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TV on DVD news roundup

Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by The Obsolete Man, Jun 10, 2018.

  1. ClassicTVMan1981X

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    https://www.nbcwashington.com/entertainment/entertainment-news/CBS-Sued-of-The-Andy-Griffith-Show-Theme-Song-510429801.html

    This news story in the above link about the Andy Griffith theme tune, "The Fishin' Hole," may be one indicator as to why we're not yet getting The Andy Griffith Show on Blu-Ray.

    ~Ben
     
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    I didn't know the Texaco Star Theater title track/theme song was used on Family Ties, let alone that it was in the DVD releases of that 1982-89 NBC comedy-- now the copyright holders are saying it shouldn't have been used there? Outrageous-- they should have said something about it when the releases were first issued, and now they say something?
     
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    They still managed to cut most of the other music other than "At This Moment" by Billy Vera and the Beaters, which was a big deal when the show used it. A few months ago, I watched the pilot on Amazon Prime and it's the same cut-but-not-as-much-as-a-syndicated-version edit as the DVD, which removes a Phil Ochs song. This is different. This is another show's theme song we're talking about, and an iconic one at that, especially where I grew up*. This is why all those public domain releases over the years skipped over the theme music.

    Maybe this will change now that CBS and Viacom are reunited despite doing so under the awkward corporate name of ViacomCBS. And maybe they'll put the original logos back, too. But this will now give them two TV production companies: CBS Studios (the one that can be traced back via Paramount to Desilu) and Paramount Television (the new one whose logo was on Grease Live!). Those will probably get merged into one company, but what they'd call it I couldn't tell you.


    *IIRC they used it once on a late-era Silver Spoons episode as well. This is no coincidence; after having been on Search for Tomorrow around the same time Andrea McArdle, Broadway's original Annie, left it and found a different kind of "Tomorrow", Joel Higgins' first prime time TV role was on Columbia's Salvage One on ABC which also starred Andy Griffith. Married with Children used it in a much darker context around the time Jefferson became Marcy's husband.
     
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    If you recall, in the days before the split, they paid for music. S1 of Happy Days, S1-3 of Taxi, S1-7 of Cheers. It wasn't until the split and CBS took over that music became something to cut at every opportunity.
     
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    Alright, Acorn is continuing the Miss Fisher line on Blu with Ms. Fisher's Modern Mysteries.
     
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    Heh.

    Sounds like Sony was wrangling over a decision whether The Goldbergs season 6 dvds (already manufactured) should be sent to the dvd-mod channel folks, or whether they should sent it to the general wide market distributors.

    If I had to guess, Sony's home entertainment division executives probably made a huge bargain with their general market distributors to carry it, which came down to the wire a week before release.
     
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    I see Warner is repackaging the Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collections for reissue, and on DVD naturally. What was originally six discs is now four with the two controversial shorts still not appearing. And they're claiming things are "restored and remastered" for funsies.

    I guess soaking up any remaining customers is more or less an official forfeit on future Golden Collections. What a waste.
     
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    That would make the former 1/3rd complete. But half-season sets still? And at the price a whole season would be worth from a third party distributor?
     
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