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#1 of 31 OFFLINE   mark stevenson

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Posted May 16 2005 - 03:43 PM

I emailed Sony TV this past week, asking if they planned to release Shirley Booth's classic "Hazel" on DVD any time soon. The very next day, they replied "no cuurent plans". I was encouragegd to register for their on-line newsletter,however, to keep abreast of upcoming releases. The newsletter ends with the opportunity to offer feedback/suggestions. Of course I urged them to release Hazel in season sets, with extras. Maybe if others did likewise, we could help this great classic see the release it deserves. Is anyone else interested in Hazel?

#2 of 31 OFFLINE   Jeff Willis

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Posted May 16 2005 - 04:05 PM

That's one that I'd almost forgotton about...I'd probably get this one but it wouldn't be high on my list...I'm waiting for too many others Posted Image

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#3 of 31 OFFLINE   Jeff#

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Posted May 16 2005 - 04:20 PM

Never cared for Hazel or Shirley Booth. I just don't see any demand for that sitcom, even though it did last 5 years. The only sitcom from the 1960s that I want to collect is Get Smart!

#4 of 31 OFFLINE   Ron Lee Green

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Posted May 16 2005 - 05:55 PM

I'd also love to see Hazel released on dvd, along with another Sony property, The Farmer's Daughter. It probably won't happen until Sony totally releases all their other more popular "mainstream" titles from that era such as Bewitched (coming in June), Jeannie, and Partridge Family. Then, maybe we'll see more early 1960s Sony titles, such as Donna Reed, Dennis the Menace, Gidget, Flying Nun, Hazel, and Farmer's Daughter--unless some private company like Image can secure the rights to release them.
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#5 of 31 OFFLINE   AnnaMaria

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Posted May 16 2005 - 05:58 PM

I'm a fan of 60's shows. I vaguely remember them and would love to see them again. Hazel is on that list along with My Three Sons, Leave it to Beaver, Family Affair, Ozzie and Harriet, To Rome With Love, The Lucy Show, and Here's Lucy. And I would love to see more 50's shows out too just so I can have the chance to watch them.

#6 of 31 OFFLINE   Joe Lugoff

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Posted May 16 2005 - 11:25 PM

Also Screen Gems' most popular show of the '50s, Father Knows Best. What the reluctant companies like Sony should do is what the record companies are doing -- lease out the rights to older material to other companies who might be happy to put out bare-bones season sets. (Actually, I think that's the only hope for the old series mentioned in this thread.) Mark To first presented that idea on this forum -- and it's a shame he got his feelings hurt and quit posting, for I think he was one of the most knowledgable contributors here.

#7 of 31 OFFLINE   MatthewA

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Posted May 16 2005 - 11:55 PM

I've been advocating licensing of shows for years and years, but only Fox does it now (maybe the only way WKRP in Cincinnati can come unaltered is if Shout! Factory tries it). But with licensing, the licensor (the third-party) is at the mercy of whatever elements the licensee (the owner of the show) has lying around. If they could get clean, UNCUT copies (with original logos) it would be a blessing. Sony's completely arbitrary release patterns are a perfect case for them licensing out stuff. And Mark, where does one sign up for this letter to send suggestions? I've got some suggestions for Sony (constructive ones, believe it or not).

Enough is enough, Disney. No more evasions or excuses. We DEMAND the release Song of the South on Blu-ray along with the uncut version of Bedknobs and Broomsticks on Blu-ray. I am going to boycott The Walt Disney Company until then. And while you're at it, PLEASE stop dropping DVD/laserdisc extras from Blu-ray releases of other films.


#8 of 31 OFFLINE   JeffWld

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Posted May 17 2005 - 01:32 AM

Mark's departure from this board was not elective on his part.

#9 of 31 OFFLINE   Joe Lugoff

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Posted May 17 2005 - 04:55 AM

I suspected that. The guy knew a lot about television history, but the word "tact" wasn't in his vocabulary.

