course I probably only know about these because I have young children. Otherwise, I would probably think everything revolved around Sponge Bob.
     
  3. peggy

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    I just watched that episode last night and then went and found the two copies I have of that episode from different stations during syndication in the late 80's and early 90's. In one episode they cut the scene entirely and had the boys go into the locker room and then they are at the window. In the other episode they just cut the line out, they still have the locker room scene and the ring leader shoves the other guy into the stall and he says everything but that line, they cut it right after he says something about the school and then they go over to the window. That works better than the bleep but I am also not one for cutting anything out.
    As for the original broadcast I am sure they would have just changed the line if they thought it would cause a problem but of course back then we didn't have to deal with the PC Police. Oh those were the days!
     
  4. Guest

    lets hope now they get season 2 released outof barnaby jones before the end of the year
     
  5. MCCLOUD

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    I also hope Season 2 of Barnaby Jones will come out this year. Also, I hope Paramount will Release Season 3 of Cannon this year too. The same release date for Cannon Season 3 Volume 1 and Barnaby Jones Season 2 or Season 2 Volume 1 would be great again!

    Robert
     
  6. The Obsolete Man

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    Finally found a copy of season 1, and after watching the first episode, I'm surprised at how good the episodes look.

    With an early 70s show, I was expecting the episodes to look faded, or have a lot of dirt on the prints. But these episodes look gorgeous.

    Oh, and the show is pretty good, too.
     
  7. peggy

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    I am just curious since I only own about 30 DVD sets and this is the first set that I have seen where the titles are the episodes are on each DVD. I really like that feature and just wondered if it was something new.
     
  8. The Obsolete Man

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    I don't quite get what you mean, but I think I can answer you...

    The episode titles on all DVDs are the actual episode titles. It's just that most shows don't show the episode titles onscreen.

    Quinn Martin Shows (like Barnaby Jones), the Star Trek series, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Twilight Zone... those are shows I can think of that show the episode titles onscreen.

    Now, if you mean the episode titles on the top surface of the DVD, well, that's a CBS/Paramount thing. Long ago, they went the cheaper route of no art on the top of the DVD, so they just put the series name, and the episode titles on the DVD surface. They've been doing that since 2006 or 2007. Some series, though, like Cheers or Everybody Hates Chris, they have put the episode titles on the top of the disc since before they stopped doing disc art.
     
  9. Professor Echo

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    As I always say, shades of Stalin here, though not quite on his cataclysmic scale. Still, he used to take old photographs and cut out anyone he didn't like and then reproduce the revised photograph as original.

    No one has mentioned this example yet, but take a look at the 1960-62 MR. MAGOO series that was released by Sony as "THE COMPLETE COLLECTION." In some of the episodes the original, albeit exaggerated for comic effect, Chinese accent of Magoo's "houseboy" Charlie is intact, but on other episodes it is replaced by a dry monotone which, according to one Amazon reviewer, sounds like an "English butler." (Setting aside the PC aspects of it, anyone see the weird parallels to this release and that of THE FUGITIVE, i.e. is there any rational explanation for the scattershot execution of the replacement? Perhaps Mark Heyes supplied the voice of the English butler?).
     
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    Thanks! What I was referring to was that with other DVD sets if I want to watch a certain episode I have to get out the cover and find out what disc it is on or in some cases pull out a leaflet that tells me which disc I have to get out for that episode. With this Barnaby Jones set I just look at the disc itself because it states which episodes are on that particular disc. I find that rather handy and not something I have on any other set.
     
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    They do look really great. CANNON should and could have looked like this, but I guess they went with old masters.
    And the bleeped line is really something. They would have been better off just cutting out the audio, but that loud bleep got my attention and I ran the scene back. Since they didn't edit any frames, it is clear what the guy is saying, but the bleep make it more pronounced.
     
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    First off, I have to say I am loving this series. I had faint memories of watching it, usually with my grandmother, in it's initial run when I was still in grade school. It's been a blast and I'm really glad I picked it up (not that this was ever in doubt, but I had thought about waiting for a while).

    Secondly, I have to agree with the comments above. That scene and that bleep is really awkward and I can't believe that was the best way to go if CBS were that concerned. They'd have been much better off just muting the voice of the actor for that half second rather than use a loud bleep. All that did was accentuate the word. Very, very weird choice from CBS.

    Gary "I wish we could see Season 2 before the year is out, but I have my doubts" O.
     
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    I don't know how much work it would have been, but I would have liked to have seen an uncensored audio track option, as many Fox Animated or Adult Swim DVDs have.

    I can understand people being offended and not wanting to hear that one word, but I'd also like a choice to have the audio track censored or not.
     
  14. Guest

    Now it would be nice if they would release season 2 of barnaby jones
     
  15. HenryDuBrow

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    Yes, the bleep is a major mistake and only draws attention to itself, why not just let the unsympathetic character be as he is. Anyway, I'm loving this set it's a wonderful show and Jones' sleuthing sort of like a mix of Columbo and Jessica Fletcher, seriously. More, more, more! /img/vbsmilies/htf/thumbsup.gif
     
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    I will order mine tomorrow DeepDiscount.com has it on sale for $21.57 Sweet! /img/vbsmilies/htf/smile.gif
     
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    That is a great price. As soon as I saw it I went to DD and ordered Barnaby Jones at that fantastic price.
     
  18. Gary OS

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    This set has been a very, very pleasant surprise for me. I had memories of watching this with my grandmother when I was in grade school and middle school, but for some reason those memories were faint and I wasn't positive I'd like it all that much now. But it has exceeded my expectations and then some! I have my doubts that CBS/P will put out a second season set any time soon (if at all), but I wish they would.

    Gary "gotta love Buddy Ebsen's choice of beverage every time he's asked, 'What'll you have?'" O.
     
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    I knew you'd like this one.
    Jeff "Box set from the UK received" W.
     
  20. Bryan^H

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    I'm loving this series, but at only 14 episodes for the first season I'm taking my sweet time watching it. I'm hoping the next set is the complete second season and not broken into volumes.
     

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