Fat Albert Series Question?

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  1. Mick Tees

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    Need your help with this one. I bought the Time-Life DVD releases minus the Christmas & Halloween episodes.(10 dvds)

    We learn that there are three different releases from UrbanWorks. The newest one isn't being called the First Season or Complete Season One it's being referred to as Fat Albert Episodes 1-10.

    Here's the quote from tvshowsondvd.com:

    However, it's not difficult to conclude that the episodes on this disc will consist of "Lying", "The Runt", "The Stranger", "Creativity", "Fish Out Of Water", "Moving", "Playing Hookey", "The Hospital", "Begging Benny", and "The Hero". Those were the first ten episodes aired during the regular weekly series starting in 1972. Three of them - #'s 2, 5, and 8 - were not part of the old Time/Life Fat Albert DVD releases, nor are they scheduled to be part of the first wave of UrbanWorks offerings.


    It sounds to me that this set is going to be the one to grab if your looking for a complete set of this classic series. I don't purchase Best of's anymore...

    Anybody have any thoughts on this one?? What are you planning on doing??
     
  2. David Lambert

    David Lambert Executive Producer

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    Hold off on deciding anything with this. I have reason to believe that the situation with the March release that Amazon listed will be changing within the next day or two. Stand by, okay?
     
  3. MarcoBiscotti

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    You're reason to believe has made my evening David.

    I will stand by, with great anticipation...

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  4. Mick Tees

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    Thanks David. I will be patient.


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  5. David Lambert

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    I will caution you that you sound more optimistic than you probably should. I'm not saying it will be a different kind of configuration, just that the details (# of eps and dates and so forth) may not be accurate. I'm still waiting on my contact to get back to me. He's contacted me on the weekend before, so that's not a problem...it could be tomorrow. Hang on, but don't get your hopes up TOO high just yet.

    Sorry to burst your bubbles.
     
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    I was hoping that Craig Crumpton over at Toonzone along with TVShowsOnDVD and all the feedback posted here and at the various other forums would have had some influence...

    It would be nice to own proper sets of Fat Albert already, I was initially so excited to hear UrbanWorks was producing box-sets... *sigh
     
  7. David Lambert

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    News will be up tomorrow at TSoD, based on Craig's update at ToonZone which may be ready later today. It might not be as bad as I painted it; I'll let you guys judge.

    Either way, it really is good news. Just perhaps not as good as was hoped for. It's still better than having the December releases as our only choices, so no moping!
     
  8. MarcoBiscotti

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    Great news according to Craig Crumpton over at ToonZone.net:

    "As promised, I forwarded fans' concerns about UrbanWorks' upcoming releases (I had quite a few of my own I shared with them). UrbanWorks listened and had a special staff meeting where those concerns were discussed in depth, and it does appear that their future releases will indeed have the fans' interest in mind. Look for an official announcement in the near future -- I've already gotten a peek at what's to come, and I assure you it's good news for fans and DVD collectors.

    I'd like to add that fans should disregard the Amazon listing -- Amazon acted prematurely, and that item should be removed from their site very shortly. UrbanWorks says nothing is final until they're ready to make an official announcement, and Amazon's listing was unofficial."


    Regarding the possibility of "Fat Albert" season sets and future releases, UrbanWorks has issued the following statement:

    "We are still in the planning stages of our 2005 rollout. We are very close to making a final decision. We know that we are going to release the first 36 [episodes], but the method in which we do so is still undetermined. In addition, we are eventually going to release a 'New Fat Albert featuring the Brown Hornet' box set (23 episodes) and the big finish will be the 'Fat Albert Lost Episodes' box set (50 episodes)."


    ToonZone remarks:

    "And for fans hoping to see a DVD release for the 1969 pilot "Hey, Hey, Hey, It's Fat Albert" (which hasn't been seen on TV again since it first premiered) -- alas, UrbanWorks does not have the rights to release it as it aired on NBC and not CBS, and was not included in their acquisition of the Filmation library. However, UrbanWorks does have the rights to the three holiday TV specials: Halloween, Christmas, and Easter."



    Wonderful news!!!

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    We all owe a huge thank you to Craig Crumpton for his support in relaying our opinions and criticisms of the initially proposed releases to UrbanWorks and for all his help and suggestions in persuading the company to ultimately deliver us fans what we've been waiting for for a very long time - proper chronological releases of the original "Fat Albert & The Cosby Kids" series and it seems his efforts have paid off!

    Excellent news, and if these do come to fruition and are produced with quality and care, you can be sure that I will be supporting all other ventures from UW in regards to this series including the proposed box-set release for "The New Fat Albert featuring The Brown Hornet" set and "The Lost Episodes" as well!!!

    Thanks again Craig, David Lambert and everyone else who helped our cause!!!
     
  9. Mick Tees

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    Let's recap: Fat Albert Vol. 1 is the first 12 episodes from the first season. Fat Albert Vol. 2 is the next release with the next set of episodes in order that they aired.

    If I wanted complete season sets this is the way to go?

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  11. Mark Lx

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    This is what I intent to do. I probably never saw the show after about 1976, so I'll probably get the first three sets. (I've ordered the first one for next week). The music CD idea is attractive to me as well. I don't know if it will have have any of the music Herbie Hancock did for the show, which I have.

    I hope the sets turn out well.
     
  12. Mick Tees

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    How many of you are going out tomorrow and picking up the Fat Albert DVD set Vol. 1 the first 12 episodes w/ the bonus CD of all the songs from those 12 episodes?





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  13. Tony S

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    Could someone point me to a review of Vol 1? I would like to know if they are PAL sourced like the box set.
     
  14. Dave Mack

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    ditto.....
     
  15. AnthonyC

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    I just got into the show, so I'm a little confused.


    First off, the three 12-episode box sets: will these collect every single episode (besides the pilot) or just the first 36? I don't know how many were made.

    Second, is the "New Fat Albert featuring the Brown Hornet" an entirely different series or is it just 23 episodes from the series in one box set?

    Finally, what are the "Lost Episodes"?
     

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