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Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by Bryan^H, Aug 28, 2015.
That's the one I have, and I'm getting ever so close to finishing it!
Fantastic post, Randall! That Dean Martin gag is just great...I only have the 50th Anniversary set of The Phil Silvers Show, which unfortunately doesn't include "Bilko's Secret Mission." It's an excellent sampler set, though, and I'm glad to have it in my collection. Your post reminds me that I need to get more of this series. It's a very funny show.
I like the idea of your "Westerns Only" bookshelf, too. I have nearly all my DVDs kept in binders (for space - and transportation overseas - reasons), but all my Blus are arranged in various shelving units. I pretty much just slapped them in there willy nilly when we moved house in October of last year...I need to sit down one day and categorize them properly. About the only organization I've done is put the classic 3D titles together, as well as my misc. Kino Lorber Studio Classics. Luckily, I'm not too anal about those sorts of things. As long as I can find what I want relatively quickly, I'm a happy camper.
Gunsmoke - Seasons 8-9
Louie Pheeters (8.13) James Nusser, John Larkin, Gloria McGehee, Woodrow Parfrey, Larry Ward. Louie believes he dreamed a murder and Matt is unsure of Louie's guilt or innocence. Louie is one of the first character parts I ever recognized as such. Gunsmoke was such a habit growing up that I was familiar with main and supporting players. I always felt compassion for Louie. Excellent episode. Not sure of his background, but I always felt James Nusser nailed the part perfectly.
The Renegades (8.14) Audrey Dalton, Ben Wright, Jack Lambert, John Pickard, Edward Faulkner, Alan Dexter. Stages being robbed, wagon trains being attacked, women sold into slavery - Indians right; wrong, renegade whites. Quint refuses a request to scout for Indians, rides shotgun on the stage and tries to outwit the white renegades to safeguard the colonel's daughter. Another excellent episode. And then we come to
Cotter's Girl (8.15) Mariette Hartley, Roy Barcroft, John Clarke, Sarah Selby. Rated high on IMDB, just not a favorite of mine. A drunk brings on a heart attack and then has Matt go and fetch his daughter. Matt believes he is looking for a 10 year old, but finds a young woman with no filter who sets her sights on "Dillon"! I realize this was supposed to be a lighthearted episode, but I found it tedious.
The Rockford Files - Complete Series Bluray
The Great Blue Lake Land and Development Company (2.6) Richard B. Shull, Dennis Patrick, Dana Elcar, Noble Willingham, Mary Ann Chinn. Rockford is having car trouble and he is holding $10,000 for bail money. He places it in a land offices safe and finds out the next morning that it was stolen. So begins an episode involving realestate fraud. Rockford has no visible client.
The Real Easy Red Dog (2.7) Stefanie Powers, Tom Atkins, Bruce Kirby, Sherry Jackson, George Wyner. Rockford is tricked into helping investigate a "suicide". Once he exposes her scam, they work together to solve the murder. Parts of this murder plot seem familiar from another detective series.
Resurrection in Black & White (2.8) Joan Van Ark, Milton Selzer, Sandra Smith. Rockford is convinced by a reporter to dig deeper into a convicts claim of innocence. He finds mysterious and suspicious deaths that could point to a new killer.
Chicken Little is a Little Chicken (2.9) Stuart Margolin, Ray Danton, Frank Campanella, Sandy Ward. An Angel con story. Who is telling the truth?
2 Into 5.56 Won't Go (2.10) Jesse Welles, Cahrles Napier, Mitchell Ryan, William Boyett. Rockford's old Army colonel is murdered after leaving a message for him. Rockford's investigation uncovers theft of military weapons. Was the colonel involved, not according to Rockford so he sets out to prove it.
Pastoria Prime Pick (2.11) Richard Herd, William Lucking, Kathie Browne, Bill Quinn, Warren J. Kemmerling. Rockford runs afoul of a new speed trap town, one that has him accused of rape and dope dealing. All the city fathers are involved in raising funds for Pastoria. With the help of the "retired" sheriff, Rockford is able to fight City Hall. Great episode.
Once again, great screen caps Randy!
