I am looking at them right now. All of them have the 1985 copyright at the end. And they have major debris and huge cue marks. That indicates 16mm. There is also a lot of detail loss, as in standard definition videotape.
I just finished rechecking the Shout set of "The Best of the Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet." Based on my knowledge of how this program has been handled over the years (and being able to tell the difference between 35mm and 16mm transfers) what I see is that most of Disc 1 is from 16mm. These were episodes among the ones that Ozzie reedited.
However, despite Ozzie's editing, KTLA in Los Angeles was able to get 35mm network prints from David Nelson when they were running the show on a daily basis in syndication rather than running the 16mm prints.
KTLA edited these 35mm prints for time and they later transferred them to videotape and many of these were available to Shout for these DVDs. As mentioned earlier, KTLA never put the cut segments back into the prints before returning them.I can tell for certain that most of Discs 2 and 3 are from 35mm. If you're not convinced just look at "Making Wally Study," the last episode on disc 3 compared to all the prior episodes on that disc. The quality drops significantly and the grain is much more visible since it's a 16mm print.
Remember that the 35mm transfers were not done state of the art as we know it today. If you look at the 35mm transfers that Columbia House put out years ago on DVD of shows like "Perry Mason" you can see how much softer they look than the excellent recent transfers done by CBS. Some of the cable channels are still running "I Love Lucy" transfers from 35mm done 20-30 years ago and they look quite soft. While 35mm gives the best potential image, it's still up to the transfer house to take advantage of the increased resolution.
Regarding the two color episodes, the opening on both is 16mm and faded badly but the episode "The Prowler" looks pretty good color-wise although slightly turned and from 35mm while "The Game Room" is 16mm and faded. I'm sure the only reason it was included is because it was the last original episode telecast.
I'm not posting this to start or continue any arguments. But I feel strongly that I'm correct.
The 1985 copyright appeared on all of the episodes that Ozzie edited and the ones that aired later on the Disney Channel. The quality of that credit has no bearing on the episode transfers.
Yes there is debris and cue marks on most of the episodes -- as mentioned above, these were transfers, not restorations and done over 30 years ago. Obviously no time was taken at the time to clean the prints.
I watched these on my home theater system and most of them easily compare to many of the other releases out there. No, they're not up to the standards set by CBS, but I have certainly seen releases from Shout and others that do not look as good as most of these do.
I'm not here to defend or condemn Shout or anyone else and I truly expect Sam Nelson's work to exceed what we have seen so far.
I also don't understand the comment about cue marks being smaller on 35mm than 16mm. What you see were punched into the prints, unfortunately, by KTLA. Many stations and networks used these kinds of cue marks in the 50's and 60's when running film and everyone had different sizes and shapes (NBC network used triangles in primetime back in the 50's and 60's) -- some cue marks are in the upper right, these are mostly in the lower left.
In any event I don't believe the Shout DVDs or any other releases of "Ozzie and Harriet" are worthy of further discussion as we wait for Sam's project to unfold. The important thing is that these classic episodes get the loving attention they deserve so they can be preserved for generations to come.