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Well, we don’t have TSOD on a daily basis anymore, but they do come around once a week.

And, here’s their latest update

https://www.facebook.com/tvshowsondvd/posts/10156218795366063

A lot of shows announced in a week. A massive Fox dump… a disappointingly large MoD Fox dump.

I guess someone can post this link weekly for those who don’t do Facebook (like me, actually), or if anyone comes across some interesting release news, throw it here for all to marvel at.

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  1. The Obsolete Man

    Well, we don't have TSOD on a daily basis anymore, but they do come around once a week.

    And, here's their latest update

    https://www.facebook.com/tvshowsondvd/posts/10156218795366063

    A lot of shows announced in a week. A massive Fox dump… a disappointingly large MoD Fox dump.

    I guess someone can post this link weekly for those who don't do Facebook (like me, actually), or if anyone comes across some interesting release news, throw it here for all to marvel at.

    Thanks for posting the link. Boy, do I miss the website. I can count on 1 hand the websites I visit on a daily basis, and tvshowsondvd.com was one of them. Looking at that list, does FOX even do non-MOD releases anymore? And are they available somewhere else besides Amazon? Just curious about the possibility of being able to get pressed discs vs non.

  2. Scamp

    Thanks for posting the link. Boy, do I miss the website. I can count on 1 hand the websites I visit on a daily basis, and tvshowsondvd.com was one of them. Looking at that list, does FOX even do non-MOD releases anymore? And are they available somewhere else besides Amazon? Just curious about the possibility of being able to get pressed discs vs non.

    As far as I know, Fox's MoDs are all burned, not pressed.

    But then, I got a copy of Bob's Burgers season 5 that was pressed for some reason after 2-4 were burned and 5 was listed as MoD, so I can't say with any certainty just what they'll do.

  3. BobO’Link

    ^Reports are it was the same with the Daniel Boone Complete Series release from FOX. People getting pressed instead of burned…

    True, my Daniel Boone from Fox is "pressed" not "burned" even though stated as MOD. I think they purposely keep the terminology a bit open-ended for flexibility. In one case, they may see a cost benefit in doing an initial run of pressed then moving to burned, in another case they may start with burned, but in neither case do they want the consumer to assume pressed. From what I read, whether pressed or burned, MOD can still hold true since the company doing the manufacturing and fulfilling of the orders may not actually assemble the sets until an order is placed (i.e., still Made on Demand even when pressed).

  4. The Obsolete Man

    As far as I know, Fox's MoDs are all burned, not pressed.

    But then, I got a copy of Bob's Burgers season 5 that was pressed for some reason after 2-4 were burned and 5 was listed as MoD, so I can't say with any certainty just what they'll do.

    Yeah, it's very odd as to what you may get. With Last Man Standing, I received pressed for seasons 1 & 2, but burned for seasons 3 & 4; ordered them all at the same time.

  5. MOD means manufactured on demand. Meaning that they are made in small quantities and more are made as needed. These discs can be either pressed or DVD-R depending on what the studio decides. MOD does not mean DVD-R or BD-R. There is still a lot of confusion on this since the beginning of mod programs. This comes from the fact that for the 1st two years of MOD they were exclusively DVD-R. There are still many on facebook sites that believe Warner Archive Blu Rays are BD-R. They have never released a BD-R.

  6. tlc38tlc38

    Any word on Warner Archive's July releases?

    Hoping for more Alice, Step by Step, Perfect Strangers, Or Hangin' with Mr. Cooper.

    July releases have been posted:

    Alice- Season 7

    Knots Landing- Season 1 re-release
    La Femme Nikita- Season 1 re-release
    The Bill Engvall Show- Season 1 re-release

  7. tlc38tlc38

    Season 2 of "The Smurfs" would be beyond awesome….but it's never gonna happen.

    Why do you say it will never happen- curious?!

    I don't understand what is going on with this show, why have they not released any more seasons?! This was a very popular series and I thought with season 1 being re-released in one collection (instead of the volume crap they originally released), this might spur releases of more seasons but nothing has happened?! Why doesn't WB pass this off to Warner Archive, I am sure they would release the remaining seasons if this show were under their domain instead of being stuck in purgatory with Warner Home Video.

    I cannot believe we have all seasons of The Snorks released but only one season of The Smurfs??

  8. TVonDVDJunkie05

    July releases have been posted:

    Alice- Season 7

    Knots Landing- Season 1 re-release
    La Femme Nikita- Season 1 re-release
    The Bill Engvall Show- Season 1 re-release

    Very disappointing. It seems with the three re-releases WB Archives might be preparing them for for further seasons down the road. I'll bet that Alice will be done by November.

    James

  9. JamesSmith

    Very disappointing. It seems with the three re-releases WB Archives might be preparing them for for further seasons down the road. I'll bet that Alice will be done by November.

    James

    IIRC, the Engvall show has already been released completely on DVD, and the Archives may have originally released the second season anyway.

  10. Can't quite understand why we would need a re-release of "Knots Landing" Season 1 on MOD when it was originally released at retail on pressed discs? Just get seasons 3-14 out please Warner!!!! So frustrating!!!

  11. Well. . . . I think VEI will release Evening Shade and Promised Land later this year. I also think that VEI will turn to other short lived Paramount releases in the next year like Jake 2.0 and John Doe. Hopefully VEI may take up the slack that we're seeing on other levels. News is so slow.

    James

  12. JamesSmith

    I think we'll get one animated series, due to the fact that the San Diego Comic Con is on in July.

    James

    I might have been wrong on this, but in the past WB Archives did show up at the San Diego Comic Con

    James

  13. JamesSmith

    Well. . . . I think VEI will release Evening Shade and Promised Land later this year. I also think that VEI will turn to other short lived Paramount releases in the next year like Jake 2.0 and John Doe. Hopefully VEI may take up the slack that we're seeing on other levels. News is so slow.

    James

    Amongst them on my want list…

    From the Gary Nardino years (1977-83):
    Blansky's Beauties (1977)
    Busting Loose (1977-78)
    Who's Watching the Kids? (1978-79)
    Brothers and Sisters (1979)
    The Bad News Bears (TV series) (1979-80)
    Out of the Blue (1979)
    Working Stiffs (1979)
    The Associates (U.S. TV series) (1979-80)
    Goodtime Girls (1980)
    Here's Boomer (1980-82)
    Foul Play (TV series) (1981)
    Making the Grade (1982)
    The Powers of Matthew Star (1982-83)
    Star of the Family (1982-83)
    Madame's Place (1982-83)
    The Renegades (1983)
    Ryan's Four (1983)
    Mr. Smith (1983)

    Before him…
    Barefoot in the Park (TV series) (1970)
    Funny Face/The Sandy Duncan Show (1971-72 and 1972-73 respectively)
    Me and the Chimp (1972)
    Love Story (TV series) (1973-74)
    Paper Moon (TV series) (1974-75)
    Archer (1975 TV series) (1975)
    Serpico (TV series) (1976-77)

    After him…
    Bronx Zoo (1987-88)
    Duet/Open House (1987-89 and 1989-90 respectively)
    Day by Day (1988-89)

    ~Ben

  14. untill the next anouncement of Death Valley Days, i honestly have gotten spoilt this year, between the Outer Limits Season One, and The up coming Season Two, noticed the other day that , in my best Dwayne "The Rock" voice FINALY, Gumby the 80's Vol 1 comes to DVD,

  15. The Obsolete Man

    IIRC, the Engvall show has already been released completely on DVD, and the Archives may have originally released the second season anyway.

    Seasons 2&3 were MOD releases while season 1 was originally a regular retail release.

  16. The Obsolete Man

    Magnum PI got me excited for Blu. But, just another DVD repackaging.

    And it's nice to see they're not going to wait two more years for another Goldbergs release.

    Is the new release of Magnum PI is the same picture and sound content as the old one?

  17. Is the new release of Magnum PI is the same picture and sound content as the old one?

    I don't see any indication of anything different and it would be very surprising if it were different.

  18. albert_m2

    I don't see any indication of anything different and it would be very surprising if it were different.

    Thanks, right now the pre order price is significantly higher than the existing set.

  19. John*Wells

    So, will the Saved by the bell release include Good Morning Miss Bliss and the 2 tv movies filmed in Hawaii and Las Vegas?

    Edit: Answered my own Question No it will not

    Shout's Press Release begs to differ. This collection will include everything (except The New Class)!

    Great freakin' job by Shout…. WOW!

    P.S. – Fingers crossed for no syndication cuts!!!! BTW, $60 is a sweet price, but I'll probably wait a bit for it to drop. All in all, great job by Shout.

  20. JustARandomStan

    Shout's Press Release begs to differ. This collection will include everything (except The New Class)!

    Great freakin' job by Shout…. WOW!

    P.S. – Fingers crossed for no syndication cuts!!!! BTW, $60 is a sweet price, but I'll probably wait a bit for it to drop. All in all, great job by Shout.

    I just found and read the Press release (which I Couldn't find when I made the above post. ) so they are going to release Good Morning Miss Bliss, the 5 Seasons afterward the 2 TV movies and the College years? That has to mean a Separate set of Good Morning Miss Bliss will be coming .. I Have everything except that

  21. John*Wells

    That has to mean a Separate set of Good Morning Miss Bliss will be coming .. I Have everything except that

    Yeah, I also think that a separate set will come out at a later date. It might be a while though, because Shout probably wants to push this complete set as much as possible.

  22. So WAC continues to ignore classic HB and classic TV. Call me completely underwhelmed. I guess we will never see the 50's -70's HB completed. They were making good progress until the end of 2016 but nothing but scraps since then.

  23. Randy Korstick

    So WAC continues to ignore classic HB and classic TV. Call me completely underwhelmed. I guess we will never see the 50's -70's HB completed. They were making good progress until the end of 2016 but nothing but scraps since then.

