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Shout Factory Press Release: Marcus Welby, M.D.: Season One

Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by Ronald Epstein, Mar 15, 2010.

  1. Ronald Epstein

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    I picked up Season 1 of Marcus Welby M.D. at Best Buy yesterday, they had it for $34.99 which isn't too bad. I've never seen the show ever, so this is a total blind buy. I was gonna start it last nite, but fell behind and it contains the original 2 Hour pilot so I knew I needed more time to watch it. (also picked up Facts of Life Season 4)

    The case the release is in kind of surprised me because I expected it to be a digibook type of style case. Instead it was in a clear thick standard type DVD case, which is fine.(I would think this case cuts cost) It holds all 7 Discs. I like the look of each disc and the design of the artwork of the case and booklet.

    Hopefully the set sells well enough to get more seasons released.
     
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    Jack, are synopsis' for the two hour pilot and all first season episodes in the booklet?
     
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    Yes very brief synopsis for the pilot and each episode stating the original Air date Writer and Director.

    I just finished the pilot and I could spot a young Albert Brooks as a student at night with a girlfriend. He seems to have one line. I am 100% sure it was him.
     
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    Did you notice any problems with the audio on the pilot? Because when I went through it last night, I noticed how the music seemed to drop to almost inaudible levels starting with the credits (even though the dialogue and FX were okay), and then there were spots later on where even the dialogue level seemed to drop.
     
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    For some odd reason I didn't notice that audio issue, I must have thought that it was the way it was edited etc. or just bad audio from film track or something. I am sure they didn't lower the audio on the score at all for rights issues or anything, Leonard Rosenman did the score and is credited.

    I am thinking it was just the way the shape the materials were in for the transfer. Many say they hadn't seen the pilot since it original airing.
     
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    I hope it does too. I'm expecting it either today or Friday. Not only is it a blind buy for you, it's also for me. I've seen a few promo clips from YouTube, and they've gotten me warmed up for it.
     
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    I'm considering buying the Marcus Welby, M.D.: Season One set, and it would be a blind buy for me as I have not seen the series before.

    If any music had been edited for this DVD release from Shout! Factory they would have stated it somewhere on the DVD case or on the booklet. With the Simon & Simon second season set they stated that one episode had music edits, or could have music edits. There was nothing in the third season set, but on the menu screens for two fourth season episodes they've stated they are syndicated masters. So with Shout! Factory's Marcus Welby, M.D.: Season One set they would have stated if there were any music edits.

    Yet if there are no music edits why don't Shout! Factory call the sets "The Complete Season"?
     
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    Maybe because it doesn't matter if it says "The Complete
     
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    I kind of get sick of the moniker COMPLETE there are plenty of season TV show sets that state COMPLETE but have edits. Kind of like every comedy movie releases getting that UNRATED title. It gets more annoying for those for sure.

    I see the purpose though to call a release COMPLETE but it has been mis-used a lot.
     
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    The only thing worse than "Complete" is Paramount's use of "Official" on the Paul Henning shows, and the Lucy Show.
     
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    I just received my copy today, and I have to agree with the glowing reviews given to the packaging; from the episode guide (branded with the clever name "Family Practice and General Medicine: An Introductory Guide"), to the disc art (different colors for each label, and each disc has a Red Cross on the top, disc no. on the left, and a shot of one or more of the major players on the right, and the release branding on the bottom), to the format of the episode guide (copious pictures, and episode listings on replicas of prescription paper), and everything in between, the people who packaged this release (Post Positive, I believe they're called) deserve high marks in that respect. Another nifty feature of this is that the pilot has the original Universal logo at the beginning.
     
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    Are we still discussing this? I thought this issue was put to rest 7 years ago. Complete means every episode. It doesn't mean uncut or unedited. And by the way, I watched the first episode (not the pilot movie) and it is ether timesped or trimmed as it comes in at 48:20, which is way short for an ABC show for that time period. A show on ABC in that time should come in at around 51 minutes or so. I have uncut copies of The Immortal from 1970 and they run 51:50.
     
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    I didn't make myself clear on my post I meant that stating COMPLETE on any TV show release doesn't really confirm anything. Just saying in terms of many releases it can create false expectations.

    You are right it doesn't need much discussion. Just hoping people don't ever not buy this release just because it is missing the heading "complete"
     
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    Those 48 minute running times are similar to what all the "Ironside" releases have been like and they seem to me a case of timesped prints from the early 90s remasterings for cable. I haven't had any sense that there's three minutes of missing content.

    "Ironside's" current prints have shifted around the order of how the shows first aired, which I believe would have been teaser, Main Title and then Episode Title Act 1. Here though, they have always been Main Title, short teaser, and then the next sequence gives us the episode title and guest cast.

    I'm not going to blame Shout! on that since I'm fairly sure that's how Universal maintained the prints.
     
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    I think that it was filmed mostly on studio sets. The Universal logo at the end of each of the outings that I've seen stated as much.

    Another thing-- the opening sequence is apparently a shortened syndie version (one in which the footage of Welby driving around Santa Monica is cut out in favor of skipping directly to Kiley's [James Brolin] arrival on his motorcycle.)
     

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