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

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The 1st season of Ben Casey sounds interesting but I will have to delay the purchase for awhile because I just ordered the complete series DVD of Medical Center and that's enough of a dent in my bank account for the time being. :laugh:
 

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Yes I forgot to mention The Patty Duke Show, I agree Shout Factory did a nice job with that series.

The complete series DVD of Leave It To Beaver is good but those misplaced opening teasers in many 1st season episodes was a large oversight and a pretty big error. Aside from that, I like the DVD set. I think they could have been a little more creative with the episode menu screens instead of all six seasons being the same with episode titles written in cement, but it is what it is.
I don't think the teasers are a huge issue. At least they're in there. The menu screens to me aren't a big deal to me either. The important thing is there are unedited episodes, no changes in background music and overall really good picture and sound quality.
 

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I don't think the teasers are a huge issue. At least they're in there.
I don't like the misplaced teasers in the season 1 set from Shout Factory, that was a huge error and I threw those discs in the trash, the only one I kept was disc #1 because it has the bonus feature. When viewing season 1 episodes, I use the single sided DVD set from Universal because that set was done correctly.
 

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I don't like the misplaced teasers in the season 1 set from Shout Factory, that was a huge error and I threw those discs in the trash, the only one I kept was disc #1 because it has the bonus feature. When viewing season 1 episodes, I use the single sided DVD set from Universal because that set was done correctly.
The first season episodes that run on MeTV also have the teaser after the opening credits.
 

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The first season episodes that run on MeTV also have the teaser after the opening credits.
Well then maybe MeTV is using the incorrectly done 1st season episodes from Shout Factory whenever they air the episodes. The Universal set has it right, teaser first followed by the opening credits.
 
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The 1st season of Ben Casey sounds interesting but I will have to delay the purchase for awhile because I just ordered the complete series DVD of Medical Center and that's enough of a dent in my bank account for the time being. :laugh:
Awesome, I received the Medical Center DVD's today, all 7 seasons, everything arrived in great shape. Four of the seasons have the purple DVD-R's while the other three seasons have the silver/pressed DVD's. Not a problem as long as the discs all play in my DVD player. Will watch some episodes later today.
 

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Some more screen caps I took from the new CBS MOD DVD release of Ben Casey season one...

Episode 15, Imagine a Long Bright Corridor (Jan. 15, 1962) Directed by Arthur Hiller, Guest starring Robert Blake, Strother Martin, Cecil Kellaway, Brenda Scott...
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Ben Casey is having a night shift from hell, losing his cool in explosive ways (as he often did), while dealing with at least a half dozen simultaneous crises of life threatening proportions...

Ben Casey with nurse Vivi Janiss...she's an old battleaxe, but indispensable to the hair trigger doctor...she won't tolerate any guff from the young surgeon, either...
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Another of Casey's crosses to bear...Robert Blake as a greasy hoodlum who may have some knife wielding delinquents trying to hunt him down this fine night...his attitude is on overdrive...more fuel for Casey's explosive temper...what is it with this kid, anyway?
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Marge Redmond as a floozy and frustrated mother to lovely Brenda Scott...she tells Casey: "Look at her! She's as high as a kite!"...
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Greaseball Robert Blake is oggling this statuesque nurse...Casey wants to knock his block off...
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Have a relaxing smoke in the hospital waiting room, kid...courtesy of the morgue attendant...ha, ha...them were the days...
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Kindly old man Cecil Kellaway takes a compassionate interest in Brenda Scott...is she lost in some willful fantasy, or something more?
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Brenda Scott, 18 at the time, was not only beautiful, but proved to be a very talented actress in the years to come...a fine actress with many memorable performances...
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Strother Martin as the desperate alcoholic in the full throws of the DTs...he begs Casey to be committed to the detox ward in a last painful attempt to sober up...
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No spoilers, but this is another typically fine episode of this landmark medical drama...
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Thanks, Gary OS, I just hope that folks spring for the new Ben Casey release, despite it being relatively pricey (especially in comparison to the wonderful new Deadline release by Filmchest)...I desperately hope that CBS continues to release all 5 seasons of Ben Casey, among other things as well...sales do play a role of course...

Tough guy (and future Oscar winning actor) Lee Marvin gets a choice role with which to demonstrate his growing range in Ben Casey season one, A Story to be Softly Told, (episode 16, Jan. 22, 1962) Directed by Alex March, guest starring Lee Marvin, Jean Hagen, Marianne Stewart, Carol Andresen...

