Another big run series is reportedly on the way

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  1. The Obsolete Man

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    Dragnet 5X sort of fits "long unavailable in any form", if you exclude the bootlegs recycling the same 30 episodes.

    And I hope that's what it is.

    /or Burns and Allen. Lassie would be nice too.


    I'm leaning toward Dragnet 5X because that hasn't even seen the light of day in Syndication since, what, the 1960s? That's long unavailable.
     
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    While I'm not doing cartwheels over the 50's Dragnet set I have it isn't technically a bootleg. It may be rinky-dink, but it's not bootleg in the stick sense of the word.


    Gary "not disagreeing with any of the guesses, just not sure exactly what Neil means by his description of the series" O.
     
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    You're right, my mistake... they're public domain, not bootleg. The quality is usually horrible, but those episodes are free game for any company since they lapsed into PD.
     
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    Another thing to keep in mind with Lassie is the purchase of Classic Media by Dreamworks Animation back in mid-2012. Classic Media looked more content to just syndicate Lassie then do that much from a DVD release stand point. But now with Dreamworks involved just maybe they will take ownership of Lassie to the next level. Even though it is an animation division it is famiy oriented and should have the budget backing to pull it off. They've had about 18 months since the purchase so having remastered 80 episodes could fit within their plans if that was a goal of the purchase. If so, hopefully they would take an approach that prepares it for the longer term future by remastering to HD.
     
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    How about The Millionaire? 6 seasons (1955-1960) with 205 episodes. All I've ever seen available commercially are a couple of VHS tapes a long time ago.
     
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    I wouldn't be surprised if Dreamworks is in a rush to get Lassie done sooner than later. Especially if a certain current court battle ends a certain way, since then as the owners to the Lassie brand they are going to be hating a date later this century.
     
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    I may be wrong but I'm pretty sure quite a few volumes of 'Lassie' were released in Germany so notunavailable in any form.
     
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    Maybe daytime programs? Talk shows, game shows or soaps? I can think of very few massive primetime shows that don't have at least one release.
     
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    Most of this stuff has been wiped long ago. I don't see it.
     
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    I'm guessing most of the early Ed Sullivan so I'm guessing that's a new go. Besides, even it was an option, I don't know if it would even sell well enough to make a company a profit from a massive investment like that. Remember that for every Beatles and Doors on there, you also had three times as many forgotten stars of that time and unknowns. I don't see it.


    For whoever mentioned Our Miss Brooks, that doesn't meet the criteria of 80 done and "lots to go" by a longshot.

    I'm sticking with Benny or Lassie
     
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    77 Sunset Strip?
     
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    Yes! 77 Sunset Strip
     
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    This is actually not a bad guess and could by some definitions be considered "massive," but I can't imagine much of a market for this series, though I know it is beloved in more than a few circles. I'm loving this thread. Just when I was about to pack it in at HTF and go fishin', I'm reminded of the days when this forum used to be positive and fun.
     
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    DEATH VALLEY DAYS

    Massive Series, not see in a couple of decades!

    452 Episodes!
     
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    to go in another direction chronologically, both Lou Grant and Empty Nest might qualify (depending on how you define 'massive')
     
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    Ooh, I like this guess. It does meet all the criteria, if Neil was being literal with his description of it being a show that hasn't had any type of release previously.


    Gary "I'd love to have at least a portion of this show in my collection" O.
     
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    Another vote here for DEATH VALLEY DAYS!
     
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    My money is on either Lassie or Death Valley Days, both of which certainly qualify as massive. Death Valley Days especially meets the not available in any form qualifier and has been on the radar for a few companies who have attempted to interest a rather apathetic rights holder (Borax Corporation).
     
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    Oh, boy I love a puzzle. This was my guess. My reason, I have been an avid reader of Neil Brock's posts for years, and he has previously commented on this show a number of times, particularly how it was owned by its sponsor and how the sponsor was not interested in releasing it (at least previously). As it meets the criteria of his post and as I know that he has had a running interest in it, I vote for Death Valley Days as the most likely answer. If so, HOORAY!
     

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