It's so interesting to see actual Las Vegas locations from this time period--instead of lame stage sets or rear screen projections. It's sort of a visual time capsule. I wish more shows from the era woulds have done this.
As an aside, my kids surprised me yesterday with an early birthday present--a 58" Samsung smart TV. This replaces my ancient 40" Sony (which they've been tsk-tsking for as long as I remember). I think their true underlying inspiration was to be able to watch the Colts' games in big 4K hi-def.
Now, I know many of you with home theaters have, like, 800" screens, so mine probably sounds pretty tiny in comparison. But to me, I feel like I'm at a drive-in theater.
Congrats on the new TV, Russ! A 58-incher is nothing to sneeze at. Now you just need a DVD/Blu-Ray player and some TV on DVD discs...
Yes... they had motive... I can hear it now "Hey... let's get him a new big TV so we've got something decent to watch when we're at the house!"
I'd be quite happy with a 58" set. Mine is a 42" Samsung my daughter gave me a few years back (she'd purchased a XBox-One/TV combo for my grandson and split the package as the TV was free and he didn't need it). Frankly, I'm quite happy with it - the image on 4:3 product is the same size as my old 36" CRT and I can watch WS on a larger screen. My wife once made a comment about 60" sets being too big and I replied I'd love to have one that large. When she asked why I said because I I think my movies and TV shows would look great on a huge screen. I *do* have a spankin' new 49" "dumb" TV in the wings - purchased for my wife who said "It's too big and I want one of those smart TVs." I got it for a very good price so just kept it for me instead of taking it back. I can't make her understand that "smart" TVs are really not that good as the apps typically aren't be updated after a couple of years so you're better off with a "dumb" set and "smart" devices. That way you just replace the device when necessary. Oh well...
The problem with a "smart" TV is that it's smart and I'm not.
If one of my 30ish year old kids aren't here to program it... I may as well be in Bangladesh with an etch-a-sketch.
I just do not get why some manufacturer doesn't make a large "monitor" with a half dozen HDMI and a couple of composite/component inputs. No tuner, no smart functions, just the set with a basic remote (that turns it on/off, changes input, changes volume, adjusts settings - or be really cool and make it a learning remote so it can be used for the set and playback devices).
Why 6 HDMI? OK... I'm a "power user" type and right now have 4 devices (BR, Region free DVD, Wii, XBox) that need to be connected to my set which has only 2 HDMI and 1 composite/component so I'm forced to use an HDMI switch box. I've been looking at adding a Roku to the setup but lack of inputs has pretty much kept me from doing that (plus I really don't do much streaming - vastly preferring my physical collection - it's more to placate my wife and hopefully get her acclimated to it so I can dump cable). I *really* need to install that new set as it has 4 HDMI as well as composite/component inputs.
6 episodes off from the summit of Riptide (two more remaining on fourth disc of third and final season, then the fifth and final disc of the series)
I've mentioned I first saw Ardal O'Hanlon in the BBC series My Hero (2000) on PBS and enjoyed his performance so much that I purchased Father Ted on the strength of him being in the series (and his delivery/lines as Father Dougal aren't too far off that of George/ThermoMan). I'd long ago purchased the US releases of series 1 & 2 of My Hero and was wishing it'd been continued. I discovered a couple of years back it *had* in the UK - at least for another series - but it was OOP and tended to sell on the high side. This past month a vendor offered both halves of S3 for more reasonable prices so I ordered a copy of S3V1 to see if I'd like it enough to pick up S3V2.
That UK S3V1 release of My Hero arrived Friday so I watched it this weekend. It's a 10 episode season and this volume has 5 of the 10. This is the season following the birth of ThermoMan's son which occurred at the end of S2. I normally very much dislike when a baby/kid is injected into a series as it usually means the writers have run out of ideas and/or the suits have decreed the show needs to be more "family/kid friendly." Thankfully, that's not the case here as the kid, while receiving screen time, isn't really the focus at any time.
S3E1: "Baby Talk" - Janet worries about keeping the baby's superhero characteristics from her parents.
