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Kino Lorber has TV Titles from Universal...

Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by DeWilson, Jan 23, 2020.

  1. ClassicTVMan1981X

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    On single discs instead of the "flippers." So, yes, the "keepcase."

    ~Ben
     
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    For the original Law & Order and earlier seasons of SVU and Criminal Intent, the question is whether the earlier seasons have any decent hd transfers made.

    I haven't seen any of the older stuff on reruns in recent times.
     
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    Hear, hear! In the grand scheme of things, it's a minor annoyance, but I find it very irritating when studios remaster these old shows, and rather than letting the entire show play through in the remastering process, they take the lazy way out and just do one set of credits per season (or per cast change), and just slap that one set of credits on all the episodes.

    When you do that, you miss any minor (or otherwise) differences that existed in the originals.

    Another difference in the night stalker early opening sequence was the series title was also a different color than the revised version.
     
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    I’m curious about how you know that the original episodes had a different title and different color.
    I’m not saying you are incorrect, but I’d be interested in reading these sources.
     
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    Great HD masters exist for every season of Law & Order and Law & Order SVU. Unfortunately the first few seasons of Law & Order are cropped to 16x9 though.
     
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    You'll probably get it day one, I take it?
     
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    Hopefully, if ever it comes out.

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    Because I saw them on CBS Late Night in the 1980s (and recorded them on VHS). I think the original Kolchak-less ones were yellow. See below for comparison of hte two differnet show "logos":

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    Maybe they're the same color after all? I was thinking the later one was green or maybe even in red, but it's been awhile since I watched the show.

    I want to think the first time I noticed the title getting replaced on the early episodes was when the Sci-Fi Channel reruns started. They probably used new masters.

    Also of note: at least one episode has been aired under two different on-screen titles: "They Have Been , They Are, They Will Be..." has also been presented as "U.F.O."

    Here's an excerpt from a review of the Region 4/Australian DVD release:

    When the show began, it was simply entitled Night Stalker, but Universal renamed it early on and the new title was Kolchak: The Night Stalker, reflected in newer credits. While Universal later replaced the earlier episode's Night Stalker-only credits with the newer, longer title on many prints and the U.S. DVDs, Madman has actually retained the original titles on the earliest shows. As a result, the first two episodes also have sound effects with a slightly different version of the instrumental theme song that has shown up on TV theme CD compilations. Then the old Night Stalker-only title plays with the revised instrumental theme song minus the sound effects starting on the third show. Finally, that theme minus sound effects is retained with the new titles and they are what appear on the rest of the show and all 20 U.S. DVDs. Those differences alone make this set as collectible as the Universal set.
     
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    Fascinating!
     
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    The Munsters ! Unless Shout has it. They are releasing the 1966 movie.
     
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    You are correct. I did some further investigation, and found a copy of the 1974 Fall Preview issue of TV Guide. The write-up has that title (interesting tidbit - it premiered on the same night as one of the greatest TV shows of all time - The Rockford Files)
     
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