Jackie Gleason Show Single DVD Release coming out on 2/6/2018

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Just spotted this on a few websites while doing a search on this program and it seems that some stores will be releasing a single version DVD of the main TL set that will be out come February 6, 2018, as B&N and Wal-mart are just a few stores to be carrying this but not sure what’s actually on here content-wise.

Anyways, here is the BN.com and Walmart.com links for it and the cover art to it:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dvd-jackie-gleason-show-in-color/32077811?ean=0610583594591&st=PLA&sid=BNB_DRS_New+Core+Shopping+Media_00000000&2sid=Google_&sourceId=PLGoP164979&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIqMbpxZ3C2AIVldlkCh2c3gbHEAkYASABEgJKzfD_BwE

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Jackie-Gleason-Show-In-Color/265145109?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=0&adid=22222222227000000000&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=42423897272&wl4=pla-51320962143&wl5=1016367&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=8175035&wl11=online&wl12=265145109&wl13=&veh=sem

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  1. Charles Ellis

    I would love to have the complete American Scene Magazine on DVD as well as the 1966 "The Adoption" special with Audrey Meadows.

    The Adoption is included on the Honeymooners blu-ray set. Excellent show.

  2. Charles Ellis

    I would love to have the complete American Scene Magazine on DVD as well as the 1966 "The Adoption" special with Audrey Meadows.

    So would I! I'm wondering if those where actually filmed or taped?

  3. ChrisALM

    So would I! I'm wondering if those where actually filmed or taped?

    They were taped. In fact, in the 1980s there was a half-hour syndicated series based on these shows, which was on black and white videotape. It ran on WPWR-TV in Chicago.

  4. A while back I watched what appeared to be an uncut episode on some website (that I don't remember). The quality was so poor, It was hard to tell if it was filmed, a kine scope or video tape. At any rate, I watched it through and kept thinking how much I would love to see a decent dvd release for the American Scene magazine version of the Jackie Gleason show. Even if it's not perfect because of the condition of the existing elements, I'd happily purchase. The one concern would be the music because the June Taylor Dancers were always doing at least one musical number as was Frank Fontaine. It wouldn't be the same show if any of that were cut out.

    It will be interesting to see exactly what is on this upcoming release.

  5. ChrisALM

    A while back I watched what appeared to be an uncut episode on some website (that I don't remember). The quality was so poor, It was hard to tell if it was filmed, a kine scope or video tape. At any rate, I watched it through and kept thinking how much I would love to see a decent dvd release for the American Scene magazine version of the Jackie Gleason show. Even if it's not perfect because of the condition of the existing elements, I'd happily purchase. The one concern would be the music because the June Taylor Dancers were always doing at least one musical number as was Frank Fontaine. It wouldn't be the same show if any of that were cut out.

    It will be interesting to see exactly what is on this upcoming release.

    Did the one you watch have a Honeymooners sketch in It? Back in the 1980s Goodtimes released the premiere episode on slow-speed VHS from a kinescope. It had the commercials edited out.

  6. Yes, there was Honeymooners sketch with Sue Ann Langdon in it. There was another sketch before that which featured a meeting with a bunch of Mafia types. The opening had the June Taylor dancers doing a musical number, which included the kaleidoscope effect with the overhead camera angle. At the end there was a Joe the Bartender sketch with Frank Fontaine singing at the end of it.

    Now that you mention it, it was stated on the website that this was the first American Scene Magazine show, a detail I left out previously and which I more or less had taken with a grain of salt. However, now it sounds to me like it may have been the Goodtimes release you are talking about that I watched.

    The copy I watched was borderline unwatchable, very out of focus. I thought it might be a kine scope, but I didn't think they would be making kine scopes by the mid 1960s. So, I thought it must have originally been filmed or taped and this was an umpteenth generation copy. But, watching it certainly took me back in time to this wonderful show, even if it was difficult to enjoy it fully because of the poor quality.

  7. ChrisALM

    The copy I watched was borderline unwatchable, very out of focus. I thought it might be a kine scope, but I didn't think they would be making kine scopes by the mid 1960s.

    They were making kinescopes well into the 1970's for simple distribution of videotaped material to the Armed Forces and sponsor screeners.

  8. ChrisALM

    So would I! I'm wondering if those where actually filmed or taped?

    At the very least, the "Classic 39" were all filmed, which is why there was a blu-ray set. Kinescopes and videotape wouldn't have been done because DVD already has greater resolution than either of those formats.

  9. To disagree slightly… I think sometimes DVD can do a poor job of handling the look of older taped productions. It might be a limitation of MPEG2 encoding, or perhaps just available disc space, but I have a few things that are in SD but that look better on the Blu-ray disc due to the better codecs and increased space. Which is not to say that this would have been a prime seller in that format, so I understand why it's not being released that way, but I'll never complain about having old tape material lovingly transferred to a BD disc.

  10. I heard B&W transmition, for many countries, had higher resolution than the color signal broadcast that replased it few years later.
    Some Twilight episoded shot on tape, in BD looks better than many color shows shot on tape in the 70’s and 80’s.

  11. So, these episodes must be the Honeymooners episodes skipped over on the MPI "Color Honeymooners" releases as well as the non-Honeymooners episodes of the Jackie Gleason Show.

    Unless I missed something, there are no American Scene Magazine episodes.

    If there truly is no overlap with the MPI "Color Honeymooners" releases this bigger set is definitely worth purchasing.

  12. There was no content listings for this single disc so not sure if they are just select episodes of his show or Color Honeymooners skits or what but the timeframe is suggested at being 165 minutes. I pre-ordered it from Walmart.com for 7 bucks last week.

  13. ChrisALM

    So, these episodes must be the Honeymooners episodes skipped over on the MPI "Color Honeymooners" releases as well as the non-Honeymooners episodes of the Jackie Gleason Show.

    Unless I missed something, there are no American Scene Magazine episodes.

    If there truly is no overlap with the MPI "Color Honeymooners" releases this bigger set is definitely worth purchasing.

    No overlap with the Color Honeymooners. However, this does not complete the non-Honeymooners episodes.

    The American Scene Magazine is not part of this.

  14. rmw650

    There was no content listings for this single disc so not sure if they are just select episodes of his show or Color Honeymooners skits or what but the timeframe is suggested at being 165 minutes. I pre-ordered it from Walmart.com for 7 bucks last week.

    UPDATE: I finally managed to find out what specifically will be on this single disc release out on 2/6/2018 and here is what i found, courtesy of BroadwayWorld.com…The single disc release of THE JACKIE GLEASON SHOW IN COLOR features four never-before-released, remastered episodes of the show – including three unreleased Honeymooners sketches – all unseen for more than 50 years!

    https://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv…ASON-SHOW-IN-COLOR-Arrives-on-DVD-26-20180111

  15. If you take all the episodes from the 4 MPI "Color Honeymooners" releases and all the episodes from the largest set of this upcoming Jackie Gleason Show In Color release, that should add up to about all of the episodes from the Jackie Gleason show that ran from 1966-1970, shouldn't it?

    It will be great to get more of the Jackie Gleason Show available on disc, but I wonder why the American Scene Magazine years keep getting overlooked? I hope the shows still exist and are in decent condition.

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