Baby flies, talks, and has some super powers - at 2 days old. Of course she wants to keep this secret! Then... the powers are gone while he's in mid-flight. Dad catches him and he's a normal human baby. Janet's super happy with this development! And as suddenly as they left they come back in mid-visit. George/ThermoMan pretends to be a ventriloquist to hide the baby talking. So... the baby gets quite a bit of screen time here but it's not that poorly done junk that just turns me off. It was quite clever and funny.
S3E2: "Zero Tolerance" - Without using his superpowers George disarms a man demanding drugs at the health center (George's side business from being a super hero). George expects everyone to live up to his code.
This one didn't work as well for me. George is 100% honest and truthful expecting everyone else to be just as truthful and is surprised to learn others lie and are deceitful.
S3E3: "Pet Rescue" - George bonds with Ella and Stanley's (Janet's parents) dog. Dr. Piers sacks Mrs. Raven.
A surprisingly fun episode. George and Janet dog sit Janet's parent's dog while they are at a hotel as their home is being decorated. George is pretty freaked out because he can see all the fleas on the dog (bloodsuckers!) but relents and orders an animal language book so he can talk to the dog. He and the dog have a very funny conversation where George learns the dog's name is really Malcom and he doesn't like the name Janet's parents use. In a second story line, Mrs. Raven (the rather acerbic receptionist at the doctor's office where Janet works) is shown the door after this exchange:
Mrs Raven: [on telephone] It's Northolt Health Centre here, Mrs Lucas. Your husband made an appointment to see Dr Crispin at four o'clock today, and it's now four thirty. Well, I was just wondering: is he thinking of popping along at all, or does he just fix up appointments as some sort of sick joke?
Mrs Raven: I see. And when did the death occur?
Mrs Raven: An hour ago. It didn't occur to you, I suppose, to phone up and cancel the appointment.
Mrs Raven: It's all very well saying sorry now, but the damage is done.
Mrs Raven: It's all self, self, self with some people!
S3E4: "The Older Man" - George's earthly body begins to look its age. Dr. Piers hires a new nurse.
George's age is roughly 325 years old. He begins to look like an old man and comes up with several "new" bodies into which he can be transferred - Janet's not happy - she wants George. Janet's parent "catch" Janet and "old George" kissing so she makes up a story about George leaving and this is his grandfather with whom she's having an affair. Meanwhile there's a new nurse and Mrs. Raven's on hand to make sure things don't work out and that she gets her job back.
The bit with Mrs. Raven is quite good - not so much the George aging plot. Still, there are some very good lines.
Arnie is George's cousin and confidant. Originally a superhero himself named Polarman, he lost his powers because he began charging for his services. Tyler is George and Janet's eccentric neighbor from across the hall who knows all about George but no one believes him because he's just odd:
Arnie: You could go through... the flaming time-tunnel of Tarxis.
Tyler: Been there, done that, got the T-shirt. [opens jacket showing shirt with slogan: "I went through the flaming time-tunnel of Tarxis"]
George: So what is it?
Arnie: It alters an Ultronian's temporal field by re-jigging the age hormones. Ultronian women use it sometimes instead of a facelift.
George: Oh, I remember. Who's that famous Ultronian?
Arnie: Her Earth name's Joan Collins. She's been through so many times she's got a season ticket.
S3E5: "Puttin' on the Writs" - Mrs. Raven sues ThermoMan after he rescues her. Stanley moves in with Tyler.
This is another "just OK" episode. ThermoMan hurts Mrs. Raven by catching her when she falls off a parking garage roof. He saves her life yet she sues for damages (although it was a row of runaway shopping carts that caused her to fall - you'd think she'd sue the store). But like other "just OK" episodes you watch for the little one-liners which are quite funny.
Mrs Raven: You tricked me! I should have realized that you'd never know what to do if confronted by a poisonous insect!
George: What I normally do is say: "Good morning, Mrs Raven."
Overall, I really enjoyed the episodes and ordered the 2nd half of the season (at another fairly reasonable UK price - both halves will cost only a couple more $$ than did the single disc US seasons). And this one will be done at that point as there were no more releases after S3. The series ran for 6 series but kind of went off the rails with S6 as Ardal O'Hanlon left the series at the end of S5 and they brought in a replacement "George" (using a plot where George lost his body in a poker game back home so had to get a new one). Ratings tanked (imagine that) and the series was cancelled. In spite of that I'd really like to have this entire series on disc. It's quite fun.
