2018 Big Christmas Releases?

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Dear Guys,

Just saw the news on the new Bing Crosby Christmas collection, and that got me thinking about how the DVD companies save some BIG releases for the end of the year. Well. That used to be in the good old days before streaming. Anyway, do any of you want to take some guesses on what could be some classic television box sets that come out this late fall?

If I were Time/Life I would buy the rights to the CBS shows such as Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Beverly Hillbillies, Pettocoat Junction, and release a huge Boxed set that would include the unreleased seasons with new extras.

Another series that could stand a boxed set would be St. Elsewhere.

What do you guys think?

James

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  1. JamesSmith

    Another series that could stand a boxed set would be St. Elsewhere.

    Yes, indeed– it's been more than a decade since that abortive first-season release, and that 1982-88 NBC medical series deserves an all-in-one, definitely!

  2. JamesSmith

    Dear Guys,

    Just saw the news on the new Bing Crosby Christmas collection, and that got me thinking about how the DVD companies save some BIG releases for the end of the year. Well. That used to be in the good old days before streaming. Anyway, do any of you want to take some guesses on what could be some classic television box sets that come out this late fall?

    If I were Time/Life I would buy the rights to the CBS shows such as Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Beverly Hillbillies, Pettocoat Junction, and release a huge Boxed set that would include the unreleased seasons with new extras.

    Another series that could stand a boxed set would be St. Elsewhere.

    What do you guys think?

    James

    New Bing Crosby Christmas collection?

  3. I'm wondering about this new Bing Crosby Christmas collection. It's hard to know how it could top the "Bing Crosby: The Television Specials Volume Two – The Christmas Specials" from 2014, which had all four of his holiday specials, as well as the Frank & Bing special, a Toys For Tots PSA, "Bing's Britain", and some outtakes, but believe me, I'm all ears.

  4. More first-time vintage releases: stuff from the 50s-70s like

    He & She
    The Farmer's Daughter
    Our Miss Brooks
    Ben Casey
    The Governor and J.J.
    Arnie
    December Bride
    Pete & Gladys
    The Pruitts of Southampton
    Hot L Baltimore
    Julia
    Nanny & The Professor
    Lancer
    Owen Marshall- Counselor at Law

  5. Charles Ellis

    More first-time vintage releases: stuff from the 50s-70s like

    He & She
    The Farmer's Daughter
    Our Miss Brooks
    Ben Casey
    The Governor and J.J.
    Arnie
    December Bride
    Pete & Gladys
    The Pruitts of Southampton
    Hot L Baltimore
    Julia
    Nanny & The Professor
    Lancer
    Owen Marshall- Counselor at Law

    Great suggestions, but I doubt the studios would release these as a Christmas big box set.
    –James

  6. davidmatychuk

    I'm wondering about this new Bing Crosby Christmas collection. It's hard to know how it could top the "Bing Crosby: The Television Specials Volume Two – The Christmas Specials" from 2014, which had all four of his holiday specials, as well as the Frank & Bing special, a Toys For Tots PSA, "Bing's Britain", and some outtakes, but believe me, I'm all ears.

    I'm not sure I would say it is a "Christmas collection", per se, as it seems to include 26 of Bing's specials (however you look at it, though, it sounds good to me). I just wonder what remains of the other 4 specials he made, since I know he made about 30 total. Either way, here is Time Life's page for it:
    https://timelife.com/products/the-b…ook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=bestofbing

  7. was thinking St. Elseswhere recently since I just got Hill Street Blues. HSB I missed originally so think if you’re a fan and just watching for first time. that’s me! SE would be same, never saw a single one. would love a big set at walmart for $70 or less like HSB. I love extras, commentary especially. But not necessary for shows like these. Stuff like Lost in Space made the blu ray worth for the outstanding cast commentary by itself not to mention the crisp picture.

