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Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman - The Complete Series Coming from Shout! Dec. 2013

Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by Ron Lee Green, Aug 28, 2013.

  1. AndyMcKinney

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    I didn't know that. I always thought the story went that Fernwood 2 Nite and America 2 Nite were the "summer replacement" show(s) for MH, MH....
     
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    The broadcast order was:

    MH, MH season one (Jan 5, 1976 to Jul 2, 1976)
    MH, MH digest re-runs of season one (Jul 5, 1976 to Oct 1, 1976)
    MH, MH season two (Oct 4, 1976 to Jul 1, 1977)
    Fernwood 2 Nite (Jul 4, 1977 to Sep 30, 1977)
    Forever Fernwood (Oct 3, 1977 to Mar 31, 1978)
    America 2 Nite (Apr 10, 1978 to Jul 7, 1978)

    This was the broadcast schedule recommended by Norman Lear's production company, which most stations followed. However, since these shows were distributed via syndication rather than network run, stations could opt to broadcast them later. So, a few markets showed them anywhere from a couple weeks to a couple months, later than the dates listed above.
     
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    I couldn't believe it when I first read the news about this release. Besides the earlier Volume 1 set and a few youtube clips, my only exposure to the show was reading about it in books until TV Land aired it on weekends years ago. And even they only showed about 35 episodes before calling it quits. But I had liked what I saw, and now I look forward to the prospect of finally watching so many new-to-me episodes. This is one show I was always certain would never have a full series release.

    I only hope Shout has realistic sales expectations and that it does what they're hoping for. Then maybe they'd eventually consider releasing the season after Louise Lasser left (with the name change to Forever Fernwood). I recall TV Land showing the first episode of that once and I'd be curious to see more. But regardless, the fact the the main series is coming out in its entirety is amazing.
     
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    I can't wait to see it again. I haven't seen it since it aired.
     
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    A-ha! So 2 Nite was the summer replacement for MH, MH, just not during the first season!
     
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    So Forever Fernwood carried on the soap opera plots (without Lasser) and the other two shows were parody talk shows?
     
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    Maybe there's hope for All That Glitters yet!
     
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    Picture up now on Amazon--38 discs!
    mhmh.jpg
     
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    I wonder if there will be any extras. One thing I would like to see is a promo for the show that featured Louise Lasser, in character, sitting in the kitchen and speaking directly to the camera. Throughout the promo, she would pause to take a sip of coffee, but just as she was about to sip it, she would talk more about the show. Of course, there is always the possibility that I imagined this promo, but if it ever existed and is still out there, I would enjoy seeing it on this set.
     
  10. Mark Tay

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    Yep.
     
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    When you said it would be a massive set, I was thinking The Jeffersons. Lately, I had been speculating in my head about what other Sony property could receive this treatment. For some reason, MHMH never sprang to mind until about a week ago. I DID momentarily entertain the notion but then thought "nah....it's way too cumbersome to put together a package like that". What a terrific surprise! And it's comforting to know Shout and Sony haven't parted ways. Perhaps there is still hope yet for the final season of Hazel.
     
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    The Jeffersons was certainly a logical guess for a massive set that was a Sony property. My guess had been One Day at a Time. With the general public getting a reminder about the show earlier this year in the various news stories about Bonnie Franklin's death, it wouldn't have surprised me to see Sony try to capitalize and give the show another shot (via Shout). But MH, MH never entered my mind as even a remote possibility. I'm glad I was wrong.

    Now, how much of Hell will have to freeze over before Lear's Hot L Baltimore gets a release? Never saw it (hey - I was only 1 year old in '75!), but with so many familiar names in the cast, I'd purchase it as a blind buy.
     
  13. Kasey

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    Add me to the list of blind-buyers for Hot L! And I would have been equally thrilled for a complete series of ODAAT but for some reason this show gets bashed more than any of the other Lear properties, even Maude (which is still #1 on my DVD wish list even though I own a bootleg set).
     
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    Yep, the Hot L Baltimore is at the top of my list of most wanted shows on DVD. I did see a couple of episodes when it originally aired, but all I remember about the show is the lobby of the hotel and Conchatta Ferrell. She was a hoot on that show. However, since the show is now owned by Sony, I seriously doubt that we'll ever see it released.
     
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    I am also worried about this and I hope enough people write Shout Factory so they will be sure and fix this horrible mistake. It has been screwed up on Lifetime, Nick at Night reruns and on the Sony release. This has to finally be corrected and I hope Shout Factory will release a statement saying they are aware of the problem and this release will be in the correct order uncut.
     
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    Sadly, what will more than likely happen is that Shout will just re-use the versions that Sony has previously released. Shout is not very proactive when it comes to correcting things like this when they take over a series. Their release of Barney Miller contained the exact same transfers (right down to the exact menus) for seasons 1-3 that Sony had previously released. I'm not sure what Shout's complete series set of All In The Family looked like. Sony released seasons 1-6 and those did seem to be uncut, but I'm not intimately familiar with that series so I couldn't tell if anything was cut or not.

    Sorry, but I've been burned by Shout a few too many times to have much faith in them.
     
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    If we are talking impossible Norman Lear failed series, my choice to get would be All's Fair. I remember watching it a bit, although not that much since I recall it being opposite Monday Night Football.
     
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    LOVE Bernadette and I remember liking this show a lot, even though I was just a kid. (My parents liked it, too.) I remember an episode where she got pregnant and then lost the baby. It's the only episode I can remember.
     
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    Shout Factory replied to my message...
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    We are actually aware of that issue.
    All the masters will be original!!

    Thanks for reaching out!

    Shout! Factory
     
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    WOW! Total surprise. Maybe Shout will come through with this release. However, didn't they say the same thing about Fat Albert and then still managed to screw up that set? I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and wait and see.
     

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