Shout Factory Press Release: Hill Street Blues: The Complete Series

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  1. smithbrad

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    My order was made close to a month ago.
     
  2. Dave B Ferris

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    Yes, I just noticed this morning, I received my shipping notice last night at 8:00 PM.
     
  3. Doug Wallen

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    I received my shipping notice yesterday at 11PM stating that it was shipped on the 24th. Tracking indicates it should be in my afternoon mail. :D Fingers crossed.

    Doug
     
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    Still no shipping notice, but I checked Shout's website and my set is in the mail, due to arrive tomorrow.

    Not bad. I hope the Bob Newhart Show comes this quickly next month.
     
  5. Doug Wallen

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    Got mine this afternoon. Extras very good. :banana:

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    Mine came yesterday, too.

    I was never a "trader" (like Neil Brock) or even much of a taper. The *only* series I ever tried to tape, in its entirety, is HSB. I'm sure I did a poor, clumsy job. They were already the syndicated repeats, not night-of-broadcast. Nevertheless, over all these years I have held onto the tapes. Now, I can finally get rid of the tapes.

    The shelf-space I'll save, and overall sense of neatness & convenience I'll gain, makes the double-dip on Seasons 1 & 2 more than worthwhile for me.
     
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  7. Doug Wallen

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    Watched the Benedetto story line yesterday and today. Looks good. Missed the cat on several of the episodes, but overall very nice presentation, just like night of broadcast. I also had the majority of episodes from night of broadcast on "beta". Then, when Family network played them I placed them on VHS. My last VHS player died about three years ago. I have wanted this set for the longest and I am glad Shout Factory put it all together. Thanks Shout!!!

    I will be starting from the beginning this weekend. Looking forward to revisiting this series. Now this is "Must-See" TV.

    Doug
     
  8. Rick Thompson

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    I have to replace one of the cases so there's room for an extra disk I'm making: the extras from the two seasons Fox released. Those aren't on the Shout set.

    But that's a minor quibble.
     
  9. Doug Wallen

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    I thought some of those original extras ended up on the extras disc. I believe that all of the original extras are on there.

    Doug
     
  10. Rick Thompson

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    Looking closer, one does appear to be ("Roll Call: Looking Back..."), but unless the rest have been retitled they don't appear to be there. And if all the extras were just retitled from the old sets, howcum the delay supposedly caused by preparation of the "exciting extras"?
     
  11. Kevin EK

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    I have just posted a comprehensive review of this release. You'll find a full discussion of all the extras and the picture quality, as well as an analysis of the show's history. One of the extras from the Fox DVDs was left off - The Hill Street Blues Story, which is a five minute interview with Greg Hoblit. I think they left it off because he's interviewed in the new material and goes over some of the same ground.

    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/articles.html/_/dvd-blu-ray-reviews/hill-street-blues-the-complete-series-dvd-review-recommended-r575


    I confess not checking to see if the Police Cat was present on all the episodes.

    For the record, I was always a fan of Mimsie. I think my favorite of her appearances was on The White Shadow, where she got to bounce the basketball. Cruelest use of her by far would be on the final episode of St. Elsewhere. That was just wrong.
     
  12. Doug Wallen

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    She was left off on several episodes from season 3 that i looked at. I began with Benedetto's entrance in Moon over Uranus. I noticed that she was off 3 or 4 of those episodes.

    Doug
     
  13. Doug Wallen

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    Anyone picking this up tomorrow?

    Doug
     
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    My copy is going to deliver at my work tomorrow from amazon So I'm excited and will start the show from the Pilot. I plan on doing a marathon as soon as I get home from work :)
     
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    It was so wrong, they replaced it in syndication. It may have been wrong, but it was a good metaphor for what happened to MTM Productions after Grant Tinker left for NBC and to Mimsie herself, who IIRC had died by then. They launched no hits after 1982 and ended up a division of a British company called Television South, then International Family Entertainment—Pat Robertson's company—bought them. It was during the IFE years that all the music licenses ran out on WKRP and all the other shows that had them. A sad legacy for a great production company. At least the sweetest fruits of their labor are starting to be made available in their entirety.
     

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