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Posted May 17 2005 - 05:02 AM

I also enjoyed Mark's participation. I didn't always agree with everything he said, but he was well informed and a strong advocate for his cause. A little blunt, but not over the top like Chris:L was. Hopefully things can be worked out for Mark to come back.
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#11 of 31 OFFLINE   CherylWI

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Posted May 17 2005 - 11:36 AM

I hope Mark comes back too. I always looked forward to reading his posts about retro tv shows that I could never find anywhere else on the internet. He is an invaluable source of knowledge for us lovers of the old shows.

#12 of 31 OFFLINE   Jeff Willis

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Posted May 17 2005 - 12:43 PM

Continuing the "OT" Mark thing Posted Image

I have to go along with the majority opinion here. Although I didn't agree with that "infamous" thread a while back that got a couple of members banned, I do agree that I've also appreciated the guy's posts in the past. All I'll say about that past thread is that "it takes two to tango" if you all know what I mean...sometimes it's best to let something "die out" on its own instead of keeping a controversy going.



Ditto, AnnaMaria Posted Image I'd get Hazel eventually if it was available for the same reason. It's just not high on my list at present. Forgot about "My Three Sons"...another good one. "Leave It To Beaver" is coming soon.

Hazel....remember Whitney Blake as the "Mom"? Times have sure changed in the last 35-40 yrs....

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Posted May 17 2005 - 01:16 PM

And add me to the list of those that is very sorry to see Mark gone. I must have missed the post/thread where he crossed a line. That's really too bad. Gary "he really was a passionate and knowledgeable advocate for classic tv on dvd, in my opinion" O.
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Posted May 17 2005 - 03:11 PM

I didn't realize Mark To was gone, but considering that he was one of only two people I had on my ignore list, it doesn't surprise me.
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Posted May 17 2005 - 03:46 PM

The late Whitney Blake was Meredith Baxter Birney's mother. While she was seen in color on Hazel, Whitney was in black & white guest starring in a first season episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. in 1964 -- the same one with Carroll O' Connor as the guest villain. By 1975 she was working more behind the scenes than on camera, when Ms. Blake co-created the hit sitcom One Day at a Time. She died in 2002.

#16 of 31 OFFLINE   mark stevenson

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Posted May 17 2005 - 04:18 PM

MatthewA:

The address for sony is sonypictures.com. The link I used to provide my intial question re plans for Hazel was WebsiteTech@sonypictures.com. It was from that email that they repsonded with opportunity to sign up for their on-line newsletter - Spotlight. My welcome email asked for comments, etc. There is also a direct link for the newsletter at the bottom of Sony's homepage. Hope this helps.

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Posted May 17 2005 - 04:23 PM

I remember Hazel as being a pretty good show but my most wanted tv show on dvd is The Adventures Of Ozzie and Harriet. I talked to someone at TvLand about airing Ozzie and Harriet but i was told the show is under contract to someone else Posted Image
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Posted May 18 2005 - 09:56 AM

I would buy at least the black and white episodes. I found the color ones a little annoying at times. But the first couple of seasons were quite funny.

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Posted May 18 2005 - 04:53 PM

My most wanted retro shows in complete season sets on properly-mastered-from-the-finest-elements-in-existence DVD: The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis The Bob Cummings Show/Love That Bob! The George Burns & Gracie Allen Show The Jack Benny Show I Married Joan Ozzie & Harriet Leave It To Beaver (on the way!) One Step Beyond

#20 of 31 OFFLINE   mark stevenson

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Posted May 19 2005 - 02:48 PM

Matthew A: Just curious - Did you contact Sony yet? At the risk of harping on this, I encourage members who expressed wanting the release of the classics mentioned in this thread, to contact Sony TV (address in my last post),and let your voices be heard. I'd like to think our united pleas influenced Fox to release MTMS Season 2, with all the intended extras. In fact, how about posting that you responded to my Sony challenge, as encouragement to the fence sitters?




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