Lee Marvin, as Dr. Gerry Bramson, plays a talented surgeon of great repute, but also a philandering womanizer in the face of his struggling marriage to his wife (Jean Hagen) and their shared crisis at home with the growing realization that their son is mentally "retarded", and they're all coming apart at the seams...a desperate, high risk surgery to relieve hydroencephalic pressure on the boy's brain will be attempted...Dr. Zorba provides wise counsel, Dr. Casey blows his top, but then proves to be the best friend possible to the troubled surgeon, who cannot help his son or mend his marriage to a woman that Casey, Zorba and hospital staff hold in high regard as a friend...while witnessing on a daily basis Bramson's philandering, reckless and self destructive behavior...
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Another strong Casey episode, and for Lee Marvin himself, what was probably a welcomed big break for him to show his tender side in the scenes where he ponders his son's tragic reality...there's plenty of rage and bluster as well from the usually intimidating Marvin...but he likely would not have achieved real stardom without having done something like this first...
 
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Great review and screencaps, Randall! You're slowly winning me over to picking up the first season of Ben Casey, despite my usual aversion to medical dramas - at the very least to see stars of the caliber of Lee Marvin, Telly Savalas, George C. Scott, Strother Martin, Franchot Tone, Jack Klugman, Ed Begley, Keenan Wynn, Cliff Robertson, Eddie Albert, James Franciscus, and Simon Oakland...not to mention all of the strong actresses and starlets on the rise who show up in those episodes.

If only the transfers on the M Squad release look anywhere near as good as the above episode does...
 

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Can anyone tell us how many b&w TV series were released in 2019? Counting split season sets as one, not two. So, for instance, the two volumes of Our Miss Brooks would count as one.

And does anyone want to take a guess at how many we will see in 2020?

I’ll stick out my neck and say seven.


Gary “hope it’s more, but I’m playing it conservative” O.
 

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I don't like the misplaced teasers in the season 1 set from Shout Factory, that was a huge error and I threw those discs in the trash, the only one I kept was disc #1 because it has the bonus feature. When viewing season 1 episodes, I use the single sided DVD set from Universal because that set was done correctly.
Throw all the discs in the garbage just because of a rather minor thing like teasers? Seems like a real waste. I would have just given them to someone else.
 

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Throw all the discs in the garbage just because of a rather minor thing like teasers? Seems like a real waste. I would have just given them to someone else.
OK, the next time I encounter some defective and problematic DVD's, before I toss them in the trash I'll send you a message first and ask you if you want them. ;) :laugh:

Those misplaced teasers in LITB season 1 might be a minor thing to you, but not to me. Universal was able to get it right, why not Shout Factory? Shout was probably too busy focusing on their overly hyped HD transfers of the episodes to notice the screw up with the 1st season opening teasers.
 
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Can anyone tell us how many b&w TV series were released in 2019? Counting split season sets as one, not two. So, for instance, the two volumes of Our Miss Brooks would count as one.

And does anyone want to take a guess at how many we will see in 2020?

I’ll stick out my neck and say seven.


Gary “hope it’s more, but I’m playing it conservative” O.

Did you count Mr. Novak and Ben Casey?
 

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For everyone’s information, My Three Sons Season Five (volumes 1 & 2) is now available at Amazon.
Amazon is showing run times of 440 and 443 minutes for these volumes, so all the episodes may be unedited or close to it.
 

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Amazon is showing run times of 440 and 443 minutes for these volumes, so all the episodes may be unedited or close to it.
Close to it isn't good enough, starting with season 3 the My Three Sons DVD's are a mess with the majority of episodes either edited or compromised in one form or another, so seasons 3-5 are a no sale for me. Seasons 1 and 2 episodes have the changes to the background music score but at least those episodes are otherwise mostly uncut, aside from a couple exceptions they all have their original 25:30 run times.
 

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OK, the next time I encounter some defective and problematic DVD's, before I toss them in the trash I'll send you a message first and ask you if you want them. ;) :laugh:

Those misplaced teasers in LITB season 1 might be a minor thing to you, but not to me. Universal was able to get it right, why not Shout Factory? Shout was probably too busy focusing on their overly hyped HD transfers of the episodes to notice the screw up with the 1st season opening teasers.
There is no need to get nasty with me. It was just a suggestion. I was only expressing an opinion. If a few teasers are simply out of place but everything else looks good, I think that is pretty minor. There are many DVD and blu ray sets out there that aren't nearly as good as that one. I am satisfied with what I have. It would be nice if you apologized for attacking my comments.
 

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