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What did you watch this week in classic TV on DVD(or Blu)?

Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by Bryan^H, Aug 28, 2015.

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    That is a good list Russ. I would have "The Donna Reed Show" in my top five and I would put " The Patty Duke Show" in my honorable mentions even though I know that one is not very popular.
     
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    Those old Quick Draw McGraw and Augie Doggie cartoons are favorites of mine Jeff. I have gray market sets of both and enjoy them a lot. I do wish I could see them like they were presented in the shows with alternating episodes and bumpers, but I don't think they will ever come out like that. The same thing goes for Yogi Bear and Huckleberry Hound, but I'm glad to have what I have.
     
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    I'm with Tim. I loved the Quck Draw McGraw series as a kid and greatly enjoyed what little was on that Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1960s, Vol. 1 set. It left me wanting more.

    In my best Baba Louie impression: "Hey Queeks Draw! When are we gonna get a full release?"

    Oh to have good, clever, cartoons again. Stuff that both kids and adults can appreciate on different levels.
     
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    Yes, Josh's is from Inside Mill Creek's Bewitched full-series release. JohnMor's is from I Dream of Jeannie copyright years. However the third quote is from a member who has seen the extra, and as you pointed out, contradicts the others. Should have left it out. I have removed it from my post. I still think it is worthwhile to see this DVD extra only released with Bewitched in Japan.

    As I understand it, based on what John and Josh posted, the first two B&W seasons of Bewitched were not decolored. I found them after I started a thread last year asking if anyone "in the know" could give an definitive answer on whether or not Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie were the colored versions or B&W.
     
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    Gunsmoke - Season 7
    The Prisoner (7.33) Andrew Prine, Ed Nelson, Conrad Nagel, Nanct Gates, Dabbs Greer. Season starts with Ed Nelson and ends with Ed Nelson. Family melodrama with a "twist" that most modern viewers will probably figure out.

    The Boys (7.34) Malcolm Atterbury, George Kennedy, Dean Stanton, Michael Parks, Gage Clarke, Dabbs Greer. A snake oil salesman turns to a life of crime to make ends meet. He uses his sons as pawns to create trouble and then to correct it.

    Have Gun - Will Travel - Complete Series Epik Pak
    The Solid Gold Patrol (2.13) Sean McClory. Paladin tracks and finds a Louisiana lottery winner amidst an Indian attack.

    Something To Live For (2.14) Rayford Barnes, Malcolm Atterbuty, John Anderson. An alcoholic is rescued by Paladin, dries him out and then gives him something to live for.

    The Moor's Revenge (2.15) Vincent Price, Patricia Morison, Morey Amsterdam. A Shakespearean "ham" and his wife are hired to perform in San Diego for cowboys ending a cattle drive.

    The Wager (2.16) Denver Pyle, Ken Lynch, Jacqueline Scott. A railroad magnate is abusive and a thrill seeker who hires Paladin. Paladin does not like being used or seeing women abused.

    The Taffeta Mayor (2.17) Edward Platt, Robert Karnes, Norma Crane. Women with the right to vote elect a female mayor in a corrupt city.

    Lady On The Stagecoach (2.18) John Doucette, Vitina Marcus, Raymond Bailey, Ward Wood. "Stagecoach" Paladin style.

    Treasure Trail (2.19) James Drury, Robert Wilkie, Madlyn Rhue. A border war is sparked by animosity between brothers that Paladin feels warmly towards.

    The High Chapparal - Season 3
    Journal of Death (3.15) Morgan Woodward, John Colicos. A retired lawman is bringing in his final prisoner (a civil war POW doctor who was unable to save all the prisoners). The Cannons offer hospitality. Circumstances lead to a life and death decision. Excellent episode, one of my favorites.

    Friends And Partners (3.16) Howard Caine, Charles Dierkop. Buck and Mano begin working their ranch and must deal with Commancheros. Comedy aspects well played by all involved.

    Jelks (3.17) Mitchell Ryan, Bob Hoy. An episode featuring Joe as temporary foreman in Sam's absence. Joe hires a former running buddy to be a hand. The hand has ulterior motives and creates trouble for the Chapparal.

    The Guns Of Johnny Rondo (3.18) Steve Forrest, Kurt Russell. A former gunfighter has renounced violence after mistakenly shooting a teen. He is trying to teach his son the lessons he has learned. A coming of age tale.