    Randy,

    I wouldn't be too hard on them. As they said before, they are still working on The New Fred and Barney Show at this point, so look for that this fall or winter. Patience is your best friend!

    ~Ben

  24. Randy Korstick

    So WAC continues to ignore classic HB and classic TV. Call me completely underwhelmed. I guess we will never see the 50's -70's HB completed. They were making good progress until the end of 2016 but nothing but scraps since then.

    Jana of the Jungle was supposed to be coming from WA. I'm not sure what happened, but I'm really upset that there is no progress. I think WB mentioned it years ago now.

  25. Bryan^H

    Jana of the Jungle was supposed to be coming from WA. I'm not sure what happened, but I'm really upset that there is no progress. I think WB mentioned it years ago now.

    FWIW: The only news I've heard of Jana of the Jungle was from the late, great Darrell McNeil (who sadly left us this past Independence Day), who contributed to that series uncredited, but not from WAC itself. I actually talked with WAC last year or so about this title on their Twitter, and nothing matched up with what McNeil said of it. But I still think they will release it!

    ~Ben

  26. Randy Korstick

    So WAC continues to ignore classic HB and classic TV. Call me completely underwhelmed. I guess we will never see the 50's -70's HB completed. They were making good progress until the end of 2016 but nothing but scraps since then.

    Guys, is that problematic for WB Archives to reassemble the Banana Splits, the Chattanooga Cats, and the New Adventures of Gulliver? I just can't understand why they shouldn't be out by now? They've had years to get everything assembled and it just doesn't make sense.

    James

  27. JamesSmith

    Guys, is that problematic for WB Archives to reassemble the Banana Splits, the Chattanooga Cats, and the New Adventures of Gulliver? I just can't understand why they shouldn't be out by now? They've had years to get everything assembled and it just doesn't make sense.

    James

    The more the original master prints age, the more it becomes true… and then you have to factor in exactly how much demand there was (and still is) for all this older stuff, and stuff this rare doesn't really have all that much demand. Right now, titles like these you mention are not high priority for the folks at WAC.

    ~Ben

  28. darkrock17

    The best thing to do with The Hanna-Barbera library would be to license it all out to say Shout Factory and let them give the fans what they want and for WB to get some % of the sale profits.

    But not to VEI as they would only be using the current videotaped masters instead of the 1st-generation (filmed) master prints, and they would also de-compress in order to fit more long-form episodes to one disc!

    ~Ben

  29. I'm not sure I would want Shout to release HB either after the sloppy, edited, and incomplete messes they released for Underdog and Tennessee Tuxedo. They would probably release the syndicated 30 minute Banana Splits show. Also since all the older ones need re-mastering it won't due Shout much good to get old worn out masters. They would take a lot of flack for releasing those so if WAC spends the money re-mastering them they will release them not license them. Its all a matter of spending the money to re-master and reassemble complete shows.
    I have been one of the biggest supporters of WAC's HB releases since they started in 2010. With nothing significant since the end of 2016 and all the best shows needing work to assemble its becoming obvious that WAC doesn't want to spend the money to do this to get them released. The DVD/Blu Ray market continues to shrink every month so I guess we can't blame for not wanting to release any shows that will take some investment. I will probably get Fred and Barney even though it doesn't excite me. I hated those as a kid no comparison to the original Flintstones which is probably my favorite HB show. But so many on my list I still would love to have:

    The rest of Huckleberry Hound
    The Wally Gator Show
    Quick Draw McGraw
    Tom and Jerry/Grape Ape Show (1 hour show)
    The Banana Splits Hour
    The Catanooga Cats (1 Hour Show)
    The New Adventures of Gulliver
    Yogi's Space Race (90 minute show)

  30. Randy Korstick

    I'm not sure I would want Shout to release HB either after the sloppy, edited, and incomplete messes they released for Underdog and Tennessee Tuxedo. They would probably release the syndicated 30 minute Banana Splits show. Also since all the older ones need re-mastering it won't due Shout much good to get old worn out masters. They would take a lot of flack for releasing those so if WAC spends the money re-mastering them they will release them not license them. Its all a matter of spending the money to re-master and reassemble complete shows.
    I have been one of the biggest supporters of WAC's HB releases since they started in 2010. With nothing significant since the end of 2016 and all the best shows needing work to assemble its becoming obvious that WAC doesn't want to spend the money to do this to get them released. The DVD/Blu Ray market continues to shrink every month so I guess we can't blame for not wanting to release any shows that will take some investment. I will probably get Fred and Barney even though it doesn't excite me. I hated those as a kid no comparison to the original Flintstones which is probably my favorite HB show. But so many on my list I still would love to have:

    The rest of Huckleberry Hound
    The Wally Gator Show
    Quick Draw McGraw
    Tom and Jerry/Grape Ape Show (1 hour show)
    The Banana Splits Hour
    The Catanooga Cats (1 Hour Show)
    The New Adventures of Gulliver
    Yogi's Space Race (90 minute show)

    As we saw with Magilla Gorilla and the first Huckleberry Hound releases, the HB library has passed through several hands and is a mess. Original prints and negatives of the shows as they aired were thrown out along the way and the shows don't exist as complete shows anymore and many of the elements are gone. That was why when they had interstitials on HH, they were drawn from prints and tapes in private collections. Also, didn't Top Cat have the same set of closing credits on all of the episodes? On top of all that, is the Capitol Music Library Music, which even though the company has been out of business for over 50 years, everyone fears releasing anything that contained their cues.

  31. The Obsolete Man

    https://www.facebook.com/tvshowsondvd/posts/10156336653496063

    The Shield coming to Blu from Mill Creek.

    And when I saw that Police Squad/Naked gun set, I thought it was Blu and was happy! Then I saw it was a repackaging, and was back to my normal curmudgeonly self.

    And, it appears like Call The Midwife, The Durrells has been abandoned on Blu. That's my major problem with TV on Blu… the abandonment rate is too damn high.

    That's why I prefer they do it all in one fell swoop like The Rockford Files or Dick Van Dyke Show. If they go season by season, you risk it stalling/not being completed.

  32. Ron1973

    That's why I prefer they do it all in one fell swoop like The Rockford Files or Dick Van Dyke Show. If they go season by season, you risk it stalling/not being completed.

    It depends on the show. Considering the relative unpopularity of the later seasons*, I didn't think Diff'rent Strokes would get done since once Shout! got the rights, it got two seasons at a time instead of a complete series set like The Facts of Life. But there it is.

    *What made them think an audience accustomed to Kimberly trying to even the score between the sexes at school and at home would find Sam McKinney's little-boy misogyny funny? And despite his own father still being alive, he pulled the "you're not my real father" card on Mr. Drummond before Arnold did a year later.

  33. MatthewA

    It depends on the show. Considering the relative unpopularity of the later seasons*, I didn't think Diff'rent Strokes would get done since once Shout! got the rights, it got two seasons at a time instead of a complete series set like The Facts of Life. But there it is.

    *For basically creating Scrappy-Doo in human form. What made them think an audience accustomed to Kimberly trying to even the score between the sexes at school and at home would find Sam McKinney's little-boy misogyny funny, then expect us to feel sorry for him when he pulls his "woe is me" act? And despite his own father still being alive, he pulled the "you're not my real father" card on Mr. Drummond before Arnold did a year later. At least when Mary Ann Mobley won Miss America, she beat Anita Bryant. That victory must have been sweeter than a glass of Florida orange juice. She did better than Cloris Leachman did in 1946, but Leachman proved to be a superior actress.

    I was referring to TV on blu, although you do run the risk with DVD as well. I was meaning series that were already completed on DVD and they ventured into blu.

  34. Didn't The Dick Van Dyke Show also get a complete set on DVD? That was also only on for five years and went out on top. The Blu-ray just followed that template. It's a far cry from the early years of DVD where they released The Twilight Zone in piecemeal fashion the way they did with shows on laserdisc and VHS.

    Meanwhile, Paramount is doing I Love Lucy and The Andy Griffith Show one by one.

  35. Dick Van Dyke was initially released by Image season by season in 2003-2004.

    Seasons 1 and 2 were released on the same day in mid to late '03, the rest came in '04. Then they switched to packaging it in complete sets.

    For Blu, however, the complete series came first.

  36. Until Sony announced a Fraggle Rock Blu-ray set, I assumed DVD was the end of the line for anything shot on analog standard-definition tape (or even digital SD tape like a lot of shows from the 1990s and 2000s). If that sells enough copies, I wonder how many other shows will get that treatment.

  37. Rodney

    As one who isn't on Facebook, I wish David Lambert or Gore Lacey could post the announcements here as well as there.

    I'm not on Facebook either. Just follow the link above and you can view the notices without creating an account.

  38. GMBurns

    I'm not on Facebook either. Just follow the link above and you can view the notices without creating an account.

    True, if you don't mind collecting a few tracking cookies and a big window asking you to sign in or create an account each time you visit. No thanks. I would rather hope that they would like to participate on this wonderful forum as well.

  39. The Obsolete Man

    Honestly, it just means I'm buying less.

    The prices are too high for a lower quality product.

    Definitely.

    As another way of reducing/squelching my extreme OCD compulsive collecting of dvds/blurays, I've been abstaining from buying any dvd (or bluray) MOD titles largely as a preventative measure. (ie. Don't jump onto a new ocd "treadmill" to begin with).

  40. I don't usually do the posting of the tvshowsondvd.com Friday roundup…..but since nobody has posted it yet……here it is for this week ending August 17, 2018:

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  41. jcroy

    https://www.facebook.com/tvshowsondvd/posts/10156370734841063

    Perhaps it shouldn't be too surprising anymore that new Universal and Warner tv show season sets are going dvd-mod from the start (such as Law & Order SVU).

    Well, to be fair, that started in S18 for SVU. DVD sales had probably started dropping the older the show became. So, in this day and age, it's likely MOD or streaming for the diminishing returns/sales. Licensing out seems to be a thing of the past. At least Universal didn't go back to the flipper discs, I guess.

