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Any idea if "DALLAS" will come to DVD?


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#1 of 67 OFFLINE   Todd_Brown

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Posted September 29 2002 - 03:56 AM

I was watching E! True Hollywood Story about Dallas, and was wondering if anyone knew if this was going to come to DVD? This would be a definite buy for me (showing my age a bitPosted Image).
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#2 of 67 OFFLINE   David Lambert

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Posted September 29 2002 - 08:54 AM

I haven't heard anything one way or the other.

In fact, I wonder if the studio that owns the rights to this perceives whether there would be enough interest in this, given the soap-opera nature of the show. OTOH, the "soap opera" Dark Shadows seems to be doing well enough on DVD. It's just into it's 2nd release, and a 3rd one's planned for end of next month! Each release is 4 discs to keep up with this daily supernatural soap. Now THAT's the way to do things! Posted Image

As for Dallas, I wonder who DOES own the rights to that one these days? Lorimar worked with Warner back then, and CBS distributed and aired it, right? So the CBS connection would mean Paramount. But I seem to recall hearing that Universal owned Lorimar stuff now...is that right?

Well, TVShowsOnDVD says "Warner", but we've been wrong before. Anyone know for sure? I'm kinda foggy after a long day spent at the Mid-South Fair. Won my son 3 big prizes, though! :wink:
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#3 of 67 OFFLINE   Jeffrey Gray

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Posted September 29 2002 - 11:52 AM

Warner owns "Dallas." They bought Lorimar in 1989, and they now own the rights to "Dallas," "Knots Landing," "Falcon Crest," "The Waltons," and the various other Lorimar shows.

#4 of 67 OFFLINE   David Lambert

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Posted September 29 2002 - 12:21 PM

Ah, so I'm just mixed up. Thanks!
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#5 of 67 OFFLINE   Jenna

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Posted September 29 2002 - 06:15 PM

Jeez...didn't Dallas run for like 8-9 seasons??? The cost of the entire series would definitely "break the bank"...but then again, my "bank's been broken before" (and yes, I bought "Dark Shadows". :b

I'd buy Dallas in a heartbeat. Might as well throw in "Dynasty" too, eh? [Well, at least we can fast forward through that Muldavia crappy storyline!]

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Posted September 29 2002 - 06:55 PM

I think it ran from 1979 to 1991 plus a couple of tv movies, so more like 13 seasons.
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#7 of 67 OFFLINE   David Lambert

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Posted September 29 2002 - 09:53 PM

I think most people would stop buying Dallas after the "Who Shot JR?" storyline was resolved. Maybe some folks would buy the season that starts off with Bobby in the shower, just for the schlock value of it. "It was all a dream"! Posted Image

I know *I* had stopped watching long before then. I'd get the first few seasons, though...even though the suspense would be gone.
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Posted September 30 2002 - 02:06 AM

My wife would love "Knots Landing" which ran for like 13 or 14 seasons. It is the only show she has ever taped and kept.
Bring back John Doe! Or at least resolve the cliff-hanger with a 2hr movie or as an extra on a dvd release.

#9 of 67 OFFLINE   David Von Pein

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Posted October 07 2003 - 07:07 PM

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I think most people would stop buying Dallas after the "Who Shot JR?" storyline was resolved.
You might be correct about that.

Still, for whatever reason I cannot quite single out, there's just "something" about the "Dallas" TV series that (in my own view) makes it a highly-rewatchable program. I could see episodes time and again. Don't know why. Maybe it's the constant
"J.R.-isms" that break me up on each show. Some are hysterical. Posted Image

Anyway, I'd love to upgrade to DVD for the Dallas series.
I wonder, if season sets are someday forthcoming, if a "Mini Season 1" set will be produced, since Season 1 was actually just a 5-episode CBS spring
replacement (April 2-April 30, 1978). There were 24 episodes in Season 2
and 24 in Season 3. They'd probably combine Seasons 1 & 2 (29-Ep. set).

The Columbia House VHS Collection includes 30 Tapes (60 Episodes), spanning from the premiere, "Digger's Daughter", through December 12, 1980 (3 episodes past "Who Shot J.R.").

"Dallas" -- 357 Episodes -- April 1978-May 1991.

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Posted October 07 2003 - 09:46 PM

J.R. stitching up Cliff Barnes is classic TV Posted Image

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Posted October 07 2003 - 10:35 PM

My God! A year-old thread! Posted Image

Y'know, the 10/1 issue of Daily Variety had a picture of J.R. Ewing on page 19 to illustrate an article about pop culture of the 80's/90's. Due to my screwed up mail delivery of the mag, I just got this issue yesterday and was flipping through. Imagine my surprise when I saw a pic of J.R.! I read quickly, hoping it was word about DVDs, but was disappointed when I saw it was just making a point about TV show ratings "then vs. now".