     
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    One of the many episodes in television history where the name of the episode had a title drop, IINM.
     
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    I remembered this post after watching Ms. Rhoades in the Bronk episode "Bargain in Blood" tonight. Yowza!
     
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    If only "Batman" had still been on in the 70s, she would have been the absolute perfect Poison Ivy.
     
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    Oh, yeah, she's an eyeful! Good to hear that she has a guest spot in Bronk. BTW...how are you enjoying that show, Dan? And how do the transfers on the Warner Archive DVD set look?
     
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    I'm on the third disc and am enjoying the series so far. Palance seemed pretty low-key/soft-spoken in the first eight episodes, but he got into a shouting match with John Larch in "Bargain in Blood." I wonder what the Nielsen ratings were for this series. Although I like it, it probably didn't stand out from the crowd of TV cop shows in the mid-'70s. I remember seeing a Palance clip on YouTube (which may still be there) where he was on The Tonight Show and seemed to criticize Bronk, IIRC. That probably didn't help matters with the ratings.

    The transfers look pretty good to me on my humble 43-inch Vizio. They're not artifact-free, but they are uncut at over 50 minutes each, and that counts for me more than anything else. A couple of episodes, when I hit the play button, start after the opening credits. You have to hit the chapter-back button to get it to play the credits and then proceed into the episode.
     
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    OT-- the same has been the configuration w/my copy of A&E's/New Video's release of the 1985 World Series (that from ABC, between the St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals). When you select "Play Ball!" from the main menu, it automatically starts with the batting order of the visiting side (being as it is in baseball, that the visiting side always bats first [St. Louis in the first and last two games, K.C. in the middle three]). The broadcasts as presented in this release do have ABC's pregame festivities (w/ABC's broadcast title sequence/graphics of the time), but in order to see those, you have to select "Inning Selection," and then select "Pre-Game"; that way, you can see the broadcasts more-or-less as they were presented on ABC in 1985; some, but not all, of these discs also have the postgame wrapup.

    BTW, here are pictures of the menus on that release, to explain what I mean...

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    -Last week's Joan O'Brien marathon which led to discussion of "Operation Petticoat" got me to break out my boot recordings of the series. The pilot from my own recording in the mid-80s when it aired in a late night WCBS movie slot and then the first five episodes from TV Land airings in the early 2000s. I have some more episodes to go through as well but these are the initial thoughts.

    -As a series "Operation Petticoat" is basically "McHale's Navy" meets late 70s ABC jiggle. Only in the era of "Charlie's Angels" and "Love Boat" could this show have gotten on, and amazingly I found it works for delivering laughs still, thanks to the fact that John Astin (while certainly no Cary Grant) is perfect as the island of stability reacting to the bizarre situation of commanding a rickety pink submarine with five stranded nurses aboard and the rest of the cast has great perfect timing as well. So even though the plots and gimmicks do get repetitive and formulaic (Richard Gilliland's Holden is always looking for an angle that will help them stay afloat, Melinda Naud's Crandall will always do something klutzy) the cast is personable and distinctive that it becomes a comfort zone.

    -I have read that initially "Operation Petticoat" was supposed to be a one hour show but then late in the game this decision got changed but that's the reason why the first regular episode "Yeoman Hunkle, Yeoman Hunkle" aired as two parts since they decided to film that script as written and then quickly rewrite the other scripts for a half hour format. Some of these subsequent ones I can tell were designed for an hour format (when Gilliland's Marine flyer brother is shot down and picked up that clearly was intended for a lot more than what we ended up with). but that might have resulted in stretching the jokes too thin. At a half hour, the format's weakness (that the nurses can *never* get themselves transferred off) is papered over a bit more.

    -It's because of the strength of the cast that the decision ABC made to fire everyone except Naud and two other lesser cast members was insanity. ABC and company wanted the weakness of the format addressed (because there had to eventually be a legit reason for the nurses to stay aboard) but it would have been all too easy to come up with a solution using the existing cast. The short-lived second season (I have a couple episodes of that but don't want to watch them because that's like watching a group of strangers) apparently fixed that issue by making the Sea Tiger designated an "ambulance" sub solely to rescue downed flyers and thus required permanent nurses stationed aboard, but it's too bad they didn't think of that before they got rid of the original group.

