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Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by Scott_J, Jan 2, 2006.
According to DVDActive:
They also have cover art available at that link.
More info at TVShowsonDVD.
WOOHOO Finally! Can't wait to get the B&W version
The official news: http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/newsitem.cfm?NewsID=4817
And for the record? I hate SONY! This means that the Black and White version will NOT be made available for stores such as Target, Best Buy, Circuit City, etc. Sony Pictures Entertainment ... in one word ... sucks. Why? Because stores are going to only order the colorized version and I think many of you others can back me up on this as well. Who is going to buy the color version over the original unedited black and white epsiodes.
Actually, the news was official when I posted this thread (which was before TSoD posted that story). I like TSoD as much as the next guy, and while they posted more info than DVDActive, TSoD's posting of the news doesn't make it any more official than DVDActive's news.
For the record, I agree with Scott_J's idea, although not his actual words. It was official when Sony provided the info to journalists and retailers, even if that was days prior to the announce date. Unannounced is no less official!
Since DVDActive is a UK site, I can't help it if the announce date starts there prior to the time the announce date starts here.
Mark, Sony offers that B&W set to every retailer. It is the retailers who choose not to carry it. Pick a good one that carries deep stock and sells at a decent price - Best Buy in my mind - and write to them or call them and inform them that you want to find the B&W version of this release in a store near you on street date. If enough people tell them that, they will listen.
That must be a regional thing, as I saw the B&W Bewitched at Best Buy. I'll be buying the B&W Jeannie for sure. TV Land plays these episodes in the proper format, and I think the B&W image is gorgeous.
Just curious but why would anyone bother buying in a store when you can order online from amazon or deep discount? It's usually about 30% off with no tax or shipping and you get it delivered to your door? What advantage is there to having to drive to a store, pay tax, wait on a checkout line? And be at the mercy of what they stock. I think I've bought 1 DVD set in a store and that was in a place in LA where they have stuff for like 40 or 50% off.
There's no savings. Berst Buy stores and Target stores generally sell the sets for cheaper than online stores and I get discounts at both stores.
Plus, only about 10% of entertainment fans buy their DVD's online. There are too many people who get ripped off by online stores and they make you jump through shoops to return defective sets. Besides, I want to be able to go into a store to exchange it because I enjoy the challenge of that hunt for that DVD you're looking for.
A little off-topic, but one reason that I buy nearly all of my DVD's from online stores is that I don't have to look for the B/W release of "Jeannie". The other reason is price. I haven't checked Target's prices recently, but my local Best Buy's prices are nearly always higher than online prices. For me, it usually is about the time-savings. I prefer to buy online to avoid time at the local stores. Regarding online returns, I guess it varies from store to store. I've never had a problem with Amazon's exchange/return policy + their free return shipping helps me stay with them. Interesting figure; that 10% buyers order online. I'd have figured it would be much higher than that. I wonder if there are more TV/DVD buyers that buy online vs the "movie" DVD buyers?
I'll be getting the BW version of Jeannie. I wonder what the majority at HTF will buy? Color or BW? As for Sony, I'm glad to see that they're giving consumers a choice. They could have released Jeannie (and Bewitched) in one format.
Also will be getting it in black and white.
Black and White version for sure!
Definitely b&w for me.
Gary "this will probably be a series were I only buy this first season, then stop" O.
I'm SOOO excited for this release!!! I'm definitely buying both color and b&w, just like I did with BW cause sometimes I feel like either/or.
I also really like that Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman and Bill Daily are doing commentary on the pilot, one of the best episodes of the whole series.
B&W for me! I'm glad that they switched to filming in color with the second season, but I grew up watching the first season episodes in B&W and can't stand seeing it colorized. Good thing they're releasing both.
BB will usually have 1 - 3 releases a week on sale, and they sometimes match or beat Amazon's prices. Target may have one a week that does the same. Of course, if the title you want isn't on the B&M sale list that week, you're out of luck.
Both Amazon & DDD ship for free and don't charge me tax (the latter usually saves me at least $3 on a typical TV-DVD set).