  42. jcroy

    https://www.facebook.com/tvshowsondvd/posts/10156420209471063

    MTM and Reba complete series sets. Wonder if they will be all single-sided discs and not double-sided flipper discs?

    MTM only had one double sided disc. If they repress it, odds are they'll just leave the bonus materials off of season 2 rather than press an all-new disc for those few features.

    Reba, though… yeah, that might be worth an upgrade. Too bad they'll likely still be using the 4×3 masters instead of the widescreen ones that are all over cable.

  43. The Obsolete Man

    Reba, though… yeah, that might be worth an upgrade. Too bad they'll likely still be using the 4×3 masters instead of the widescreen ones that are all over cable.

    I haven't seen Reba reruns recently. The last time I was watching them, they were still using the old 4:3 fullscreen versions.

    Are these widescreen versions open-matte or the sides just extra "filling the space" (like what was allegedly done for The Shield) ?

    Or are they lazy dumb croppings of the 4:3 versions ?

    If Fox were to use these widescreen versions, then they would have to reauthor all the dvds again, most likely as single-sided discs from the start.

  44. jcroy

    I haven't seen Reba reruns recently. The last time I was watching them, they were still using the old 4:3 fullscreen versions.

    Are these widescreen versions open-matte or the sides just extra "filling the space" (like what was allegedly done for The Shield) ?

    Or are they lazy dumb croppings of the 4:3 versions ?

    If Fox were to use these widescreen versions, then they would have to reauthor all the dvds again, most likely as single-sided discs from the start.

    The episodes I compared were from season 6, which is what was airing that day, and they weren't tilt and scan. And with the age of the show, it's likely they at least protected for widescreen at that point.

    I'm going to go out on a limb and say open matte. But it's been a couple years since I looked.

    But Yeah, I just flipped to CMT, which is airing Reba right now. It's the season 3 premiere, in widescreen, no obvious signs of tilt and scan, looks more like open matte than any other option based on the amount of space between the in-show credits (which would've been in the 4×3 safe area) and the edge of the screen.

  45. To add insult to injury, there is a new extra basketcase drm strain which has been appearing on some burned dvdr discs released as Fox mod tv season sets.

    Apparently this new basketcase drm strain has been tripping up current grey market ripping programs, with plenty of vocal complaints about it.

    (This would be my #1 reason for not buying any Fox dvd-mod released titles which are using burned dvdr discs).

  46. jcroy

    (This may sound like complete wishful thinking).

    Let's hope that once Fox is gobbled up by Disney, these dvd-mod releases come to an end.

    I can see that happening — but it won't surprise me if it's because they don't put anything out at all. Unfortunately.

  47. jcroy

    (This may sound like complete wishful thinking).

    Let's hope that once Fox is gobbled up by Disney, these dvd-mod releases come to an end.

    If Disney controls Fox's home media, we're doomed. Disney won't even put out their own shows. What happened to Agents of Shield? They only did one season. Season two was a mod, then they couldn't even do that. The rest of the series was only in Britain. They abandoned How to Get Away With Murder…Scandal season 6 got delayed for a year, then piggy-backed onto a monster set with season 7. Just try finding a copy of Once Upon a Time on blu; they only seem to exist if you order them on the internet—and they come dear. There's dozens of shows from ABC, the Disney Channel and Freeform that have never seen the light of day on home media. And other stuff that Disney controls like the Marvel Netflix shows…they get put out a year after their release. At least they used to…not lately.

  48. Any word on season 1 of “The Orville”? I am really glad I purchased two DVD-r machines, and have a copy of each show on DVDRW waiting to be recycled. I can’t make blu rays of course, but at least I have a record of things like “Galavant” etc.

  49. TJPC

    Any word on season 1 of “The Orville”? I am really glad I purchased two DVD-r machines, and have a copy of each show on DVDRW waiting to be recycled. I can’t make blu rays of course, but at least I have a record of things like “Galavant” etc.

    I've been hearing October and November as probable release dates for the DVD, though you'd think we'd have a firm date by now if that were the case.

    It's a TCFHE show, so don't count on a Blu-Ray release.

  50. My DVD predictions for 2019:

    Hanna-Barbera (Warner Archive)
    The Adventures of Gulliver
    The Cattanooga Cats (original 1 hour format)
    The Flintstone Comedy Hour (CBS) (original 1 hour format)
    These are the Days
    The Tom & Jerry/Grape Ape Show
    The Mumbly Cartoon Show
    Skatebirds (original 1 hour format)
    C.B. Bears (original 1 hour format)
    Yogi's Space Race (original 90 minute format)
    Jana of the Jungle
    The New Shmoo
    The Flintstone Comedy Show (NBC) (original 90 minute/1 hour format)
    Trollkins
    Jokebook
    The Gary Coleman Show
    Wildfire
    Fish Police

    Paramount Television (CBS MOD-DVD, VEI)
    Barefoot in the Park (1970 TV series)
    Funny Face/The Sandy Duncan Show
    Me and the Chimp
    Love Story (TV series)
    Kate McShane
    Serpico (TV series)
    Blansky's Beauties
    Busting Loose
    Szymczyk
    The Ted Knight Show
    Who's Watching the Kids?
    Brothers and Sisters
    $weepstake$
    The Bad News Bears (TV series)
    Out of the Blue
    Working Stiffs
    The Associates (US TV series)
    Goodtime Girls
    Here's Boomer
    Foul Play (TV series)
    The Brady Brides
    Star of the Family (1982 TV series)
    The New Odd Couple (1982 TV series)
    The Renegades
    Ryan's Four
    Mr. Smith (1983 TV series)
    Gung Ho (TV series)
    Bronx Zoo (1987 TV series)
    Duet/Open House
    Marblehead Manor
    Day by Day
    Dear John

    ~Ben

  51. ClassicTVMan1981X

    My DVD predictions for 2019:

    Hanna-Barbera (Warner Archive)
    The Adventures of Gulliver

    I'd love to see it, but didn't someone post something some time ago about some kind of rights issues?

    The Flintstone Comedy Hour (CBS) (original 1 hour format)

    This seems kind of unlikely, given that most episodes were half new material and half taken up with a rerun of "Pebbles And Bamm-Bamm," which has already been released.

    There was talk recently (but no specifics) about releasing "The New Fred And Barney Show." I wonder if there isn't some kind of issue with the "Comedy Hour" for them to skip over it. They included a few cartoons (but not full shows) as extras with "Pebbles And Bamm-Bamm" — though they were specifically "Pebbles" shorts, which kind of makes sense, why didn't they just release the whole series, even in a half-hour format?

    The first thing that comes to mind: music rights. There was a lot of music on that show. But most of it was created specifically for the show. Not sure if that matters.

  52. Mark Y

    I'd love to see it, but didn't someone post something some time ago about some kind of rights issues?

    This seems kind of unlikely, given that most episodes were half new material and half taken up with a rerun of "Pebbles And Bamm-Bamm," which has already been released.

    There was talk recently (but no specifics) about releasing "The New Fred And Barney Show." I wonder if there isn't some kind of issue with the "Comedy Hour" for them to skip over it. They included a few cartoons (but not full shows) as extras with "Pebbles And Bamm-Bamm" — though they were specifically "Pebbles" shorts, which kind of makes sense, why didn't they just release the whole series, even in a half-hour format?

    The first thing that comes to mind: music rights. There was a lot of music on that show. But most of it was created specifically for the show. Not sure if that matters.

    Yes, that title was one of three announced this year's Wondercon according to Jeff Burns (the other two being Mighty Orbots and 2 Stupid Dogs that have already been released on DVD so far). It is likely they are still finishing it as I type this.

    I am sure that if you were to ask them about it right now, they might agree with me.

    ~Ben

  53. If "The New Fred and Barney Show" is almost ready, than where does that leave "Jayna of the Jungle," which was mentioned some time ago as coming out?

    does anybody have any idea when the release news for the October WB Archives titles comes out?

    James

  54. JamesSmith

    If "The New Fred and Barney Show" is almost ready, than where does that leave "Jayna of the Jungle," which was mentioned some time ago as coming out?

    does anybody have any idea when the release news for the October WB Archives titles comes out?

    James

    BTW, her name is Jana. J-A-N-A. Rhymes with banana. Not to be confused with the Wonder Twin!

    ~Ben

  55. Ethan Riley

    If Disney controls Fox's home media, we're doomed. Disney won't even put out their own shows. What happened to Agents of Shield? They only did one season. Season two was a mod, then they couldn't even do that. The rest of the series was only in Britain. They abandoned How to Get Away With Murder…Scandal season 6 got delayed for a year, then piggy-backed onto a monster set with season 7. Just try finding a copy of Once Upon a Time on blu; they only seem to exist if you order them on the internet—and they come dear. There's dozens of shows from ABC, the Disney Channel and Freeform that have never seen the light of day on home media. And other stuff that Disney controls like the Marvel Netflix shows…they get put out a year after their release. At least they used to…not lately.

    I agree with you for the most part; I've long thought Disney was one of the worst in putting out their content on dvd/blu-ray. However, in regards to Once Upon a Time, I've bought every season on blu-ray at a Best Buy physical store. I even have the lenticular versions of the slipcovers for seasons 1-3; unfortunately, they stopped doing those with season 4. Still have to pick up season 7, since the price is still kinda high, but I have seen it at the store. Their only issue with that show is not putting out the spin-off, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, on blu-ray.

  56. https://www.facebook.com/tvshowsondvd/posts/10156466790226063

    I believe Ron's press release covered most of these Fox MoDs yesterday, though the one thing it didn't mention was the official release date of The Orville in a couple months.

    Also, does Facebook really think someone's going to register for their crap service by putting big, unremovable blocks of text on their pages instead of that just confirming one's choice to stay away?

