- Feb 4, 2016
- Real Name
- paul pisano
I know they released the series on DVD. Wondering if they will release it on BLU? The transfer material for the DVD release was poor in nature IMHO.
And if it *were* to happen and Mill Creek is the distributor I'd wait for a slew of true reviews before taking the plunge. Their quite sub-par I Dream of Jeannie BR is the release that's caused me to be more cautious with them. And it's sad, as they *do* have several very good BR releases - things I highly recommend.I Love Combat. Was a childhood favorite for me. I would upgrade to Blu ray but i won't hold my breath waiting.
The first four seasons were done badly, using the time compressed Worldvision prints. The final season, in color, was done quite nicely. Upgraded prints and at the proper speed. I blu would be nice, but unless a niche label wants to take it on, hopes are low. And the way things are, Mill Creek would pack the episodes onto fewer discs to save space and thus sacrifice clarity.
Combat! was last released under the RLJ Entertainment label. But the discs still list Buena Vista Television, so that's Disney.Combat! is owned by CBS/Paramount and was released by Image! in the same deal that included 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' and 'The Twilight Zone'. ABC hasn't been connected with the series for many decades.
I'm not familiar though with how the ownership situation changed. Did CBS purchase Selmur Productions from ABC back in the day? Or perhaps was it when Worldvision was folded into Paramount back around the turn of the century (Worldvision was formed in the early 70's when the FCC forced the networks to sell or spin off their distribution units, with ABC Film Syndication being sold off and renamed Worldvision).
Either way one can see some evidence of what I'm talking about on the CBS Syndication Bible where one will see Combat! listed and available for syndication. And quite possibly they'll see evidence of the current ownership by checking out the fine print on the back of their DVD releases of the show. I sadly dragged my feet too long and didn't purchase those sets, and have been leery of buying them in the secondary marketplace since then due to the apparent abundance of bootlegs for the show (The Image sets were a bit pricey and underproduced, leaving a lot of untapped demand).
I believe RLJ Entertainment is just the newer name for Image Entertainment.
I did see Buena Vista Television listed on a blurry picture of the rear of a season release of the show when I posted yesterday, but it was only for the artwork used for the cover. The copyright for the contents itself was credited to Selmur Productions (as best as I could tell from the very low quality picture I was looking at).
I suppose they must've never left ABC control, which would make them a Disney entity today as you've said.
One of the many interesting reasons to watch it these days is the handful of first and second season episodes that were directed (and sometimes written) by Robert Altman.
Wow. The best episode of the series and they fire the guy over it. I love this one as I'm sure most fans do. In real life, Saunders would probably be sent home for injuries of that nature, but there ya go.
Combat! was last released under the RLJ Entertainment label. But the discs still list Buena Vista Television, so that's Disney.
I bought the RLJ set last year used and it turned out to be legit. But a quick search is showing a good amount of bootlegs on ebay (over 90 sold???)
Found one set of the Image on eBay that looks legit mostly because it's used and shelf worn. If you wanna jump at it:
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