What I do is this - I check the Weekly Roundup on Sunday morning. Every couple of weeks there is a B&M deal that beats Amazon or DDD by at least a couple of dollars, and that one goes on the list to be bought Tuesday. Everything else gets ordered from Amazon or DDD.
This method saved me serious bucks over the last year I have been using it. And about 80-90% of my TV sets ended up being bought online.
The switch of IDoJ from B&W to color in its 2nd season has a very personal significance for me. You see, my Mom was a huge fan of this show (the whole family enjoyed it, of course, but she LOVED it). When the 2nd season moved to color, that was the impetus for her to insist that my Dad finally go buy a color set.
I'll never forget the afternoon I came home from school, passed through the living room where the TV was on as usual, yelled "Hi" to my Mom and headed down the hall to my bedroom - but halfway there I did a classic double-take and ran back to the living room, because it had just registered that there was a new TV there and there were color images on that set!!
Of course, being a typical 8-year old boy, my biggest excitement was over being able to watch "Lost In Space" in color... (Both LiS & IDoJ switched to color for their 2nd seasons in the fall of 1966.)
So yeah, B&W S1 for me, no doubt. History must be respected.
The extras alone will be worth buying the set. So glad they're doing this. And everyone can rag on me if you want, but I'll be buying the set in color simply because I've only seen it in B&W. I want to see if the colorization is as good as on "Bewitched." And it makes the show seem more "new" since I'll be seeing it in a way I've never seen it before.
I agree about the colorizing making it seem "new", Elena. Where IDOJ is concerned I like the first season better colorized because I can't stand that Jeannie is supposed to be wearing a PINK harem outfit, smoking out of her bottle in PINK smoke, and Captain Nelson should be in a BLUE uniform with Captain Healey in a GREEN uniform but yet we're seeing it all in monochrome. IDOJ is a very colorful show so I think that colorizing it makes it more of an enjoyable experience to watch.
I will say, though, the problem with colorizing is that it's just guess work, it seems, on the part of the colorists. There are a few times where, being a huge Jeannie fan, I've seen still photos of certain costumes or items, or have seen them in later seasons, and they are colored wrong. For example, Tony's flight suit that he is wearing when he crash lands on the island in the first episode was a light blue, according to a still photo taken at that time that appears in Steve Cox's "Dreaming of Jeannie" book. But on the colorized episode they've done it orange, which is understandable, considering in the Second Season's first episode he crash lands on the same island (Jeannie wanted him to celebrate their anniversary) and he's wearing an orange flight suit.
But if you're not a, what shall I say, "detail oriented" fan:b , than it's not noticeable and the colorizing is actually very good.
I thought it would be appropriate to discuss our favorite First Season episodes, since they will be arriving shortly on DVD I've listed them, along with their original airdates and a brief description.
#1: "The Lady in the Bottle" - 9/18/1965 Astronaut Tony Nelson crash lands on a deserted island where he finds a bottle containing a beautiful blonde 2,000 year old genie.
2: "My Hero?" - 9/25/1965 Jeannie takes Tony back to ancient Persia to avenge a wrong done to her over 2,000 years ago.
3: "Guess What Happened on the Way to the Moon?" - 10/2/1965 Jeannie helps Tony while he is supposed to be helping himself on a desert survival mission.
4: "The Marriage Caper" - 10/9/1965 Jeannie helps Tony realize he doesn't want to marry the general's daughter, Melissa.
5: "G.I. Jeannie" - 10/16/1965 Jeannie joins the Women's Air Force thinking she'll be assigned as a secretary to her master.
6: "The Yacht Murder Case" - 10/23/1965 Tony is accused of pushing Jeannie off board a yaht when the owner sees Jeannie on the deck one moment and gone the next after she's blinked away.
7: "Anybody Here Seen Jeannie?" - 10/30/1965 Tony is selected for a space walk mission and must go through rigorous tests, which Jeannie 'helps' him with.
8: "The Americanization of Jeannie" - 11/6/1965 Jeannie reads about being a modern American woman and refuses to do anymore magic for her master.
9: "The Moving Finger" - 11/13/1965 Tony is a consultant on a new astronaut film being made in Hollywood. Jealous of the glamorous star of the movie, Jeannie decides to become and actress herself until she learns that genies don't show up on film.
