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Is the b&w era of TV on DVD slowly coming to an end?

Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by Gary OS, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. LouA

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    I'm sure that CBS Paramount owns, and has the rights to all of the masters , negatives, promo material etc.on Amos And Andy and all of it is now stored on the west coast . I understand that this material is in excellent condition and could produce a top quality "complete series " set I got this info from someone who used to work there . Because of the extremely sensitive politically correct era we live in , it isn't likely we'll ever see this show. There is at least one collectors type of company that sells a decent quality set of most episodes . They also sell Sky King , so I'm not sure if they made a deal with Paramount , who knows ? .
     
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    Amos-n-Andy is owned by CBS, and a DVD release may never see the light of day!
     
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    Thought they were all PD. Do you have any sources?

    - David
     
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  4. Neil Brock

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    A quick search at the Library of Congress website reveals that all 78 episodes of the series were renewed in the early 80s.

    What about the Gale Storm Show? Hal Roach produced the first 3 seasons while ITC took over the 4th season of the show, which was still running on ABC at the time. Does Sonar have the Roach produced episodes or did all it transfer over to ITC when they took over production?
     
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    Link please.
     
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  7. Gary OS

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    Sadly agree, David.
     
  8. LouA

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    Yes , a shame since Tim Moore, Spencer Williams , Johnny Lee, and Nick Stewart were such good actors and comedians , and no one will be able to see thier best known work.
     
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    I just came across this remarkable photo on FB, posted by Captain Bijou...an overhead shot in the cramped DuMont TV studios in early 1951 for a live production of Major Dell Conway of the Flying Tigers...apparently no kinescopes have ever surfaced of the live broadcasts, the series starting with Eric Fleming, later of Rawhide, in the titular role, and later replaced by Ed Peck. The info I have is that the show continued to air on DuMont until March 1952, having a 2 month hiatus in May-June 1951 (at the time Eric Fleming was replaced?)...apparently, some of the later episodes were filmed and at least one survives from those in trading circles...notice the announcer in his booth on standby ready to deliver a live commercial for Powerhouse candy bars...
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    Cool photo find, Randall! (Like the new avatar, too.)
     
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    Thanks Jeff, I'm currently leading the 918th bomb group on daily missions to smash the Hun in Normandy, ha, ha...when I'm on final approach to Archbury, I really need a smoke, sweating out these tough missions!
    A 12 o'clock 20.JPG

    I hope to find more photos like that DuMont studio shot...that one had a lot of fascinating detail...a nearly forgotten live program that barely exists on film, produced by a TV network that itself died out after only a few years in the early days of regular broadcasting! The DuMont network, although being a critically important pioneer in TV and finding early success in launching Jackie Gleason, struggled to expand it's broadcast reach, being forced to seek licenses on the UHF band when many televisions were still being manufactured without UHF tuners in the '50s. DuMont ceased operating in 1956. Wikipedia has a nicely detailed article on the history of DuMont...

    Press promotional material...
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    "Gen" Genovese, the series producer of Major Dell Conway of the Flying Tigers, who himself had been a pilot in the China-Burma-India theater in WW2...
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    Eric Fleming might have been replaced as Dell Conway by Ed Peck because Fleming was busy doing another DuMont live TV program, Shadow of the Cloak during the same 1951-52 period.
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    I'd like to see the following be released to DVD (or Blu-Ray if possible)

    *East Side/West Side

    *The Eleventh Hour

    *Breaking Point

    *Slattery's People

    *Ben Casey

    *Love On A Rooftop

    *Mr. Terrific

    *Captain Nice

    *My World, And Welcome To It

    *Accidental Family

    *My Friend Tony

    *N.Y.P.D.

    *He & She

    Older black people might want to see it, but yes, younger generations would freak out about this show being on DVD or Blu-Ray (the reaction to this classically-set video game is one example of how current generations regard older material; all sorts of articles, this one in particular examining how said game has racial overtones.)
     
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    I hope you get your wishes, Sky Captain.

    James[/QUOTE]
     
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    Current generations with their freak-out standards that even result in Kate Smith's rendition of "God Bless America" being banned only prove their intellectual vapidness.
     
  15. Gary OS

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    Along with the aforementioned Amos & Andy, my present wish list would include:

    Ozzie & Harriet
    Lassie
    (including the color Ranger years - which old look incredible if remastered)
    Bachelor Father
    Mickey Mouse Club
    season sets
    Boston Blackie
    I Led Three Lives
    Code 3
    Richard Diamond, Private Detective
    Trackdown
    Black Saddle
    Stagecoast West
    Rescue 8
    Rin Tin Tin
    Casey Jones
    Gray Ghost
    City Detective
    Fireside Theater
    Colt ‘45
    Follow the Sun
    The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters
    Branded
    The Richard Boone Show
    Noah’s Ark


    among many more.

    Gary “not asking for much, am I” O.
     
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    For me all of those , plus The People's Choice , December Bride , Johnny Ringo, Hotel De Paree, Love That Bob, Happy, Adventures In Paradise , and I have my fingers crossed we'll get the rest of My little Margie soon. I know we can forget about the WB detective shows .
    Branded was out years ago in mediocre quality- I'd go for a remastered set !
     
  17. Gary OS

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    Excellent additions, Lou! I’m in for all those. That’s why I finished my list the way I did.

    Gary “not sure how many we might see released, but I’ll keep my fingers crossed” O.
     
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    Great lists, Gary O and LouA! I'd be down for any or all of those (especially the westerns!)! Fingers crossed we get lucky and see a few of these trickle out over the next few years as the format slowly dwindles to a close...
     
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    Is it because all that will be released in the future will be everything that's new and current, and we won't see any more older shows or classics?
     

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