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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.

  1. Jack P

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    Spotlight: Karen Black. I meant to do this sooner after I got "Trilogy Of Terror" but didn't have time until now.

    The FBI (S2)-"The Satellite"-One of her earliest credits. She assists Tim McIntire in kidnapping the son of a wealthy businessman.

    The Big Valley (S2)-"Days Of Grace"-In this, she plays a mentally unstable woman who falsely accuses Heath Barkley (Lee Majors) of rape. Her father, wealthy landowner Bert Freed (just coming off his regular role as a similar villainous landowner in the short-lived "Shane") is determined to railroad Heath. The main female guest though is another woman who would achieve mid-70s big-screen fame, Ellen Burstyn (billed here as Ellen McRae) who plays a former girlfriend of Heath's who is now a nun and is determined to help him escape the would-be lynching Freed has in store.

    The Invaders (S2)-"The Ransom"-The first episode to feature Alfred Ryder as the alien leader. David Vincent has managed to abduct the leader and they are holed up in a farmhouse owned by aged poet Laurence Naismith with Black playing his granddaughter. It's interesting how in all three of these early appearances, Black, despite being close to 30 is playing 19-20 in all of them.

    Mannix (S1)-"License To Kill: Limit Three People"-She gets a "special guest star credit" even though she was still a couple years off from her big screen breakthroughs. Here she's playing the two-timing wife of a man who has escaped from an asylum and is wanted for three murders. Naturally all is not as it seems once Mannix investigates.

    Adam-12 (S1)-"Log 132"-She appears toward the end when Reed and Malloy respond to a call about a prowler outside her home and she is soon flirting with Pete Malloy.

    Ghost Story (S1)-"Bad Connection"-By this point, 1972, Black had been in "Easy Rider" and "Five Easy Pieces". This was her one return to episodic television in this period, playing a woman who is getting what seem like terrifying phone calls from her dead husband. Comparing her at this point to her early roles, you can see the maturity and gravitas she's picked up in five years. I also can't help but note how at this point, she strongly resembles another lady of 60s-70s TV, Antoinette Bower (though without Bower's harder edge and of course without her European quality).
     
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    Got on a Gunsmoke kick (finished up Season 4).
    The F.U. (4.27) Bert Freed, Joe Flynn. Interesting episode that sees Matt adding up divergent clues and getting an answer without recovering what he went after because of Chester.
    Wind (4.28) Whitney Blake, Mark Miller, Roy Engel, Dabbs Greer. A new game in town along with a new girl who brings good luck and then death.
    Fawn (4.29) Peggy Stewart, Wendy Stuart, Robert Karnes, Robert Rockwell. Indian captive allowed to return to the whites with her daughter, husband is predjudiced.
    Renegade White (4.30) Barney Phillips, Michael Pate. A angry man who may be a gun runner intrigues Matt.
    Murder Warrant (4.31) Ed Nelson, Mort Mills, Onslow Stevens. A good man wanted by a rich man who buys the law runs afoul of Matt and the upright citizens of Dodge.
    Change of Heart (4.32) Ken Curtis, James Drury, Lucy Marlow. Estranged brothers are disagreeing about marriage and the ranch to be inherited. Tragic episode.
    Buffalo Hunter (4.33) Harold J. Stone. A buffalo hunter with no morals meets his match in Dodge.
    The Choice (4.34) Darryl Hickman. Has a gunfighter been rehabilitated? Did Matt put his reputation on the line?
    There Was Never A Horse (4.35) Jack Lambert. Another gunfighter looking to enhance his reputation. Matt is wounded.
    Print Asper (4.36) Ted Knight, J. Pat O'Malley. Crooked lawyer tries to swindle a farm owner who threatens lawyer. Son overhears and notifies his brother who takes inappropriate action.
    The Constable (4.37) Strother Martin, John Larch. Texas drovers don't like the law in Dodge and threaten the businessmen. They in turn tell Matt he is to keep hands off and let their newly hired unarmed Constable keep the peace. It all works until there is an accidental death. Excellent episdoe.
    Blue Horse (4.38) Gene Nelson, Michael Pate, William Murphy. Transporting a prisoner, Matt is injured and sends Chester for Doc leaving Matt to guard his prisoner. The cavalry is looking for a renegade Indian who is a friend of Matt's.
    Cheyennes (4.39) Walter Brooke, Tom Brown, Ralph Moody. Matt seeks the help of an old Indian chief to find unscrupulous gun runners.