Since this thread fell off the front page of the board a loooong time ago, I've heard whispers and rumors that Dallas was seriously being considered. However, nothing so solid as to be newsworthy, in my mind. I'm optimistic, though, especially since some sort of a remake is being considered. I get the feeling we'll hear something along these lines in 2004. No proof, just a gut feeling. I've been wrong before, though.
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#12 of 67 OFFLINE   Chuck L

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Posted October 07 2003 - 11:06 PM

Maybe with the forthcoming feature film version of Dallas in the works, there is hope for the series as well to arrive on DVD.

As for myself, was never a big fan of the show...now "Knots" on the other hand...I have all 14 years of it on VHS and would gladly update what I have to DVD.

#13 of 67 OFFLINE   David Von Pein

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Posted October 07 2003 - 11:21 PM

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I've heard whispers and rumors that Dallas was seriously being considered. ... I get the feeling we'll hear something along these lines in 2004. ... just a gut feeling.
Thanks, Big D.
I hope your "gut" is accurate. Posted Image

I renewed this thread because I pulled out one of my Col. House Dallas tapes recently, and the "I want Dallas on DVD" fever struck once more.

I'm pretty certain there are some "behind-the-scenes" materials available for any potential DVD release too. I definitely recall seeing some behind-the-camera footage of the then-just-filmed "Who Shot J.R." ep. in the summer of 1980. It might have been on an "Entertainment Tonight" type of magazine program; can't recall. But somebody with a camera was filming the alternate takes of J.R. crumpling to the floor in the hallway of the Ewing offices after being plugged by the as-yet-undetermined assailant. Interesting footage too, as I recall.

Several actor commentaries could also be included on the DVDs. Perhaps Larry Hagman could answer a question I've been curious about: Was Dallas the first prime-time program to feature the word "slut" in its scripts? Sue Ellen and J.R. just loved that word on this program. Posted Image

Anybody know if Dallas was done in Mono sound, or Stereo? That booming opening theme song would sure sound nice in full-fledged 5.1, do you not agree? Posted Image

(Who penned that opening theme, BTW? Anybody know?)

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Posted October 08 2003 - 01:09 AM

I loved all seasons of Dallas. Including the last few. I would definitely buy all 13 seasons, but Ouch! That would be expensive.

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Posted October 08 2003 - 01:18 AM

It is funny this thread is back. Like I said earlier my wife is a huge Knots fan. With all of the recent tv show on dvd releases she is hoping it gets announced. And everytime I bring home a new tv show on dvd she asks and asks.

C'mon Warner release the show. So my wife will stop asking me. Posted Image
Bring back John Doe! Or at least resolve the cliff-hanger with a 2hr movie or as an extra on a dvd release.

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Posted October 08 2003 - 01:20 AM

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Ouch! ... expensive.
Yes, John.
But just think of the payoff. ... All of that back-stabbing and bed-hopping -- in Digital! Posted Image

#17 of 67 OFFLINE   David Von Pein

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Posted October 08 2003 - 01:22 AM

We SURELY won't see "Knot's Landing" until AFTER a Dallas release. (I wouldn't think so anyway. After all, Dallas spawned 'Knot's'.)

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Posted October 08 2003 - 01:51 AM

I was going to bring this up myself.

I've been following the show on SoapNet (I think they remastered the episodes, because they look pretty good), and I would definitely buy a DVD release.

But...

Some seasons have as many as 30 episodes. The show would definitely need to be on DVD-18s to keep the number of discs down and the price reasonable (didn't Warners do this for ER?).

Also, I believe there is a 3-hour prequel telefilm from 1986 that fills in the historical backstory.

Enough is enough, Disney. No more evasions or excuses. We DEMAND the release Song of the South on Blu-ray along with the uncut version of Bedknobs and Broomsticks on Blu-ray. I will not support anything your company produces until then.


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Posted October 08 2003 - 02:35 AM

From David P:

We SURELY won't see "Knot's Landing" until AFTER a Dallas release. (I wouldn't think so anyway. After all, Dallas spawned 'Knot's'.)


While I understand your point, and while there were fans of both shows...my love affair for 'Knot's' is much stronger, as I am sure others, that while one might have been a spin-off, they couldn't be on more opposing ends of the spectrum. I don't see why one would make it to DVD before the other for this case alone.

I quess that only time will tell.

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Posted October 08 2003 - 02:45 AM

If they can release Cheers and its spinoff Frasier simultaneously, they can surely release Dallas and Knots Landing at the same time.





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