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Are there Sufficient Transfers to allow Scanning to Blu Ray ?
For episodes from 1978 to 1986, that shouldn't be hard as long as they still have film negatives and/or intermediate sources to work with. Those are already fully edited. It's during the 1986-1987 season that they started to do post-production on tape, so it is those will have to be rebuilt in HD, and by that time they were doing 30 shows a year! If they can remaster Perfect Strangers (only available in HD, but in its original 4x3 aspect ratio, on iTunes) then, in theory, this should be doable.
 

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St. Elsewhere, first and foremost.

In addition, the original Dallas, Dynasty, Dynasty II: The Colbys, Falcon Crest, Magnum P.I., MacGyver, and Hawaii 5-0.

The Love Boat
Hart to Hart
Ally McBeal
Mary Tyler Moore
Picket Fences
Laverne & Shirley
Happy Days
Murder She Wrote
Crazy Like a Fox
The Thorn Birds
North and South
North and South: Book II
The Winds of War
Remington Steele
Mission Impossible
Cheers
Frasier
The Golden Girls
Angie
All in the Family
L.A. Law
T.J. Hooker
Hunter
Matt Houston
Law & Order - original series

Regarding feasibility. Too many of these shows need a lot of massaging to ready them for Blu-ray. Just look at how rough Charlie's Angels looks on Blu from Mill Creek. I mean, tons of dupes, extreme color fading and a ton of age-related artifacts, plus, occasionally edge effects - definitely not how vintage TV should be handled in hi-def!
 

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Since this is a "wish list" , and pretty much fantasy , and, I can list anything I want , no matter how wild , here goes :
The People's Choice,
Leave It To Beaver,
Sea Hunt,
Have Gun Will Travel,
Life Of Riley,
Topper,
Gunsmoke ,
Northwest Passage ,
Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis ,
Fernwood 2Nite, .
Sgt. Bilko.
Adventures Of Robin Hood ,
Adventures Of Superman ,
That Girl,
The Charlie Farrell Show (!!)
My Little Margie ,
World Of Giants ,
Seinfeld ,
Amos And Andy ,
Donna Reed Show ,
Adventures In Paradise,
Lassie ,
Casey Jones,
Gray Ghost ,
77 Sunset Strip,
Hawaiian Eye,
Make Room For Daddy ,
Father Knows Best ,
Bob Cummings Show ,
Cheyenne ,
The Americans (1961),
Roy Rogers Show ,
Jack Benny Show ,
Rocky And Bullwinkle ,
Happy ,
Ramar Of The Jungle ,
Farmers Daughter ,
Real McCoys
Beverley Hillbillies,
Ozzie And Harriet ,
Waterfront ,
Rocky Jones Space Ranger

I'm sure I forgot some !
 

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How about Vega$?
 
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St. Elsewhere, first and foremost.

In addition, the original Dallas, Dynasty, Dynasty II: The Colbys, Falcon Crest, Magnum P.I., MacGyver, and Hawaii 5-0.

The Love Boat
Hart to Hart
Ally McBeal
Mary Tyler Moore
Picket Fences
Laverne & Shirley
Happy Days
Murder She Wrote
Crazy Like a Fox
The Thorn Birds
North and South
North and South: Book II
The Winds of War
Remington Steele
Mission Impossible
Cheers
Frasier
The Golden Girls
Angie
All in the Family
L.A. Law
T.J. Hooker
Hunter
Matt Houston
Law & Order - original series

Regarding feasibility. Too many of these shows need a lot of massaging to ready them for Blu-ray. Just look at how rough Charlie's Angels looks on Blu from Mill Creek. I mean, tons of dupes, extreme color fading and a ton of age-related artifacts, plus, occasionally edge effects - definitely not how vintage TV should be handled in hi-def!
I agree with these. A good group of shows to be put on Bluray---but all in their original aspect ratios. I hate HD transfers where they cut off a 4:3 picture to fit 16:9 frames.
 
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Since this is a "wish list" , and pretty much fantasy , and, I can list anything I want , no matter how wild , here goes :
The People's Choice,
Leave It To Beaver,
Sea Hunt,
Have Gun Will Travel,
Life Of Riley,
Topper,
Gunsmoke ,
Northwest Passage ,
Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis ,
Fernwood 2Nite, .
Sgt. Bilko.
Adventures Of Robin Hood ,
Adventures Of Superman ,
That Girl,
The Charlie Farrell Show (!!)
My Little Margie ,
World Of Giants ,
Seinfeld ,
Amos And Andy ,
Donna Reed Show ,
Adventures In Paradise,
Lassie ,
Casey Jones,
Gray Ghost ,
77 Sunset Strip,
Hawaiian Eye,
Make Room For Daddy ,
Father Knows Best ,
Bob Cummings Show ,
Cheyenne ,
The Americans (1961),
Roy Rogers Show ,
Jack Benny Show ,
Rocky And Bullwinkle ,
Happy ,
Ramar Of The Jungle ,
Farmers Daughter ,
Real McCoys
Beverley Hillbillies,
Ozzie And Harriet ,
Waterfront ,
Rocky Jones Space Ranger

I'm sure I forgot some !
Great list!
 
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All in the Family was videotaped, not filmed. They can do a blu ray release, but it won’t be in HD.
 
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All in the Family was videotaped, not filmed. They can do a blu ray release, but it won’t be in HD.
Same with Barney Miller, Benson, and the like.
 

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Father Knows Best.

Whenever you watch an episode that's been preserved properly (such as "Typical Father" from the Season 1 DVD set), you'll see just how good the production was on the show. Beautiful direction & cinematography, really.