    Doctor Who - Spearhead From Space Blu
    New Doctor, UNIT, exile to Earth and an alien invasion by mannequins. What's not to like?
     
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    RAWHIDE SEASON 6

    Episode #30
    “Incident of the Peyote Cup”
    written by Dick Nelson
    directed by Thomas Carr
    guests: James Gregory, Pilar Seurat, Ted de Corsia, Richard Hale, Hal John Norman

    It’s a solo Hey Soos adventure paired with an Indian drama in which Hey Soos first looses his horse and is abducted and drugged with a hallucinatory poison called the Peyote Cup by a medecine man named Pala (actor Ted de Corsia) of a mysterious tribe. Hey Soos is driven mad and brought back to the camp. A new drover named Brothers (actor James Gregory) goes on a hunting down job along with Hey Soos looking for the nice Indian girl named Maga (actress Pilar Seurat) that saves his skin. Brothers is a former missionary who used to convert the tribe to Christianity but failed and made them confused and wishes to undo his deed. In the process, Hey Soos, Brothers and Maga end up crucified! Rowdy Yates is absent. Features a cue from Bernard Herrmann’s “Where Is Everybody?” from The Twilight Zone.

    Actor Ted de Corsia is a notorious Film Noir player from the Forties and the Fifties and appears six times on the series. Actor James Gregory returns from the season 5 “Incident at Crooked Hat”.

    Conclusion
    “Incident of El Toro” is a season 5 episode and not a season 6 episode as listed on imdb so the season 5 CBS set is correct in that respect. Season 6 is still a good season and a continuation of season 5. Next season, many changes will occur from top (producers, directors) to bottom (actors), you are warned. Goodbye producer Vincent M. Fennelly and Paul King and cinematographer Jack Swain.

    TOP DRAMATICAL SEASON 6 RAWHIDE EPISODES
    “Incident of the Red Wind”
    “Incident of the Travellin’ Man”
    “Incident at Two Graves”
    “Incident of The Prophecy”
    “Incident at Ten Trees”
    “Incident at Gila Flats”
    “Incident of The Swindler”
    “Incident at Zebulon”
    “Incident at Hourglass”
    “Incident at Deadhorse, Part I & II”

    ADDITIONAL FUN EPISODES
    “Incident at El Crucero”
    “Incident at Confidence Creek”
    “Incident of The Wild Deuces”
    “Incident of the Rusty Shotgun”
    “Incident of the Banker”
     
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    RAWHIDE SEASON 7
    I continue my journey into the cattle drive of Gil Favor. This is the last season with actor Eric Fleming.
    So remember “Head’Em Up! Move’Em Out!”

    The new production team
    producers
    : Bruce Geller and Bernard Kowalski
    associate producer: Del Reisman
    director of photography: Howard Schwartz

    Feature an impressive brand new main titles
    1. a new typeface (Latin Wide) is chosen to introduce the series title before a cow comes charging straight at the audience followed by a freeze frame to the shadow of its feature and dissolves to a bronze.
    2. the three leading actors are presented with a distinctive slow-motion action scene that freezes frame/dissolve to a bronze statue and a bronze portrait of the actor.

    The outfit of Gil Favor is shortened
    trail boss Gil Favor, ramrod Rowdy Yates, cook Wishbone, cook’s assistant Mushy, drover Jim Quince and Toothless.
    Unfortunately two drovers are gone: Joe Scarlet, wrangler Hey Soos.

    Latin Wide
    The ‘Latin’ family of typefaces is characterized by its large, sharp, triangular serifs.
    http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/urw/latin/

    Here comes the season 7 logo still under Bruce Geller and Bernard Kowalski

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    Here comes the season 7 opening credits for the three leading actors

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    Rockford Files Sn. 1
    Episode 2: The Dark And Bloody Ground
    Episode 3: The Countess
    Two very good episodes for a show just getting started. The second episode has reliable guest stars Susan Strasberg and Dick Gautier helping things along, but I feel Garner has already nailed his character at this early point and is clearly the key to his show.

    Monkees Sn.1
    Episode 1: Royal Flush
    Episode 2: Monkee See, Monkee Die
    I was eleven years old when this show came out and I waited eagerly for every episode. It was one of the first times my dad relinquished control of the TV and allowed me to watch what I wanted. (we still only had one black & white set I think)
    Watching it now is a little painful, but I still love the music.

    Jonny Quest Sn.1
    Episode 1: Mystery Of the Lizard Men
    The lizard men were gray instead of green when I met them but I still thought they were cool. I don't know if my dad actually enjoyed this show but I remember watching it in the evenings on it's first run so maybe he was just being nice to his young son. We didn't get our first color TV until 1967.
     