  8. Radioman970

    was thinking St. Elseswhere recently since I just got Hill Street Blues. HSB I missed originally so think if you're a fan and just watching for first time. that's me! SE would be same, never saw a single one. would love a big set at walmart for $70 or less like HSB. I love extras, commentary especially. But not necessary for shows like these. Stuff like Lost in Space that I saw since knee high size made the blu ray worth for the outstanding cast commentary by itself not to mention the crisp picture.

    I don't even know where you can find all of St. Elsewhere to watch anywhere digitally or streaming. It is just about the best tv show ever created. Lots of drama, and humor, and a ton of heart. The Dr. Craig/Dr. Erlich dynamic is fascinating. I would love a complete series, especially on BD in HD.

  9. I have the complete series on VHS recorded off TV Land in the late 90's. But I refuse to resort to watching it that way again. I just know something better is coming…it has to. No way this great series will be lost to time, and forgotten. No way possible. It is brilliant in every way.

  10. Bryan^H

    I have the complete series on VHS recorded off TV Land in the late 90's. But I refuse to resort to watching it that way again. I just know something better is coming…it has to. No way this great series will be lost to time, and forgotten. No way possible. It is brilliant in every way.

    Shout! did it on Hill Street Blues— odds are they'll do it with St. Elsewhere (hopefully an all-in-one, like I said to start; at the very least, continuing the original seasonals from that abortive Fox first-season one).

  11. Bryan^H

    I don't even know where you can find all of St. Elsewhere to watch anywhere digitally or streaming. It is just about the best tv show ever created. Lots of drama, and humor, and a ton of heart. The Dr. Craig/Dr. Erlich dynamic is fascinating. I would love a complete series, especially on BD in HD.

    Just like Hill Street I was sorry I didn't watch it. I've just started The Larry Sanders Show and Hill Street, it's the same. Loving those so much! Can't wait for ER!

  12. Last year, WB Archives released that black and white Porky Pig collection right about Oct/Nov, do you think they might release a big set of . . . something at that time? I do think the studios try to something "big" for the holidays, but as what they put out, is anybody's guess.

    –James

  13. I saw on Amazon that a "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" animation collection with the Grinch Night and Cat In The Hat cartoons is coming out on Blu-Ray later this year. There were no details about extras, though the previous Grinch discs were fairly well-loaded. I was just pleased to get a little thrill from the news. The kid (and the Christmas video obsessive) in me isn't quite dead yet!

  14. Charles Ellis

    More first-time vintage releases: stuff from the 50s-70s like

    He & She
    The Farmer's Daughter
    Our Miss Brooks
    Ben Casey
    The Governor and J.J.
    Arnie
    December Bride
    Pete & Gladys
    The Pruitts of Southampton
    Hot L Baltimore
    Julia
    Nanny & The Professor
    Lancer
    Owen Marshall- Counselor at Law

    I agree, but I'd add the People's Choice to the list .

  15. Bryan^H

    I don't even know where you can find all of St. Elsewhere to watch anywhere digitally or streaming. It is just about the best tv show ever created. Lots of drama, and humor, and a ton of heart. The Dr. Craig/Dr. Erlich dynamic is fascinating. I would love a complete series, especially on BD in HD.

    Apparently we are just going to have to be content to live with our NBC off-air recordings. Not ideal, but at least uncut and unedited.

  16. Neil Brock

    Apparently we are just going to have to be content to live with our NBC off-air recordings. Not ideal, but at least uncut and unedited.

    At least it aired in the 1980s when VCRs were more common and end credits were not squeezed and sped up to the point of being unreadable. I put together a mostly complete set between VHS and Beta in the late 1990s and early 2000s along with whatever came out on video, so I can wait until the real deal.

    Has anyone even crunched the numbers to see what it would cost to do it right (Fox's in-house season 1 set that tried to make it look like The Denzel Washington Show barely counts, but it's better than nothing)? Is it more than just the cost of music licensing holding it up?

    Rick Thompson

    I for one am getting tired of waiting for Fox or someone to take my money for a complete set. Don't they realize that if they don't take it, someone else will?

    They'll get the money either way because whoever ends up with the rights will have to go through them.

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