  57. There was something missing from the tvshowsondvd's Friday Facebook Roundup announcement today……Time Life is releasing "The Ultimate Lucy (Lucille Ball) collection. Selections from her four t.v. series ("I Love Lucy", "The Lucy Show", "Here's Lucy" and "Life With Lucy"). Most of the collection is redundant to what has been already released, however, there are 4 episodes of "Life With Lucy" (her very last series) that has never been released on DVD until now. Here is the Time-Life link of today's release announcement:

    https://timelife.com/products/lucy-…st+-+180+days&utm_term=grid+-+carousel+-+conv

  58. Scamp

    I agree with you for the most part; I've long thought Disney was one of the worst in putting out their content on dvd/blu-ray. However, in regards to Once Upon a Time, I've bought every season on blu-ray at a Best Buy physical store. I even have the lenticular versions of the slipcovers for seasons 1-3; unfortunately, they stopped doing those with season 4. Still have to pick up season 7, since the price is still kinda high, but I have seen it at the store. Their only issue with that show is not putting out the spin-off, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, on blu-ray.

    I don't think there was even a dvd…

  59. BobO’Link

    Season 1 now has a release date: December 11th, 2018.

    Still a too high $29.95 at Amazon (but I pre-ordered it anyway as I can always cancel if the price doesn't drop "enough" – I'd prefer ~$20 for this one but would pay more than I would for ST: D ).

    I'm considering a digital "purchase" using some of the Amazon Digital Credits I've amassed (currently sitting on ~$52 worth) using slow shipping just to see it again before the physical release. It's $24.99 for HD/$19.99 for SD (which would be quite acceptable) – or essentially free using those credits.

    I bought Orville on iTunes for $9.99 when it was discounted. I'll still buy Older shows on DVD but i refuse to buy shows that were shown on TV in HD on DVD sorry no thanks

  60. ClassicTVMan1981X

    According to this roundup, another classic Paramount TV title in my wish list is coming this Halloween from VEI: The Bad News Bears (1979-1980). Thank you again, VEI! Out of the total of 26 episodes, only 23 were initially broadcast on CBS.

    ~Ben

    And I think this is another one to be an odds-on favorite to have both the Blue Mtn. w/the slower jingle (1978-79, started at the tail end of that season), and the one with the faster, more famous jingle (1979-80, used widely in original syndication of O-R NBC 60s Star Trek, among others).

  61. bmasters9

    And I think this is another one to be an odds-on favorite to have both the Blue Mtn. w/the slower jingle (1978-79, started at the tail end of that season), and the one with the faster, more famous jingle (1979-80, used widely in original syndication of O-R NBC 60s Star Trek, among others).

    That is right… same as on Angie which also first came out mid-season 1979.

    ~Ben

  62. As with VEI's DVD release of Angie, I think The Bad News Bears will also suffer from de-compression (that is, to fit all 26 episodes across two DVDs… 13 episodes per disc). Optimal picture quality for this particular series would benefit from being put on three or four discs.

    My suggestion as to the number of discs:
    Season 1 (12 episodes) across the first two discs (6 episodes each).
    Season 2 (11 + 3 episodes) across the second two discs (7 episodes each).

    ~Ben

  63. jcroy

    Heh. Babylon5 going dvd-mod, instead of doing a big repressing.

    How the mighty have fallen.

    Well, for many of the same reasons given for no HD DS9, B5 isn't coming to Blu. And that would probably be the only reason for a wide rerelease again.

  64. I'm worried about this MOD thing. I live here in the UK and I recently imported from the US (Region1) a couple of HB cartoons, Secret Squirrel and Atom Ant, and they were MOD on DVD-R dics. First thing I did was Rip a DVD copy of each for myself because we all know MOD isn't as long lasting as proper pressed DVDs.

    Same thing happened to me a couple of years back when I imported the Region 1 Tarzan (Ron Ely) TV seasons from Amazon. One of the seasons was a proper pressed DVD and the others were MOD.

  65. stringbean

    I'm worried about this MOD thing. I live here in the UK and I recently imported from the US (Region1) a couple of HB cartoons, Secret Squirrel and Atom Ant, and they were MOD on DVD-R dics. First thing I did was Rip a DVD copy of each for myself because we all know MOD isn't as long lasting as proper pressed DVDs.

    We don't all know any such thing. I work daily with a reference library containing 15,000 DVD-R discs as well as 8,000 pressed discs, and of the very small number of total disc failures, the pressed discs actually outnumber the DVD-R discs. If DVD-R's are properly authored on quality media and stored correctly, they will go the long haul. DVD-R's burned over 16 years ago, as well as CD-R's burned over 25 years ago still play perfectly, despite the unfounded paranoia about burned media rotting away after a few years.

    As the market for older/rare television on DVD continues to shrink, I think buyers need to be more concerned about what the studios are offering to a dwindling niche market than whining about the media they are placed on.

  66. On the MOD Subject, Im getting Anxious about the last 2 Seasons of Mayberry RFD .. We are past the 6 month mark since the Season 1 re release and Everything Mayberry needs to come out ..We have Andy We have Gomer and We need the rest of Sam and Mike

  67. John Karras

    We don't all know any such thing. I work daily with a reference library containing 15,000 DVD-R discs as well as 8,000 pressed discs, and of the very small number of total disc failures, the pressed discs actually outnumber the DVD-R discs. If DVD-R's are properly authored on quality media and stored correctly, they will go the long haul. DVD-R's burned over 16 years ago, as well as CD-R's burned over 25 years ago still play perfectly, despite the unfounded paranoia about burned media rotting away after a few years.

    As the market for older/rare television on DVD continues to shrink, I think buyers need to be more concerned about what the studios are offering to a dwindling niche market than whining about the media they are placed on.

    Well said. Its the continued urban legend of professional made DVD-R's. You would think that after nearly 10 years of Warner Archive and more pressed discs failed during that time than DVD-R you would think the urban legend would go away. I personally have never had a WAC DVD-R fail but have had around a dozen pressed discs fail all DVD9 single sided. There have been a couple threads here devoted to failed pressed discs.

  68. stringbean

    Well I'm remaining cautious by instantly ripping any DVD-R MOD as backup ISO's that I have no choice in getting on certain titles. Myth or not, I'm taking no chances!! 🙂

    Well since pressed discs have a higher failure rate you should definitely rip backups of your pressed disc too if you are worried about discs failing.

  69. I never had problems with Warner Archive. Even the Disney Generations program never gave me discs that gave me grief. But I did have a problem with Sony's MOD program. I bought The Boy in the Plastic Bubble from them thinking "finally, a copy that doesn't look like it was taped off an antenna from a station 50 miles away 40 years ago." But it didn't play, and neither did the replacement.

  70. John Karras

    We don't all know any such thing. I work daily with a reference library containing 15,000 DVD-R discs as well as 8,000 pressed discs, and of the very small number of total disc failures, the pressed discs actually outnumber the DVD-R discs. If DVD-R's are properly authored on quality media and stored correctly, they will go the long haul. DVD-R's burned over 16 years ago, as well as CD-R's burned over 25 years ago still play perfectly, despite the unfounded paranoia about burned media rotting away after a few years.

    As the market for older/rare television on DVD continues to shrink, I think buyers need to be more concerned about what the studios are offering to a dwindling niche market than whining about the media they are placed on.

    I've heard about anecdotal evidence suggesting burned discs may indeed actually last longer than pressed, so I'm not entirely surprised. So long as they are, as you say, on quality media with quality details (software, hardware, burn speed etc). The caveat, though, is when you are not burning the media yourself you're not sure what is being used and how. And if the major studios are willing to go from pressed to burned to save money, they can go from quality DVD-Rs to crappy DVD-Rs to do same. Also, just on principle, the mechanics of producing a pressed disc are more exacting.

    So, gambles exist.

  71. Traveling Matt

    I've heard about anecdotal evidence suggesting burned discs may indeed actually last longer than pressed, so I'm not entirely surprised. So long as they are, as you say, on quality media with quality details (software, hardware, burn speed etc). The caveat, though, is when you are not burning the media yourself you're not sure what is being used and how. And if the major studios are willing to go from pressed to burned to save money, they can go from quality DVD-Rs to crappy DVD-Rs to do same. Also, just on principle, the mechanics of producing a pressed disc are more exacting.

    So, gambles exist.

    I don't think they are doing it to save money on discs. The reason for DVD-R's Is to avoid mass amount of unsold pressed discs since they usually need to make a large run. I think its been well established that Warner Archive uses high quality media over the past 10 years. Very few complaints about failure plus since they will replace failed discs purchased from them anytime it would make no sense to use cheaper media and burning standards which would increase the number of replacements. I haven't bought that many DVD-R from MGM or Sony so I'm not sure their standards are as high but we can buy from WAC as risk free as any disc made.

  72. Randy Korstick

    I don't think they are doing it to save money on discs. The reason for DVD-R's Is to avoid mass amount of unsold pressed discs since they usually need to make a large run. I think its been well established that Warner Archive uses high quality media over the past 10 years. Very few complaints about failure plus since they will replace failed discs purchased from them anytime it would make no sense to use cheaper media and burning standards which would increase the number of replacements. I haven't bought that many DVD-R from MGM or Sony so I'm not sure their standards are as high but we can buy from WAC as risk free as any disc made.

    Well, avoiding a "mass amount of unsold pressed discs" is actually itself a cost-saving measure – though it's a savings more on storage costs than unsold stock.

    I can't speak to WAC discs as I don't do burned media but I'm glad issues are minimal. However that could conceivably change should the program's revenue drop at some future time. That was really my point.

  73. JamesSmith

    What? No love for season 9 of Bonanza.

    james

    There'll probably be some, as soon as CBS completes Gunsmoke (and I'm ever hoping they do, albeit I was never the fan of that 1955-75 CBS classic Western).

