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2005- a Disappointing Year For DVD

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#1 of 42 OFFLINE   Kevin L McCorry

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Posted August 20 2005 - 01:47 AM

Before I begin, do let me say that this comes of my personal experience and is not meant as an objective criticism of the year. Many people probably did find 2005 to be as fulfilling a year for them in DVD acquisition as I, but in terms of what I want most of all on DVD toward completing my collection, 2005 has been the most disappointing year since I started enbracing the shiny disc format. Where to begin? Well, firstly I'm including this in the TV section, though my disappointment with 2005 extends almost as much into the DVD releases of feature films. It's been a year of repeated personal disappointment as some of my most anticipated releases were delayed, indefinitely, in particular Star Trek- The Animated Series, The Marvel Superheroes Collection, and The Pink Panther Cartoon Collection (I'm making do with the R2 release of that for the time being), while others in which episodes or components are being released scattershot covered scarcely any of what I was hoping would make it to shiny disc this year. For instance, although I promised to hold my tongue about what I was glumly certain would be happening, I will nonetheless mention that Looney Tunes Golden Collection 3 has relegated (whether they were due to be so-treated or not) the cartoons that I grew up with and am most fond and aesthetically appreciative of (i.e. those of the post-1948 period) to "also ran" status, a mere smattering on each of the four discs. And the Doctor Who DVDs released this year, bar "City of Death" (the only one I'm really excited about), have left me rather underwhelmed (I was so hoping for a Hinchcliffe era classic like "The Seeds of Doom"). The much-anticipated Six Million Dollar Man and Bionic Woman season releases still won't hit DVD in R1 this year, and the episodes I'm most desirous of still aren't anywhere on the radar in any region. Huckleberry Hound Volume 1 won't contain any of my favorite cartoons with the blue dog (e.g. "Piccadilly Dilly", "Science Friction", "Spud Dud"), though I understand why this is so, with them not being in the first season of The Huckleberry Hound Show. No Charlie Brown releases this year. And there will remain almost as many theatrical films still on my want list at this year's end as there were at its beginning. But that's another forum... It is true that I have about 70 percent of all desired material on DVD. A tremendous development in itself, certainly. But what's left, and some of it quite substantially beloved, remains as elusive as it was preceding 2005. The glacial pace of releases of Looney Tunes and Doctor Who remains quite contentious for me, particularly when so little of what I most desire made it to DVD this year. That said, I did buy every Doctor Who release and will be purchasing LTGC 3. Ah, well, at least it's been a year when I've augmented my savings account in the bank. But it's not been a banner year for me where DVD is concerned, and I'm feeling really downbeat right now about improvement, really, in 2006. Then again, who knows. Maybe I'll finally get Rocket Robin Hood, a post-1948-Warner Bros.-cartoon-heavy DVD set, copious early Pertwee and T. Baker Doctor Who stories, an end at last to my wait to have the "Kill Oscar", "Death Probe", and "Doomsday is Tomorrow" episodes with the bionic duo, and maybe a full collection of Inspector cartoons to go with the Pink Panther Cartoon Collecction. Think positive, even though mid-life crisis is very close... :b

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Posted August 20 2005 - 02:16 AM

You might be lucky in a way. I think I've already doubled my TV DVD collection this year, with at least 12 more titles to purchase by year's end. While it's good from a release standard, I probably could've saved for a lot of other things if I weren't buying DVDs. Oh, well. Maybe 2006 will be better for you.
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#3 of 42 OFFLINE   Bob Hug

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Posted August 20 2005 - 02:50 AM

For me, 2005 has been a good year for TV releases, in general. My biggest disappointment, however, has been the so-called 50th anniversary of Warner's television. I had high hopes that we would see a lot of WB classic shows from the Fifties and Sixties. Instead, what we have ended up getting are a few single volume "TV Favorites" of shows like Cheyenne, Maverick, F-Troop, and Welcome Back Kotter (most of which I will get). To be fair, Warner's is releasing season 1 of The Adventures of Superman in October, but I had higher expectations for a broader array of classic/vintage releases from Warner's this year.

