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#1 of 25 OFFLINE   Bill Waits

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Posted March 26 2014 - 06:52 AM

There are several programs that we'd all like to see on Blu Ray, but what I can not understand is why several of HD TV programs have not been released on Blu Ray. Granted some of them were aired in HD prior to Blu Ray, but it's rather surprising that they weren't revisited. (There are also some that has shows that spanned the SD and HD realms, such as The Simpsons and Law & Order).  These are the programs that aired in HD that should be released on Blu-Ray

 

24

West Wing

Numb3rs

Law & Order (and their spin off's)

CSI (along with CSI: NY & CSI: Miami)

Rules Of Engagement

Till Death

Alcatraz [See Below]

The River

Merlin

Camelot

Batman: The Brave & The Bold

Arrested Development

My Name Is Earl

Desperate Housewives

Coupling

Dallas (2012)

Men At Work

House, MD

Terra Nova

The 4400

The Unit

Grey's Anatomy

 

...and so many others. Granted that I realize that some of these have sporadic seasons in Blu-Ray (Merlin, 24, etc..), and some may just be beginning (Batman: The Brave & The Bold), but the studios are missing out on a great opportunity with complete series releases (so long as they don't super overcharge for the releases on Blu-Ray like they did with LOST and a few others that I can think of. If you price it fairly, I wouldn't think that it would sell OK (Granted that I also acknowledge that since the opportunity was lost in the beginning, that some may feel that the DVD is "good enough"), but I am sure that others might trade up?

 

Anyone agree?


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#2 of 25 OFFLINE   Walter Kittel

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Posted March 26 2014 - 07:31 AM

The absence of Blu-ray releases for shows broadcast / distributed in HD is one of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to sales of television media.

 

I can only assume that the demand for some of these shows is too small to justify the production costs / resources.  Some shows have had a single season release on Blu-ray and sales must have been such that subsequent years have not been produced.

 

As per another thread on the HTF, House, M.D. is getting a comprehensive Blu-Ray release later this year.  You can probably import it from Amazon or wait for a U.S. release.

 

In terms of wish lists, titles I would have snapped up on Blu-ray include:

 

Castle

The Mentalist

Legend of the Seeker

Swingtown

 

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#3 of 25 OFFLINE   mattCR

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Posted March 26 2014 - 08:09 AM

Add to this list 'The Good Wife', which I don't think has a Blu release at all.

 

West Wing is one that stands out to me, I'd snap up Blu-rays of that immediately, considering the DVD release is poor and you can watch much better versions in HD at Amazon and Netflix right now.


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#4 of 25 OFFLINE   Ethan Riley

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Posted March 26 2014 - 08:54 AM

Pretty Little Liars. That one really bugs me--that there's no bluray. I wonder if WB thinks that shows that skew toward a female demographic won't sell on bluray? Is that why Dallas, Revenge, Devious Maids and other soap operas are on DVD only?
 

 


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Posted March 26 2014 - 09:01 AM

Batman: Brave and the Bold: Season 1 has been available from Warner Archive on Blu-Ray for awhile now.


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Posted March 26 2014 - 09:10 AM

The absence of Blu-ray releases for shows broadcast / distributed in HD is one of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to sales of television media.

 

I can only assume that the demand for some of these shows is too small to justify the production costs / resources.  Some shows have had a single season release on Blu-ray and sales must have been such that subsequent years have not been produced.

 

As per another thread on the HTF, House, M.D. is getting a comprehensive Blu-Ray release later this year.  You can probably import it from Amazon or wait for a U.S. release.

 

In terms of wish lists, titles I would have snapped up on Blu-ray include:

 

Castle

The Mentalist

Legend of the Seeker

Swingtown

 

- Walter.

 

Did the first(only...) season of Swingtown ever get "finished"? On anything?

 

Imagine if DWTS had been able to lead into Castle and Swingtown*...

 

*Yes I know...different network...



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Posted March 26 2014 - 01:48 PM

Sopranos.


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Posted March 26 2014 - 02:03 PM

Leverage (Entire show was shot on 4K Red One Cameras)

Cold Case

Without a Trace

NCIS

Charlie's Angels (HD Masters were made for Universal HD airings)

Hogan's Heros (HD Masters available for all seasons)

Murder She Wrote (HD Masters are available, and are streaming on Netflix)

Rockford Files (Same for Murder She Wrote)

 

I'll give Warners credit for making Person of Interest available on Blu-Ray from day one. Hopefully others will follow.



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Posted March 26 2014 - 02:21 PM

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#10 of 25 OFFLINE   Bill Waits

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Posted March 26 2014 - 04:16 PM


I can only assume that the demand for some of these shows is too small to justify the production costs / resources.  Some shows have had a single season release on Blu-ray and sales must have been such that subsequent years have not been produced.

