Larry Sanders Season 1 - Again?

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  1. Moe Dickstein

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    I was looking at the bits upcoming releases art page, and next to the Sanders Best of set was a new packaging for the First Season, apparantly to be released again on the same day.

    Does this mean that they're going to relaunch season sets if these releases do well? I remember Gord Lacey from TVShows on DVD saying something about Garry Shandling being the one to nix the season sets, and not Columbia.

    I know this was one of the earliest TV Season sets to come out, and I never got it because of the price (over $50 for 13 eps) the new list is a bit more reasonable ($39) and will sell for around $30 probably.

    I might get it this time around to show support for more seasons, but the best of set looks to have great extras - however I don't want to encourage anyone to not do more season sets (or own 20 odd eps twice...)

    I wonder if theyre thinking of doing bare bones seasons and having the best of with extras?

    If anyone has thoughts or news, you know what to do...
     
  2. Stephen Ford

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    If you want more Larry on dvd I would buy both as if you only get season 1 I doubt any more will come out.
     
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    The way I see it, as the upcoming set will contain about 1/4 of the show's episodes, positive sales might lead to the release three similar sets, one after the other, which will thus constitute the complete series run, albeit not in season sets.
     
  4. Moe Dickstein

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    I dont think they'd do anything else like "not just the best of" They'd just put out the last 4 seasons as sets.

    I'm not worried as I have all 89 eps, but it would be nice to have them on DVD.
     
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    They're just releasing season 1 again because of all the added publicity around the "best of" release. When someone walks into the store they'll see season 1 alongside the "best of" and possibly buy both. There's no indication that this means they'll release season 2, as Garry Shandling has shown little interest in the season sets, which is why they're doing a "best of"

    Gord
     
  6. Moe Dickstein

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    Thats what I thought, but at least it has new packaging, and I bet it will be in Sony's beloved slimcases as opposed to the fold out packaging of the 2001 version.

    My hope is that after Garry's extras orgy, he'll decide not to care about if Sony continues with the series, and they will (with the chic new packaging)
     
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    I'm going to get the "best of" set. Hope they release more, but whatever.

    Ricky Gervais told Garry Shandling he looks like Bingo from the Banana Splits (Shandling today, not then). And you what, he does. LOL
     
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    Wasn't this one of the early releases that suffered from over-compression?

    If they're they same discs in a new case, they still won't be buyable.
     
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    The transfers on that first-season set were horrible.
     
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    Can anyone confirm if these are new transfers?

    Or am I going to have to be the guinea pig?

    I just noticed these today @ Frys, and remembered the issues
    with the transfers on the original run of S1 from HBO.
     
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    With how poorly it sold the first time, I doubt they went to the expense of new transfers.

    It wouldn't surprise me if they are even the same discs, just in new packaging.
     
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    Actually, Garry mentions on the "Best of" set (in an interview or comentary or something) that he may want to do another volume (best of).
     
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    I just picked up season 1 and, like many others, are dismayed at the video quality. The pilot looks the worst, but the other episodes are still not as good as they should be.

    Ideally Columbia Tristar would go back to the original film and video elements, but I don't see that happening [​IMG]
     
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    I would guess that part of the reason the original S1 release sold poorly is the awful transfer quality. On Amazon.com, all the bad reviews for the set are along the lines of "great show, horrible transfer". Couple that with a $59.99 MSRP for 13 episodes, and you've got a recipe for a sales disaster.
     
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    Possibly, but what we have to face here is that the show -- brilliant though it was -- was always a ratings disaster. It always lost a huge share of the "Dream On" audience, and when they switched the order, "Dream On" gained a huge audience coming out of the miserable "Sanders" numbers. It's a shame, because I consider this one of the very best television shows of all time, but nobody really watched it. One could make the case that the DVD-buying audience might be more inclined to watch the show, but then, you could make a similar case about the HBO audience, and it wasn't true.
     
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    I'm not doubting the above at all, but am curious about one thing. If this did so poorly for HBO why did they keep it on for about 7 years? Was it because it was the favorite of many in the industry and relatively cheap to make? Certainly the producers never lacked for big name guest stars.
     
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    It was so well regarded in the industry that HBO kept it on for the Emmy nominations and the critical praise. HBO's model works differently, obviously, from ad-supported networks. When one of their signature series comes on (historically, "Sex and the City," "Sopranos," "Six Feet Under," etc.), people subscribe to HBO, even if they don't ultimately wind up watching the show. And then, inertia being what it is, many of those people never get around to canceling their subscription. Also, the creative credibility an early show like "Larry Sanders" gave HBO paved the way for their later hits, like the ones above.
     
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    I had no idea the show was so low-rated and kept on the air exclusively for prestige.

    Dream On didn't do too well on DVD either, apparently.
     
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    Thanks, Mike. I appreciate the response. I remember LS being "must see" TV when it was on. I just loved it. I had no idea that it was doing so poorly for the network.
     

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