Would anybody be interested in "Amazing Stories" on DVD?

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  1. John Kilduff

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    I'm talking about the Spielberg-produced anthology series of the mid-80s. He was able to get top Hollywood talent both in front of and behind the camera, even directing 2 episodes himself.

    There was fantasy...There was comedy...There was even an animated episode (5 points if you know the episode. HINT: It became a short-lived CBS series in the 90s.)

    It only lasted two seasons, so it would take only 2 sets to get it out.

    Sincerely,

    John Kilduff...

    Anybody else interested in this series?
     
  2. Aaron Gilbert

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    Hell yes I'd be interested! That's one of my favorite TV shows. The computer generated intro sequence was awesome and cuttting edge for it's day, along with the great music (was it John Williams?). I remember seeing an exposition on the animated intro up at the World's Fair in Vancouver, B.C. (1986). It must have been in the California section. [​IMG] Top notch writing and acting on all the episodes I can recall.

    The animated episode you are referring to should be The Family Dog - another all time favorite. A friend and I used to have all the lines memorized, truly classic comedy, animated or no.
    In fact, I even recorded it onto cassette tape (remember those?) from VHS so that I could listen to it in my car.

    "Do I have dreams? Do I have aspirations? NO, but I have a toilet bowl that's springtime fresh, and I'm as pleased as punch to a be a short order cook to a dog!"


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    I am surprised this hasn't been released yet.
     
  4. David Lambert

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    Would I? YEP!
     
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    As am I. I believe the entire series was released on laser, and they were much sought after.
     
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    Not quite... There were 5 laserdiscs released in the US.
    Book 1: The Mission and The Wedding Ring
    Book 2: Go To The Head of the Class and Family Dog
    Book 3: Life on Death Row, The Amazing Falsworth, and No Day at the Beach
    Book 4: Mirror, Mirror, Blue Man Down, and Mr. Magic
    Book 5: The Pumpkin Competition, Without Diana, and Fine Tuning

    There was also an LD boxed set of the entire run of the Family Dog series.

    I have all of these discs and would upgrade them to DVD in a heartbeat. (If only I had a DVD recorder...)

    Jimmy!
     
  8. Russell G

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    I'd get this! I prefered this much more than the 80's twighlite zone, which is rumored (confirmed?) to be coming out.
     
  9. Dan Rudolph

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    I'd snatch this right up. THough, with Spielberg, it will probably be overpriced.
     
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    Yep. I'd absolutely buy this series. I really enjoyed it. My favourite ep was "The Mission". I think I still have it on tape somewhere...
     
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    Another "yes" vote here. I've been hoping this and the 80's Twilight Zone would be released on dvd.
     
  12. Pete Battista

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    I hate to admit this... but I don't remember ever seeing this series... but definitely looks like the type of show I like... so I would consider a bliond buy on it... depending on the price.
     
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    HUH?

    I Dont think his movies are overpriced.
    the only thing that was, is the schindlers list gift set.
    but when no one bought it it quickly went low.
    also this was having all profits sent to a charity wasnt it?

    why do people say things like that?
     
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    I've always wanted to do this, so I think I'll indulge myself for once.


    "I know something you don't know". [​IMG]
     
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    dave thats not fair.[​IMG]
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    i think we know "something" now.
    will i soon be able to replace my laser of family dog's pilot?
     
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    There were 8 volumes that came out in Japan on LaserDisc that I used to own. If I remember correctly there are about 3 episodes each disc. I recorded a whole bunch of them when it was airing a marathon on the SCI-FI Channel a couple of years ago. Will be glad to replace these copies!
     
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    I was saying it largely because of Taken, though stuff like E.T. and Saving Private Ryan was also considered.
     
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    amazing stories was on schi-fi last week too.

    taken overpriced?
    it was 10 1 hr eps and could be had for about
    $90.
    may be high but how is spielberg to blame for the price?
     
  19. Jaime_Weinman

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    This show was so very uneven -- I guess all anthology shows are uneven, but this one seemed more so than usual. Joshua Brand and John Falsey (Northern Exposure), who helped develop the concept with Spielberg, quit after the first few episodes, presumably due to creative disagreements. Spielberg got great people to do the show, especially directors -- Martin Scorsese directed an episode; Joe Dante did two; Robert Zemeckis; Irvin Kershner; Clint Eastwood; Tobe Hooper; Paul Bartel... but you couldn't tell, from week to week, whether you were going to get a good episode or a terrible one, and I think that's part of what killed it; there wasn't a lot of quality control going on. (Every TV show has weak episodes, but IMO Amazing Stories' bad episodes were so bad that they could turn you off the whole series.) Another weakness was that the stories would often take so long to get going that they'd have almost no time to resolve themselves in the second act; sometimes the half-hour format just didn't work (Spielberg's "The Mission" and Zemeckis's episode were both special one-hour episodes).

    Episodes that struck me as really bad included the one about the guy who is downloaded into a computer before he dies (an example of the '80s view of computers as something mystical and strange) and the one about the boy who switched places with his grandpa (how many times did they do this story in the '80s)? Dante's episodes were kind of disappointing to me, as were some of the others by big-name directors, but Scorsese's episode, with Sam Waterston as the Stephen King-like horror writer, was a really good horror story, and "The Doll," written by Richard Matheson and starring John Lithgow, was really charming and touching (Lithgow won an Emmy).

    So yeah, I'd buy it, for the good episodes... IIRC most of the good ones were in the first season; the second season had a lot of pointless episodes, but it did have "Family Dog."
     
  20. Matt Butler

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    Anyone know what season "Mummy Daddy" was in? IIRC that was a great episode.

    And yes I would buy Amazing Stories in a heartbeat!
     

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