Sgt. Bilko box set coming?

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  1. Ron1973

    Ron1973 Beverly Hillbilles nut extraordinaire

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    My friend Steve Everitt just posted this on his FB page:

    Email just received regarding some positive news regarding a complete 4 season box set of The Phil Silvers Show! Watch out for further updates!

    We are a UK based DVD publisher who have recently acquired the home video rights for Sgt. Bilko. The plan is to release a complete collection of all four seasons in one bumper box set, and wondered whether I might be able to enlist your support in this project. Not sure how yet, but I suspect you know the show and fans better than I do so anything that could be added to make this a great set would be useful. I have some added extras from the the DVD sets that Paramount put out themselves and I am planning on speaking with the BBC regarding the programmes Bilko on Parade and Phil Silvers appearance on Parkinson. Please drop me line if you think you might be able to assist in this project.


    Steve and a few others "across the pond" have been pushing for a release for a long time even going to the length of contacting CBS HE repeatedly. If/when I hear more, I'll post it!
     
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    That must be one of the best news I've heard (along the release of Batman of course)
     
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    According to posts in the Phil Silvers Appreciation Society group on FB, it looks as if Shout might also be in the running to get a release out. Now whether or not that would be in conjuction with this other company or not, I don't know. I really hope we see a US release in conjuction with a UK release. Here's the post:

    Mick Clews The third party in question is SHOUT.....there's a possibility that a full DVD release may be on the cards...but no definite deal has been set yet....we can but hope!

    Edited to add that the above post from Mick Clews was almost a month ago. The post I started is "current" news as of today.
     
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    I hope for nonPAL release. Bilko speaks quickly enough already.
     
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    Ron1973 Beverly Hillbilles nut extraordinaire

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    You aren't the only one:
    Jonathan M. Smith If true, make sure they transfer them at 24 frames a second instead of the PAL 25. You can do that even for DVDs.
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    This is great news. I have an all-region player, and I think it's worth investing in one for this series and the other ones available in PAL format .
     
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    Either way, if this turns out, it would be brilliant news.
     
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    So long as it comes out somewhere, I don't care where. That's what region free players are for. Seriously, its 2014, are we really still worried about region coding?
     
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    If they got this one licensed, thatrops my CBS complaint list to only two:

    1) Not finishing Cannon

    2) Not giving My Three Sons a fair chance.

    Either way, great news on Bilko!
     
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    I feel the same way, but I want to add my current holy grail show, Barnaby Jones, to the list.

    If CBS would release this and the rest of Cannon, I think I would be satisfied with their output.

    I'm growing more and more frustrated with their slow release schedule. If they don't plan to release Barnaby Jones, sell the rights to someone else!
     
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    The music substitutions sunk My Three Sons. It would be great if the black and white episodes were licensed abroad. Fred Douglas is not going to be hurt by a 5% speed up.
     
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    Amazingly US player manufacturers still seem to unwilling to sell multi-region players. For example I have my eyer on an OPPO , but it only plays NTSC.
     
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    Fortunately, I am set up for region-free action. Thus, if this comes in from across the pond only, I am prepared. But if Shout! can make this happen in its entirety, somehow...that, too, would be welcome all the same!!!
     
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    Oppo can output NTSC and PAL, and I'm pretty sure can convert NTSC -> PAL or PAL -> NTSC. I use it to output natively since my device support both PAL and NTSC sources.
     
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    That's good news since I'll be buying one soon.
     
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    That depends on how annoying PAL audio distortion can be for some people. I for one get very annoyed when I hear the theme music of a show from a PAL source consistently in too high a key and too fast compared to what it's supposed to sound like. That can be a fingernails on the blackboard experience if its a musical piece I'm very familiar with. I've only accepted PAL source material for certain R1 releases like "Isis" because that's all we'll ever have, but in general the whole audio distortion issue is one reason why I tend to shun foreign region releases.
     
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    Great case. I hope SHOUT! releases it here so the PAL thing won't be an issue.
     
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    I'll be very disappointed if there is no region 1 release for this. I do not own a region free DVD player nor do I plan to purchase one. I want to mark this off my holy grail list. I think SHOUT! is our best hope for this release.
     
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    Even though I have a region free player, this isn't a title that justifies the expenditure to be played on one machine only and in a compromised PAL format. For the moment, I can get by with one full season and the "Best Of" set.
     

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