#4 of 42 OFFLINE   george kaplan

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Posted August 20 2005 - 03:28 AM

Well as someone with over 1000 dvds, I didn't think it would be possible for them to keep putting out stuff I'd want to buy. But almost every week this year, there's been something, and often a lot. And looking at the rest of this year, there are 65 more dvds I want that are slated to be released (though not all of them might make it). Yes, there are disappointments (many classic films still MIA, screwed up dvds, especially tv sets non-OAR or edited), but overall this has been a damned expensive year, which means a good one.
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#5 of 42 OFFLINE   Kevin L McCorry

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Posted August 20 2005 - 04:00 AM

I'm close to the point, I guess, where there's nothing to my tastes that's realistically left to release, outside of the snail's pace of Doctor Who and Looney Tunes (and I'll be dead or too old to care by the time those are ever completely released). The other items on my want list are, I guess, long shots anyway. But I still had my hopes up for some tentatively announced releases this year that ended up getting indefinitely pulled from the docket.

#6 of 42 OFFLINE   Randall Cyrenne

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Posted August 20 2005 - 05:01 AM

True, no one can ever be fully satisfied, and I would also love to see the Bionic shows or the Marvel set--- but they are coming... sometime. However, it's still been a great year in many ways. The studios have flooded the market with too many releases for any one person to ever hope to collect. As it is, I have years' worth of shows to watch, already sitting on my shelves. I cannot blame one for being disappointed in what is still missing, but this year saw or will see great releases for Twilight Zone, Adventures of Superman,Yogi Bear,Farscape, Greatest American Hero, Batman TAS, Gatchaman, Muppet Show, and many more.

And collecting wouldn't be any fun ,if there was nothing left to look forward to! (Still, I'm dying to get Steve Austin and Jamie Sommers on DVD. Posted Image )

#7 of 42 OFFLINE   Elena S

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Posted August 20 2005 - 05:21 AM

You guys are lucky. This year has seen about 10% released of what I'd like to have on DVD. Hardly any of my favorites are even being considered. Posted Image

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Posted August 20 2005 - 05:22 AM

I can not compalin at all this with this year's release as almost all of my favorite shows are being released. Gilligan's Island 3 seasons Bewithced 2 seasons Bob Newhart 2 seasons Seinfeld Hogan's Heroes 2 seasons Twilight Zone original 5 seasons Twilight zone 80's complete New outer limits season 1 and best of box set News Radio Season's one and two Andy Griffith Seasons 1-3 with hopes of gettiny Gomer Pyle soon Night Gallery season 1 Beverly Hillbillies Quantium Leap 3rd Rock from the sun I may have missed a few but most happy with this year the best for me by far. Hopefully season 3 of Green Acres will be released the beginning of next year.

#9 of 42 OFFLINE   Craig Beam

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Posted August 20 2005 - 06:47 AM

Any year that sees the release of The Twilight Zone in such wonderful editions is a banner year.

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Posted August 20 2005 - 07:30 AM

2005 has been a mixed year for me. A lot of great releases and a lot of disappointments. I love how Paramount is finally releasing some of Nickelodeon's classic shows. The two Pete and Pete releases I'll have by years end are great. But I wish that in the second wave, they would have issued a few more titles rather than just Pete and Pete and Clarissa...particularly Are You Afraid of the Dark? In addition, while I'm excited that there are two Amazing Race sets coming later this year, I'm disappointed that we only got one Survivor set. Only one complaint for WB--releasing one episode of Growing Pains and that's it. I didn't buy the Full House set since it's not worth it just for the bonus disc. However, I really would like to see Growing Pains in the near future. On the plus side, thanks for giving us two Fresh Prince releases. If Fox does release The Simpsons season 7 by the end of the year, then I will be very satisfied with them. Actually, I'm satisfied with them even if they don't, because aside from the packaging, season 6 was very well-done. But the biggest disappointment, by far, was The Cosby Show set including syndicated episodes. I can't begin to say how long and how much I have wanted this show on DVD so it was a huge disappointment for me.

