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TV Favorites 100 Episodes, (Treeline)


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#1 of 11 OFFLINE   Tom_mkfty

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Posted May 24 2005 - 07:05 AM

Before I start, is the quality of the OTHER Treeline sets as bad as this one?

I want to get the one with the old time serials. Is that one bad quality?

Now back to the subject. This will be the only public domain TV that I will ever buy. Its a good variety though. One thing I do like about it, NO LUCY.

I mainly bought it because of Dragnet and other oldies that were mentioned in, "the oldest TV shows," subject.
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#2 of 11 OFFLINE   Bob Hug

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Posted May 24 2005 - 08:11 AM

This set is a mixed bag, as far as I'm concerned. Had I put this set together, I would have ditched the 1960s shows like Bonanza, The Andy Griffith Show, etc. that are easy to find and available on multiple public domain DVD releases and, instead, focused on the 1950s series. There are some harder to find shows included on the set like Highway Patrol, Boston Blackie, Public Defender, Life with Elizabeth and The Trouble with Father, along with a few others. I found the audio/visual quality of the set on about par with most other PD releases, i.e., no great shakes but still watchable. Vintage television fans will probably get much enjoyment from it, but those who are used to modern-day "high definition" should stay away.

#3 of 11 OFFLINE   Tom_mkfty

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Posted May 24 2005 - 11:40 AM

I am not going to watch the Hillbillies until after watching the official release in September.

The Lone Ranger sure is boring. At least the first episode.
I have not watched the others yet.

The PD DVD have disappeared. I wonder if they have been declared illegal by the copyright holders.
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#4 of 11 OFFLINE   Gord Lacey

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Posted May 24 2005 - 12:09 PM

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The PD DVD have disappeared. I wonder if they have been declared illegal by the copyright holders.


They're public domain because there is no copyright holder (it's expired), which is why you see the same companies releasing the same episodes 10 different ways.

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#5 of 11 OFFLINE   Jon Martin

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Posted May 25 2005 - 01:33 AM

The quality of the Treeline box sets REALLY varies, from unwatchable, edited TV prints of films, to really nice quality, uncut versions.

I have a few of them. They are worth the $20 you pay for them, but not any more.

#6 of 11 OFFLINE   Tom_mkfty

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Posted May 25 2005 - 04:10 PM

How is the quality of the Treeline with the old time serials?

I think, The Estate of Creator Paul Henning, *still* owns the rights to the Beverly Hillbillies, which has not expired.


"Authorized by The Estate of Creator Paul Henning,"

Disc 1

1.Series Introduction, by Linda Kaye Henning
2.Pilot Episode: The Clampetts Strike Oil (September 26, 1962)
3.Getting Settled (October 3, 1962)
4.Meanwhile, Back at the Cabin (October 10, 1962)
5.The Clampetts Meet Mrs. Drysdale (October 17,1962)
6.Jed Buys Stock (October 24, 1962)
7.Trick or Treat (October 31, 1962)
8.The Servants (November 7, 1962)

I think Paramount still owns the rights to the Andy Griffith Show.
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#7 of 11 OFFLINE   Ron Lee Green

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Posted May 26 2005 - 09:22 AM

I'm wondering what will prevent the public domain companies from copying the upcoming MPI Beverly Hillbillies set (which will most likely be better quality) if those early episodes really fall into the public domain?
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#8 of 11 OFFLINE   Steve Phillips

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Posted May 26 2005 - 10:37 AM

They aren't ALL in the public domain, and the fact that the ones that have had expired copyrights have already been released 16,000 times by various companies would limit the desire to do so, and the theme music would have to be removed or replaced anyway as with all the other PD versions.

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Posted May 26 2005 - 11:28 AM

I realize they aren't all in the public domain.

Let me clarify: A huge majority of the Beverly Hillbillies episodes being released by MPI are from the b&w first season which are already available in inferior form by different companies because they are considered public domain.

The episodes on the upcoming MPI set will most likely have a better picture, unedited, etc.

So is there anything to prevent the cheapie companies from copying the upcoming MPI Beverly Hillbillies set (the ones considered pd)? (and Yes, they will have to replace the theme music.)

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Posted May 27 2005 - 12:31 AM

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So is there anything to prevent the cheapie companies from copying the upcoming MPI Beverly Hillbillies set (the ones considered pd)? (and Yes, they will have to replace the theme music.)

Probably not, unless MPI puts some sort of logo on the episodes (like Platinum Disc Corporation does). It wouldn't be the first time that this has happened. MGM's laser disc of the film "The Last Man on Earth" has been the source for several releases from public domain specialists.

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Posted May 27 2005 - 07:23 AM

If MPI do their own transfer of the episodes, can't they copyright that transfer so that no other companies can use it? Kinda like recordings of classical music is copyrighted but the music itself is PD.





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