1950s television shows - now on DVD!

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  1. Eric Huffstutler

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    I pre-ordered the title 1950's TV's Greatest Comedies through DeepDiscount DVD at $14 for a 3-disc box set. At this price I was a bit skeptical as to the quality seeing this is a "budget" set.
    I was EXTREMELY pleased to find a sampling of 12 classic shows, digitally restored, and complete (unedited) with original commercials and/or sponsors!
    Anyone who likes the 1950's comedies will find these DVD's a real treat! There are others in the series including Westerns, Detective Shows, and a general sampling of all 3 categories. They retail for $19. and produced by a brand new company named Falcon Picture Group which are located in Illinois. They list a web address on their covers but it isn't active yet and their name doesn't come up through Internet searches... only able to find them via Internic (web domain registration).
    The comedy discs consist of:
    The Jack Benny Program
    The Burns and Allen Show
    The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet
    The Red Skelton Show
    Our Miss Brooks
    I Married Joan
    Love That Bob
    Make Room For Daddy
    Duffy's Tavern
    Beulah
    Life With Elizabeth
    The commercials range from cigarettes, refrigerators, and automobiles on this series. Some did not have commercials because it was "filmed" while others in front of live audiences did.
    Hope others will share my enthusiasm!
     
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    True on both counts. I wonder how this fledgling distributor was able to obtain and produce even these few with commercials. A couple even have the TV studio identification (ABC, CBS) on them.

    I think there is some sort of 40 year lapse when the commercials become public domain? Seem to remember reading something along these lines with the Prelinger archives?

    Also, I agree that the free advertising would be a bonus especially if the companies are still in business!
     
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    Huh! Thanks for mentioning this! I certainly didn't know about it, but it's the kind of thing that fascinates me! After watching Lucy for the past couple of days, I would love to follow up with more of these classic shows.
    Thanks again...I'll definately be looking into this! Can you post that web address, in case it becomes active?
    Here's the box and the link to DDD (the pic is the link), in case anyone else wants it. I didn't see it at, say, Amazon, Image-Entertainment, Borders, or Best Buy websites.
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    Who made this disc?
     
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    I wonder if said Falcon picture group is aware that there is already a video label called Falcon that does quite a brisk buisness in gay porn [​IMG]
     
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    I wonder if Falcon is associated with DDD in any way because that is the only site that seems to have this (according to Dave), and both are located in IL.
     
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    Steven said the set contains 12 shows but he only listed 11. I went to the website to see what the 12th show was, and in the description it mentioned "WILLIAM BENDIX LIVES THE LIFE OF RILEY," so I figured that was the 12th show. But the list of shows on each disc includes "TOPPER 07-02-54 "GEORGE'S OLD FLAME" W/ LEO G. CARROLL," so I'm assuming that's the correct 12th show.
     
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    DDD also lists three other 1950's Show DVDs. Search on '1950'.
    They are:
    1950S TV'S GREATEST COMEDIES
    http://www.deepdiscountdvd.com/dvd.cfm?itemID=FPG001000
    1950S TV'S GREATEST COMEDIES
    http://www.deepdiscountdvd.com/dvd.cfm?itemID=FPG001001
    1950S TV'S GREATEST DETECTIVES
    http://www.deepdiscountdvd.com/dvd.cfm?itemID=FPG001003
    1950S TV'S GREATEST WESTERNS
    http://www.deepdiscountdvd.com/dvd.cfm?itemID=FPG001002
    Also show shipping 6/27/02.
    Jeff, I don't know how it was in the 1950's but its my understanding that commercial actors get royalties for each showing. I think that is why we don't see more of these. I agree with you, I love these. The Lucy ads on the my old Criterion 'I Love Lucy' LD are great!
     
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    I will definitely checks these out. I was a youngster during the 50s and remember some of the shows that are included.
     
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    I don't know Dave. The series is also available through Critic' Choice web site and they too are in Illinois. May be that their distributor is testing the markets locally first?

    The discs are WELL WORTH the money but wonder why they are keeping so low-keyed?

    Grab them while you can for if they don't do well then I am sure they will be collector's items!
     
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    How is the quality on this release? Picture and sound and stuff...
     
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    You must keep in mind that these were "television" shows and they had no idea the advanements of technology to come. Burns and Allen is Kinescope and the rest are film. Some are softer than others but overall they look fantastic compared with... lets say a Madacy or other very low budget release! The sound is great too except on Beulah and Duffy's Tavern. Both are a bit muffled and the volume is very low. Could be the source. I did not notice any major artifacts in the video such as shimmer but suspect some sort of enhancements were used.

    Also keep in mind that the price for 3 discs, 12 shows retails for $19 ($1.50 per show). How can you go wrong even if they weren't this good of quality for such highly rates shows of their time?
     
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    I am a big fan of both Burns and Allen and I Married Joan.

    Most recently, caught Burns and Allen on TVLand I was amazed at how well the video looked. Was very crisp and sharp. I wondered how the DVD's would look. I understand about the way that these films were filmed and that was what I was most concerned about. You did state that they were better than the Madacy stuff...so that is a great sign and I just might purchase this set this weekend.

    Thank you much.
     
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    Since these discs are "sleepers", I would say just go out and buy you a copy and post back your own opinions. If you are a fan of 1950s shows, you won't be disappointed!
    I am not a "expert" but have been burnt buying those so called restored budget discs in the past. This set is no where near that! The overall picture is clean but a couple may be a bit soft for some tastes. I don't have the original source to look at to compare but did not see any scratches, dust, specks, nor breaks/splices. The picture is steady and though there may be some edge enhancement, I did not notice any breaking up, shimmer, halos, etc... that many complain about.
    I have some of the "Lucy Show" disasters and even some of Image's Universal releases which were also disasters. Comparing Apples to Oranges with the TV series sets in my opinion [​IMG]
     
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