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Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by Dillon*G, Mar 9, 2004.
Seconded-- would like for Doug to get the rest of that 1964-70 NBC adventure series as well.
Caught a few episodes of the '70s half-hour ITC adventure series The Protectors on YouTube and really enjoyed them, so ordered VEI's Complete Series set for $12. The cover art on the VEI set I bought isn't nearly as handsome and stylish as Network's, but the VEI is half the price, and likely using the same transfers...so VEI it is.
The ugly VEI cover:
And the very nicely designed Network cover:
To qualify for free shipping, added The Virginian, Season 1 to my order.
I've been tempted to pick up VEI's release of The Protectors and The Persuaders (Tony Curtis and Roger Moore) several times. VEI has a set that combines both for just a few $$ more than the separate releases - but they cram *both* series onto 6 discs! My whole reason for the purchase would be to reduce shelf space as I already own the A&E releases of both series:
Those have more discs than the VEI sets (4 discs for each set, 8 for the full series, vs. 6 for VEI's full series) but take up the same space as 16 regular size cases!
How do they get two whole series onto a 6-disc release?
Lots and lots of compression. I initially thought the listing was a mistake until a couple of reviews on the set commented on the small number of discs and issues with the compression required to put that many episodes on so few discs. It sounds worse than some of those old Mill Creek PD DVD sets.
This is why such titles like The Immortal, The Magician, and Petrocelli need more discs, not less, to preserve original picture quality. In the cases of both The Magician and The Powers of Matthew Star, among others, re-arranging the episodes in this fashion might also have helped preserve the opening teasers.
How I look at The Immortal on DVD...
Pilot (90 minutes) (9/30/69)
1x01 - "Sylvia" (9/24/70)
1x02 - "White Elephants Don't Grow on Trees" (10/1/70)
1x03 - "Reflections on a Lost Tomorrow" (10/8/70)
1x04 - "The Legacy" (10/15/70)
1x05 - "The Rainbow Butcher" (10/22/70)
1x06 - "Man on a Punched Card" (10/29/70)
1x07 - "White Horse, Steel Horse" (11/5/70)
1x08 - "The Queen's Gambit" (11/12/70)
1x09 - "By Gift of Chance" (11/19/70)
1x10 - "Dead Man, Dead Man" (12/3/70)
1x11 - "Paradise Bay" (12/10/70)
1x12 - "The Return" (12/17/70)
1x13 - "To the Gods Alone" (12/31/70)
1x14 - "Sanctuary" (1/7/71)
1x15 - "My Brother's Keeper" (1/14/71)
Perhaps the biggest offender of this trend of cramming more episodes onto fewer discs, by far, has to be Dan August, especially disc 1. The pilot episode, the nearly two-and-a-half-hour-long TV movie House on Greenapple Road, looks very beautiful, but everything afterward is not. So, here is how I would re-arrange the contents of this DVD set:
Pilot - "House on Greenapple Road" (135 minutes) (1/11/70)
1x01 - "Murder by Proxy" (9/23/70)
1x02 - "The Murder of a Small Town" (9/30/70)
1x03 - "Love is a Nickel Bag" (10/7/70)
1x04 - "The King is Dead" (10/14/70)
1x05 - "In the Eyes of God" (10/21/70)
1x06 - "The Color of Fury" (10/28/70)
1x07 - "Invitation to Murder" (11/4/70)
1x08 - "The Union Forever" (11/11/70)
1x09 - "Epitaph for a Swinger" (11/18/70)
1x10 - "When the Shouting Dies" (11/25/70)
1x11 - "The Soldier" (12/2/70)
1x12 - "Quadrangle for Death" (12/16/70)
1x13 - "Passing Fair" (12/30/70)
1x14 - "The Titan" (1/7/71)
1x15 - "Death Chain" (1/21/71)
1x16 - "Dead Witness to a Killing" (1/28/71)
1x17 - "The Law" (2/4/71)
1x18 - "The Worst Crime" (2/11/71)
1x19 - "Circle of Lies" (2/18/71)
1x20 - "Trackdown" (2/25/71)
1x21 - "Bullet for a Hero" (3/4/71)
1x22 - "The Manufactured Man" (3/11/71)
1x23 - "The Meal Ticket" (3/18/71)
1x24 - "Days of Rage" (3/25/71)
1x25 - "Prognosis: Homicide" (4/1/71)
1x26 - "The Assassin" (4/8/71)
A cheap used Philips Blu player that I can use for region-free DVD purposes, and the Petrocelli complete series.
