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I would love to see "Way Out" (1961 TV series) on DVD
59 replies to this topic
Posted August 10 2003 - 01:09 PM
C'mon, there were only 14 half hour episodes. I loved these when I was a kid. Anyone else remember them?
Posted August 10 2003 - 04:06 PM
Is this the series where the astronauts go back in time to caveman days where the cavewoman is played by Imogene Coco? Being born in 1959 I barely BARELY remember. I must have been entertained though.
Posted August 10 2003 - 05:34 PM
The show was done live and some Kinescopes are floating around in the hands of collectors now. As I hear, there were also video masters made as well. David Suskind, the producer of the show, had a son who turned all the existing material over to the Museum of Television and Radio. From what I've heard, it's been extremely difficult between them, CBS and the Roal Dahl estate to get them released.
Posted August 11 2003 - 12:07 AM
Phil Dally wrote (post #2):
Is this the series where the astronauts go back in time to caveman days where the cavewoman is played by Imogene Coco?
No, that was the kitschy, short-lived, and, I must say, hardly lamented It's about Time (1966-'67).
Please see the (duplicate) threads (but with different respondents) "Way Out" from CBS/Paramount (December 2001) and "Way Out" from CBS/Paramount (November 2001). There I summarize the program and its brief history.
Jack Theakston wrote (post #3):
The show was done live and some Kinescopes are floating around in the hands of collectors now. As I hear, there were also video masters made as well. David Suskind, the producer of the show, had a son who turned all the existing material over to the Museum of Television and Radio. From what I've heard, it's been extremely difficult between them, CBS and the Roald Dahl estate to get them released.
I have never gotten an answer from either CBS Home Video (pre-merger) or Paramount Home Video (including Mr. Martin Blythe) about any knowledge of or interest in this program. The MTR told me several years ago that the rights to the show are owned and controlled by Andrew Susskind through his company "Pamadisam" (spelling???) (run from his home in Los Angeles???). I wrote "Pamadisam" about the programming several years back, but have never received a reply whatsoever.
Randy_M wrote (post #4):
Here's a good web site about it that I found: . . . .
I have listed the seven Web sites (some of them duplicates, content-wise) I know of, including yours, at the tvshowsondvd.com Website links page for Way Out. That includes the long version of the article from FilmFAX, "'Way Out': Inside the Dahl House of Horror" and a link to some screenshots of Dick Smith's make-up for the show.
That's all I know, folks. We might try asking Martin Blythe whether Paramount/CBS Home Video would have any interest in reäcquiring video and cable rights to the show, but I doubt they would be interested. What would it cost to restore neglected tapes from that era---assuming the material is even restorable---and what, if any, would be the prospects of return on investment in such an enterprise? Not good, I think.
In any event, I have received no response to any of my various earlier inquiries to any of the parties concerned, and I believe the prospects you will aren't good, either.
Don't hold your breath.
"Delenda est . . . . "
Posted August 11 2003 - 03:57 AM
Thanks, Randy, for bringing back lots of creepy memories with that website. And the creepiest thing is: I was only six years old when I saw and enjoyed these episodes. What a weird little kid I must have been! --Bill
Posted August 11 2003 - 05:00 AM
Bill, I was 11 in '61, so it was prime time for me... Maybe Paramount will revisit these shows after they use up their cash cows. Although, I really can't complain about this studio. They have gotten a large portion of my income recently... Randy
Posted August 11 2003 - 11:19 AM
I remember this show, it really creeped me out as a kid. There was this one episode where during a storm an old lady got a call from her husband...thing is...he'd been dead for some time. She kept getting calls from him night after night. One day she went out to his grave and a phone line had broken and landed on it. Back then it was really creepy.I'd like to see those episodes again too. Raine
Posted August 11 2003 - 11:27 AM
Raine, That was a Twilight Zone episode.
Bring back John Doe! Or at least resolve the cliff-hanger with a 2hr movie or as an extra on a dvd release.