    -Of course had she not been among those who got swept out, Jamie Lee Curtis might not have gotten her big break with "Halloween"! It is fascinating to see her at age 19 just starting out (and ironically playing the role Dina Merrill played in the original film as the nurse Tony Curtis romances!)

    -I still hope the show gets a legit DVD release while there's still a window of opportunity for it to appear. Supposedly the tape elements did not get destroyed in the fire.

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    Perry Mason - Season 7 - 9 Epik Pak
    The Case of the Nebulous Nephew (7.1) Beulah Bondi, Hugh Marlowe, Ron Starr, Meg Wyllie, Mark Roberts, Kate Manx. A nephew schemes to steal money from his two rich aunts by providing a "lost" heir. He has rehearsed the boy, John, to make him perfect. John develops qualms and wants out, the uncle ends up dead and John is accused. Perry to the defense.

    The Case of the Shifty Shoe-Box (7.2) Plays 3rd on disc 1. Bill Mumy, Constance Ford, Joe Sirola, Benny Baker, Denver Pyle, Dianne Ladd. A freeloading brother searches for the gun he casually tossed after firing it during a struggle. The gun ends up with Miles (Bill Mumy) who is secret friends with Perry. Miles has hidden the gun but everyone seems to know where it was hidden. The gun is used in a murder and Miles "Aunt" becomes the accused. Gotta love cute Will Robinson.

    The Case of the Drowsy Mosquito (7.3) Plays 4th on disc 1. Arthur Hunnicutt, Russell Collins, Kathleen Crowley, Robert J. Wilkie, Strother Martin, Joe Knapp, Woodrow Parfrey. Mason is pulled into a mining town that resembles a "western" location. Always like these change of pace episodes. The trial is held in a saloon. Technology can always trip you up and it certainly creates havoc in this small gold mining community. Highlight of the episode is Paul Drake looking scruffy and playing the part of a "rock hound" who discovers a fabled lost gold mine.

    The Case of the Deadly Verdict (7.4) Plays 2nd on disc 1. Julie Adams, Joan Tompkins, Lee Bergere, Steve Franken,Hollis Irving, Mike Mazurki. The most different episode of Perry Mason yet, Perry loses the case in the opening minutes. He then spends the rest of the hour trying to wheedle the truth from his client before she is executed on a "given Wednesday". The episode does check off all the procedural boxes, automatic appeal, briefs submitted to the state supreme court and then arguments before the same court. Each step of the way, Perry continues to try and uncover the truth from his most obstinate client. Well acted by Burr. Interesting note - the killer hides his identity in the same way the killer is unmasked in Perry Mason Returns.


    I then continued on my journey From The Earth To The Moon - Bluray.
    We Have Cleared The Tower (Part 3) Apollo 7, curious if the rocket can actually leave orbit.
    1968 (Part 4) Turbulent year highlighted by the first mission to orbit the moon during Christmastime, Apollo 8.
    Spider (Part 5) The design, planning and construction of the Lunar Module (LEM).
    Mare Tranquilitatis (Part 6) July 20, 1969 - man walks on an alien world as the entire world watches. Infighting to see who steps on the moon first (now boys play nice).
     
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    "Wally's Car" (S5E3)

    I love the scenes where Ward (Hugh Beaumont) returns home after a Saturday's worth of golfing with his buddies. He's a regular guy--none of this hanging around the house doing menial weekend chores just to please June (Barbara Billingsley). Nope. He comes back with bourbon on his breath and cigar smoke marinated into his Polo golf sweater. A man's man, by golly. June, on the other hand, is sitting at the kitchen table peeling carrots for the evening's pot roast--wearing her Dior dress and matching pearls--because one must look good when peeling vegetables. And who knows, Ward might still be a little tipsy from the 19th hole and want to engage in some touchy-feely while the kids are out playing.

    This idyllic scene quickly evaporates when Wally (Tony Dow) hauls home a piece of junk that once resembled an automobile. A steal at $25, he explains to Ward, who inspects it as if it were an unflushed toilet in the bus station. Ward insists that it's gotten rid of immediately, even though Ward himself drives a Plymouth Valiant--marginally better than Wally's '36 Ford.

