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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. John Karras

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    Shatner was in the 2-part mini-series that acted as the pilot for the 1979 series, but he did not appear in the regular 1-hour episodes when it went to series.
     
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    Ok, it's a show that appeared in the U.S. on dvd, presumably hasn't shown up elsewhere in the world on blu. The only no-brainer is probably Night Gallery.
     
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    For sitcoms, the only one I can think of is Charles in Charge. They only own the North American rights to Gimme A Break! and Kate & Allie and the syndication rights to Amen which hasn't even been tried on DVD. Those were all on tape, and with any luck the original network masters were stored nowhere near Universal City. Major Dad and Coach were produced by Universal, shot on film, and edited on tape.

    MCA TV did a videotaped syndicated TV music competition in the 1980s called Puttin' on the Hits, which will likely never be released because of the costs of music licensing.
     
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    Domestic Life was another videotaped sitcom Universal did (with Steve Martin, through his company 40 Share Productions, Inc.), dating from 1984, but only 10 episodes aired.

    ~Ben
     
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    Several others that come to mind are Family Man, Together We Stand, and Nothing Is Easy.
     
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    Another mention of the 1976-77 short-lived "Sirota's Court" starring Michael Constantine.
     
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    And IIRC, that show also had the late Chris Bearde and the late Dick Clark behind it as well (MCA being on distribution, with that "MCA TV Exclusive Distributor" logo on it).
     
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    The Munsters Today (the 1987-1991 color reboot) was shot on video. I wondered if it perished in the fire? I remember watching it at the time and thinking how dreadful and inferior it was compared to the original, but I just watched an episode on youtube, and I guess it's not so bad if one had no knowledge of the original series. Certainly not any worse than Sabrina the Teenage Witch (the Melissa Joan Hart series). I think it was aimed at younger viewers who wouldn't watch the old black and white TV show.
     
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    Yes, there were seven seasons, 1976-83. For the Fall premiere of each season, the (real) TV Guide listed it as the series premiere (1976), 2nd season premiere (1977) through the 7th season premiere (1982).
     
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    I'm pretty sure you are right.
     
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    I remember watching the 2-hour Partners movie with Don Adams. I thought it odd that at least one 30-minute episode still had the laugh track while the others didn't.

    Universal isn't the only studio to do this. Fox has released Time Tunnel movies, at least one Cade's County movie (Glenn Ford), ITC did Space: 1999 movies, etc.
     
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    I didn't watch the original version regularly but I understand that in a couple of episodes Gary Collins only made a token appearance. In these episodes the Night Gallery version edited him out completely; he doesn't even get a credit.

    By the way, Sixth Sense isn't the only hour series to be edited down to half-hour. I remember a half-hour syndicated version of Sheriff Lobo. There were probably others.
     
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    If that so be, then why did Universal have it where the first season was divided into two, per the labeling (with Shout! following on from that)?
     
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    It's due to the 90-minute specials not airing as frequent in syndication as what came after.

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    Never thought of it that way!
     
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    Well, then I'm not interested in the least.
     
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    No Harris and Company?
     
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    If any show deserves to burn up, that would be the one!

    Others I know of which were burned up are Don Adams Screen Test, all of the videotaped Jack Benny Programs. He did a mixture of filmed shows and taped show each season. There's likely kinescopes of those taped shows but the 2-inch masters are gone. Also, Universal produced a number of one-off variety specials over the years and those are gone.
     
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    Why would you want the 1987-91 Munsters Today to burn up?
     
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    I'm pretty sure that the show is still around as it was offered on Hulu several years ago (ca 2012).
     
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