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    Good stuff, Tim! Jonny Quest is one of my earliest viewing memories...what an evocative show it was for a young imaginative kid! The Rockford Files is a more recent favorite, but I think it's a terrific show. You're right, Garner nails his character right out of the gate, and holds the show together, even through all the Angel shows (Stuart Margolin's character is not my favorite).Coincidentally, I watched a Rockford episode myself a few days ago. More on that later...
     
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    Jonny Quest... Another series that was cancelled too soon. I always hated that the episode, which I later found out was from the original test footage used to sell the series to ABC, featuring the natives and escape via hovercraft didn't exist. For years I thought I kept missing it somehow. If possible, I watched the series anytime it aired no matter how old I became. I still love it, the original series that is. I can't stand any of the later attempts to expand upon (mid 80s) or recreate (mid 90s) the series.

    There was something magical about all those early 60s HB prime-time cartoon productions, The Flintstones, Jonny Quest, The Jetsons, and Top Cat. All of them were quality with stories that didn't "talk down" to or for kids. And yet only The Flintstones managed to survive beyond a single season.
     
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    RAWHIDE SEASON 7

    Episode #1
    “The Race”
    written by Robert Lewin
    directed by Bernard McEveety
    guests: Warren Oates, L.Q. Jones, Emil Genest, William Bryant, Joe Breen, John Pickard

    It’s a rebelious Rowdy Yates adventure in which he quits the drive and compete against a mean Gil Favor and push his own cattle drive helped by Wishbone and Mushy. Trail boss Yates hires a ramrod named Weed—in other words, Clint Eastwood work again with Warren Oates and they feud and fistfight during the travel. Yates works against the clock to be on time. That kind of story refers to a season 6 “Incident of the Odyssey” because of the antagonism between the two leads. Enjoy this traditional one because the rest of the season will be unconventional.

    Actor Warren Oates returns from the season 6 “Incident of the Prophecy” and L.Q. Jones from “Incident at Gila Flats”.
    Both Warren Oates and L.Q. Jones are recurring Sam Peckinpah actors.
    Writer Robert Lewin will work on Mission: Impossible (see “Memory”, “Zubrovnik’s Ghost”, “Action!”) as well as actor Emil Genest (see “Snowball in Hell”, “Recovery”).

    Read the overview of Rawhide
    https://www.hometheaterforum.com/community/threads/what-are-your-favorite-vintage-western-series.358973/page-5
     
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    Have completed the sixth disc of that first season's worth of The Wild Wild West; one disc (and four episodes) away from crossing the color barrier, as it were (granted, there'll be no bonuses on any of the color seasons, but I'm looking forward to enjoying The Wild Wild West in color)
     
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    When you'll finish the season 1 set, can you post your top ten list?
    Thanks.


    PS: Let's hope CBS will release a Blu-ray edition of The Wild Wild West.
     
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    I'll try, but with 28 episodes on that first go (and that many on the second one; third and fourth ones having 24 apiece), that might be a pretty daunting undertaking, as I had never seen this series before, but only heard of it.
     
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    Try a top twenty episode list if you prefer.
    Thanks.
     
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    I have been bouncing around a lot with my vintage TV watching as I try to get back into it, but I think I may spend a little more time with Rockford Sn.1. It is off to a promising start.
     
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    You are right about all those shows. I own sets of all of them plus Huckleberry Hound and Yogi, and I am planning on giving them all some attention soon.
     
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    I wish they had put the Yogi and Huckleberry Hound sets together with the interstitials intact. It's nice watching the cartoons but I miss those little bits tying it all together.
     
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    I love seeing who will show up as guest stars in the 60's and 70's. I went on a binge run of Adam-12 yesterday. I felt like I had the flu, still not sure I don't, and I just wanted some good "comfort TV." In one episode Linda Kaye Henning (as a thief nonetheless) and Randolph Mantooth showed up. Ozzie Nelson in another as a store owner. A lot of "stock" actors that you see on Emergency! were also on there.
     
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    Nothing like a little "Comfort TV" when you're feeling under the weather. Hope you get well soon, Ron! Been meaning to pick up the Adam-12 season one set one day...have fond memories of watching that show in syndication growing up.
     