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    Yeah, it was once a car; turning to Eddie for advice is always a good idea; Ward explains to June he only had 3 double bourbons at the club...

    June is unusually peeved as she and Ward are slated to attend a dinner party but Wally's car is blocking the driveway. Her peckishness is understandable--she's dressed as though meeting the Duke and Duchess of Winchester for martinis. To make way, Wally and his buds take apart the car and leave its lonely bones in the yard, providing an unseemly blight on the neighborhood as if the Clampetts had just moved in.

    Wally decides to find somebody "as flaky as he was" in which to resell the car. He turns to Eddie Haskell (Ken Osmond), who's about as deep as Saran Wrap, for ideas. Wally should have considered a call to American Pickers, who probably would have bought the heap for $35,000. Instead, he ends up selling all the parts off the car to eager buyers for considerably more than what he paid for the thing. Proof positive that the parts are worth more than the sum of the whole.
    No clue, however, if Ward and June ever got a chance at some bedroom bingo.

    Notes:
    In the 1980's LITB reunion series, it's revealed Wally has gone on to become an attorney. 'I wanted to play an architect," he explains, "but the writers knew I hated lawyers--so they made me one." Dow, in real life, was actually building luxury condominiums at the time.

    Ken Osmond, as if channeling his Eddie Haskell character, was busy filing a class-action lawsuit against the Screen Actors Guild for back pay from the series.
     
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    I once worked with a woman whose last name was Beaver. Yep... of course we called her "Beave". She had no excuse... she married into the name. :D
     
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    Yeah....definitely an unfortunate name for a female....
     
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    I did not know until last night that Get Smart had a revival in the 90's, even if only 7 episodes. The funniest part of the series is the opening where the woman sits on the chair and gets blasted into the ceiling when the soda machine pops back up (the soda machine served as the entrance to headquarters). When every other show in the 60's was a zany comedy, Get Smart worked perfectly, but it doesn't work so well as a revival in the 90's, and I can see why it only went 7 episodes. It missed it by that much!
     
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    I think the one memorable thing about that "revival" was Siegfried's return in one episode and his daughter saying that for years she thought he was a doctor on a cruise ship! (seriously). :)

    The earlier one-shot TV movie "Get Smart Again!" from 1989 was better (it at least washed the bad taste that was "The Nude Bomb" out of everyone's mouths)
     
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    Vegas - Season 1
    Episode 1: High Roller
    Episode 2: Centerfold
    When I watched this show back in the day I don't think I knew who Aaron Spelling was, but watching with 2019 eyes his touch is all over it. An endless parade of B list stars (Abe Vigoda, Morey Amsterdam, Red Buttons and many more) parade through the episodes for no good reason and do nothing but slow things down. Robert Urich has to do all the heavy lifting since the supporting cast is woefully under used. Judy Landers should at least provide good eye candy, but her character is such an over the top bimbo that she can't be enjoyed. Tony Curtis somehow was signed on, but is given nothing to do along with most everyone else. While all the silliness is going on the plots are actually pretty serious and Urich plays his role straight up. I remember this series being better than this so I'll give it a few more tries, but so far I have been disappointed in this one.

    Hawaii Five - 0 Season 2
    Episode 7: Sweet Terror
    Theodore Bikel plays an over the top villain who would probably fit better on The Wild Wild West, but the episode is worth watching for Jack Lord's performance. McGarrett chews up the scenery and everything else than stands between him and the bad guy who is going to destroy the Hawaiian sugar cane crop. The last scene of this episode screams for the "Book Him Dano" line, but I guess they hadn't thought of it yet.

    O'Hara U.S. Treasury Season 1
    Episode 1: Pilot
    I very much enjoy The Fugitive and Harry 0, so I wanted to give this David Jansen series a try. The pilot episode is a little dry. Jack Webb is involved and it has his "Just the facts" feel to it. We'll see how the next couple of episodes go. I know it only lasted a year, so maybe this one just didn't work.
     
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    Interesting to hear your thoughts on Vegas, Tim! (Or should that read, Vega$?) I've been contemplating picking this one up, but have had a few reservations. From what little I recall of this one, it's not one of the better '70s crime dramas. I also find Robert Urich a little flat when it comes to screen presence, especially at this earlier stage of his career (to be fair, he does do fine work in the epic miniseries, Lonesome Dove).
     
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