Lost in Space: Season 1 Officially Announced - UPDATE & APOLOGY ADDED 10/8

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  1. Jeff Koch

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    "Here is perhaps some bad news on the transfers. Seems that FOX is getting cold feet, worried about poor sales, ala the MTM set, so they are making this a budget release, with old Laserdisc, and Columbia HouseVHS transfers as masters..."


    This really has me worried. I bought all three seasons of LIS on VHS from Columbia House before the advent of dvd. I can't tell you the number of times I had to exchange defective tapes due to blown out video, overmodulation distortion of the audio and tape dropouts. THE KEEPER Part I and Part 2 still look horrendous due to video problems despite repeated exchanges with Columbia House. This may have been due to tape duplication problems because of the wretched machines they were using but Columbia House has always left a bad taste in my mouth because of all the LIS problems. I'm going to keep my fingers crossed that Fox will use the best available source material for the dvds. Eventually I'll sell the VHS tapes on ebay or donate them for a nice tax write off.


    Jeff
     
  2. Ronald Epstein

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    This has me very concerned as well.

    Not worth us asking Fox if this is true about
    the source material they are using since they
    would never admit to it.

    Until someone else familiar with how these shows
    should look has something to report I am going to
    assume that Fox is going to give the best possible
    care to this set that they can.

    By the way, I also own the complete Columbia
    House VHS collection of LIS. The one thing I
    really liked about the VHS tapes are the liner
    notes on the back cover of each cassette. The
    notes give some really cool insight into each
    show with little-known-facts about a guest star
    or an event related to that episode. Let's
    hope that Fox can use those same liner notes
    for this collection.

    Finally, as to my thoughts on the popularity of
    this show.....

    I must admit that I have fears of LIS not making
    it to 3 seasons on DVD. The show was a moderate
    success during it's 3-year run, and I admit that
    it did get very silly at times. Still, it has
    a huge cult following and it has remained my
    all-time favorite TV show since my childhood.

    Let's hope Fox isn't cutting corners on this one.
     
  3. Chas_Michael

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    Years back, The USA Network ran all 3 Seasons of "Lost In Space" with PRISTINE transfers. Unfortunetly, they were hacked to pieces[​IMG]. Lost In Space, in my opinion will sell in great numbers. It was/is my all time favorite show since I first saw the premire episode as a young boy. I'm counting the days on this one. [​IMG]
     
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    Kevin Burns, executive producer of "The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen" and "Lost In Space Forever" had this to say about the LIS transfers for the upcoming DVD on jup.com

     
  5. David Lambert

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    January 13, 2004

    It's officially official. The press release and cover art are available here.
     
  6. Eric Paddon

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    "These were used by Fox on the retail VHS 12 episode set they sold when the movie came out (the first three were sold on laserdisc) and were far superior to the Columbia House transfers. When I informed Fox of the mistake they told me they didn't have the budget to fix the DVD masters. Too bad. At least Season One is coming out on DVD."

    That has me wondering if I might as well keep those VHS copies since from that description alone they're bound to look better than the DVDs once they come out!
     
  7. Mark_TS

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    well, no matter-I would like for FOX to give LIS pristine transfers, but I will be ordering the box.

    As for VOYAGE TTBOTS Season #1-I await that also, but i am certain they will remaster those-as seen on SciFi-and the VHS tapes, they are too faded/too dark, and too full of scratches
     
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  9. Ronald Epstein

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    Update and Apology



    I want to post a public apology here....

    I always attempt to try to be honest about
    all the information I post to this forum. I
    don't like to post what I feel to be factual
    information about an upcoming release without
    having facts to back it up.

    In the case of LOST IN SPACE to DVD....

    I'm a huge fan of this show. In fact, I have
    been politely asking Fox for the past two years
    to put this show into production. In a small
    way, I think my efforts (and those of the fans
    within this forum) are the reason why the show
    is finally being released in January.

    You noticed that I have finally come to the
    conclusion that the show is in fact going to be
    released this upcoming January 13th, 2004.

    This comes after a little more than a week
    after I told all of you that there will be a
    delay in the release. This was, from what I
    had gathered, to be the situation regarding
    Lost In Space when I asked Fox's
    Peter Staddon directly about it during a
    meeting at the studio in September.

    Perhaps something was misunderstood in our
    conversation? I don't think so, as there
    were 4 other people in the room with me
    who all heard the same conversation and can
    confirm exactly what was told to me.

    This is my opinion on why we were not
    given confirmed information....

    Fox was obviously days away from making a Press
    Release announcement on Lost In Space and
    My Darling Clementine. Obviously, Fox
    did not want us breaking the news on the net early.

    However....

    If Fox would have confidentially told us the
    information and asked us not to print it, we
    would have heeded their request. We have been
    told many private things that we have never posted
    without authorization. It's a trust that we have
    never broken.

    Meanwhile, I am given false information and I
    end up looking like a fool.

    I apologize that I reported information that
    I had thought to be correct. Be assured that it
    did come straight from Fox and that there were
    four others that confirm exactly what I originally
    posted.

    I'm a little embarrassed. The information I posted
    was taken as FACT and passed along to Lost In Space
    fan sites and other TV forums as factual. I ended up
    with egg in my face as a result.

    My apologies again.
     
  10. Sergio Martorel

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  11. Ronald Epstein

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    oops! Obviously a typo! [​IMG]
     
  12. Jeff Ulmer

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    Ron, I don't see why you should need to appologise for relaying information direct from the source, even if it was incorrect/purposefully false.

    Unfortunately, if the source elements are as bad as reported, I doubt this will sell very well.
     
  13. Sergio Martorel

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    No problemo. Now let me start doing my cartwheels and my dance of joy for this GREAT release.
     
  14. Steve_AS

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    Hey, Ronald ..don't sweat it....you aren't a fool, you're just someone who was given misinformation, apparently deliberately. No apology necessary...at least not from you. Fox owes you one, though.
     
  15. Ronald Epstein

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    Jeff,

    It is being reported that the source elements
    are the same exact ones used a few years back
    for the Columbia House VHS releases.

    In other words, if this report is correct, we
    will be getting VHS masters put on DVD.

    Very sad.

     
  16. Brenton

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    Good thing I only have two on VHS.
     
  17. Chet_F

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    All I can say is don't waste your time FOX.

    "In other words, if this report is correct, we
    will be getting VHS masters put on DVD." = NO SALE!!
     
  18. Steve_AS

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  19. Dan Rudolph

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    It would look better than VHS, but not a whole lot if they do this.

    Is it just me or is $80 a high asking price for 29 episodes of a half-hour show with VHS-quality picture? If they aren't spending much on this release, you think they could make it cheaper.
     
  20. Sergio Martorel

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    I don´t think they´ll be using actual VHS TAPES as masters.
    They´ll probably be using Betacam tapes.
     

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