#11 of 42 OFFLINE   Bert Greene

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Posted August 20 2005 - 07:35 AM

It's hard for me to use the term disappointment when this whole tv-dvd trend has enabled me to really enjoy the whole viewing experience moreso than I had in years and years (thanks to the dvds' lack of logos, pop-ups, cuts, and abrasive commercial interruptions). True, the type of shows I crave most are oldies that are quite unlikely candidates (Sea Hunt, Route 66, Father Knows Best, Highway Patrol, and such) for now. I have to put that in perspective, of course. But, as long as I have maybe two sets per month, I'm fairly satisfied. August is even one up on this for me, with "Adam-12," "Combat," and "Petticoat Junction" all coming out. Even in weak months, there are usually a few interesting oddball releases, like Image's "Tales of Tomorrow," VCI's "Littlest Hobo," or Critics Choice' "Dangerous Assignment." If I DO have a mild complaint for 2005, it's been the absence of vintage hour-long drama/adventure shows, in the vein of "The Fugitive," "Mission: Impossible," "The Invaders," "The Untouchables," and such. There's been a wealth of releases for 70s/80s series of this nature, but not much for the 60s. That's been a very noticeable and annoying vacuum in my tv-dvd purchases this year. I thought surely one or two items fitting that bill would come out this year, and add a bit of balance to my viewing rotation. But, nope.

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Posted August 20 2005 - 08:00 AM

I find it hard to call 2005 a disappointment given that it's given me: ER S3 West Wing S4 Wonder Woman S2 and S3 Earth 2 L&O S3 The Lone Gunmen Pretender S1 And in the next few months will give me: Space: Above and Beyond L&O SVU S2 Pretender S2 Stargate SG1 S8 Stargate Atlantis S1 (the fan community believes this is coming in November, but there is no confirmation) And not TV on DVD but still... Star Wars Episode III The Interpreter

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Posted August 20 2005 - 08:14 AM

Just in 2005 titles alone, I've bought: Batman: TAS V2 Batman: TAS V3 The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air S1 Friends S9 Law & Order S3 Lois & Clark S1 The Mary Tyler Moore Show S2 Monk S2 Monk S3 Murphy Brown S1 The Nanny S1 Scrubs S1 Star Wars: Clone Wars V1 Superman: TAS V1 Will & Grace S4 Those are in addition to the first three seasons of 24, Volume 1 of BTAS, Season 2 of Mad About You and Season 1 of Monk. Including three titles from previous years, the rest of the year leaves for me: The West Wing Seasons 1-4 (next up - I'll be ordering sometime in the next week or so) Smallville S4 Desperate Housewives S1 Law & Order: SVU S2 Alias S4 Friends S10 Scrubs S2 24 S4 The West Wing S5 (I'm hoping by year's end)
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#14 of 42 OFFLINE   Jamie Middleton

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Posted August 20 2005 - 09:00 AM

Personally 2005 has been a great year so far. So far in 2005 I have bought: Popular Season 2 3rd Rock Season 1 Cheers Season 4 and 5 Friends Season 9 I Love Lucy Season 4 I Love Lucy Season 5 Charmed Season 1 Fat Actress Season 1 Bewitched Season 1 God The Devil and Bob The Complete Series Seinfeld Season 4 and promises to be even better this fall and the first half of winter. September, October and November are looking to be very expensive months for me already with: Cheers Season 6 (September) Cheers Season 7 (November) Charmed Season 2 (September) Charmed Season 3 (November) Thrid Rock From The Sun Season 2 (October) Bewitched Season 2 (October 25) Lost (gonna blind buy this one I guess) Friends Season 10 (November) and im sure there will be more announced before its all said and done!
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Posted August 20 2005 - 10:52 AM

I was starting to think that I was the only one out there waiting for the 2 bionic series Posted Image

Thanks, since it makes the waiting a lot easier to know there are others out there that like these 2 as much as I do.