  74. Sometimes I actually don’t mind commercials because it allows time to get up and get a snack or for a bathroom break.

    I like to go outside and jog around my circle drive every time a commercial break comes on during “Days of our Lives”.

  75. tlc38tlc38

    Sometimes I actually don’t mind commercials because it allows time to get up and get a snack or for a bathroom break.

    I like to go outside and jog around my circle drive every time a commercial break comes on during “Days of our Lives”.

    Then, commercial breaks can be useful (otherwise, not)!

  76. I am all in for Gunsmoke S14. Thank you CBS!

    And I'm hoping for more good news for Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction and Bonanza.

    The S13 Gunsmoke release blew away the washed out prints I saw on TV Land.

  77. ChrisALM

    The S13 Gunsmoke release blew away the washed out prints I saw on TV Land.

    And the same with those remastered releases of O-R NBC Star Trek; they made that classic inaugural Trek worth owning, at least for me!

  78. tlc38tlc38

    I’m just so happy that “Alice”, “Perfect Strangers”, & “Step by Step” are getting released in a timely manner.

    Now, I wish Warner Archive would get to work on “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper”.

    I prefer a release of Just the Ten of Us, the Growing Pains spinoff.

  79. bmasters9

    Minor nitpick on that Dan August part: they say it was on CBS from 1970-71, but that was when it was on ABC. It was, however, on CBS in reruns in 1973 and 1975.

    I can say the same thing about Wagon Train: Timeless said that it was on NBC from 1957-65, but it switched networks going over to ABC for its last three seasons from 1962-65.

  80. oldtvshowbuff

    I can say the same thing about Wagon Train: Timeless said that it was on NBC from 1957-65, but it switched networks going over to ABC for its last three seasons from 1962-65.

    Why are those mistakes made? Incorrect information from guides, for one?

  81. bmasters9

    Why are those mistakes made? Incorrect information from guides, for one?

    Ditto for Arrest and Trial and Alias Smith and Jones, Timeless said they were both on NBC, but they were on ABC, oh BTW, a history lesson, ABC was formerly known as the NBC Blue Network in the old days of radio. The parent company, RCA had two NBC radio networks, the Red and the Blue. They had to sell the Blue in a court ruling on the matter, so Life Savers candy tycoon Edward Noble bought it in 1942, it eventually became ABC!

  82. oldtvshowbuff

    Ditto for Arrest and Trial and Alias Smith and Jones, Timeless said they were both on NBC, but they were on ABC, oh BTW, a history lesson, ABC was formerly known as the NBC Blue Network in the old days of radio. The parent company, RCA had two NBC radio networks, the Red and the Blue. They had to sell the Blue in a court ruling on the matter, so Life Savers candy tycoon Edward Noble bought it in 1942, it eventually became ABC!

    What, no NBC White? 😛

  83. https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B07JMHJVYG/happydaysonline3-20

    For those of you who may have missed this, you can also buy The Bad News Bears TV series on DVD at Amazon.

    It lists 2 discs, so that would mean all 12 episodes of the first season are on disc 1, while all the 14 episodes of the second season (the last 3 weren't picked up by CBS originally) are on disc 2 (a la Angie).

    For those of you who have already bought this title when it was first out this past Halloween, what did you think of it in terms of video/audio quality? I know that, as before, the respective 1978 and 1979 Paramount Television logos are intact.

    ~Ben

  84. ClassicTVMan1981X

    I know that, as before, the respective 1978 and 1979 Paramount Television logos are intact.

    And that is something that both of us have thought was one of the best things a video releaser has ever done, IINM.

    What I'd like to know about that is, why is VEI going the extra mile lately with accuracy of the times when it comes to the studio end logos on the series that they release (namely Paramount, as seen here, and on Angie, The Powers of Matthew Star, and Petrocelli, among others)?

  85. If my suspicions are not too far off the mark, I wouldn't be surprised if CBS/Paramount is saving the "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" season 2 and "Criminal Minds" season 14 sets, for an eventual partial-seasons set with:

    Criminal Minds season 13 = 6 discs
    Criminal Minds season 14 = 4 to 6 discs (depending on whether CBS orders more episodes later)
    Criminal Minds Suspect Behavior = 4 discs
    Criminal Minds Beyond Borders season 1 = 4 discs
    Criminal Minds Beyond Borders season 2 = 3 or 4 discs

    which would sum up to 21-24 discs which could fit into one of those giant 24-discs cases.

    https://www.hometheaterforum.com/co…lete-series-craze.339077/page-20#post-4675789

  86. Neil Brock

    Do you know how much music is in that show? Its unreleasable.

    That show, Valerie*, and It's A Living seem to be the costliest potential releases from WB in terms of music licensing and/or ownership issues, at least where sitcoms are concerned.

    *It might have made more sense for that show to go to ABC instead of CBS when NBC axed them when ABC knifed Ten of Us the same year for not being from Miller-Boyett, but instead, they picked a new show of theirs that flopped anyway.

  87. MatthewA

    My mom still watches that in reruns but when I told her it and other shows like it were on DVD, she didn't seem to care.

    My father is the same. He's often talking about some old western he watched on cable. So I bought him a DVD player and a few sets of TV westerns a few years back. They're still shrinkwrapped, as he seems to have no interest in placing a disc in a player. But he'll still watch them on cable, commercials and all. 🙄

  88. I bought my Mother a DVD player for Christmas one year and 5 or 6 DVDs. As a demonstration we inserted “Gypsie” , her favourite movie, and watched about 30 minutes. Each year I would get her a few more movies. Ten years later she died. I found “Gypsie” still in the player at the point where we left off. She had never used the player.

  89. Malcolm R

    My father is the same. He's often talking about some old western he watched on cable. So I bought him a DVD player and a few sets of TV westerns a few years back. They're still shrinkwrapped, as he seems to have no interest in placing a disc in a player. But he'll still watch them on cable, commercials and all. 🙄

    Except with my mother, she doesn't mind purchasing more recent shows on disc. She bought the entire run of JAG on DVD.

  90. Malcolm R

    My father is the same. He's often talking about some old western he watched on cable. So I bought him a DVD player and a few sets of TV westerns a few years back. They're still shrinkwrapped, as he seems to have no interest in placing a disc in a player. But he'll still watch them on cable, commercials and all. 🙄

    Even worse are my older relatives who are retired.

    They have large life long collections of music and movies (ie. cds, vinyl, vhs tapes, dvd/bluray, etc ….), but they end up watching 24 hours news channels all day (such as CNN, BBC, Fox, etc ….).

    They never play any discs/tapes from the collections.

  91. jcroy

    They have large life long collections of music and movies (ie. cds, vinyl, vhs tapes, dvd/bluray, etc ….), but they end up watching 24 hours news channels all day (such as CNN, BBC, Fox, etc ….).

    That's also my father when he's not watching the cable westerns, either the cable news or the Weather Channel. I'm constantly hearing about what the weather is doing in all parts of the country, far away from us. "They had tornadoes in Toledo today." :huh:

  92. MatthewA

    Except with my mother, she doesn't mind purchasing more recent shows on disc. She bought the entire run of JAG on DVD.

    So did I– that's not a bad show! I've got a ways to go on it, but it's not a bad show.

  93. Malcolm R

    That's also my father when he's not watching the cable westerns, either the cable news or the Weather Channel. I'm constantly hearing about what the weather is doing in all parts of the country, far away from us. "They had tornadoes in Toledo today." :huh:

    I have to wonder as I get older and eventually retire, will I end up falling into this same pattern as my father and other relatives that end up watching 24 hour news channels all day.

    At this point I suspect I'm already half way there. For example whenever I'm working at home during the day, I end up leaving the tv on all day tuned to Star Trek franchise daily reruns on a scifi channel.

  94. Malcolm R

    I can generally find almost anything I'd rather watch than news. I don't understand people that constantly watch news. It can only cause stress, despair, and high blood pressure.

    Especially since far too much of it is political; I think this forum's ban on politics was set in place for very sensible reasons!

  95. Right now I have trouble keeping up watching the discs that I buy plus stuff I want to watch on TV and Streaming services. I have a long list of DVD of TV's shows and movies I want to rewatch with no time. So when I retire I will have an endless supply of stuff to watch. Definitely no time to waste on news.

  96. Randy Korstick

    Right now I have trouble keeping up watching the discs that I buy plus stuff I want to watch on TV and Streaming services. I have a long list of DVD of TV's shows and movies I want to rewatch with no time. So when I retire I will have an endless supply of stuff to watch. Definitely no time to waste on news.

    You and I are very much in the same boat!

  97. BobO’Link

    Right now I'm sitting on at least 6 years of 8 hrs viewing per day worth of unopened stuff (moves and TV shows) and the pile grows faster than I'm taking it down.

    I'm in a similar boat to you, except that most of my stuff has been opened.

  98. My 85 year old mother sits there watching those Christmas movies on Hallmark all day, commenting on how stupid they are. And I tell her I can hook up a Blu ray player and she can watch better movies, and she says she doesn't want to be bothered with all those "damn buttons" on the remote.

  99. Ethan Riley

    And I tell her I can hook up a Blu ray player and she can watch better movies, and she says she doesn't want to be bothered with all those "damn buttons" on the remote.

    She doesn't have to be if you do all the work (put it in, press play, get it out when she's done)!

  100. We use cable news channels as a screen saver in the background. In the last 2 or 3 years of her life my Mother In Law had CNN on constantly. I’d say “What are you Watching!” She’d say “Trump”.

  101. TJPC

    We use cable news channels as a screen saver in the background. In the last 2 or 3 years of her life my Mother In Law had CNN on constantly. I’d say “What are you Watching!” She’d say “Trump”.

    I'd rather put it on Me-TV, Decades or Turner Classic Movies… my idea of a "screen saver."

    ~Ben

  102. bmasters9

    Especially since far too much of it is political; I think this forum's ban on politics was set in place for very sensible reasons!