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    RAWHIDE SEASON 7

    Episode #2
    “The Enormous Fist”
    written by Sam Ross
    directed by Bernard Kowalski
    music by Fred Steiner
    guests: Brenda Scott, Mark Slade, Lee Van Cleef, James Anderson, Barry Atwater, Douglas Henderson, Adam Williams, Walter Mathews, Allen Jaffe, Troy Melton

    It is a solo Favor slice of life and a gritty and trial episode about a family drama that shows trail boss Gil Favor killing by accident a hungry job-seeker worker named Fred Grant (actor Lee Van Cleef) and the aftermaths on the family: the poor young wife versus the avenging bitter son. Favor fails to be lynched by the slum militia. It reminds me John Ford’s The Grapes of Wrath. The outdoor film-making of Kowalski is excellent featuring tilted shots inside the slum and many unusual shots here and there: pan, low angle. As in the season premiere “The Race”, Gil Favor is depicted as a mean guy. From that episode, drover Toothless vanishes so the outfit is shortened to five recurring characters: Favor, Yates, Quince, Wishbone, Mushy. All tag scenes with Favor’s motto are recycled from previous seasons.

    Director-producer Bernard Kowalski will go on to direct the pilot of Mission: Impossible. Actors Barry Atwater, Douglas Henderson, Walter Mathews appear on Mission: Impossible.
     
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    It's a really fun series, Ben, and IMO remained remarkably consistent and entertaining throughout all 4 seasons. You've got some good watching ahead of you in season 2 especially. Let us know your opinion of the series overall at some point down the line.
     
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    The Rockford Files - 2.12 "The Reincarnation of Angie"
    I just love how clever and quick-witted Rockford is throughout this episode. The young actress playing Angie is just OK, but overall this is a strong episode with some good action, including a brief but exciting car chase (Garner sure could handle a car like a pro).

    Gunsmoke
    6.2 "The Gunsmith"
    3.9 "Romeo"
    3.14 "Doc's Reward"
    John Hopper's link to The Goldsmith Odyssey podcast's Gunsmoke episode led me to dig out my 50th Anniversary Volume One set and check out one of the episodes covered, "The Blacksmith." It's a charming little tale featuring big George Kennedy as an amiable German blacksmith who is being harassed by a rancher who wants his land. Anna-Lisa plays his lovely mail order bride. The commentary by Kennedy is a good listen, too. I enjoyed this episode enough that I gave a few other half-hour eps from that set a spin. "Romeo" was fine but a pretty standard reworking of the Romeo and Juliet formula, with Robert Vaughn and Barbara Eden as the young lovers. "Doc's Reward" was arguably the strongest of the three, with a powerful story focusing on Doc's turmoil in killing a man. Jack Lord appears in dual roles, and is very good.

    Not previously a big fan of this famous western series, I'm finding myself warming to the main characters (especially Dennis Weaver's Chester, who gets nearly all the best lines and is a real scene stealer) and more kindly disposed to the show overall. I'll likely pick up the first six black-and-white seasons at some point.

    I Spy - 2.1 "So Coldly Sweet"
    This is such an unusual spy series, easily straddling the line between fun escapist fare and more serious, downbeat, realistic drama. These days, it's probably too much to ask people to put aside their feelings about Bill Cosby the man and focus on the actor enough to enjoy this series. But I love this show too much to stop watching it, and can divorce the nasty real life stuff from the character of Alexander Scott. This is another very good episode, as Scott and Robinson are tasked with vetting a comely Russian defector (Diana Hyland). Watching this episode, with all its extensive exterior filming in and around Palm Springs, is a marked contrast with the very stagebound Gunsmoke. There's a pretty sweet action scene at the finale here, where Robinson turns a car into a molotov cocktail and drives it (backwards!) straight at the villains. Not to mention, Ms. Hyland spends a good deal of the episode in a bikini (which apparently brought in a shower of complaining letters.)

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    Bronco - 1.8 "Freeze-Out"
    This was a pretty intriguing mystery episode, with an atmospheric setting (abandoned mining town in the mountains, complete with periodic cracking, groaning glacier noises) and a twisty plot. I like Ty Hardin just fine, but he's easily out charisma-ed here by a young James Drury, a.k.a. The Virginian.

    Yancy Derringer - 1.7 "Loot from Richmond"
    Typically action-packed episode of this always engaging "eastern," as Jock Mahoney's Yancy goes in search of hidden Confederate gold. He and his lethal sidekick, Pahoo (X. Brands) mow down several bad guys each. Includes the usual comic opening with Yancy gambling in a New Orleans prison cell (all part of his cover) and closes with a memorable final line. This series is another one of my favorite blind buys from the late, lamented Timeless Media Group.
     
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