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TV Shows needing a decent Re-Release?

Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by JohnHopper, Feb 27, 2019.

  1. LouA

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    Good points on Rocky And Bullwinkle. I believe that Rocky And His Friends began as 15 minute series back in 1959. In any case , the restorations you suggest would be most welcome !
     
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    The 15 minute series was called The Rocky Show from 1960 for syndication.
     
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    Several cartoon series were only released cropped on DVD, rather than in widescreen:
    Batman, The
    Ben 10
    Ben 10: Alien Force (Season 1)
    Krypto the Super Dog
    Land Before Time, The (TV series)
    Loonatics Unleashed
    Shaggy and Scooby Get a Clue!
    Teen Titans
    What's New Scooby-Doo?

    The re-release of Teen Titans is still cropped, so seems no chance of this ever happening with cartoon series from Warner Home Video.
     
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    • My Three Sons - original music score reinstated
    • Alf - original networks cuts
    • The Jack Benny Program
    • Here Come the Brides - just a rerelease of season 1 so I can get it for a reasonable price
    • War and Remembrance mini-series - just a rerelease so I can get it for a reasonable price
    • More episodes of Walt Disney Presents/Wonderful World of Color/Wonderful World of Disney
    • The Mickey Mouse Club (1950s original) - a nice set of the Mouseketeer segments/skits would make the most sense. The cartoons and serials would be better curated in their own sets.
    • Mickey Mouse Club serials - more Spin and Marty, Hardy Boys, etc.
     
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    Ethan Riley

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    A lot of enthusiasm for re-dos in this thread. Keep 'em coming!

    I agree with Scott's comments about "V" on message #33. I think they used tired video masters for the main series. The color just does not pop. Who knows, Warners might revisit "V" if the new movie series actually ever gets underway.

    Regarding Room 222...well, the series might have sold better if they'd used decent prints. Ditto the same problem for Falcon Crest.

    There's all kinds of completed shows I'm more or less happy with, but would certainly trade in for a blu ray. These are shows from all eras I'm likely to watch more than once, so why not have them on blu? Among them:

    The Big Valley
    Wild Wild West
    Laverne & Shirley
    (with music edits)
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the dvds are...barely passable...but they did come out at the dawn of the tv on dvd era. Not sure if I need to see those awful 16x9 versions that are streaming somewhere or other, but I would like it on blu.)
    Dynasty (the dvds are damn near perfect, but it could be on blu...)
    The Gilmore Girls
    Fantasy Island
    Hart to Hart
    I Love Lucy
    Veronica Mars
    Stargate SG-1
    (problematic because the first seasons were shot on 16mm to save costs. Therefore the CGI was probably pretty low grade. Don't know if upgrading all those shots for blu would be worth it to them).
     
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  6. JohnHopper

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    It was not restored and it showed on the picture quality.
     
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    Same way about L.A. Law-- 3/8 of that NBC legal series (1986-89) came out, and then, very inexplicably, no more.
     
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    I used to watch Laramie on Grit TV when our market had that network a couple of years ago. What a beautiful looking show! The timeless release quality of this is so bad, I'm unable to watch it. I would love to see the remastered version on DVD.
     
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    I agree on Laramie- the episodes shown on cable now are fully remastered with magnificent color.. By the way, that show contributed to TV history as it was the first to use the second (and longest lasting) version of the NBC peacock intro- and because of that, it's been referred to as 'The Laramie Peacock"!

     
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    And some of the greatest words ever spoken in television history have come from the voices of the NBC announcers who said this, not only over the Laramie Peacock, but over its earlier version:

    "The following program is brought to you in living color on NBC."
     
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    Combat! and My Three Sons top my list.

    To add to it, I'd love to see the remastered episodes of Emergency! be released on Blu-Ray. Most of that work was done too late to make it to DVD, leaving us with much inferior transfers from many years earlier.

    And since it bugs me as a Connie Francis fan to see credits for her music in the end credits of Laverne & Shirley yet never hear any of it on DVD, I'd love to see that one fixed.
     
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    I take it you want for Emergency! what was done for Knight Rider, Miami Vice and The Rockford Files on Blu.
     
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    I'd love to have the correct opening credits on Emergency. They went with the all "talking" opening for far too many seasons and never gave me the version I was most looking forward to.
     
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    Same issue with Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie - I'd rather see the respective season-specific openings - where applicable - than the generic syndicated opening.

    Bewitched openings missing on DVD:
    Season 2 (1965-66)


    Season 3 to 5 (1966-69) - season 3 version of opening is used on the current TV prints of the season 1-2 episodes (in monochrome) and the season 3-5 episodes (color), but all of these present reruns use the season 1 version of the theme tune


    Seasons 7 to 8 (1970-72) - same as season 6, but with narration added: "Elizabeth Montgomery in... BEWITCHED!"

    I Dream of Jeannie openings missing on DVD:
    Season 2 (1966-67) - episode 1 of this season has correct version of the visual (w/o Sidney Sheldon's credit), but with the season 3-5 version of the theme tune


    ~Ben
     
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    Yup! Those are exactly what I was thinking of earlier. Nice!!!

    It's amazing the lengths the went to in order to change the danged openings....
     
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    And you can say the same thing for THE GUNS OF WILL SONNETT. And just like with BRANDED, it could use re-mastering onto HD by CBSTD!
     
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    There was an entire intro of Emergency! that I didn't even know existed until I caught a remastered episode on MeTV a few years ago before the Universal stuff was dropped, thanks to it having not been properly included on the old syndicated tape transfers.
     
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    The original intro is on the S1 DVD episodes and some S2 episodes because those episodes had been remastered for VHS in the early 90s. The ratty transfers with the S6 open dated to the early 80s.
     
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    Top of the list for me that needs a proper reissue is "The Odd Couple." Far too many episodes were ruined because of the stupid "song humming or singing one line or two of a song" paranoia of CBS/Paramount. I want "Cocktails For Two" back in the Pernell Roberts episode!
     
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    The season 5 DVD release is also ruined as it omits this version of the Paramount Split Box II logo:


    ~Ben
     

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