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Question About "My Three Sons"

Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by TheLogoGuy94, May 21, 2017.

  1. smithbrad

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    I recall watching the color seasons a fair amount growing up. At the time, I did not even realize there were b/w seasons since I never found them syndicated. Though, I originally thought it strangely odd they started with a wedding of the oldest son. I've enjoyed even more the b/w seasons, since released. Unfortunately, after seasons 1 and 2 it was using barely watchable copies. At this point, I'll take edited, or music substitutions to get watchable video, as unfavorable an option that may be to most to get the remainder of the b/w episodes. That said, if you aren't a big fan of the show, there are many obstacles to overcome for these last ditch releases. I based the five count of edited episodes on Kasey's previous post, but even eight does not sway me. I'm happy they are at least fast tracking them to some degree. I would not expect the prices to ever drop drastically since as a MOD, there is little incentive to do so. Hopefully, season 5 will be out before Christmas.
     
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    I haven't gotten season three yet, but I will...after all, it features a Jimmy Stewart appearance as himself in Robbie Gets His Letter (Mar. 7, 1963). An inspiring speech delivered by Stewart.
     
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    Dave Lawrence

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    While I always prefer to find the best deal or wait for a sale I'm reasonably sure will happen with a bit of patience, when it comes to something like this - MOD releases with little chance of going down in price to any meaningful degree - I consider 2 things:

    1) Is this one of the must-have shows on my want list, or is this a "it would be nice to have, but I can take it or leave it" show?
    2) I remind myself of those days back in the 90s when I was purchasing VHS tapes through Columbia House for certain series and the price was $25+ for 4 half-hour episodes or 2-one-hour episodes per volume. And except for serialized Dallas, the volumes consisted of random episodes. Never in sequence, and they never seemed to finish a series (at least not the ones I was purchasing). And yet it was so great to get those at the time.

    So while I don't make a habit of spending high full-price amounts for split volume releases (even with Gunsmoke - not MOD but does come in split volumes - I'll typically wait awhile for at least a minor price drop or a Deep Discount sale), My Three Sons is one series where I'm willing to deal with the higher price, even with split volumes and a few edits. It would certainly be better than the current Me-TV airings, or in some cases at least not any worse. And especially after the long wait between Seasons 2 and 3, I want to show my support for continued releases by not waiting very long to purchase them once they're available.
     
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    i don't have S3 but plan to get it, even with the edited episodes (really, how can a CBS MOD not do better than this?) I plan to pick up any/all B/W seasons, after that, I'm not sure what I'll do.
     
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    Still no order link on Amazon for these. What's the deal?
     
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    I was wondering the same thing. I am not ordering from Moviezyng. There is virtually no info online about them and no reviews on their service. Why would amazon no longer be selling MOD titles from CBS?

    Oldies.com also has it listed but I have heard horror stories about their customer service. Terrible online reviews. Will not order from them either.
     
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    (More generally).

    Nowadays I only bother buying dvd/bluray discs from amazon, costco, and wallyworld to a lesser degree. Mainly for the reason they don't usually give you the "5th degree" when asking for an exchange for defective dvd/bluray discs.

    For the few other retailers I've encountered, they're a nightmare to deal with when it comes to defective discs.
     
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    Surprised that My Three Sons S4 didn't show up at some point last month on MOD. So I'm assuming CBS/Paramount just decided at the last minute to hold up the release. Glad it's at least on it's way now.

    Gary "scratching my head on that one" O.
     
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    It's up on Amazon now:
    https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07XL54YYT/ref=sr_1_5?crid=2RPSNZBZ04U0S&keywords=my+three+sons+season+4+dvd&qid=1568254327&s=movies-tv&sprefix=my+three+sons+sea%2Cmovies-tv%2C1334&sr=1-5

    Thanks for the steer clear on that.
     
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    Well over $100 to buy season 3 and 4 soon is going to sting, but glad to see some action on this front even if the situation isn't perfect with the price, unrestored transfers, and some cuts here and there.

    Along with Ozzie & Harriet, this is the one at the top of my wish list.
     
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    I don’t have the money yet, but I hope someone buys it and reviews it. I would love to know how many unedited episodes there are altogether.
     
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    Just ordered it and will post about any edited episodes, etc. when it arrives.
     
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    This review is for Volumes 1 and 2 since I purchased both together. These two sets are the same as the Season 3 releases. No remastering has been done on the episodes themselves, but the score has not been altered like it was on the first two seasons that were released in 2008-2010. Those were pressed discs but these are the purple burned discs. They do have a nice silk screened logo on each disc that lists the episode titles. There is no insert with titles/airdates though.


    The back covers feature the same colorized cast photo, although it not a Season 4 publicity pic, it’s from the first season. The bad news is that once again there are cut episodes. Most of the episodes on Volume 1 run between 25:30-25:40. On Volume 2, the episodes all start having shorter running times that range from around 24:00-24:50. I can’t tell if they are edited, so I assume maybe mid-season they began to make the episodes shorter. I did compare with The Patty Duke Show Season 1, which aired on ABC the same year as this, but the Patty episodes were all around 25:30, so it makes me wonder. The following is a list of run times on the confirmed edited ones:


    DEAR ROBBIE 22:34
    SECOND CHORUS 23:45
    MY FRIEND ERNIE 22:38
    THE END OF YOU-KNOW-WHAT 22:26
    THE TOUPEE 22:29


    I liked this Season better than the first three. The addition of Ernie (Barry Livingston) and Sally (Meredith MacRae) made the show more enjoyable for me. But, this is still pricey for edited episodes that are not remastered. Casual fans may want to pass on this and just watch on Me-TV, etc. rather than springing for this set. Season 5 is my favorite of the B&W years. I do hope if it’s released, there are no edits, but I am not holding my breath.
     

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    It sounds to me that the 24:00-24:50 run times on season 4 volume 2 might mean the episodes are complete but time compressed. I doubt that they would shorten the run times of the episodes in the middle of the season, that doesn't make sense, especially during this time in the 1960's when half hour shows normally ran about 25:30 or so.

    I have the DVD's of seasons 1 and 2, it looks like I'll probably stop there because seasons 3 and 4 have too many episodes that are edited or otherwise compromised to justify making the purchase.
     
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    Thank you for the review and screencaps of the My Three Sons S4 set, Kasey! That's good information. I may pick up S3 and 4 at some point down the road, as I really like this series, but that price point is pretty high...especially considering the sets include several syndicated and/or timesped episodes.
     
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    Checking from complete 16mm prints, "Dear Robbie" runs 25:20. The only thing in the episode that could have been a problem were the two scenes in the soda shop with fairly prominent music playing in the background.
    "Second Chorus" runs 25:25 and contains J.P. Morgan singing "I Only Have Eyes For You", and "It Was Just One Of Those Things"
    "My Friend Ernie" runs 25:26. The only thing that could have been a problem is the background music played during the nightclub scenes.
     
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    Interesting...so, it may not have been related to syndicated (cut) prints, but just conservative CBS cutting out some music concerns instead of replacing the music. That makes more sense than damaged or lost complete episodes.
     
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