Alas, many of the episodes from the DVD sets (especially the edited season 1 segments) don't begin to showcase the quality. Besides the edits, there are some poor transfers, wrong opening & closing credits, faulty frame rates.

It boggles the mind how such an iconic and popular series could fall into such disrepair and negligence over the years.

A Blu-ray won't happen, ever. But I can still dream.
 

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Star Trek: DS9 and Voyager
Star Trek (4K Blu-ray)
Millennium
The Flash (1990)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel
Homicide: Life on the Street
On the Air
Alias
Kolchak the Night Stalker
American Gothic (1995)
Night Gallery
Undeclared
The Fugitive
Veronica Mars
Gilmore Girls
 
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I can do with DVDs of most series, but for comedies I would like "Gilligan's Island" , "Leave it to Beaver" and "The Brady Bunch",. For dramas and suspense I'd like "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour"; "Boris Karloff's Thriller", "Land of the Giants".
 

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I would like: Land of the Giants, Voyage to the Bottom of the sea; Daktari; Search; Deep Space 9, Voyager; Mission Impossible; The Invaders; Bewitched; I Dream of Jeannie.
 

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My want list for Blu-Ray, please...

1955-1959
The Millionaire (1955-60)
Gunsmoke (1955-75)
The Honeymooners (1955-56)
Have Gun - Will Travel (1957-63)
Perry Mason (1957-66)
Rawhide (1959-65)

1960-1964
The Andy Griffith Show (1960-68)
The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-66)
The Beverly Hillbillies (1962-71)
Petticoat Junction (1963-70)
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (1964-69)
Gilligan's Island (1964-67)

1965-1969
Hogan's Heroes (1965-71)
The Wild, Wild West (1965-69)
He and She (1967-68)
The Brady Bunch (1969-74)
Love, American Style (1969-74)

1970-1974
Barefoot in the Park (TV series) (1970)
The Odd Couple (1970 TV series) (1970-75)
The Immortal (1970-71)
Longstreet (1971-72)
Funny Face (1971)/The Sandy Duncan Show (1972)
Me and the Chimp (1972)
Love Story (TV series) (1973-74)
The Magician (U.S. TV series) (1973-74)
Happy Days (1974-84)

1975-1979
Archer (1975 TV series) (1975)
When Things Were Rotten (1975)
The Cop and the Kid (1975-76)
Serpico (TV series) (1976-77)
Busting Loose (1977)
Blansky's Beauties (1977)
Future Cop (1977)
Taxi (1978-83)
Mork & Mindy (1978-82)
Makin' It (1979)
Angie (1979-80)
The Bad News Bears (1979-80)
Out of the Blue (1979)
Working Stiffs (1979)
Struck by Lightning (1979)
The Associates (U.S. TV series) (1979-80)

1980-1984
Goodtime Girls (1980)
Here's Boomer (1980-82)
Bosom Buddies (episode 1 only)
Nero Wolfe (1981)
Foul Play (TV series) (1981)
The Brady Brides (1981)
Best of the West (1981-82)
Joanie Loves Chachi (1982-83)
Making the Grade (1982)
The Powers of Matthew Star (1982-83)
Cheers (seasons 1-4, 1982-86)
The New Odd Couple (1982-83)
Renegades (1983)
Ryan's Four (1983)
Mr. Smith (1983)

~Ben
 
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All in the Family was videotaped, not filmed. They can do a blu ray release, but it won’t be in HD.
Same with Barney Miller, Benson, and the like.
It won't be true HD but it would be better than a DVD because it would have fewer compression artifacts. MPEG-2 compression and analog tape just don't mix.
 
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Too many to list. And I suppose it depends on what one considers "vintage" But the cream of the dream crop (pre-2000) would be:

Anne of Green Gables (the 80s mini-series + its sequel mini-series and movie + the Road to Avonlea spin-off series)
Babylon 5
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (and Angel)
China Beach
The Defenders
Fallen Angel (Showtime noir anthology from the 90s)
Homicide: Life on the Street
The Invaders
Max Headroom
Millennium
Naked City
Peter Gunn
Philip Marlowe, Private Eye (HBO's first original series, from 1983)
Profiler
Remember WENN (AMC's first original series, from 1996)
Route 66
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Thriller
Twilight Zone (80s series)
Wiseguy
Zorro (Disney)

Some of these (like B5, ST: DS9, and Max Headroom) would be problematic, given that effects and post-production were done on SD video. But as long as this is a wish list...
 

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Forgot a couple from the 80s...

Murphy's Law, a 1980s dramedy starring George Segal and (the gorgeous) Maggie Han. I think there was a 2-episode VHS-EP tape released, but otherwise nada on home video. And never syndicated. It tends to get a bad rap from those who've seen it, but I loved it. One episode, guest-starring Patrick Macnee, was one of the funniest things I'd seen on TV outside of a sitcom. I have a bunch of episodes recorded on Beta, but I'm still missing a few. And lord knows if the tapes will even play now. I really need to set up my old Beta to one of my TVs to see if they do still play. And maybe get one of those tape-to-digital converters.

Probe, an sf/crime mash-up co-created by Isaac Asimov, with Parker Stevenson and Ashley Crowe. Lasted only for a pilot and six episodes. Being on at the time of a writers strike probably didn't help. Also have on tape somewhere, though from syndication cuts.

And that reminds me of another guilty pleasure, from the early 90s: a Dick Wolf sf/crime show Mann and Machine, starring David Andrews and Yancy Butler. It's one of the several human-cop-teamed-up-with-robot-partner shows that seem to pop up every 10 years or so. It has its downs (one episode was essentially a rip-off of Chinatown), but its ups as well (production design, and some interesting direction). And there are far worse fates than being forced to look at Yancy Butler for an hour each week.
 
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