    I used to be one of those people. Then I realized Andy Griffith was a better tv choice instead. I can even see myself watching only my tv on DVD collection. Life is better

  103. John*Wells

    I used to be one of those people. Then I realized Andy Griffith was a better tv choice instead. I can even see myself watching only my tv on DVD collection. Life is better

    Me likewise! We both have alternatives to much of what passes for entertainment today.

  104. bmasters9

    Me likewise! We both have alternatives to much of what passes for entertainment today.

    I have actually been to “Mayberry” in Mount Airy NC it’s really cool. Now that I’ve been to “Cooter’s” also next on the agenda is Bedrock. City.

  105. We’re huge library users. Our system seems to have just about everything, as far as DVDs and Blu rays. With a click of a mouse it is put on hold and sent to my local branch. Sometimes you wait a bit, but I am in no rush.

    I read about “Wrek it Ralph breaks The Internet”. We hadn’t seen the first one. The library copy is here for a week waiting for us to watch.

  106. Every week, I understand a bit more just why the full TSOD site died a quiet death.

    Granted, it would've been nice to see the old news pages remain for reference, but there's just no new news to report.

    Anyway, I'm surprised Victoria is still getting Blu releases, after PBS stopped Call the Midwife and The Durrells.

  107. I'm pretty psyched to see this listed, mainly for the "50 episodes of The Jack Benny Program" (am I to assume these are part of the filmed half-hour shows that Antenna TV was broadcasting a few years ago?)–

    NOW AVAILABLE:

    * Jack Benny – The Ultimate Collection (Time-Life)
    $99.95 SRP DVD
    https://timelife.com/products/jackbenny
    EXTRAS: All 10 of Jack's hour-long color television specials, on DVD for the first time ever!; 50 hilarious episodes of The Jack Benny Program plus 7 other programs starring Jack!; Bonus DVD: A Love Letter to Jack Benny, a tribute to Jack hosted by his funniest friends – George Burns, Johnny Carson, and Bob Hope; plus your free 24-page Memory Book filled with photos, jokes, and original script pages!
    —–Grab a glass of milk and go back to the good ole days! Jack Benny may have been a cheapskate, a mediocre violinist, and 39 years old no matter the year, but above all he was a master of comedy. He kept fans laughing for over 50 years on radio, stage and screen, and there was nothing he loved more than getting a big laugh-except, as George Burns said, "getting two big laughs." Jack Benny, his famous cast of co-stars, and a slew of superstar guests are all here in The Ultimate Jack Benny Collection to entertain one and all. You'll get 68 Episodes on 12 DVDs, including guest stars Lucille Ball, Dean Martin, Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart, Frank Sinatra, Gregory Peck, Bob Hope, Natalie Wood, Red Skelton, and many more!

  108. Peter M Fitzgerald

    All 10 of Jack's hour-long color television specials, on DVD for the first time ever!; 50 hilarious episodes of The Jack Benny Program plus 7 other programs starring Jack)–

    50 episodes + 10 specials + 7 other specials = 67. What counts as the 68th episode then, was this a typo?

  109. darkrock17

    Antenna TV shows the 104 episodes that Jack himself hand picked in 1968 for syndication.

    50 episodes + 10 specials + 7 other specials = 67. What are they counting as the 68th episode, was this a typo?

    There’s also a bigger set with 92 episodes on the website.

  110. Gary16

    Sorry fir any confusion. The time life set is available with 68 or 92 episodes.

    I didn't know there was a link to Time Life in the press release. I went over there and I saw the two options that list 68 and 92 episodes.

  111. Do not be confused about the Jack Benny set.

    The 68 episodes includes:
    All 10 of Jack’s hour-long color television specials.
    50 hilarious episodes of The Jack Benny Program.
    Plus 7 other programs starring Jack!
    Plus 1, A Love Letter to Jack Benny, a tribute to Jack hosted by his funniest friends.

    The "92 episodes" set includes the 68 episodes above,
    but the extra 24 (to make it 92) are all Bob Hope specials.

    "Plus Thanks For the Memories: The Bob Hope Specials 10 DVD collection, featuring:
    24 Bob Hope Specials,"

  112. In looking into this a bit further…the Jack Benny set comes in three volumes.

    –The first volume (5 discs) are the 10 Jack Benny Specials plus the Tribute Special.

    –The second volume (3 discs) is all of the 18 episodes in Shout's release The Jack Benny Program: The Lost Episodes collection.

    –The third volume (4 discs) contains 39 episodes, 32 of which are the Jack Benny Program and 7 are other programs he appeared on. Mill Creek has a collection available listing 39 episodes which appears to be the same as this. Reviews on Amazon say the quality of it isn't so good, I wonder if this one will be the same.

    ______________

    I have the Lost Episodes Collection already. I'd like the specials, but if the quality of the Third Volume isn't any better than what the Mill Creek collection is, you can buy that for $16 or so.

  113. MartinP.

    In looking into this a bit further…the Jack Benny set comes in three volumes.

    –The first volume (5 discs) are the 10 Jack Benny Specials plus the Tribute Special.

    –The second volume (3 discs) is all of the 18 episodes in Shout's release The Jack Benny Program: The Lost Episodes collection.

    –The third volume (4 discs) contains 39 episodes, 32 of which are the Jack Benny Program and 7 are other programs he appeared on. Mill Creek has a collection available listing 39 episodes which appears to be the same as this. Reviews on Amazon say the quality of it isn't so good, I wonder if this one will be the same.

    ______________

    I have the Lost Episodes Collection already. I'd like the specials, but if the quality of the Third Volume isn't any better than what the Mill Creek collection is, you can buy that for $16 or so.

    I saw that as well, Why would Time Life re-release poor quality PD episodes? This is Time Life were talking about, like Shout, they do their best to restore shows to the best of their ability and then add hours of features as well.

  114. darkrock17

    I saw that as well, Why would Time Life re-release poor quality PD episodes? This is Time Life were talking about, like Shout, they do their best to restore shows to the best of their ability and then add hours of features as well.

    Really hard to figure out what TL does anymore with these releases, such as their futile attempt to sell the entire series of The 3 Stooges that already was made available for months and months on time…just another money grab by TL is how I'm looking at this and then figuring this is TL as well, how this might get distributed through the retail sector like they've been doing with the Roasts, Carol Burnett show and a host of other releases they made in the past via exclusives and such. Good set but I'll pass on this UNLESS they can make that first volume with the TV specials and tributes available separately at a reasonable cost, then I'm in.

  115. John*Wells

    https://www.facebook.com/tvshowsondvd/posts/10156733152321063

    The big news here is Universal getting Rocky and Bullwinkle back out. They picked up the rights after the Classic Media purchase. Hopefully the sales are there to justify getting more Classic Media material either re-released or released period. For example, anyone who wants Lone Ranger or any future Lassie releases, since they were Classic and are now Universal should be paying attention here.

  116. MattPeriolat

    The big news here is Universal getting Rocky and Bullwinkle back out. They picked up the rights after the Classic Media purchase. Hopefully the sales are there to justify getting more Classic Media material either re-released or released period. For example, anyone who wants Lone Ranger or any future Lassie releases, since they were Classic and are now Universal should be paying attention here.

    I was excited about this upcoming re-release but was quickly disappointed that it's the same set released before. Why did Tiffany Ward, Jay Ward's daughter agree or allow for the series to now be called Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends? Why not keep it they way it was shown originally as Rocky & His Friends for the first two seasons and for the last three as The Bullwinkle Show and collectively call the entire series The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show as most people know the show by this name.

    Also why did Bullwinkle Studios and Sony change the openings. Here is what on the DVD's.

    This is from season 1.

    This is from season 2.

    Here are the originals for both of those seasons when it went by Rocky & His Friends were it aired weekday afternoons on ABC. The series was produced in color, but from 1959-1961 not everyone could afford color TV's though.

    Original season 1, note the music is different for both opening and closing than what the used on the DVD's.

    Original season 2, the same music season 1 is used again.

    Now comes season 3 where the show moved to prime time in the fall of 1961 on NBC were it was the lead-in to Walt Disney's Wonderful World Of Color. It was during this season that a Bullwinkle puppet was used for the first couple of episodes as a host between the segments, usually making lots of jokes about the sponsors, the network, and even Walt Disney himself.

    Original season 3 with the puppet intro.

    The same intro minus the puppet, this from the syndicated version of series from The Program Exchange seen in the 80's and 90's. Notice that the "The" is missing from Bullwinkle's hat.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejgfnRvAOno

    The Puppet host ended when it told kids to pull the knobs of their TV's so that they wouldn't miss the next week's episode. NBC was flooded with calls and letters that kids had done just what the puppet told them and we'll the puppet's time was up. The next week the puppet told the kids to glue the knobs back in and a few episodes after that the puppet was discontinued.

    It was during it's time on NBC that the now famous Broadway style theme music was used. The theme was used earlier in the 15 minute syndicated series called The Rocky Show in 1960, it was done in a parade style tempo.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmqQgGP_W_k

    From the examples I've provided, I want to know what made Bullwinkle Studios and Sony to change it for the DVD release? Was their a license issue with the original music? Did they think that for some reason or another that Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends sounded like a better name?

  117. darkrock17

    I was excited about this upcoming re-release but was quickly disappointed that it's the same set released before. Why did Tiffany Ward, Jay Ward's daughter agree or allow for the series to now be called Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends? Why not keep it they way it was shown originally as Rocky & His Friends for the first two seasons and for the last three as The Bullwinkle Show and collectively call the entire series The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show as most people know the show by this name.

    Also why did Bullwinkle Studios and Sony change the openings. Here is what on the DVD's.

    This is from season 1.

    This is from season 2.

    Here are the originals for both of those seasons when it went by Rocky & His Friends were it aired weekday afternoons on ABC. The series was produced in color, but from 1959-1961 not everyone could afford color TV's though.

