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Discussion in 'DVD' started by MatthewA, Dec 3, 2002.
Paulie Waln said:
I just hope there are enough passionate people like you David to help champion the cause for "Hill Street Blues" & "St Elsewhere". I for one will be getting "NYPD Blue". Just to add an odd thought here, who owns the rights to "Gunsmoke"? That would be an awesome complete set to own. 20 years worth!!
MTM was never one of my favorite shows, but armed with the coupon for it in the Fox Demo DVD #2 I will be picking it up this week. Just so the surely-lurking Mr. Staddon knows that these promotions work!!!
Now, about Bob Newhart.....
Completely OT: I expect many of you played the Bob drinking game. Once my college friends and I were doing it with shots of brandy. Everything went fine until Emily in exasperation said, "Bob, Bob, Bob, Bob, Bob, Bob, Bob!" I remember nothing after that...
Never saw an answer to my earlier inquiry..... Somebody name ANY major TV series that has had one (or more) seasonal DVD releases and had them cut off after "XX" season(s).
OK... I still stand by my book/tvshow comparison, although perhaps the words I chose did not please everyone. Let me choose different words: My own opinion...not trying to make it anyone else's: If I love a series, it is similar to my loving an author and wanting to collect that author's works. I would enjoy having a complete set. I would not be AS satisfied having only a few of those stories. People with passion for a particular show know that the characters do evolve...as does the writing, and the story line... So, again, I say that having a few episodes, for those who want the "whole story" is not the same. This IS a collector's thing. I want to see Lucy become a mother, Mike and Gloria move into the Jefferson house, and see Ted and Georgette get married. I'm not saying all do. But many of us do.
What we TV Collectors REALLY need are more releases like the upcoming Dick Van Dyke Show mega-set (hopefully coming before Hades freezes up).
They're putting out (supposedly) EVERY one of its 158 episodes all at once. So, the true completists can get 'em all in one fell-swoop. So, even if it sells like a lead balloon, who cares? We'll still have the complete series on DVD. Every chapter of the DVD book, including epilogues!
I wish FOX had done MTM like this. Release them all at once, with various buying options (Buy 1 disc; Buy 1 single season; or Buy The Whole Nine-and-three-quarters yards.)
Thanks... WHEW! I agree with what was said about the one bite of the candy bar... I can't have season one dangled in front of me, and not want to continue...
I'm on the same page as you, Jefferson.
I'd be interested to know this........ To those that are buying the M*A*S*H season sets.....Hypothetically, if you knew for a FACT that ONLY Season 1 of M*A*S*H was going to get released....would you have bought Season 1? (Knowing full well that all those other fine seasons would never make it to your DVD Library?)
I think it might be better if the studio would at least announce the season 2 DVDs of a series when they release a season 1 set. If the consumer has confidence there will be a season 2, they will be more apt to buy season 1 and the sales figures will be more reflective of the true demand.
I didn't mean to make this an argument, just an exchange of contrasting viewpoints. So I hope my previous posts haven't offended anybody. I do have an issue with this "hypothetical", however:
I hadn't planned on buying MTM but based on word of mouth here in the HTF I bought it and loved it and will pick up any future seasons available. I'm sorry that it hasn't done well. I was really hoping that FOX would also do the old Bob Newhart show. So far I have been buying Friends, Buffy, Mr. Show, The Avengers, The Prisoner, South Park, Monty Python, The Powerpuff Girls, Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy, Fawlty Towers, MTM, and The Simpsons, plus I plan on getting Sports Night, I've preordered Angel, and am ordering Due South from Canada. There are many more TV series I would love to buy (including Futurama, Andy Richter, and Ben Stiller which were all mentioned in the chat). I actually think at some point TV shows will out number movies in my DVD collection as I think many episodes of TV shows are more rewatchable than films, if only because they are shorter (sometimes throwing in a disc of Friends and playing the whole disc is like turning on the radio or throwing a log in the fireplace). It kind of makes things cozier.
I haven't bought MTM season one yet, though I have always planned to pick it up eventually...it's just been a lower priority than a lot of other things, and the budget only stretches so far... It's on my Christmas list. Maybe I'll be seeing a copy of it soon.
I am a huge MTM Show fan. I consider this series to be the best ever. I purchased Season 1 and will continue to purchase future seasons as they are made available. I too am hoping for at least a continuation to the season with Chuckles Bites The Dust episode.
I have clarified with Jack Briggs that Peter said nothing about discontinuing MTM. However, Peter's comments do leave me shaken. That said, I'm glad Futurama and King of the Hill are coming. Of course, when brick and mortar stores don't have them, online stores almost always do. In the past two years I have bought most of my DVDs from Amazon. I do not want to create any hostility between us and the studios. I still think Peter should be running that home video division. A little more advertising would help.