B&W Shows on DVD from the major studios

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  1. Bob Hug

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    With the recent announcement of season 1 of “Hazel” by Sony, a company that hasn’t done much very much in the way of black & white TV-on-DVD releases, I wondered about the track record of black & white shows from the major studios. Here’s what I found based on existing or announced releases:

    Fox:
    Lost in Space
    Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

    Paramount:
    The Andy Griffith Show
    Gunsmoke
    Have Gun Will Travel
    The Honeymooners (Classic 39)
    I Love Lucy
    Perry Mason
    The Phil Silvers Show (Sgt. Bilko)
    Rawhide
    The Wild, Wild West

    Sony:
    Bewitched
    Hazel
    I Dream of Jeannie

    Universal:
    Alfred Hitchcock Presents
    Leave It To Beaver
    The Munsters

    Warner:
    The Adventures of Superman
    Cheyenne
    F-Troop
    Gilligan’s Island
    Maverick (TV Favorites 3-episode release)

    Are there any black & white shows missing from the above list? While none of the majors has a stellar track record with respect to black & white shows, at least Paramount is moving in the right direction with five black & white shows (Gunsmoke, Phil Silvers, Wild, Wild West, Perry Mason and Rawhide) either released or announced during 2006 so far.
     
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    Bob, thanks for the post. Sure seems to indicate that we need more of the earlier B/W series released. That's a '10-4' on Paramount [​IMG] WWW & Perry Mason are gems.

    Image:

    Combat!
    Twilight Zone Def Version

    (2 of my favorite B/W series)
     
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    Well, Warner distrbutes Doctor Who for the BBC, and that sports a very healthy selection of Black and White episodes.
     
  4. Bob Hug

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    Jeff, I purposely didn't include the independent releasing companies in my list, but you can also add Naked City, The Dick Van Dyke Show and Tales of Tomorrow (early 1950s live Sci-Fi anthology series) to Image's list. I really wanted to see which of the major studios was releasing the most in the way of classic/vintage black & white shows, and Paramount seems to be a bit more willing to take a risk on black & white shows than the other studios, judging by the number of shows either released or announced to date.
     
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    Can't believe you left THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW off your first post. [​IMG]
     
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    Image isn't a major studio.
     

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