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Well folks, the 50th Anniversary of the 1969 premiere of the iconic TV series The Brady Bunch (1969-1974) is fast approaching ( September 26th, 2019 to be exact). Will the powers that be (Paramount unfortunately) finally set for to release this all important TV series in high definition onto Blu-Ray?

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The BB label along the edge fell off my shag box. I need a pep talk from Mike Brady.

I think every fan here would preorder an HD set. Maybe we could start up a petition and send it to Paramount. Include Gilligan, which would be like Twilight Zone and Lost in Space in HD.
 
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What I would like to see in this Blu-Ray updating is the original spring 1969 test-screen version of the pilot episode "The Honeymoon." Well, that, plus the pilot episode of the 1981 follow-up series The Brady Brides, called The Brady Girls Get Married.

Also: restore the epilogue to two episodes: "The Honeymoon" (the original broadcast cut) and "Greg Gets Grounded."

~Ben
 
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This might get more comments in the tv on dvd and blu ray section...
 

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Wouldn't it be CBS now and not Paramount?
If by that you mean that CBSTD would have its logo on it, instead of the Paramount Television logos of the time, then that's the way I think these Blus would be released (if in fact they are released at any time in the future).
 
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If by that you mean that CBSTD would have its logo on it, instead of the Paramount Television logos of the time, then that's the way I think these Blus would be released (if in fact they are released at any time in the future).
I guess I should have quoted the original post.

Will the powers that be (Paramount unfortunately)
 
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Well folks, the 50th Anniversary of the 1969 premiere of the iconic TV series The Brady Bunch (1969-1974) is fast approaching ( September 26th, 2019 to be exact). Will the powers that be (Paramount unfortunately) finally set for to release this all important TV series in high definition onto Blu-Ray?
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Unfortunately they didn’t release a HAWAII FIVE-O 50th Anniversary Blu-ray set last year, though I know firsthand that CBS DVD exec Ken Ross was pitched the idea (for a blu Ray Best-Of set to test the waters) and had considered it. And the DVD sets sold well. <sigh>

So the chances aren’t great for a 50th BRADY BUNCH set, I suspect. Maybe digitally? I’d buy it in a heartbeat.
 

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restore the epilogue to two episodes: "The Honeymoon" (the original broadcast cut) and "Greg Gets Grounded."
I wasn't sure about Greg Gets Grounded but always thought that The Honeymoon episode has it's tag scene missing on the DVD.

As far as a blu ray set of the series, I wouldn't be in for that because I don't own a blu ray player so a blu ray set would be useless to me. I'm fine with the DVD's, they're good enough for me.
 
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Wouldn't it be CBS now and not Paramount?

I would love to own this series in HD.

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just as soon as they finish this, or maybe tackle one of the Trek Series (DS9 , Voyager), then and only then would i consider The Brady Bunch
 

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I thought they couldn't do a blu ray because the original elements were chopped up prior to syndication and no longer exist? That's why the dvds look so hodge-podge in terms of editing.
And that which possibly explains why some of the Paramount logos on scattered episodes of the season 2 DVD set do not match up right with their original air dates.

Specifically, the visual versions... the one with the copyright below the Gulf+Western byline (first seen in the link I posted above at 0:21) was only seen six times on this series originally, but on the DVD it's placed on a few incorrect episodes (though the logo jingle is the right one):
2.11 = What Goes Up... (12/11/1970)
2.16 = The Drummer Boy (1/22/1971)
2.20 = Lights Out (2/19/1971)
2.22 = Double-Parked (3/5/1971)

The only correct episodes to have that, in the same set, are...
2.2 = The Babysitters (10/2/1970)
2.4 = The Un-Underground Movie (10/16/1970)
2.5 = Going, Going... Steady (10/23/1970)
2.7 = The Treasure of Sierra Avenue (11/6/1970)

~Ben
 
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I thought they couldn't do a blu ray because the original elements were chopped up prior to syndication and no longer exist? That's why the dvds look so hodge-podge in terms of editing.
When Paramount issued the DVD sets, I have to give them credit for piecing the episodes back together as best as possible to restore them to full length. Aside from The Honeymoon episode missing it's tag scene, I believe "Pass The Tabu" might be missing a few seconds also, along with a few other little snippets missing here and there. But for the most part, the episodes were restored to full length for the DVD's.
 

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When Paramount issued the DVD sets, I have to give them credit for piecing the episodes back together as best as possible to restore them to full length. Aside from The Honeymoon episode missing it's tag scene, I believe "Pass The Tabu" might be missing a few seconds also, along with a few other little snippets missing here and there. But for the most part, the episodes were restored to full length for the DVD's.
Specifically, if I know right the season 1 and 2 episodes originally had the same 10-second opening "IN COLOR" bumper placed before the closing credits when ABC originally aired the series.

~Ben
 
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If this was happening, I likely would have heard something by now, and I haven't. Of course, if it was happening, I couldn't say anything, because people who spill the beans in forums don't get hired.

I think Ethan Riley is correct, however. They don't have the elements to do it even if they believed it would be financially viable, which it would not, sad to say. Maybe several years ago it would have been, but not today.

I'm with you guys, though. I'd sure like this jewel in my library, uncut in HD.
 
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If I Love Lucy wasn’t financially viable for release on Blu-ray (and sadly, it wasn’t), I’m not sure that there’s going to be a market for any vintage sitcom on Blu-ray going forward. There isn’t even really a viable market for modern sitcoms on Blu-ray. I don’t like it but I think that’s the reality of the situation.
 

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Specifically, the season 1 and 2 episodes originally had the same 10-second opening "IN COLOR" bumper placed before the closing credits when ABC originally aired the series.

~Ben
That's interesting, I know that the season 1 and 2 episodes start off with the "IN COLOR" bumper, but don't remember that the bumper was seen again prior to the closing titles in the original airings.

As far as edits go on the DVD's, season 4 seems to have the most issues, one being the small edit in Pass The Tabu, and a few other episodes with minor omissions. Seasons 2, 3, and 5 appear to be edit free with all scenes intact. Season 1 appears to be edit free also, aside from The Honeymoon episode missing the tag scene.
 
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Paramount Television was spun off into CBS.

And yes, I'd buy it as streaming as well.

Regarding the edits and missing footage, do we know for certain what was used for the DVD? The show was finished on film, so I've got to imagine the uncut negative survives and would be the source for a new HD transfer. It sounds like the DVDs were sourced from video masters.
 

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If I Love Lucy wasn’t financially viable for release on Blu-ray (and sadly, it wasn’t), I’m not sure that there’s going to be a market for any vintage sitcom on Blu-ray going forward. There isn’t even really a viable market for modern sitcoms on Blu-ray. I don’t like it but I think that’s the reality of the situation.
Having spoken to a Paramount insider, the sales of television shows on Blu-ray are considered to be disappointing at best. Even at this stage, they find that when an item is released on both DVD and Blu-ray, the DVD version outsells the Blu-ray 10 to 1.