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Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by Ian K McLachlan, Nov 17, 2019.
The Brady Bunch
I’ll take only any show that was shot on film, and those that were on film but edited on tape. I know that would require a lot more work but imagine how good SeaQuest, Dallas, Walker Texas Ranger and other 90-‘s shows would look restored from film masters.
However, at the top of my list:
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Land of the Giants
V – The Series (1984-85)
The Six Million Dollar Man / Bionic Woman (correctly done not like the German set)
The Incredible Hulk
I Dream of Jeannie
T. J. Hooker
The original Dallas on Blu-ray. Yes, I'd buy the entire series for a 3rd time!
The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show, completely restored as both the ABC version from 1959-1961 and then over to prime time on NBC as The Bullwinkle Show from 1961-1964.
Hanna-Barbera cartoons to be re-restored for Blu-Ray...
Ruff and Reddy (with original music, please!)
The Huckleberry Hound Show (with original music, please!)
The Quick Draw McGraw Show (with original music, please!)
The Yogi Bear Show
The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show
Hong Kong Phooey
The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour (original opening/closing titles, please!)
Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo (season 1, 1979-1980... with original closing credits, please!)
Beany and Cecil complete cartoons.
Have Gun, Will Travel
Wanted: Dead or Alive
The Bob Newhart Show
The Brady Bunch
Land of the Giants
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (released in PAL DVD, but never in North America).
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine- Star Trek TNG treatment
Star Trek: Voyager- Star Trek TNG treatment
Alfred Hitchcock Presents - same treatment as Twilight Zone or Outer limits
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour- same as above
Kolchak: The Night Stalker - come on, one effing season and it's all done
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century - still waiting after Battlestar set that was released, no need to do a fake widescreen presentation
Sargent Preston of the Yukon - Flipper got a release and was wonderful, would love to see this get a shot
Tales from the Crypt
Superman: The Complete Animated Series
Adventures of Superman
Benny Hill: The Thames Years Mega Set- still to this day one of the funniest things ever put on television
Death Valley Days - in multi season releases 4-5 seasons per set- all 452 episodes have been given a restoration, this deserves to be seen corectly
I wanted to make a quick list of shows that actually have been upgraded to blu. Please add to the list if you think of any classic shows that came out after their dvds:
The Dick Van Dyke Show
The King of Queens
Little House on the Prairie
Lost in Space
Star Trek TOS
Star Trek: The Next Generation
That 70s Show
The Twilight Zone
A couple seasons for:
The Andy Griffith Show
I Love Lucy
Pilot Movies for:
Man of Atlantis
The Night Stalker
There were a few others from the modern era that squeaked out onto blu more or less shortly after their dvd counterparts, too many to list. Not listing cartoons or Brit shows that originated on videotape. Also not listing US shows that appeared on blu in other regions, like "Buck Rogers."
So what have we learned? What does it take to make it onto blu? Well, you can be a #1 comedy, or a beloved scifi franchise, or an action show that gets the attention of Mill Creek. "Little House" is basically the only drama on the list, although some call it a Western. Either works for me. "Twin Peaks" dips into the mystery genre (basically) and probably only got a blu because they were then contemplating the Return and needed to keep that IP going. I wouldn't imagine there was much demand for "King of Queens" or "Airwolf," but there they are.
Genre speculations aside, it still takes a lot to get a show upgraded to blu. There has to be usable materials to make the transfers, there has to be demand, there has to be minimal legal entanglements (music clearance, etc)...and who knows what else gets factored in.
I would add
Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy
Of course, if you go worldwide, there are many more shows to consider
Shows that would get a huge bump in video/audio quality like
- The Life and times of Grizzly Adams
- Planet of the Apes
- Logan's Run
- Ark II
- Jason Of Star Command
- Space Academy
Buck Rogers on Blu-Ray looks and sounds amazing. And at $40, it is more than worth it.
Both on BluRay already
Mrs. Columbo/Kate Columbo/Kate the Detective/Kate Loves a Mystery (1979-1980), a semi-spin-off of Columbo (1971-1978, 1989-2003)
Lassie. Especially the Ranger years just for the sheer beauty of the location work that we’d get to see.
Gary “any older series that shot outdoors a good bit would be great” O.
At the risk of everyone snickering at me the 60s brightly colored The Flying Nun despite its bewildering inanity simply for all the lush location photography of what I assume is a lost era Puerto Rican beauty. Kind of like certain Elvis movies and a film like Come September because they have a travelogue element which depicts a time before heavy commercial travel.
I’d love to see Frasier get cleaned up and released on BluRay- the DVD series looks
underwhelming, especially the earlier seasons.