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Posted August 20 2005 - 11:17 AM

any year with a Simpsons-release is a great year.

#17 of 42 OFFLINE   Johnny S

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Posted August 20 2005 - 12:58 PM

^^^Every year since 2001 has had at least 1 Simpsons release. I am personally very satisfied with this year. I have purchased 24 season sets so far.
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Posted August 20 2005 - 01:26 PM

2005 has been pretty good for me. 2005 Releases that I have purchased Simpsons S6 Muppet Show S1 Dukes of Hazzard S2 Thru S4 Greatest American Hero S1 Thru S3 Gilligan's Island S2 & S3 Earth 2 Tales from the Crypt S1 Fantastic Four 94-95 Father of the Pride Lois & Clark S1 Sopranos S5 Wonder Woman S2 & S3 Ba Ba Black Sheep V1 Superfriends V2 MASH S8 American Chopper S1 & S2 Monster Garage S1 & S2 Scrubs S1 Seinfeld S1-S4 Partridge Family S1 Land of the Lost S3 Wildboyz S2 Magnum PI S2 Sledgehammer S2 Viva La Bam S2 & S3 Lone Gunmen Doogie Howser S1 Hardy Boys S1 SW Clone Wars V1 Wild Kingdom Hogan's Heroes South Park S5 Night Court S1 Lidsville Soap S3 46 Season Sets so far in 05 Plus coming soon that I will be buying Alf S2 Emergency S1 Lost S1-can't wait Doogie Howser S2 American Chopper S3 Sigmund & the Sea Monster S1 New battlestar Galactica S1 Hogan's Heros S2 Stargate SG-1 S8 Into the West Soap S4 -can't wait Arrested Development S2 Tales from the Crypt S2 3rd Rock S2 Scrubs S2 Stargate Atlantis-not yet announced but prob Nov 16+ some more not yet announced Makes 62 for 2005 I am pretty happy about 2005 but I am still waiting for Bionic Woam 6M$M Bosom Buddies Boston Common Brisoce County Jr. Charmings Day by Day F-Troop Fantasy Island Get Smart Herman's Head Incredible Hulk-Season Sets Marvel Superheroes Mr. Belvedere Star Trek Cartoon Still Standing That 80's Show Two and a Half Men Voyagers

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Posted August 20 2005 - 02:56 PM

If it means we'll be able to eventually own the entire series on DVD... just the release of Mary Tyler Moore - Season 2 has made my 'TV on DVD' year! That was my personal holy grail of TV on DVD. Add to that more seasons of Seinfeld, Cheers, Frasier, Raymond, Golden Girls, Law and Order, M*A*S*H, Moonlighting, etc. Posted Image

Now if we can just have Get Smart and Wild, Wild West...

If not for the Carsey-Werner (Roseanne) debacle, I would have considered this a FANTASTIC year for TV on DVD!

#20 of 42 OFFLINE   Nicholas Vargo

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Posted August 20 2005 - 05:56 PM

I've just started finally collecting TV series this year, and I'm really happy that I have. I might only own 14 TV Sets and 1 DVD of Comedy specials (I'm still really a movies kind of guy), but I will say that this year was far from a disappointment. With releases like Night Court S1 and Father of the Pride Complete Series, along with upcoming releases like Arrested Development S2, Nip/Tuck S2, and Count Duckula S1, it's going to be an expensive fall to say the least. Enough said. My whole TV collection though: Nip/Tuck S1 Arrested Development S1 The Critic Complete Series Game Over Complete Series (Blind Purchased; Haven't watched it yet though) Father of the Pride Complete Series Aqua Teen Hunger Force V1 Sealab 2021 V1 Night Court S1 Clerks Uncensored Dead Like Me S1 The Simpsons S1 The Simpsons S2 Rescue Me S1 Family Guy Freakin Sweet Collection The Complete Denis Leary (No Cure for Cancer & Lock 'n' Load)
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