The Rifleman Season Sets in 2013 ?

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  1. Jeff Willis

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    Scott, [​IMG]

    That calls for an encore :D , one of my few DVD opening's that I watch/listen to every episode....



    True, the price is higher than I was hoping to see with the initial season's release. We'll see how the transfers rate and compare vs the MPI box set picture quality and the Encore captures.

    I'd prefer a complete-series release in tandem with single-season's but that wasn't their plan, I guess.
     
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    Given that I own the previous DVD releases, this is simply too rich for my blood unless it turns ot to be some kind of supreme remastering.
     
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    Thanks so much for the good news, Jeff. :)


    Gary "wish it were the whole shabang all at once instead of season by season, but this is still good news" O.
     
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    I agree about this initial news on the pricing. I understand they are adding in a bunch of extras, so it will be interesting to see who they are actually marketing to:
    1) I can't live without the Rifleman,
    2) I like and enjoy the Rifleman,
    3) I like westerns in general and the Rifleman fits in that category.

    If they are primarily promoting to option1 by adding in all the extra's then I can see them keeping the price around $70 with maybe a minimal discount to get buying started on the first season. Unfortunately for their marketing, many of the big fans that knew about the earlier release most likely picked it up when available, and others may have gone an alternate approach after waiting for so long. Many here might find that price a hard sell.

    If they go the approach of more sales by including a price for those in option 2 or 3 then I think they will have to lower the price to around $35 to $45 a season (based on the episode counts) and have immaculate transfers like CBS. This could be nothing more then suggesting a higher price to give them flexibility, as well as then marketing it at a lower price upon release to make us feel better about it and to make us feel we need to order sooner in case the price goes back up. I'm thinking it will be this approach, at least it will have to be to get me to bite.
     
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    Dissapointing news on the Price. I will probably have to wait in hope that it will be on sale later. $50.00 a season is as high as I like to go for a season of half hour shows, $60.00 would be my max.. At $70.00 it will be $350.00 for all 5 seasons.
     
  6. Gary OS

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    I think the most obvious reason for the higher price-tag in this particular situation is that we aren't dealing with a big studio or company. This requires a larger price point in order to meet costs. I believe that's the most plausible explanation for the pricing. It doesn't help any of us in practical terms, but I think it probably explains how they came up with the amount per set they did.


    Gary "more than likely this is going to be too rich for my blood - but I'm glad they are getting it done for mega-fans of the series" O.
     
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    I can see where this price may be high for some. For my own part, if the sets were $100 per season I'd still purchase the series as The Rifleman is one of my holy grails. I'm really pleased that this is finally going to happen. That being said, all bets are off if the music is replaced, of course. ;) Seriously, I would not purchase any of the seasons if that were to occur with this show.
     
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    I am anxious to read some reviews of the first season set, for sure.
     
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    I'll bet many of us our putting our names on the list for the first season. According to the email they put out we will have 72 hours to pre-order when actually released. I wonder how many that put their name in to show support will actually wait for reviews before actually purchasing (letting their hold on the set lapse). I will have to at that price point. Whereas I would jump right in and purchase for $40. But, like many that missed out on the MPI set, I am fortunate to have the Encore captures that will satisfy me if need be.

    Are there many here responding that have the original MPI set? From what I recall the quality was better than Encore captures, but not up to the standards of a high quality (CBS-like) transfer from 35mm elements. The MPI sets covered the first two and two-thirds seasons completely with sporadic episodes thereafter. However, they were out of order, trying to be multiple best-of sets instead.

    Interestingly, a search related to the Rifleman on DVD back around 2005 (I recall) is how I first learned about this forum. Unfortunately, I missed out on purchasing the MPI sets because they were already OOPs by the time I found them.
     
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    This quote is from the second post in this thread and is worth repeating. The "walking/shooting" opening was on all episodes broadcast by Encore, regardless of season.
     
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    Did not know that about the different openings. Did the MPI set use only one opening, or did it have the actual openings per seasons?
     
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    Jeff:

    Thanks for sharing the great news! Although the first season is pricey, I still signed up for a reserved copy.

    Darby
     
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    Thanks, I emailed them to ask if all four of the original, as aired, opening sequences would be included within the upcoming DVD season releases. I don't know where MPI got the prints for their releases. If these releases will use the same opening as well, then it is possible this is where MPI sourced them, and the quality might end up close to the same. But if they will include all the original openings then that potentially bodes well for the use of higher quality prints.
     
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    Here is what I received back from them. Are we sure there were four openings?
     
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    Well, the Web site I posted from definitely shows 4 different openings. The first one is where he looks at the camera from a sharp side angle. The second is where he looks at the camera from straight on, and DOES NOT appear to be reloading his rifle, the 3rd is the familiar walking/shooting/reloading beginning, and the last one is the nighttime scene. Unless someone on that website made mockup scenes?
     
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    I just received this in my Email. Sorry for the formatting. But at least it's great news for some of us. :)
    We are pleased to announce that North Fork General Merchandise will open for business on December 4, 2013 at noon (EST) at www.therifleman.net, the official website of The Rifleman, the Original Series.
    To inaugurate our store launch, the first ever authorized version of the complete and official Season 1 DVDs will be available for purchase exclusively at the official website.
    We are proud that the official DVDs for Season 1 have been produced to a high standard. The set of eight discs contain all 40 episodes of Season 1 in sequential order, plus unique special features that fans and collectors will appreciate.

    For more details about the DVDs, please visit:
    North Fork General Merchandise
    Milly will also be offering other merchandise that fans have been requesting for a long time, including prints reproduced from photographs in the archives of Levy-Gardner-Laven Productions. On December 12, look for the Official 2014 calendar of The Rifleman.
    In 2014, more products will be added to North Fork General Merchandise, including the official Season 2 DVDs of THE RIFLEMAN. Each season will be released sequentially, with special features produced for each DVD set.
    We are happy to take orders by phone beginning December 4 during regular store hours: 10:00am to 5:00pm (PST), weekdays only (closed holidays). Of course, you can shop online 24/7. Typically, orders will be processed within 48 hours and delivery in the contiguous United States usually takes 5–7 business days. (Our contact information is posted on our store page.)
    — Best regards from the folks at North Fork General Merchandise
    and Levy-Gardner-Laven Productions/LGL Licensing LLC

    http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=bizhj8kab&v=001ljJ4p7aX-nHL-fj2hPItvzFHyaslT71Aa2qJsSHXDjqDE1lck5qVi_dfzZQujC_YVdkk4IrRyo4UdusjxKfeSD2zrqGZCKBNe1IzGDbkh891qkqRwEGNuTuB7Cb7_mkgv3rRtQKsxv0fSm8MKs9_KcXWGeRs9DSKquPJRUv1FPCdkRLaefetFhCxabFE-MSLLpqOEl6A9apMTcmYuSk7GFbUfCKKCfeuZB7NeRdrXlG8fGYfdw9f52Xyn6eZoZi5sK7Rr2iE7yrgwysLQnFoE5R5v286kR3i
     
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    At $50 I'd buy on release day, but at $70 I might just have to wait for reviews.
     
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    This is bad timing for me.
    I wish they would have released it before Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
    Now I'm broke thanks to Warner Archives deals.
     
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    I'm willing to wait and see if they actually finish the series out and maybe offer one big boxed set. And yes, I realize this type of thinking might be criticized as contributing to them not finishing the series because of poor sales, but I'm just not going to invest in it without knowing they will finish it. Chicken/Egg, I know.


    Gary "plus, like Brad said, I want confirmation on A/V quality before I shell out big bucks" O.
     
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