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The Powers Of Matthew Star coming to DVD

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  1. ClassicTVMan1981X

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    I just picked up on that "Available Now" blurb regarding this series when I most recently visited the main page at VEI!

    ~Ben
     
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    I wonder how long it will take for it to be available on amazon.
     
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    Probably not too long now...

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    I've read that, in 2002, this show was actually ranked number 22 on TV Guide's list of the 50 worst TV shows of all time!

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    Was it any worse than any other 1980s sci-fi/fantasy/gimmick show that failed to catch on with the public? Quite frankly, Friends should be at the top of any such list, then they'd have two Matthews for the price of one. You can also take Hogan's Heroes off that stupid list and replace it with Full House. They were right about Barney the Dinosaur, though. Some things from the 1990s should have stayed there.

    But as for this show, it was supposed to air a year earlier. The pilot was shot in 1981, and the lead character was supposed to be named Daniel (originally it was David), but a serious accident put Peter Barton in the hospital; when they came back, they had The Dukes of Hazzard (the season without its two stars), Benson, and The New Odd Couple as competition. The other shows that premiered that season Fridays on NBC, Knight Rider and Remington Steele, were hits despite having Dallas and Falcon Crest to contend with. Louis Gossett, Jr. still won the Oscar for An Officer and a Gentleman nonetheless.

    As for the episode running times? I'm not terribly optimistic. The one thing I thought VEI could be counted on to get right, and they haven't. After the Angie set that called it "the complete collection" despite being anything but, notice they changed the wording to "All the episodes on DVD." They're not even trying to pass them off as complete here.

    And as for that little list, wasn't Joanie Loves Chachi also on it? As I recall, that they managed not to screw up on DVD, but that was also done by Paramount in-house.
     
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    IMO, that's a lot better than saying "complete" when it obviously wouldn't be. After all, if you say "complete," and the purchaser of your release discovers that one or more of the episodes are edited/otherwise adulterated, would that not be somewhat of a half-truth?
     
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    Well, I guess they could say "depends on what you mean by complete. They could say complete means every episode, even if some are edited."

    I'm wary of such notations, unless they say "complete and unedited" or something like that.
     
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    That's definitely where I remember it running, then, as I also remember the rerun cycle of Bosom Buddies from that same year (I do remember on-air promos for Petrocelli, but it wasn't something I would have watched).
     
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    My set arrived today. Just had time to pop in the first disc to see how it looks. The picture is pretty sharp and the colors are vivid (aside from some minor "scratches" in the opening credits in the second episode). Episodes 1 and 2 run about 48 minutes apiece, so I don't think they're syndication edits.

    I'm not crazy about the packaging - it was difficult for me to get the first disc out (it's on the inside front cover), and there's no episode guide on the flip side of the discs artwork, which is disappointing. I might repackage the whole thing. But each disc does include a list of episode titles, so that's something.
     
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    Frank thanks for sharing that. That's certainly good news. I hope the other runtimes are similar. Please let us know. Does the pilot "Star Knight" appear at the beginning or end of the set as it should?
     
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    The two episodes' worth you've seen so far-- do they have Paramount Television's normal-peaked Blue Mtn. of that time?
     
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    What to look for...

    1982 version:

    (on the Harve Bennett co-produced episodes)

    1982 (alternate):

    (on the Bruce Lansbury co-produced episodes)

    1981 version:

    (possibly on the pilot?)

    ~Ben
     
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    When and if I get that release, that's what I'll be looking for!
     
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    Me, too!

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    "Starr Knight" is the final episode in the set (at the end of disc 4).
     
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    The pilot has the "short-peaked" blue mountain logo, with the word "television" sliding in from the right. I think it's the last one in your post. I haven't watched any of the episodes all the way through yet, so I don't know if it's a consistent feature from episode to episode.

    Just popped in the first disc to see how the show looks and flipped through the first two episodes. I'm not sure if they're all the same quality. We shall see...

    Also, the edges of the discs are strangely sticky. I'm unsure why. Maybe it's the imprinting of the disc art, but it's quite noticeable.
     
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    Just what I wanted to know!
     
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    Here's something that may not make it onto the DVDs. According to Nat Segaloff's biography of Harlan Ellison, this show ripped off a treatment and show Bible Ellison had written for Paramount, titled _The Other Place_. According to Ellison, he didn't even have to bring a lawsuit: he sent the relevant materials to Paramount's lawyer, who settled in the six figures.
     
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    I wonder which of the 1983 episodes (the Bruce Lansbury co-produced period) have this version of the tall-peaked logo, with the 1979 theme?

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    Harlan Ellison also sued Paramount over Future Cop shortly after its 1977 broadcast run; in that case, he and Ben Bova sued not only Paramount, but also former Paramount exec Terry Keegan and ABC claiming that that series ripped off their own pitch for a TV series that was based on the 1970 short-story Brillo.

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