Kolchak: THe Night Stalker.....a remake?? Why not?
I think the possibility of the entire single season (20 episodes) of the original Kolchak being put out by Universal can go either way, since it was not Universal, but MGA / UA that released both pilot films from the early 1970s (The Night Stalker and The Night Strangler) on the same individual DVD. And what a DVD -- only $10!
I'd also like to see Thriller
on DVD as well. I remember years ago a few episodes came out on VHS...or at least it was announced anyway. There are 67 of them, so I can't imagine why it's taken so long. One of Boris Karloff's previous TV series
, which was filmed mostly in England I have all 10 episodes of in a 3 DVD set. Most were filmed in 1958, but the last episode from 1959 actually has a different theme song and living room set where Karloff appeared in each episode. That was also a bargain at $11 at Best Buy. The reason I don't care for The Veil is because it's too much like One Step Beyond
(also on DVD). Most of the stories involves cases of psychic phoenomena, and the writing was weak.
from the early 1960s is far superior in a number of ways. Keep in mind that the earliest shows were only crime-oriented. Fletcher Markle was the original producer, until he was fired. He was replaced by 2 producers: Maxwell Shane produced the crime dramas, while William Frye handled the horror and fantasy. Several episodes into the first season, horror and suspense stories alternated with each other. That continued throughout the second season as well.
I also enjoyed the original jazzy theme by Pete Rugolo. Although jazz was very fashionable at the time the show was produced, to reflect the format change various composers delivered a variety of different end themes heard at the end of each show. Usually that theme was also heard within the episode itself.
The only Boris Karloff series I wouldn't purchase was the syndicated Colonel March of Scotland Yard
from the early 1950s. His acting was certainly good as always, but I just don't see it coming to or selling on home video.