 

I suspect the reason why some of the single season releases were because they VASTLY overcharged when compared to DVD version. I remember when Lost came out on complete series, the cost difference between the DVD and Blu Ray was quite substantial (and the single season sets of other TV shows released in that time frame were also quite high). Bring the premium down a bit, and there shouldn't be a reason why it wouldn't sell well if promoted properly (keeping in mind that that they probably missed the greatest opportunity the first go round).



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Posted March 26 2014 - 05:47 PM


I suspect the reason why some of the single season releases were because they VASTLY overcharged when compared to DVD version. I remember when Lost came out on complete series, the cost difference between the DVD and Blu Ray was quite substantial (and the single season sets of other TV shows released in that time frame were also quite high). Bring the premium down a bit, and there shouldn't be a reason why it wouldn't sell well if promoted properly (keeping in mind that that they probably missed the greatest opportunity the first go round).

 

 

This statement may be false, for more recent tv on bluray releases.

 

There exists tv shows which were released on bluray which were not much more in price than their dvd versions (approximately $10 difference), but nevertheless were also discontinued on bluray after a season or two.

 

For example:

 

2 Broke Girls - season 1

Mike & Molly - season 1

Rookie Blue - seasons 1 and 2

Human Target - season 1

 

 

So even with a $10 premium of the bluray version, it still didn't warrant subsequent seasons to be released on bluray.



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Posted March 26 2014 - 05:53 PM

 

(keeping in mind that that they probably missed the greatest opportunity the first go round).

 

 

I don't know whether it would have made a difference, even if the bluray and dvd versions were the exact same price back in 2007 to 2011.



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Posted March 26 2014 - 06:37 PM

Did the first(only...) season of Swingtown ever get "finished"? On anything?

 

As I recall it ended with Susan Miller (Molly Parker) and Roger Thompson (Josh Hopkins) looking at one another awkwardly in a motel room, deciding whether or not they were going to take their attraction to the next step.  Everything was very open-ended at the conclusion of the final episode, which was okay by me.  I really wish that it had continued, but oh well.

 

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Posted March 26 2014 - 06:43 PM


As per another thread on the HTF, House, M.D. is getting a comprehensive Blu-Ray release later this year.  You can probably import it from Amazon or wait for a U.S. release.

 

(Going offtopic).

 

I recently decided to watch through the episodes of House season 6 bluray set, in sequential order.

 

After watching through half of the House season 6 episodes in its proper sequence, I really like how the show has serialized elements interwoven with the "diagnosis of the week" procedural stuff.  A bit like how Person of Interest has been doing things in its current season 3, or season 9 of NCIS with the Harper Dearing storyline.

 

Previously, I only watched some of the season 6 and 7 episodes out of sequence in random order, mostly on reruns.  When I first picked up the season 6 bluray set several years ago, I only really watched the first disc which had that hour-and-a-half episode with House in the looney bin.  (I thought it was a crappy episode).

 

Watching the season 6 and 7 episodes of House out of sequence in random order, doesn't reveal much (if any) of the serialized storyline.

 

Do the previous seasons of House have this serialized storyline stuff interwoven with the diagnosis of the week procedural stuff?



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Posted March 26 2014 - 06:46 PM

I think the industry has been generally disappointed with blu-ray as a medium. Sales never really took off and they are still dwarfed by DVD sales. I think that for most series, including current ones, there just isn't a significant market for blu-ray releases. A handful of classics with large or devoted followings and a handful of current series with either very large (The Big Bang Theory) or very devoted (Breaking Bad) followings have maintained an ongoing schedule of blu-ray releases, but most shows would only have a small number of buyers in the format.

#16 of 25 OFFLINE   Walter Kittel

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Posted March 26 2014 - 06:55 PM

Do the previous seasons of House have this serialized storyline stuff interwoven with the diagnosis of the week procedural stuff?

 

I don't recall all of the instances, but other seasons have interwoven story arcs.  A few that come to mind - One involving House's ex and one involving a detective (David Morse) who tangles with House (for my money one of the best seasons of the show.)   There are others but those are two that readily come to mind.

 

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#17 of 25 OFFLINE   Wayne_j

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Posted March 26 2014 - 07:03 PM

Alcatraz was released on Blu-Ray, I own it.



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Posted March 27 2014 - 02:26 AM

Alcatraz was released on Blu-Ray, I own it.

 

That is good to know. Thanks for the info.



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Posted March 27 2014 - 05:00 AM

The remake of Hawaii Five-O has been issued on Blu-ray for all three of its seasons thus far; I've reviewed them all. I think it must be the only CBS/Paramount network show which has gotten all of its run released on Blu-ray.

 

I would buy a Blu-ray release of Elementary or The Good Wife in a skinny minute.



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Posted March 27 2014 - 06:00 AM

Not to get too far off topic, but the BBC missed a GOLDEN opportunity with the recently released Walking With Dinosaurs the movie...they should've also released the documentary of the same name on Blu-Ray (along with the others...Allosaurus, Prehistoric Beasts, Monsters, & Cavemen)






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