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Rare Vintage Shows not on DVD

Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by JohnHopper, May 20, 2017.

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  1. JohnHopper

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    Find a short list of rare vintage shows not yet on DVD because of many legal reasons.
    Please share with me yours.

    SIXTIES
    Way Out (1961)
    The New Breed (1961)
    The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962)
    Twelve O'Clock High (1964)
    T.H.E. Cat (1966)
    Blue Light (1966)
    Garrison's Gorillas (1967)
    The Outsider (1968)

    SEVENTIES
    Dan August (1970)
    The Silent Force (1970)
    The Psychiatrist (1971)
    Longstreet (1971)
    Bronk (1975)
    Hunter (1977)
     
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    Heard that was the case with High Chspparal. Don't know how true it is?

    James
     
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    One I like to see is a BBC series shown in the late 70's called Great Railway Journeys of the World. There were 7 episodes with one hosted by Python Michael Palin showing a UK rail journey and the only episode on dvd. The rest you can only see on Youtube in poor video quality.
     
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    (More generally).

    Besides music issues, what are the common "legal reasons" for a show not being released on dvd/bluray ?
     
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    Dual ownership is often a major stumbling block; for most shows with the potential for only marginal profits, the multiple stakeholders often won't bother negotiating.

    Pre-existing source material can be an issue if the original agreement didn't involve outright sale of the property. An author's estate or a publisher or a studio may often have a legal claim that requires extra negotiation.
     
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    Sometimes it could mean rights to a character or literary rights etc. (I think that's the reason behind "Twelve O'Clock High" never seeing the light of day on DVD). There was a non-music issue that held up "Six Million Dollar Man" for a number of years (how quickly we forget!)

    For those that still have legal issues, top of the list is "The Green Hornet." And I think there's some confusion on who owns the rights to "Project UFO" because it was Jack Webb's only series not produced for Universal. Rights belonged to Worldvision which meant that CBS/Paramount should have picked them up but a few years back they said they didn't have the rights so I don't think its been settled as to who could or couldn't release that one on DVD.
     
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    From what I understand about Garrison's Gorillas, that one exists entirely among collectors, including the unaired pilot.
     
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    Why do you assume these are not out for legal reasons? Most are one-season or fewer shows which have limited sales potential.
     
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    [QUOTE="Jack P, post: There was a non-music issue that held up "Six Million Dollar Man" for a number of years .[/QUOTE]

    The issue that held uo the six megabuck man was an ownership issue between Universal (Which owned the original series along with The Bionic Woman. Walt Disney was working on a remake of the latter, which resulted in an impass. Disney/ABC's new version made it to ABC, but that version tanked in the ratings. Disney threw in the towel, and both original "bionic shows" were FINALLY released on DVD.

    PS the remake was also released.
     
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    "The Green Hornet." :

    The only issue here is that "Green Hornet,inc" (The Estate) wants more of a cut/money than 20th/Fox wants to give.
     
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    I picked up the dvd set of the revived 2007 version.

    It was largely crap.
     
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    I'm still waiting for a complete set of remastered episodes of "One Step Beyond" (1959). Many episodes have been released on DVD, but they look terrible with scratches, missing scenes, and bad audio.
     
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    Twice in my lifetime there has only been TWO remakes (both movies) that bettered their originals. They are:

    1. Homeward Bound, The Incredible Journey. (1983) This movie was a remake of the early 1960s The Incredible Journey. The original was a narrated story about two dogs and a cat who travel across the wilderness to get home. For the remake the producers made characters of the animals, and made them talk (Micheal J. Fox and Don Ameche were the voices of the dogs, and Sally Field was the voice of the cat. They also made the movie funny, and these did the trick. I have both movies and they are a joy to watch.
    The other film was Charlotte's Web (2006) which was made as an animated feature by Hanna-Barbera in the 1970s. In that rarities the original was rather mediocre :thumbsdown:, which made it a pushover when a live-action version aired in 2006 (needless to say this version KICKED @$$!!!). :thumbsup:

    Sometimes wonder WHY Hollywood gets obsessed with making remakes, ESPECIALLY with TV shows. :unsure: Sabrina-The Teenage and he remake of Hawaii Five-O are the rarities, all of the others lasted but a few weeks before getting cancelled. It's bad enough when (IMO) most of today's TV shows are mediocre at best (ESPECIALLY the "unscripted shows), but I sometimes wonder, have they ran out of ideas? :unsure:
     
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    There's a few others.

    The revived Outer Limits lasted 7 seasons. 90210 lasted 5 seasons.
     
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    OOPS! :oops: Missed those two. :blush:
     
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    The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
    's three seasons are available separately or as a box set in the UK and Oz. Likewise with The High Chaparral, which has been out for years in several Euro sets, including Germany, as well as South America and Oz. Of course, you can always wait around for a release in your own backyard, which may or may not ever happen. However, a true collector would go region free and order with impunity! ;)
     
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    Longstreet is still in the works through VEI, as are these other Paramount Television rarities:
    The Immortal (1970-71)
    The Magician (1973-74)
    Angie (1979-80)

    My favorite rare TV shows that should be released:

    SEVENTIES
    Barefoot in the Park (1970)
    Spyforce (1971)
    Funny Face (1971-72) / The Sandy Duncan Show (1972-73)
    Love Story (TV) (1973-74)
    Kate McShane (1975-76)
    Lost Islands (1976)
    Serpico (1976-77)
    Blansky's Beauties (1977)
    Makin' It (1979)
    The Bad News Bears (TV) (1979-80)
    Working Stiffs (1979)
    The Associates (1979-80)

    EIGHTIES
    Goodtime Girls (1980)
    Here's Boomer (1980-82)
    Making the Grade (1982)
    Brothers (Showtime) (1984-89)
    Bronx Zoo (1987-88)
    Duet (1987-89) / Open House (1989-90)
    Hard Knocks (Showtime) (1987)
    Marblehead Manor (1987)
    Dear John (1988-92)

    ~Ben
     
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    A lot of your wants are not so rare. Many of them ran on TV Land in the 90s are were easy to pick up. Working Stiffs came out on VHS. Bad News Bears is out on DVD in Germany. Barefoot in the Park used to be in the Love American Style syndication package which is where I picked it up. Truly rare are Kate McShane, Love Story and Funny Face!
     