10: "Djinn and Water" - 11/20/1965 Jeannie blinks in her great-grandfather Bilejik who knows how to turn salt water into fresh water, a project Tony has been trying to do.
11: "Whatever Happened to Baby Custer?" - 11/27/1965 Dr. Bellows is delighted when a young neighbor boy of Tony's catches him levitating with Jeannie. Dr. Bellows thinks he will finally find out Tony's secret.
12: "Where'd You Go Go?" - 12/4/1965 Jealous of Tony going out with an old flame, Jeannie decides to make him jealous by going out with Roger Healey, whom she had wrecked into at NASA.
13: "Russian Roulette" - 12/11/1965 A Russian cosmonaut gets a hold of the bottle, thereby having control of Jeannie.
14: "What House Across the Street?" - 12/18/1965 Still trying to make Tony jealous, Jeannie decides to propose to Roger and introduce him to her 'parents' in a house across the street from Tony's which she has blinked up. Unfortunately she's placed the house on a vacant lot which Dr. Bellows purchased to build a house.
15: "Too Many Tonys" - 12/25/1965 Jeannie desperately wants Tony to marry her and blinks up a version of him that is willing to marry her.
16: "Get Me to Mecca on Time" - 1/8/1966 Jeannie will fade away forever unless she gets to Mecca and performs an ancient spell to renew her powers.
17: "Richest Astronaut in the World" - 1/15/1966 Captain Healey discovers that Jeannie really is a genie and he steals her bottle in order to make all his wishes come true.
18: "Is There an Extra Genie in the House?" - 1/22/1966 Roger thinks a traveling magician and his assistant are relatives of Jeannie's that she sent to him so he can have his own genie.
19: "Never Try to Outsmart a Jeannie" - 1/29/1966 Jeannie wants to travel with Tony on a cruise and he tells her she can but only if she can secure a passport without any magic.
20: "My Master, the Doctor" - 2/5/1966 Tony casually mentions how he's always wanted to be a doctor and Jeannie makes it so. His first patient? Roger, who is getting an apendectomy!
21: "Jeannie and the Kidnap Caper" - 2/12/1966 Tony is captured by Chinese spies and can't get any help from Jeannie as he made her promise to not use her powers to help him.
22: "How Lucky Can You Get?" - 2/19/1966 Jeannie causes trouble in Reno when she tries to help the newly appointed Majors Tony and Roger win at gambling without knowing how to play the games herself.
23: "Watch the Birdie" - 2/26/1966 Jeannie makes Tony into a great golfer.
24: "Permanent House Guest" - 3/5/1966 Dr. Bellows decides to sleep over at Major Nelson's house to put an end to his trickery once and for all after seeing an elephant in Tony's bedroom.
25: "Bigger than a Bread Box, Better Than a Genie" - 3/12/1966 Roger claims he has found something better than a genie, which turns out to be a con-artist fortune teller.
26: "My Master, the Great Rembrandt" - 3/19/1966 Jeannie causes trouble when she switches Tony's copy of a Rembrandt painting with the original.
27: "My Master, the Thief" - 4/2/1966 Jeannie claims that a pair of 2,000 year old shoes on display in a traveling museum exhibit were originally hers and she takes them. Of course her master is accused of stealing them.
28: "This Is Murder" - 4/9/1966 Jeannie vows to avenge a wrong done to her family by killing a sultan's daughter, who Tony happens to be escorting around NASA.
29: "My Master the Magician" - 4/23/1966 Dr. Bellows enlists Tony to peform a magic show at a NASA benefit when he catches him levitating at home.
30: "I'll Never Forget What's Her Name" - 5/7/1966 Tony loses all memory of who (and what) Jeannie is when he gets hit on the head
I have to be honest in saying that the First Season doesn't hold a lot of favorites for me but out of the 30, the pilot episode is my absolute FAVORITE! It's brilliant and plays out just like a fairytale on screen.
I also really like the episode when Roger discovers that Jeannie is really a genie because he acts just like I would act if I found a genie!
I also really enjoy "The Permanent House Guest". It really seemed like a fun episode and it's kind of spooky with all the things Jeannie does to terrorize Dr. Bellows.