Giving Thanks for Holy Grails

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I realize it’s past Thanksgiving.

But I am grateful that one of my Holy Grails came through in 2019. Mind you, it wasn’t a TV DVD, it was a CD soundtrack. This year I finally got the score to the Adventures of Horus: Prince of the Sun. Somehow it finally came through here in the States.

Next year, there are rumors people are working on several tv and movie soundtracks that I hope come through, such as the seventies Scrooge musical. Already WB Archives will be releasing season 3 of Duck Dodgers. That was on the wish list as well.

This time of year, I want to be thankful to the soundtrack and the tv producers who helped me get a Holy Grail or two. And I also want to thank the Big Guy above. I really do have so much. And I suspect some of the other people on this site have much to be thankful as well.

Would anyone else care to share a story or two. Merry Christmas! And I hope you all get something you want for Christmas and next.

James

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  1. Sky King

    James,

    I'm thankful that my Holy Grail, Ben Casey was finally released.
    I'm enjoying watching it again and hope for future releases of remaining seasons.

    John

    I hope it doesn't go the way of many of Shout's stallouts (like L.A. Law and Marcus Welby)!

  2. I'm still thankful for my Holy Grail released in 2017, the complete series set of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. It's a constant source of pleasure for me! There are moments I still can't believe that it happened!

  3. I'm happy that one of mine was continued through Shout! in 2014 (that's when it was, IINM): the last three seasons' worth of Hart to Hart (I didn't know when [or if] the dry spell from the Sony releases would ever end)!

  4. I'm very thankful for all the Gunsmoke activity in 2019. Four entire seasons' worth, and two more seasons already on tap for next year. I figured CBS would maybe probably eventually release the entire series, but it was cool that they put it on the fast track, especially when things are pretty quiet overall for classic tv on dvd. Definitely my 2019 highlight. And I suspect Gunsmoke seasons 18-20 may well be my highlight for 2020.

    Merry Christmas to all you fans of classic tv on dvd.

  5. My holy grail for a long time was the original Battlestar Galactica on bluray. After that was released, I didn't have any obvious holy grails anymore.

    After many dvd/bluray disappointments in the meantime, I came to the realization I was attempting to recapture the memories of my youth which are never the same anymore. Metaphorically, basically it is "you can't go back home again" for me.

    A distant holy grail for me over the years, was the short lived Fast Times at Ridgemont High spinoff tv show. Nowadays I strongly suspect if I ever see this show again, there is a high likelihood I will end up disappointed. (ie. It will not coincide with the memories of my youth).

  6. Gas Pump Girls on Blu-Ray, including a matte painting shot of a place I used to drive by every day to work. The disc also has a trailer for Record City, another holy grail that I hope will come out.

  7. Ragtime on blu-ray was always at the top of my wish list (except for, maybe, The Abyss) and it was the French who provided it for me – first the Statue of Liberty and now this. It is a gorgeous package and the picture and sound is everything you could ask for in a blu-ray.

    Now, if they can work on getting me the theatrical version of Amadeus I can die happy.

  8. I waited and waited for the Eddie Cantor Goldwyn musicals to be on disc, and Warner Archive finally put them out in a set. DVD only, but at least I could finally throw out my TV to Beta to VHS to DVD-R transfers.

    I think these movies are hilarious and just as funny as any other 30s comedies (with W.C. Fields, Mae West, or the Marx Brothers).

  9. MartinP.

    I'm still thankful for my Holy Grail released in 2017, the complete series set of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. It's a constant source of pleasure for me! There are moments I still can't believe that it happened!

    Even though they destroyed it by giving it that horrible fake film look instead of the beautiful 2-inch videotape look?

  10. ^^^ I stand by what I said.

    On the thread on HTF about the series, a post was made more than once by a man who worked in the business, worked extensively with 2 inch videotape and after checking out this release he has declared that statements like yours are bunk. On that thread I asked those who made statements such as yours to verify what they said with experts or technical reviews of the set (none of those reviews have made any such claims that I have read), as they were just repeating what you're saying without having even seen the release; I even gave them names, addresses and emails of those responsible for the release and no one has done so. They've only repeated what a very few posters without any known credentials who claim this to be true. So there's that. I've watched episodes of the series with a few people who have knowledge of these type of issues. I don't bring it up, but none of them have made any remarks concerning these things, when they do about many other programs we watch.

  11. MartinP.

    ^^^ I stand by what I said.

    On the thread on HTF about the series, a post was made more than once by a man who worked in the business, worked extensively with 2 inch videotape and after checking out this release he has declared that statements like yours are bunk. On that thread I asked those who made statements such as yours to verify what they said with experts or technical reviews of the set (none of those reviews have made any such claims that I have read), as they were just repeating what you're saying without having even seen the release; I even gave them names, addresses and emails of those responsible for the release and no one has done so. They've only repeated what a very few posters without any known credentials who claim this to be true. So there's that. I've watched episodes of the series with a few people who have knowledge of these type of issues. I don't bring it up, but none of them have made any remarks concerning these things, when they do about many other programs we watch.

    This is what color 2-inch videotape looks like:

    Laugh-In was encoded to give it a fake film look. I'm sorry if you can't tell the difference. So, because you read reviews from people who don't know the difference, that's what you are going by? Do you have the Rhino Laugh-In DVDs? Look at those and tell me the Time Life DVDs look exactly the same.

  12. MartinP.

    On the thread on HTF about the series, a post was made more than once by a man who worked in the business, worked extensively with 2 inch videotape and after checking out this release he has declared that statements like yours are bunk.

    Neil Brock

    So, because you read reviews from people who don't know the difference, that's what you are going by?

    Your reply makes no sense considering I was talking about someone who does know what they're talking about.

    In your only post on that other thread you also said you hadn't even seen any of the release.

    If you still want to reply, do it on the Laugh-In thread. This thread is for giving thanks. Not complaints. So one wonders why you felt the need to chime in?

  13. jcroy

    A distant holy grail for me over the years, was the short lived Fast Times at Ridgemont High spinoff tv show. Nowadays I strongly suspect if I ever see this show again, there is a high likelihood I will end up disappointed. (ie. It will not coincide with the memories of my youth).

    I recorded Fast Times when it originally aired on CBS, but those episodes would make great bonus material on some sort of ultimate Fast Times at Ridgemont High movie blu ray edition.

  14. Neil Brock

    Can I ask a question? I've always heard the term, Holy Grail, but I have no idea where it derives from. I know there's a Monty Python movie with it in the title. Does it come from there?

    My understanding is that it was the cup Jesus drank from at the Last Supper. It was lost and never found, despite many valiant searches. Therefore, in the context of this thread, it means something you found that you thought was never to be had.

  15. I think mine is still WKRP The Complete Series on DVD, with almost all of the original music restored. That was a few years ago, but it still amazes me that I have it, and it continues to give me pleasure.

  16. KPmusmag

    My understanding is that it was the cup Jesus drank from at the Last Supper. It was lost and never found, despite many valiant searches. Therefore, in the context of this thread, it means something you found that you thought was never to be had.

    Thanks. I'm not a gentile so I didn't know.

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