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Where is 77 Sunset Strip?????

Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by bobPON, May 2, 2006.

  1. bobPON

    bobPON Stunt Coordinator

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    Come on Warner Bros. please release the greatest detective show of all time. While your at it how about Surfside Six, Hawaiian Eye and Bourbon Street Beat. Who owns the rights to Burke's Law and Honey West. The need to be released also.
     
  2. Bob Hug

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    If I remember correctly, "77 Sunset Strip" was being considered for a "try out" as part of Warner Home Video's "Television Favorites" samplers, but nothing has ever come about. Of the shows that you mentioned, I'd guess that "77 Sunset Strip" would have the greatest chance for release.

    I know it's not much, but as for "Burke's Law," there is a single episode ("Who Killed Jason Shaw?") that is floating around on some public domain TV collections from the likes of Diamond Entertainment and St. Clair Entertainment Group and, of course, this episode comes from a 16 millimeter syndication print.
     
  3. Charles H

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    If you go to imdb.com and enter HAWAIIAN EYE, hit the "dvd" on Amazon.com you get the "e-mail me when available" option. Same thing on CENTENNIEL. WB and Universal are at lest sending out feelers on these titles.
     
  4. Michael Alden

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    Buried along with most of the other Warner Brothers owned shows from the 50s and 60s. Too old, too little exposure over the last few decades, bad demographics. All of these would be their reasons for not wanting to put it out. My suggestion, record them or get someone to record them for you from American Life Network. A much better method than waiting for WB to do anything with them commercially.

    Burke's Law and Honey West are both owned by Fox, through their purchase of the 4 Star Library. In spite of what people here think about Fox being so good (at putting out insipid crap like Buffy and the like no doubt), they avoid anything black and white like the plague. The only 4 Star show they seem to have an interest in is Big Valley, which is all in color. I think both of these shows would do pretty well actually, although they both fall prey at times to the Aaron Spelling curse of cheesy scripts and inept plotlines. HW has remained a cultish show, due in no small part to the fact that Anne Francis was the sexiest detective on 60s TV. BL has an appeal due to the amazing amount of great guest stars in each episode. That could be sold on the guests alone.
     
  5. Bob Hug

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    The exceptions being season 1 of "Lost in Space" and season 1 of "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea." But were it not for the Sci-Fi/cult appeal of those two Irwin Allen shows, you're right, Fox really hasn't done anything with black and white shows. Among the majors, Paramount probably has the best track record for black & white shows ("I Love Lucy," "Have Gun Will Travel," "The Andy Griffith Show," "The Honeymooners" and "Gunsmoke") and they have planned releases for "Wild Wild West," "Sgt. Bilko," and "Rawhide." As the major studios go, that's not a bad track record but it's really unfortunate that the other big studios have not followed Paramount's lead. It was good to see that Warner's did make a commitment to the George Reeves "Superman" series and they will be releasing black & white season 1 sets of "Cheyenne" and "F-Troop" in June, but they have such a great library of memorable series from the late 1950s/early 1960s that one wishes they would take a closer look at their library and at least try to release a portion of it for the Boomer audience before too long.
     
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    If you boil it all down, the much-loved Fox hasn't done very much with their back catalog of color shows either. MASH has been one of the few exceptions. They have relied on the MTM library properties while ignoring shows that they themselves originally produced. They even offloaded "The Ghost And Mrs. Muir" to MPI.
     
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    At least "The Fugitive" is in the hands of Paramount which tends to be a little more "color-blind" when it comes to classic TV shows than the other major studios. Given Paramount's track record with classic TV shows, I really believe it's just a matter of time before they release this. They've proven that they're not afraid to release black & white shows.
     
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    I'd really like to see the major studios do more of this with their classic/vintage TV series if they (the majors) don't want to release the series themselves. In another thread I mentioned that Universal had done this in the early days of DVDs with a number of their theatrical films . . . they had licensed a portion of their film library to companies like Image, Anchor Bay, and even the budget Goodtimes label. I just don't understand the logic of keeping classic shows buried in some film vault when, with a little marketing savvy (that many of the independent releasing companies can provide), many of these shows could be earning them some money rather than no money as is the current situation with many vintage shows continuing to sit dormant in the vaults.
     
  10. Michael Alden

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    Of course anyone who is familiar with the show knows that the black and white episodes are far better and more entertaining, even though they may not have had as big a budget. The color ones tend to follow more of a formula. Now, what is A&E doing about the remaining 43 shows? Or do we have to buy them from another country?
     
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    I heard from a reliable source that there are plans to follow MAVERICK Season One with 77 SUNSET STRIP Season one.
    Anyone else hear the same thing?
     
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    Haven't heard this yet but years ago some one had out a VHS of two episodes that were floating around Australia and other parts but I found I was bored with them at that time although I had seen most of the first-run episodes including a crossover with Surfside Six and enjoyed them. The 'Kookie" part was popular and the song, Kookie Lend Me Your Comb or whatever was a hit in my country. I hope if the DVD-Rs come that I will again enjoy them. Very few recent viewings of older shows leave me bored which is good thing for me after shelling out my money. I am not to familiar with The FBI having seen few of these but I will investigate getting these. Now what about the Roaring Twenties?
     
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    There was a single pre-recorded tape released by Warners in England in the mid-1990's
     
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    Bring 'em on! My money has been waiting for 77 Sunset Strip -- and the other three WB detective shows listed in the OP. But let's start somewhere. Please!
     
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    No. Source?
     
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    Just had to add my voice to those clamoring for these shows. I'd RUSH to buy all of the shows Bob mentions, whatever the cost. I think WB underestimates the popularity of these with people "of a certain age", who are also the most likely to buy DVD product. But, it's indeed an odd world when it come to 50's/60's classic television releases. Remember the horrible transfers of the American 2 set release of PETER GUNN? A pristine Season One (5 disc), then Season Two (5 disc) were released in UK through Liberation Entertainment (PAL). They looked to me like they came from 35mm masters, Then, they quickly went OOP. I had looked at Liberation's website at the time and noticed they claimed to have the rights to MR. LUCKY, too, which was to be forthcoming as I remember. I wonder what happened to those beautiful transfers that were used. Why can't the new owners press a set for us here in the USA and include the third season? I'm also disappointed that BURKE'S LAW ended abruptly. Most of us who love the show would re-buy the portion we already have if only they'd just put out a complete set.
     
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    I'm not a liberty to say whom , but it is someone connected to the industry who's information been reliable in the past. Take it for what it is, and when it happens, it happens or it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen - but this is the information I was told.
     
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    The one thing we have learned with these releases is that you can never predict what will or won't come out and when. Its been a long time since I've seen the show but I don't think Strip has the music issues that many of the other Warner detective shows would have to deal with. Speaking for myself, I really wouldn't care that much if they cut the music numbers out in order to release the shows.
     
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    The same thing goes for Surfside Six, but I actually enjoy the Connie Stevens numbers from Hawaiian Eye, and wouldn't want to see them cut.
     

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