    Original season 1, note the music is different for both opening and closing than what the used on the DVD's.

    Original season 2, the same music season 1 is used again.

    Now comes season 3 where the show moved to prime time in the fall of 1961 on NBC were it was the lead-in to Walt Disney's Wonderful World Of Color. It was during this season that a Bullwinkle puppet was used for the first couple of episodes as a host between the segments, usually making lots of jokes about the sponsors, the network, and even Walt Disney himself.

    Original season 3 with the puppet intro.

    The same intro minus the puppet, this from the syndicated version of series from The Program Exchange seen in the 80's and 90's. Notice that the "The" is missing from Bullwinkle's hat.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejgfnRvAOno

    The Puppet host ended when it told kids to pull the knobs of their TV's so that they wouldn't miss the next week's episode. NBC was flooded with calls and letters that kids had done just what the puppet told them and we'll the puppet's time was up. The next week the puppet told the kids to glue the knobs back in and a few episodes after that the puppet was discontinued.

    It was during it's time on NBC that the now famous Broadway style theme music was used. The theme was used earlier in the 15 minute syndicated series called The Rocky Show in 1960, it was done in a parade style tempo.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmqQgGP_W_k

    From the examples I've provided, I want to know what made Bullwinkle Studios and Sony to change it for the DVD release? Was their a license issue with the original music? Did they think that for some reason or another that Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends sounded like a better name?

    The explanation I read was that Jay Ward didn’t want to keep paying Frank Comstock for the music so he had the new music recorded. It ran that way on the air too so it was not changed for the dvd. I’m disappointed they didn’t go back to the original music (maybe they tried but it was too high for the budget).

  118. Gary16

    The explanation I read was that Jay Ward didn’t want to keep paying Frank Comstock for the music so he had the new music recorded. It ran that way on the air too so it was not changed for the dvd. I’m disappointed they didn’t go back to the original music (maybe they tried but it was too high for the budget).

    Where did you read that about Frank Comstock? If that is true then why was Fred Steiner's Broadway style theme changed as well? His theme is most associated with this series.

  119. MartinP.

    Do not be confused about the Jack Benny set.

    The 68 episodes includes:
    All 10 of Jack’s hour-long color television specials.
    50 hilarious episodes of The Jack Benny Program.
    Plus 7 other programs starring Jack!
    Plus 1, A Love Letter to Jack Benny, a tribute to Jack hosted by his funniest friends.

    The "92 episodes" set includes the 68 episodes above,
    but the extra 24 (to make it 92) are all Bob Hope specials.

    "Plus Thanks For the Memories: The Bob Hope Specials 10 DVD collection, featuring:
    24 Bob Hope Specials."

    They're gonna start that again…cue the confusing multiple versions of the same stuff.

    It's great that these are being released though!

  120. darkrock17

    Where did you read that about Frank Comstock? If that is true then why was Fred Steiner's Broadway style theme changed as well? His theme is most associated with this series.

    In the book "The Moose That Roared — The Story of Jay Ward, Bill Scott, Flying Squirrel and a Talking Moose" by Keith Scott (July 2000) pages 336-337:
    "In 1961 [Fred Steiner] wrote the music for NBC's Bullwinkle Show. General Mills had requested all-new themes for the cartoons; Jay
    Ward wanted new music as well, so he could control future publishing rights; Comstock's deal had allowed the composer to retain rights through Criterion Music. Skip Craig said, "Coincidentally, Steiner had actually conducted the Mexican orchestra when Comstock's music was recorded back in 1959."

  121. Gary16

    The explanation I read was that Jay Ward didn’t want to keep paying Frank Comstock for the music so he had the new music recorded. It ran that way on the air too so it was not changed for the dvd. I’m disappointed they didn’t go back to the original music (maybe they tried but it was too high for the budget).

    I note the same tune used on the individual R&B cartoons for the NBC airings was redubbed onto the Seasons 1 and 2 show openings for DVD. I am under the impression all those changes were made for an internationally distributed (outside the U.S.) version of the show in the late 1990s.

    One of the closings — the Season 2 one with the hourglass — shows up in two different versions on the DVDs (depending on the show), one with a 1960 copyright date and the other dated 1997. I think one or two lines of dialogue are different as well.

    General Mills (the sponsor) owns the U.S. TV rights to the shows "in perpetuity," and apparently owns the configurations of the shows that were in syndication. (DFS Program Exchange is out of business, right? What has become of the shows they distributed?) I believe it's likely that this has something to do with the "rebranding" of the show, to make it distinct from the U.S. syndicated versions.

    The word "the" is (annoyingly) missing from the final shot of the post-1990 Bullwinkle Show opening because it was freeze-framed to replace the 1961 copyright notice with a 1987 one, and in the original footage, the word "the" appears simultaneously with the copyright notice. However, it was left untouched in one (but only one) episode — I think one of the "Jet Formula" ones.

    For years the official party line was that "Stokey The Bear" had been destroyed, then not only does it pop up on DVD, but all along, clips of it had been used as bumpers on "Dudley Do Right And Friends."

    It would be really cool if "Hoppity Hooper" could get a legit release. But that doesn't seem too likely.

  122. Gary16

    In the book "The Moose That Roared — The Story of Jay Ward, Bill Scott, Flying Squirrel and a Talking Moose" by Keith Scott (July 2000) pages 336-337:
    "In 1961 [Fred Steiner] wrote the music for NBC's Bullwinkle Show. General Mills had requested all-new themes for the cartoons; Jay
    Ward wanted new music as well, so he could control future publishing rights; Comstock's deal had allowed the composer to retain rights through Criterion Music. Skip Craig said, "Coincidentally, Steiner had actually conducted the Mexican orchestra when Comstock's music was recorded back in 1959."

    That explains Comstock's score being replaced on season's 1 & 2 DVD, but what about Steiner, though why did Bullwinkle Studio and Sony replace him as well for season's 3-5 DVD's?

  123. and for a moment there i was excited about Rocky and Bullwinkle, but now, i guess i will just have to live with the original complete series release.

    would have been nice to see Universal put forth a little effort in to releasing this correctly, instead of the syndicated prints. This had the potential to mach WB's great work on Popeye The 40's Vol 1. , but not from what is being discussed.

    at least i have the promise that Jonny Quest is getting the proper treatment

  124. dana martin

    and for a moment there i was excited about Rocky and Bullwinkle, but now, i guess i will just have to live with the original complete series release.

    would have been nice to see Universal put forth a little effort in to releasing this correctly, instead of the syndicated prints. This had the potential to mach WB's great work on Popeye The 40's Vol 1. , but not from what is being discussed.

    The 100% Complete Bull-winkle set wasn't 100% complete as every episode was around 22 minutes, 3 minutes are missing per episode.

    This is why companies like Shout Factory should be in charge of these classic series, they would've put in the time and effort to restore this show to how it was originally broadcast.

  125. darkrock17

    The 100% Complete Bull-winkle set wasn't 100% complete as every episode was around 22 minutes, 3 minutes are missing per episode.

    This is why companies like Shout Factory should be in charge of these classic series, they would've put in the time and effort to restore this show to how it was originally broadcast.

    Not always Shout has many TV show blemishes on their record and a few Animated shows. Underdog was released as incomplete 17 minute episodes and Tennessee Tuxedo was not even put together as episodes just all broken up as a huge mix of cartoons. Shout can only release what the studios give them and then do some additional clean up and special features. So them getting shows from WAC or the Bullwinkle shows does not mean they will be complete unless the studio provides them with complete episodes.

  126. Anybody ever think that the fact the R&B is public domain has something to do with all of this? Maybe because of that they felt the need to create new versions of the shows which they then could try to register for copyright?

  127. Randy Korstick

    Shout can only release what the studios give them and then do some additional clean up and special features. So them getting shows from WAC or the Bullwinkle shows does not mean they will be complete unless the studio provides them with complete episodes.

    So basically what you're saying is, it's not all Shout!'s fault– the studio is somewhat to blame as well?

  128. Neil Brock

    Anybody ever think that the fact the R&B is public domain has something to do with all of this? Maybe because of that they felt the need to create new versions of the shows which they then could try to register for copyright?

    When did Rocky and Bullwinkle fall into Public Domain?

    bmasters9

    So basically what you're saying is, it's not all Shout!'s fault– the studio is somewhat to blame as well?

    Makes sense, if a studio only gives you so much to work with, then you do your best to make it as near perfect as you can and then blast the studio in the press release as to why certain items are missing.

  129. bmasters9

    So basically what you're saying is, it's not all Shout!'s fault– the studio is somewhat to blame as well?

    Yes Shout is distributer or middleman they can only work with what they have. They do additional cleanup and create their own special features but if the studio isn't willing to restore something and release it themselves chances are minimal work was done when they give it to a distributer.

  130. darkrock17

    The 100% Complete Bull-winkle set wasn't 100% complete as every episode was around 22 minutes, 3 minutes are missing per episode.

    It's a little more complicated than that. Each "episode" was made up of several segments — cartoons, intros, bumpers, etc., all of which were mixed and matched over the years. The original shows don't match the later syndicated shows, and neither matches the DVD versions. For instance, Dudley Do-Right didn't appear until the show moved to NBC.

    All the cartoons are present and accounted for, just not (apart from the Rocky & Bullwinkle serials) in the original running order.

    (Also not included are "Twinkles," which originally played on both "Rocky" and "King Leonardo," and "Commander McBragg," which was in the syndicated show. Neither was produced by Jay Ward.)

  131. Mark Y

    It's a little more complicated than that. Each "episode" was made up of several segments — cartoons, intros, bumpers, etc., all of which were mixed and matched over the years. The original shows don't match the later syndicated shows, and neither matches the DVD versions. For instance, Dudley Do-Right didn't appear until the show moved to NBC.

    All the cartoons are present and accounted for, just not (apart from the Rocky & Bullwinkle serials) in the original running order.

