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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. Richard V

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    Sorry to be picky, but I believe Plymouth, not Pontiac, made the Valiant series.
     
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    The episodes showing the cigarette packs are the original network versions. That music is “On the Trail” from the Grand Canyon Suite. That music was used by Philip Morris in the 50s in “I Love Lucy” as well. The credits on the plain background are from the syndication version of the program. Similarly the network open shows Reed Hadley lighting a cigarette while the syndicated open has him just standing and looking pleasant.
     
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    Thanks for the info Gary. I must have heard the Philip Morris theme on the I Love Lucy Bluray sets I went through a while back. I watched it with the original openings, closings and commercials - that would have been where I heard it before.

    The other night, there was a new closing with the non-Philip Morris score and the credits imposed over a pack of Marlboros and a lit cig resting in an ashtray. After that, yet another closing with a different score with credits imposed over a couple of Revlon products. The CBS Eye opening and closing ends the episode.

    I noticed the opening with Reed Hadley differed at times, but hadn't tied it in with the different closings.

    I'm starting the last disc of S2 and this has been an enjoyable series for me. Thanks to Classic Flix for this release.
     
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    That's been part and parcel of many of CBS' in-house greats on DVD-- Perry Mason, Have Gun Will Travel, etc.
     
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    Yes, indeed. And I enjoying seeing it every time it appears on a DVD series release - it takes me right back to the era of 50s/60s TV.
     
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    You bet-- makes 'em well worth the money!
     
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    You are correct. One of the first cars my parents looked at for me was a 70 something Plymouth Valiant. I wound up getting a 1975 Nova with a 262 small block motor. It still ran like a scalded dog!
     
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    Yeah, that engine was not just too small but performed no better than any of the other smog-era small-block V8s; the subsequent 305 had a lot more power potential.

    ~Ben
     
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    Is CBS going to release the complete OSB series?
     
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    It would seem like it, since the upcoming release puts them 2/3 of the way there.
     
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    No, CBS is not doing any more OSB releases.
     
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    Then who may be dong the complete OSB series collection?
     
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    As I often do, I popped in a couple of Ozzie & Harriet episodes last night and thoroughly enjoyed myself. It is literally a tonic for my soul to watch this incredible series whenever I'm feeling a bit down. It just always puts me in a cheerful mood like nothing else does. I'm very thankful for the few sets we have access to: Mill Creek, Alpha, and the Shout Factory releases.

    If only Sam had done the right thing and partnered with a major independent label (MPI, I believe) when the offer was extended several years back. We might now be able to enjoy cleaned up, uncut episodes of this most neglected of all great b&w TV. No show has done more and yet been left lingering in official release purgatory like this series has. It's the biggest travesty in all of TV on DVD history that this long-running, truly iconic classic has not been released in season sets in my opinion (Lassie would be second in that regard, imho). I will never feel like my collection is complete because of the gigantic hole the lack of this series being released has left. But I'll enjoy the little that I've got each and every chance I get.

    Gary "long live the Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet in my heart and mind" O.
     
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    Official season one of “Ben Casey” from CBS MOD is up on Amazon in two volumes. I just ordered.
     
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    Wow, great news Gary16! Thanks for the heads up, and thanks again to Gary OS for bringing the astoundingly wonderful news that Ben Casey would be on the way for DVD MOD in the first place!
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    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07YTDF423/ref=sr_1_6?keywords=ben+casey&qid=1570683080&s=movies-tv&sr=1-6
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07YTDY197/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=ben+casey&qid=1570683080&s=movies-tv&sr=1-5
     
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    Amazon has Vols. 1 and 2 listed at 799 and 801 minutes, respectively. That's just under and over 50 minutes per episode, assuming the volumes are evenly divided. Not sure if these were 50 or 52 minutes original running time.
     
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    Next week watch for season one of “Our Miss Brooks” also from CBS MOD.
     
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    At least that means that they are not sourced from the old worldvision tapes in the 80s which ran about 46 or 47 minutes, hopefully they have plans to fast track the show in a similar fashion to the way they are handling My Three Sons.
     
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    I like the advertising on the bottom of each of these seasonal volume releases of Ben Casey, with the first one using the box color of the second volume to advertise the second volume, and the second one using the box color of the first volume to advertise the first volume (confused yet?).
     
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    Looking forward to purchasing Our Miss Brooks, and glad for all you fans of Ben Casey. It's awesome to see two classic shows get released.

    Has something changed at CBS recently? There is a noticeable bump in activity for their MOD releases, and a veritable opening of the floodgates for the iconic Gunsmoke and Bonanza. Not that I'm complaining, mind you....
     

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