Never seen a single episode, but it was cheap and sounded interesting.
Tried to find the reviews you were talking about on Amazon, but could not so find-- what do I search under?
Petrocelli's a very enjoyable series, Robert - hope you enjoy it!
Look at the international reviews - one in particular from Andre Bourbeau of Canada.
best buy actually had a few in stock, blind buy, but Serling's original is in my top 5 all time favorites, so i needed to see if this was a homage or rip off.
still waiting on Amazon, 9 days after release, so where are those prime benefits Mr. Bezos
Just saw that, and did the math: 53 outings of The Protectors on 3 discs averages out to near 18 episodes per disc!
I just ordered Gunsmoke seasons 18 and 19.
Rauchende Colts - Volume 8
That translates out to "Gunsmoke Season 20".
A helpful review on Amazon.de showed that all but one episode hit roughly 50 minutes, So 23 of 24 episodes seem to be complete. I just don't trust the new ViacomCBS for a US release. So I can go on watching now until the end. And if season 20 is announced for the US next week, well, you can all thank me for it
Ordered from Amazon UK. The Mad Death is a 1983 three-part miniseries about the aftermath of a rabies epidemic in Britain. The Four Just Men (based on the Edgar Wallace novel) features the four main cast members pictured above rotating as leads in this early 1959-1960 ITC crime drama. Honor Blackman appears in several episodes as Dan Dailey's girlfriend and assistant. This one was dirt cheap (less than 5 pounds) for 39 half-hour episodes.
39 half-hour outings for less than £5?! That is indeed a deal!
There are some incredible deals to be had on R2 TVonDVD product. There are many UK series that go for $20-$25/season in R1 releases where you can purchase the entire series in R2 for that price or less. Allo' Allo' is a good example. The individual seasons/series go for $10-$25 (where they're not OOP) for new R1 copies. The UK R2 complete series (9 seasons) is around $23 shipped. You can get the complete Last of the Summer Wine in R2 for around $70 shipped. The individual seasons (and there are 32) go for $20-$25 (for those still in print with some OOP and commanding very high prices if you can even find a copy) in R1 releases.
Years ago the BBC (I think) came out with a list of "Britain's Best Comedy" series. A list of 100 shows voted by the British people to be the best UK series made. We had several which had been imported and were available on R1 releases but over half were not. I really wanted to see some of them as I'd discovered UK humor and liked just about everything I'd seen. The purchase of a region free DVD player opened those floodgates (although some aren't available in the UK either) and allowed me to purchase some I *had* seen and liked which never received R1 releases (The Brittas Empire for one), complete series that'd only received a "best of" or season or two released in R1 (Dad's Army, Butterflies, and others), and many new to me series I'd only heard of.
All you need is a region free DVD player.
With something like that, I could possibly enjoy the remaining seasons of L.A. Law, among other things, couldn't I?
Final copy of Tales of the Gold Monkey from Walmart and Walmart will see it again. disc 1 loosey but didn't shakey shake, and other scratched discs that weren't loosey, and the last disc with playback errors. Fantastic Films ALWAYS has a loosey when I get something. I hope they get more in since it was only $20 + tx.
sure loved the first episode yesterday though. play fine. Does anybody know if the funny eye patched doggie from here is also in 1976 movie Nickelodeon? They look just alike only Jack here is older with gray highlights, which would be about right I think. He's damn good, not Higgins/Benji good, but real fun. All the scenes about his eye and the ones about his barks makes the whole thing worth watching. I remember why my family fell in love with this dog and loved the show. Also the weird monkey things on that island were trippy.