Thanks for the review of the first half of My Hero Series 3, Howie! Glad to see another fan of this fun sitcom. I've got the first 3 or 4 series on digital files (likely from TV airings in the U.K.), but have not watched any of Series 3 yet. Good to hear it remains reliably funny. It's a cute premise that is executed quite well, at least early on in the show's run. I first caught it on PBS airings back in the early 2000s.
I have little to no interest in watching series 6 without Ardahl O'Hanlon, though. His bemused antics as the straight-arrow yet socially inept (due to his unceasing honesty) superhero living among mortals are the main reason to watch for me. He and his leading actress Emily Joyce have strong chemistry together...and it's fun to see Hugh Dennis in a recurring acting role before he assumed perpetual team captain position on the long-running comedy panel show, Mock the Week.
I'll have to check out that "talking dog" episode soon...
Well, you guys with all your extensive U.K. series knowledge got me feeling somewhat inferior in my limited geographical viewing sphere.
Thanks to Amazon Prime, I've been enjoying BBC's Hamish MacBeth series from the 1990's with Robert Carlyle. Although a fairly significant departure from M.C. Beaton's literary policeman character, it's still a run of fun episodes.
And after losing myself in binging on Outlander, I'm sheepishly right at home with the Scottish landscape.
Cool to see you traveling across the Pond in your TV viewing, Russ! I like Robert Carlyle as an actor quite a bit, but I could never get over how wrong he seemed for the part of Hamish Macbeth, coming as I did to this series after reading many of M.C. Beaton's novels. Her Macbeth is a towering, red-haired figure, low-key and imperturbable, not the short bundle of intensity that Carlyle is. I probably should give the show another try sometime, though.
I'm completely with you in loving the Scottish landscape, and (esp.) mystery series set there. I know you're a fan of Shetland...have you ever sampled Taggart (set in Glasgow, so not so scenic)? The early seasons with dour Mark McManus in the lead were some good, gritty police procedural stuff.
Out of curiosity I checked Amazon to see if this series is streaming (never know with them...). Nope. I did discover S2 is commanding stupidly high prices. I found I purchased S1 in 2007. Doesn't seem like it was that long ago...
I also checked IMDB for episode count. S1=7, S2=6, so 10 for S3 is almost double what I had.
Emily Joyce is quite cute and they do make a believable screen couple.
I originally had the same problem, Jeff. After reading MC Beaton's portrayal of Hamish, my first exposure to the series' initial episode was "meh".
But there's been a large lapse of time since I've read the books-- so I started with Season 2 and stopped trying to reconcile the character. Now I enjoy the series for its own sake. The characters are a hoot.
I'm looking for reviews/opinions of the following UK telefilms - all from 2004:
Von Trapped (Caroline Quentin - Men Behaving Badly, Una Stubbs - Til Death Us Do Part, & Jim Carter - Downton Abbey/Cranford)
Beauty (Martin Clunes)
King of Fridges (Richard Wilson - One Foot in the Grave & Mark Benton - Barbara)
Beauty is the main reason I'm asking. It's supposedly a variation of "Beauty and the Beast." All three are in a box set so it's all or none. They all feature British actors with whom I'm familiar and all sound interesting.
Can't help you here, Howie...haven't seen, and know nothing about, any of the above. Caroline Quentin would make me run screaming for the nearest exit, but the other two sound interesting. Von Trapped and Beauty are on YouTube, so you could at least try before you buy. Nothing on King of Fridges. Apparently none of them are movie length, more like hour-long plays.
Good to see you back, Doug! Those early couple of seasons of The Rockford Files are just great, aren't they? Your post reminds me that I need to spin some more episodes of this show.
Just two episodes from the summit of Riptide!
Thanks for the youtube suggestion! I always forget about that resource.
I watched Beauty and found it somewhat charming but nothing I can't live without. It does have a bit of "Beauty and the Beast" vibe but then again not. It's more of an "Ugly Duckling" story except the duckling doesn't grow into a swan in looks but does in attitude. I'm not going to bother looking for and watching the other two.