Posted November 23 2005 - 04:03 AM
Assuming the following review posted on Amazon is correct, I'll be ordering the R2 version:
| Finally, the Rockford Files on DVD! All 22 first-season episodes are here (The box lists 23 shows because "This Case is Closed," which originally aired as a 90-minute episode is inexplicably split in two.) Missing, however, is the pilot "Backlash of the Hunter." Unfortunately, Universal still can't get it right when it comes to dual-layer, dual-sided DVDs. The third disc is plagued by incessant freezing -- on the set I have, only the first episode on the third disc ("Sleight of Hand") played without incident. Beyond that, there's nothing but problems, rendering the seven remaining episodes unwatchable. This is unacceptable, and Universal needs to hear about it, and hear about it often. I can get around the fact that the extras are minimal -- only a brief interview with James Garner -- or that the episodes show residue and age. But releasing this fine TV show on often inoperable discs is unforgivable. Five out of five stars for this stellar show; 1 star for Universal's shoddy manufacturing. |
So, we here in R1, after a very long wait, are rewarded with a brief Garner interview, but denied the pilot? I figured the other 90-minute episode ("This Case is Closed") would be the syndicated version, but I did not expect Universal to omit the pilot!
A possible explanation could be Universal's apparent policy of four-episodes-per-disc. "Rockford"'s first season had 21 regular 60-minute episodes, 1 90-minute episode and the 90-minute pilot. Since "This Case" and the pilot were both expanded into "two-parters" for syndication, the total number of hour-long episodes is 25 for season one. That 25th hour would require another disc, one that Universal may have been too cheap to include. Of course, had they used the original 90-minute versions there would be no problem, assuming my theory has merit (which it probably doesn't.) A more likely explanation is that this release was managed by someone without a clue.
Since the above review is only the first, I'll wait for a few more confirmations before ordering the R2 set. Otherwise, I may bite the bullet and get the R1, and transfer my original, unaltered pilot (from Universal's own VHS release!) to DVD for inclusion with the set.
Man, do I get tired about bitching about Universal!