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

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I wonder if that means any of those shows not digitally remastered will be purposefully destroyed or are simply blocked from release??? I hope not!

~Ben
I imagine many will not be remastered. As best we can tell a big company like CBS/Paramount has yet to go back and remaster multiple seasons of some of their most popular westerns & sitcoms from the late 50’s (HGWT, Rawhide, MTS). If they are going to let those languish, what does that tell you about some of their other, lesser known properties? Will they go so far as to destroy some of them? I would hope it wouldn’t come to that. But who knows for sure.

And I only used CBS as one example. They have actually been one of the better companies at remastering their older material. You can insert any of the large studios into this equation. They have all been guilty of letting many of their older series sit in the basement collecting dust.

Gary “I don’t think there’s any doubt that many of the 50s and 60s TV shows that we all know and love will languish in the vault, un-remastered and potentially fading away into obscurity” O.
 
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I think the other issue surrounding getting The Cara Williams Show and two other CBS series (The Reporter and The Baileys of Balboa) out on DVD, besides a general decline in buying DVDs, is the scandal surrounding James T. Aubrey, Keefe Brasselle, and the mob...

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I think the other issue surrounding getting The Cara Williams Show and two other CBS series (The Reporter and The Baileys of Balboa) out on DVD, besides a general decline in buying DVDs, is the scandal surrounding James T. Aubrey, Keefe Brasselle, and the mob...

~Ben
The issue is that all of those shows were one season failures (The Reporter, the best of the 3, was a half season), made in black and white and long forgotten from 55 years ago. Not a high demand for Cara Williams, Harry Guardino or Paul Ford these days.
 

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Hoping we get at least one b&w TV release from Classicflix by the end of the year. Other than that, I'm not sure there's any hope left. Anyone got any ideas?

Gary "not looking good" O.
I am hopeful they may release at least one of these following CBS shows on DVD:
December Bride (1954-1959)
The Millionaire (1955-1960)
Trackdown (1957-1959)
Pete and Gladys (1960-1962)
The Baileys of Balboa (1964-1965)
The Cara Williams Show (1964-1965)
Slattery's People (1964-1965)
The Reporter (1964)

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I am hopeful they may release at least one of these following CBS shows on DVD:
December Bride (1954-1959)
The Millionaire (1955-1960)
Trackdown (1957-1959)
Pete and Gladys (1960-1962)
The Baileys of Balboa (1964-1965)
The Cara Williams Show (1964-1965)
Slattery's People (1964-1965)
The Reporter (1964)
And I'd be all in for many of those, Ben. Hope you are right, but I'm not as hopeful that CBS is going to release any of these things remastered and complete. I'm still bummed by their MTS releases. Too high a price, and some cut episodes that weren't even cleaned up. So right now only ClassicFlix has my confidence. And their reach is limited.


Gary "things are looking very, very grim at this point" O.
 
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Hoping we get at least one b&w TV release from Classicflix by the end of the year. Other than that, I'm not sure there's any hope left. Anyone got any ideas?

Gary "not looking good" O.
We are constantly looking licensing new properties, including TV, but there aren't any TV shows on the horizon. Licensing is always the main issue.

We do have some upcoming non-TV releases that I know will please many.

- David
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We are constantly looking licensing new properties, including TV, but there aren't any TV shows on the horizon. Licensing is always the main issue.

We do have some upcoming non-TV releases that I know will please many.

- David
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Thanks, David. I was hoping you guys might do Code 3 or The Trouble with Father. Something from the Hal Roach Studios since you've been putting some of that stuff out.


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Thanks, David. I was hoping you guys might do Code 3 or The Trouble with Father. Something from the Hal Roach Studios since you've been putting some of that stuff out.


Gary "will support any vintage releases from ClassicFlix" O.
Nothing we can say publicly, other than, they have been looked into.

- David
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Timeless Media: put out to pasture by Shout!
CBS Mod: in slowdown mode
ClassicFlix: nothing pending
All the B&W shows I have now: Priceless
Amazing that you wrote that, Glenn! I was going to come in today and post almost exactly the same thing. Something like this:

The following companies used to be reliable DVD output resources for b&w TV fans, but have since gone under or silent:

Timeless - eaten alive by Shout
Shout - on to 'bigger and better things' [insert eye roll here]
CBS/Paramount - seems to have pulled the plug entirely on remastering and releasing
WBA - appears to have closed up their b&w TV shows shop and left town
Fox - swallowed by Disney
Disney - so much unmined classic material, but they don't give a mouse's ear about any of it
Sony - ha, ha, ha
MPI - b&w TV? What's that?
ClassicFlix - my last hope, or so it seems.


Gary "it's unreal how little b&w TV material we see released at this point - especially cleaned up material" O.
 

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We are constantly looking licensing new properties, including TV, but there aren't any TV shows on the horizon. Licensing is always the main issue.

We do have some upcoming non-TV releases that I know will please many.

- David
ClassicFlix Founder, Producer
That's unfortunate, but thanks for posting this so that we know not to expect another series to materialize anytime soon. I've especially enjoyed your release of both seasons of Public Defender, so hopefully at some point you'll be able to license another relatively obscure old series (either B&W or an older color series).

I recently ordered a copy of the new ClassicFlix blu of Africa Screams, which I'm sure will be great. However, despite a love of older films, my first interest is always in older TV shows, especially those from the 50s through the 70s. So I'm hoping (though growing increasingly pessimistic) that things will eventually change and we'll see some more older series in the not too distant future.
 

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Nothing we can say publicly, other than, they have been looked into.

- David
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Hi David , I love your Africa Screams Bluray (recommended to all Abbott And Costello fans or fans of classic vintage comedy).
Those shows mentioned - Code Three and Trouble With Father would be awesome choices down the road . Other Roach possibilities would
My Little Margie , Rocky Jones Space Ranger , and Waterfront all shot at the Hal Roach studios ,
One show that pops up a lot in discussions of vintage tv shows NOT on DVD is The Peoples Choice . It's fondly mentioned by many boomers and might do well on DVD.
 

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Hi David , I love your Africa Screams Bluray (recommended to all Abbott And Costello fans or fans of classic vintage comedy).
Those shows mentioned - Code Three and Trouble With Father would be awesome choices down the road . Other Roach possibilities would
My Little Margie , Rocky Jones Space Ranger , and Waterfront all shot at the Hal Roach studios ,
One show that pops up a lot in discussions of vintage tv shows NOT on DVD is The Peoples Choice . It's fondly mentioned by many boomers and might do well on DVD.
If we can't have Code 3, Trouble with Father, or Amos & Andy (I know, I know) then I'd love to see Waterfront or The People's Choice of the shows listed by Lou. As we all keep saying, there's still so much 50's and early 60's material left to be mined.

Gary "keep up the good work, ClassicFlix" O.
 

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If we can't have Code 3, Trouble with Father, or Amos & Andy (I know, I know) then I'd love to see Waterfront or The People's Choice of the shows listed by Lou. As we all keep saying, there's still so much 50's and early 60's material left to be mined.

Gary "keep up the good work, ClassicFlix" O.
Truer words.....
 

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Then there's VCI , a very erratic company . They have issued three volumes Of My Little Margie , five volumes of I Married Joan , two of Waterfront , one of The Star And The Story , one of Littlest Hobo, One of Four Star Playhouse , two volumes of lost 1950s TV pilots and the complete Annie Oakley . Not prolific, but occasionally they release and old show .
 

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