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Ben Casey

Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by Sky King, May 18, 2019.

  1. JustARandomStan

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    Thank you. When i looked at the Amazon listing it clearly stated CBS HOME ENTERTAINMENT under Studio. That's what got me thinking that it was a regular release and not a MOD one.
     
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    If you look on Amazon, Ben Casey is listed as "Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc." This would appear to be the MOD service. Gunsmoke and Bonanza are "Sold by: Amazon.com Services, Inc.", which would indicate pressed disks.
     
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    By the way, Amazon has had available for years three Ben Casey DVD packages, with 20 episodes each, under the shady Collector Series umbrella.
     
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    Why is that umbrella shady?
     
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    Well, all umbrellas are. Also, I understand it's not a legitimate release.
     
  6. Sky King

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    Those earlier (20 episode) Ben Casey DVDs sold on Amazon were sourced from TV broadcasts and from what I understand, were of poor quality.
     
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    That explains it.
     
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    My sources were the cheap DVD sets and my own VHS copies from the late 80's. As far as I know, the DVD set from Japan was dubbed in Japanese. I don't believe there was an English language option. Although from the brief clip I saw, the video quality of the Japanese sets are very good. Here's the link to the YT clip of the Japanese BC version.
     
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    I will get these DVDs in a couple of weeks.
     
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    Ben Casey volume 1 disc 3
    Episode 9 - 47:33 (only cut episode so far—looks like something was cut at the start of chapter 4 since it’s an abrupt cut from black—also has the old open)
    Episode 10 - 50:34
    Episode 11 - 50:33
    Episode 12 - 50:16
     
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    Maybe someone with complete episodes and this set can compare episode 9 to see what was cut. It would be interesting to note if the cut was potentially motivated by a lack of music rights.
     
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    That's what I'd like to know about that second-season episode of Riptide, "It's A Vial Sort of Business" (could that be the reason for the brevity?).
     
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    The version of episode 9 (My Good Friend Krikor) that I posted on my old YouTube channel is timed at 49:06 but it is WorldVision and could be timesped.
     
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    Maybe some slight editing was done with episodes 2 and 4 because they're a bit shorter than the other two episodes. Closing credits shortened perhaps?
     
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    Same thing here, maybe some slight editing was done with episodes 6 and 8 because they're a bit shorter than the other two episodes. Again, shortened closing credits perhaps?
     
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    Uh oh, so one edited episode is confirmed so far, episode 9. Not good. Maybe a scene was deleted because of music?
     
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    So far only episode 2 extends all the way thru the full credits including the thanks to the AMA. All the others dissolve to the CBS logo either before or right after the Bing Crosby logo but before the AMA thanks. There’s no consistency to how these were handled.
     
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    I have the same episode, but between all of the commercial breaks there is a total of at least 80 seconds of black screen, which would bring the actual running time to less than 48 minutes.
     
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    I checked my, which were sourced off the Worldvision one-inch tapes, and it comes in at 47:38. My guess is that Worldvision inadvertently used a cut 35mm print as their source when their transfers were done some 40 years ago and the only way one might find an uncut version would be a 16mm print or if they could find someone who might have recorded the show off air in the late 70s, early 80s when it was still being syndicated on film.
     
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    Ben Casey S1V1 Disc Four
    Episode 13 - 50:25 (no Bing or AMA logo)
    Episode 14 - 50:30 (has the Bing logo but no AMA)
    Episode 15 - 50:26 (no Bing or AMA)
    Episode 16 - 50:28 (has Bing but no AMA)
    On to S1V2.
     
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