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Other CBS Shows VEI could release

Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by Neil Brock, Nov 17, 2018.

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  1. Neil Brock

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    I'm thinking about shows which have existing usable tape elements, which means they wouldn't have to pay for film transfers:

    Paper Moon
    The Smith Family
    Funny Face
    Ben Casey (old Worldvision timesped versions, but still)
    One Step Beyond (see above)
    Breaking Point
    New Breed
    Serpico
    The Associates
    The New People
     
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    Neil,

    I agree with you on most of these titles.

    But I also remember TV Land having once aired both Blansky's Beauties and Goodtime Girls, so I think there are videotaped masters available for these two also. I know, because when TV Land re-aired them, they both had the 1995 Paramount Television logo at the end replacing the original 1970s/'80s Blue Mountain. Ditto for Me and the Chimp (1972), which originally ended with the Split Box II logo. I remember TV Land used to air a marathon of shows which Garry Marshall had produced.

    In addition to what you wrote down, I still think VEI could release these shows to DVD:
    Out of the Blue (1979) (12 episodes produced, but only 8 aired)
    Working Stiffs (1979) (9 episodes produced, but only 4 aired; 6 episodes were available on VHS in 1985)
    Struck by Lightning (1979) (11 episodes produced, but only 3 aired)
    Here's Boomer (1980-82)
    Foul Play (TV series) (1981)
    Madame's Place (1982-83) (exact number of episodes not known, somewhere from 75 to 150)
    Star of the Family (1982) (13 episodes produced, but only 10 aired)
    The New Odd Couple (1982-83)
    The Renegades (1983)
    Mr. Smith (1983)
    Brothers (1984-89)
    Mr. Sunshine (1986)
    All is Forgiven (1986)
    Gung Ho (TV series) (1986-87)
    The Cavanaughs (1986-89)
    The Tortellis (1987)
    Bronx Zoo (1987-88)
    Duet (1987-89) / Open House (1989-90)
    Hard Knocks (1987)
    Day by Day (1988-89)
    Dear John (1988-92)
    Brooklyn Bridge (1991-93) (was supposed to have been out on DVD in 2010, according to producer Gary David Goldberg himself)

    ~Ben
     
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    What about Caribe (short-lived 1975 ABC detective series w/Stacy Keach, Carl Franklin and Robert Mandan)?
     
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    Excellent list, Neil. While I know the lack of existing usable tape elements ground Shout's release of the remaining seasons of The Defenders to a halt, do you know if usable tape elements exist for the following CBS shows:

    East Side/West Side
    The Nurses (a.k.a. The Doctors and the Nurses)
    'Way Out


    Thanks in advance for your help.
     
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    Several (all?) episodes of East Side/West Side aired on the now-defunct Trio channel, during its 'Brilliant But Cancelled' programming block, back in the early 2000s, so I'd say the answer is likely yes on that one.
     
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    How about In the Heat of the Night ? It was on CBS for part of its run
     
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    Guys,
    what do you think of these series: Are they owned by CBS/Paramount?

    Manhunter (with Ken Howard)
    Project UFO


    James
     
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    They didn't make it; MGM did. They licensed it out to some company whose name escapes me.
     
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    I think that might be TGG Direct; they were the people who made the remaining seasonal releases of Highway Patrol (1956-59).
     
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    Yeah I read that it was TGG Direct. I also read there were some episodes that they couldn't get Clearances for. but were another company to get the Media rights, it wouldn't necessarily mean that missing episodes could be cleared, Am I right?
     
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    That's a good question, and something for which I do not have an answer.
     
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    I thought of it because I remember when Mister Ed was first released, it was in 2 best of Volumes by MGM. Shortly after that, further releases were said to be in Jeopardy due to a Lawsuit filed by the Estate of the late Walter Brooks. ( I believe I read that on TvShows on DVD.com some years ago) In the end, Shout was able to get licenses to release the complete Series. They were even able to re release Season One fully restored to full episode length
     
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    I bought all the In The Heat Of The Night DVD sets at a used DVD store a few years back. As I recall, there were about 25-28 missing episodes (of the total 146 episodes). I ended up recording the missing shows off WGN, so I would have them all. I remember some of them were excluded due to music that was key to the storyline, etc.
     
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    A lot of the shows didn't even last a half season. I really doubt they are going to have much interest in 6 episode shows or bad sitcoms. Brooklyn Bridge is loaded with music.
     
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    I don't believe there are tapes for Manhunter. Project UFO, maybe.
     
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    ESWS is owned by MGM
    Nurses, no tapes
    Way Out aired on 2-inch tape but those are long gone and all that survives are kinescopes. They transferred those for Paley Center years ago. No idea if they kept tape copies for themselves.
     
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    Not sure about that one. It was a Worldvision show so possibly. Terrible series by the way.
     
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    Some half-season shows do get DVD releases every now and then. I know VEI did release the 1981 version of Nero Wolfe (only 14 episodes, plus the 1979 pilot) and The Immortal (15 episodes, plus the 1969 pilot) on DVD in 2017.

    ~Ben
     
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    And sooner or later, I'm bound to get that '81 Nero Wolfe all-in-one!
     
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    Me too! Too many discs, too little time (and money!)
     

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