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    BEST OF THE WEST is the show I'm waiting (and waiting) for. It's up on Amazon as a pre-order from CBS Home Entertainment. I ordered it last October and am still waiting for it to be released. Likewise, I pre-ordered the Robert Stack MOST WANTED series from CBS in March of this year. Hopefully , CBS will put these out.
     
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    SIXTIES
    Dante (1960-1961)
    Hong Kong (1960-1961)
    Outlaws (1960-1962)
    Surfside 6 (1960-1962)
    The Blue Angels (1960-1961)
    The Witness (1960-1961)
    Cain's Hundred (1961-1962)
    Gunslinger (1961)
    The Everglades (1961-1962)
    The Investigators (1961)
    The New Breed (1961-1962)
    Way Out (1961)
    Ensign O'Toole (1962-1963)
    It's a Man's World (1962-1963)
    Saints and Sinners (1962-1963)
    The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962-1965)
    East Side/West Side (1963-1964)
    Mr. Novak (1963-1965)
    The Farmer's Daughter (1963-1966)
    The Greatest Show on Earth (1963-1964)
    The New Phil Silvers Show (1963-1964)
    The Richard Boone Show (1963-1964)
    The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (1963-1964)
    Kentucky Jones (1964-1965)
    The Bing Crosby Show (1964-1965)
    The Tycoon (1964-1965)
    Twelve O'Clock High (1964-1967)
    A Man Called Shenandoah (1965-1966)
    For the People (1965)
    Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1965-1967)
    Run for Your Life (1965-1968)
    Tammy (1965-1966)
    The Trials of O'Brien (1965-1966)
    Blue Light (1966)
    Felony Squad (1966-1969)
    Iron Horse (1966-1968)
    Occasional Wife (1966-1967)
    Pistols 'n' Petticoats (1966-1967)
    T.H.E. Cat (1966-1967)
    The Green Hornet (1966-1967)
    The Man Who Never Was (1966-1967)
    Garrison's Gorillas (1967-1968)
    Judd for the Defense (1967-1969)
    The High Chaparral (1967-1971)
    Julia (1968-1971)
    That's Life (1968-1969)
    The Good Guys (1968-1970)
    The Name of the Game (1968-1971)
    The Outsider (1968-1969)
    Bracken's World (1969-1970)
    My World and Welcome to It (1969-1970)
    The Debbie Reynolds Show (1969-1970)
    Then Came Bronson (1969-1970)

    SEVENTIES
    Dan August (1970-1971)
    Headmaster (1970-1971)
    Make Room for Granddaddy (1970-1971)
    Nancy (1970-1971)
    The Immortal (1970-1971)
    The Silent Force (1970-1971)
    The Tim Conway Show (1970)
    Cade's County (1971-1972)
    Longstreet (1971-1972)
    O'Hara, U.S. Treasury (1971-1972)
    Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law (1971-1974)
    Primus (1971-1972)
    Sarge (1971-1972)
    The D.A. (1971-1972)
    The Good Life (1971-1972)
    The New Andy Griffith Show (1971)
    The New Dick Van Dyke Show (1971-1974)
    The Psychiatrist (1971)
    Assignment: Vienna (1972-1973)
    Hec Ramsey (1972-1974)
    Me and the Chimp (1972)
    The Adventurer (1972-1973)
    The Brian Keith Show (1972-1974)
    The Paul Lynde Show (1972-1973)
    Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1973)
    Chase (1973-1974)
    Diana (1973-1974)
    Griff (1973-1974)
    Here We Go Again (1973)
    The Magician (1973-1974)
    The New Perry Mason (1973-1974)
    The Manhunter (1974-1975)
    Archer (1975)
    Bronk (1975-1976)
    Joe Forrester (1975-1976)
    Karen (1975)
    Switch (1975-1978)
    The Blue Knight (1975-1976)
    The Family Holvak (1975)
    The Swiss Family Robinson (1975-1976)
    All's Fair (1976-1977)
    Gibbsville (1976)
    Kingston: Confidential (1976-1977)
    Sara (1976)
    The Feather and Father Gang (1976-1977)
    The Practice (1976-1977)
    The Tony Randall Show (1976-1978)
    Carter Country (1977-1979)
    Hunter (1977)
    The Amazing Spider-Man (1977-1979)
    The Betty White Show (1977-1978)
    B.J. and the Bear (1978-1981)
    Kaz (1978-1979)
    A Man Called Sloane (1979-1980)
    Angie (1979-1980)
    Brothers and Sisters (1979)
    Hello, Larry (1979-1980)
    Hizzonner (1979)
    Salvage 1 (1979)
    Shirley (1979-1980)
    Stone (1979-1980)
    The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo (1979-1981)
    The Ropers (1979-1980)
    Trapper John, M.D. (1979-1986)
     

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