Missed opportunity, re: Marty?

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  1. Greg_S_H

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    I have yet to pick up the Marty (1955) disc (how is it?), but wouldn't it have been cool if they had included the Rod Steiger TV movie as a bonus? I've never seen it, but I understand it's superior to the theatrical release.

    Would video rights have been an issue, or does MGM perhaps control the TV production as well? In either case, I bet that's the only way we would have ever seen the original on DVD.
     
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    I have the 1953 Rod Steiger TV version of Marty which was released on laser disc by Image Entertainment under license from Transcom Entertainment.
    The laser disc set also included the original TV versions of Requiem For A Heavyweight (1956), Days Of Wine And Roses (1958) (directed by John Frankenheimer) and No Time For Sergeants all of which were subsequently made into feature films.
    The image quality was very poor but still watchable. They were all filmed "live" and the kinoscope copies are for the archives rather than reference quality. I doubt if they will ever see the light of day on DVD because home theatre enthusiasts would never find the quality acceptable. I don't have that problem because historically, these are very important productions and if it's that or not have them at all, I'll deal with the inferior look and sound.
     
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    That sounds like a fantastic disc, Thomas! Since I am new to the laserdisc game, I could use some discs beyond Star Wars. This sounds like a good candidate. I bet it'll be hard to find, though. [​IMG]
    I remember TV Land airing a compelling courtroom drama from one of the many '50s drama TV shows, and I'd love to see more like it. I think a box set of those classic TV dramas would be outstanding. But, I'm afraid you'd be right about the quality. Like you, I can accept it if that's the best that can be done. But, others might not.
     
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    Good luck in hunting down the discs, Greg. For your information, there were two volumes as follows both released by Image Entertainment. Asterisk indicate audio commentary by the director:
    Golden Age Of Television - Vol. 1 (blue cover)
    1. Requiem For A Heavyweight Airdate: 10/11/56.
    Director: Ralph Nelson*. Running Time: 73 minutes.
    Cast: Jack Palance, Kim Hunter, Keenan Wynn, Ed Wynn.
    2. Marty Airdate: 05/24/53.
    Director: Delbert Mann*. Running Time: 50 minutes.
    Cast: Rod Steiger, Nancy Marchand, Betsy Palmer.
    3. No Time For Sergeants Airdate: 03/15/55.
    Director: Alex Segal. Running Time: 50 minutes.
    Cast: Andy Griffith, Eddie Clark, Joe Brown.
    4. Days Of Wine And Roses Airdate: 10/02/58.
    Director: John Frankenheimer. Running Time: 78 minutes.
    Cast: Cliff Robertson, Piper Laurie, Charles Bickford.
    Golden Age Of Television - Vol. 2 (Purple cover)
    1. Patterns Airdate: 01/12/1955.
    Director: Fiedler Cook. Running Time: 53 minutes.
    Cast: Ed Begley, Elizabeth Montgomery, Richard Kiley.
    2. Bang The Drum Slowly Airdate: 09/26/56.
    Director: Daniel Petrie*. Running Time: 52 minutes.
    Cast: Paul Newman, George Peppard, Albert Salmi.
    3. The Defender Airdate: 02/25/57 & 03/04/57.
    Director: Robert Mulligan. Running Time: 101 minutes.
    Cast: Steve McQueen, William Shatner, Martin Balsam.
    4. The Comedian Airdate: 02/14/57.
    Director: John Frankenheimer*. Running Time: 72 minutes.
    Cast: Mickey Rooney, Edmond O' Brien, Kim Hunter, Mel Torme.
     
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    Yup. [​IMG] Hopefully the posters in this thread are wrong about the potential for these TV presentations appearing on DVD. I'd certainly be interested in a few of them.
     
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    The Defender may very well be the movie I saw a couple of years ago. I wish I could remember it better.
    At any rate, thanks for the info. I definitely will look for those discs. They sound great.
     
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    It's not implausible. Many of the earlier episodes of the Avengers DVDs are kinescopes, as are quite a few of the offerings in the Broadway Theatre Archive DVD series from Image. I don't see any good reason why these should be treated differently, just so it's noted on the case that the only existing source material is not of the best quality.
     
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    I saw Marty (the Oscar-winning movie) at Virgin Records today, but I didn't buy it because it said "Modified to Fit TV Screen" on the back. What is the OAR for this movie?
     
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