    (Also not included are "Twinkles," which originally played on both "Rocky" and "King Leonardo," and "Commander McBragg," which was in the syndicated show. Neither was produced by Jay Ward.)

    Really, I didn't know that about Dudley Do-Right, I thought he was there from the very beginning. I didn't know about Aesop and Son until the DVD's came out.

    Wouldn't the original running order be on the master tapes, providing that the masters still exist.

    What is Twinkles never heard of that. I don't remember seeing that cartoon on either Rocky & Bullwinkle, Underdog, or George Of The Jungle.

  132. BobO’Link

    Wow! You must have seen some truly cut up episodes! I watched in the late 50s/early 60s. Where I grew up R&B came on after Captain Kangaroo for a while. I always liked Dudley Do-Right, Aesop and Son, and Fractured Fairy Tales but not so much Rocky and Bullwinkle. That was mostly because of the serialized nature of their shorts. I had to get older to appreciate them and older still to get all the puns. As an adult was when I truly began to enjoy everything that was on offer.

    I had to look up Twinkles myself – even though I also watched R&B on ABC. Twinkles is a flying elephant in ~90 second shorts of an educational nature. It had a General Mills tie-in cereal. I have no memory of either.
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    I saw The Program Exchange syndicated series on Nick and Cartoon Network in the 90's. TPE didn't included Aesop & Son.
    I loved the whole show, even though so much of it went over my head. I too didn't get all of the references and jokes until I saw again when the DVD's came out in the early 2000's.

    I've never seen Twinkles until now, From the cereal box illustration it looks like a Little Golden Books character.

  133. darkrock17

    I saw The Program Exchange syndicated series on Nick and Cartoon Network in the 90's. TPE didn't included Aesop & Son.
    I loved the whole show, even though so much of it went over my head. I too didn't get all of the references and jokes until I saw again when the DVD's came out in the early 2000's.

    I've never seen Twinkles until now, From the cereal box illustration it looks like a Little Golden Books character.

    I truly remember the Aesop & Son segments when it used to be on Nickelodeon…

    ~Ben

  134. ClassicTVMan1981X

    I truly remember the Aesop & Son segments when it used to be on Nickelodeon…

    ~Ben

    Bullwinkle's Moose-O-Rama was on Nick from 1991-1995, I was 3 in 91 so I don't remember Rocky and Bullwinkle that much until I watching it again once it moved over to Cartoon Network in 1996 and stayed their until 2002.

  135. darkrock17

    Bullwinkle's Moose-O-Rama was on Nick from 1991-1995, I was 3 in 91 so I don't remember Rocky and Bullwinkle that much until I watching it again once it moved over to Cartoon Network in 1996 and stayed their until 2002.

    Wow, I'd forgotten all about that until now. Now that you mentioned it, I think those were just the same versions The Program Exchange had been sending out to stations since the late 1980s, only with Nickelodeon's custom intro replacing the standard Bullwinkle Show opening. They didn't have the synthesized recreations of original music that the concurrent Buena Vista videotapes had.

  136. "Twinkles" best I can tell, was first shown on "King Leonardo And His Short Subjects," but also appeared on "Rocky And His Friends." It was included in the 15-minute syndicated version of "The King And Odie" in the 1960s, but not the 1980s half-hour syndicated version.

    Some years back I got hold of a few color Underdog half-hours which seem to be from later Saturday morning reruns — they have all four parts of an Underdog adventure within one half-hour show, and also include Twinkles. So whenever those are from, Twinkles may have been shown that late?

  137. Mark_M8

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    This is listed as being released this Tuesday. I haven't seen it announced anywhere.

    If it's supposed to be released this Tuesday, then why was I able to procure a copy of it for just $20 at the Wal-Mart in Simpsonville yesterday (which I was)?

  138. bmasters9

    If it's supposed to be released this Tuesday, then why was I able to procure a copy of it for just $20 at the Wal-Mart in Simpsonville yesterday (which I was)?

    I don't know. Walmart website has it as a pre-release for 29.34. So, you got it for a good price. Have you looked at it yet? Any comments on the wide-screen quality?

  139. Mark_M8

    I don't know. Walmart website has it as a pre-release for 29.34. So, you got it for a good price. Have you looked at it yet? Any comments on the wide-screen quality?

    Well, to be honest, it looks the best on televisions that are actually made for widescreen (which the one in my bedroom is; my brother gave it to me for a Christmas present last year).

  140. Bryan^H

    Weird that this is widescreen only, and the BD is OAR. I pre-ordered from Amazon out of curiosity only

    When Kevin Burns did the remaster, he stated they would release the OAR on Blu, and make the widescreen available on digital. They never showed up on digital, at least not yet.

  141. Mark_M8

    When Kevin Burns did the remaster, he stated they would release the OAR on Blu, and make the widescreen available on digital. They never showed up on digital, at least not yet.

    The WS for Me-TV etc. where they have been shown

  142. I more or less stopped following HoC sometime in season 3. It seemed less compelling when FU (Spacey's character) was president. (I didn't even bother buying the season 3 bluray).

    Though with that being said, one day I might do a binge watch through the seasons 3+ of FU presidency, just to see how it ends.

  143. The Obsolete Man

    Every week, I understand a bit more just why the full TSOD site died a quiet death.

    Granted, it would've been nice to see the old news pages remain for reference, but there's just no new news to report.

    Same here.

    The old pages were good for researching previous titles, and seeing what people were thinking back in the heydays of tv on dvd.

    The Obsolete Man

    Anyway, I'm surprised Victoria is still getting Blu releases, after PBS stopped Call the Midwife and The Durrells.

    I still watch this for Jenna Coleman. She was great during her 2013-2015 run on Doctor Who.

    I'll probably pick up a complete series set, if they ever release it on bluray.

  144. bmasters9

    Glad that Bonanza is finally being continued (also that Alice is soon to be fully out)!

    Yes, more Bonanza is good news! Hopefully, we'll see the complete series of both Bonanza and Gunsmoke make it out on DVD eventually.

  145. Jeff Flugel

    Yes, more Bonanza is good news! Hopefully, we'll see the complete series of both Bonanza and Gunsmoke make it out on DVD eventually.

    Yes, indeed– those two Westerns were influential where they were originally (Bonanza on NBC, and Gunsmoke on CBS), so each one deserves to be fully out.

  146. I find it a little disrespectful that the Mill Creek re-release of Richard Greene's THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD does not feature Greene or any of the cast on the box art. Are they trying to fool the public into thinking this is one of the darker, newer, unwatchable takes on Robin Hood?
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    It's a funny and highly entertaining adventure show with a great cast. The top ITC swashbuckler.

    Greene with Maid Marion #1, Bernadette O'Farrell:
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    Greene with Little John, Archie Duncan:
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    O'Farrell with the Sheriff, Alan Wheatley:
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    Greene with Maid Marion #2, Patricia Driscoll:
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  147. Mill Creek did the same with this release of 5 Columbia Pictures related to Robin Hood.

    https://www.millcreekent.com/robin-hood-origins-5-film-collection.html

    The films are: BANDIT OF SHERWOOD FOREST (1946) with Cornel Wilde
    THE PRINCE OF THIEVES (1948) with Jon Hall
    ROGUES OF SHERWOOD FOREST (1950) with John Derek
    SWORD OF SHERWOOD FOREST (1960) with Richard Greene
    plus they tossed in THE BLACK ARROW (1948) with Louis Hayward

    The cover for this is awful.

  148. RBailey

    Mill Creek did the same with this release of 5 Columbia Pictures related to Robin Hood.

    https://www.millcreekent.com/robin-hood-origins-5-film-collection.html

    The films are: BANDIT OF SHERWOOD FOREST (1946) with Cornel Wilde
    THE PRINCE OF THIEVES (1948) with Jon Hall
    ROGUES OF SHERWOOD FOREST (1950) with John Derek
    SWORD OF SHERWOOD FOREST (1960) with Richard Greene
    plus they tossed in THE BLACK ARROW (1948) with Louis Hayward

    The cover for this is awful.

    I am definitely going to purchase the Robin Hood Origins: 5 Film Collection soon; thanks for heads up, John.

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    Mill Creek also has this A Thousand and One Nights The Story of Aladdin 8 Magical Tales set coming 5/14/19 which I will also purchase: https://www.millcreekent.com/story-of-aladdin-the-a-thousand-and-one-nights-8-magical-tales.html

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  149. Mark_M8

    When Kevin Burns did the remaster, he stated they would release the OAR on Blu, and make the widescreen available on digital. They never showed up on digital, at least not yet.

    Season one is on VUDU OAR and the wal*mart widescreen LiS DVD set has a code that includes season 1 and a special feature a ComicCon panel discussion with the surviving principal (save June Lockhart) cast members – My Sony 4K showed the stream as 1080p I didn't check the prices on the other seasons

  150. Bob Gu

    I find it a little disrespectful that the Mill Creek re-release of Richard Greene's THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD does not feature Greene or any of the cast on the box art. Are they trying to fool the public into thinking this is one of the darker, newer, unwatchable takes on Robin Hood?

    If they are, then I hope it doesn't hurt sales!

  151. ^^^
    CBS is putting out Spencer's Pilot's? An 11 episode cancelled series from the fall of 1976 with a cast I've never heard of?

    Egads! Anything's possible. I might just have to get it just because!
    ___

    P.S.: I looked it up on wiki and I've heard of the guest stars listed for many episodes.

  152. The complete Brady Bunch including the movies, and two spin off shows(my favorite -The Brady Brides), and 'Here's Boomer'…I can't believe it.

    Two "grail shows" in one announcement!!!

    Who says classic tv shows on DVD is dead?

    :rock::dancing-banana-04::):):)

  153. Bryan^H

    The complete Brady Bunch including the movies, and two spin off shows(my favorite -The Brady Brides), and 'Here's Boomer'…I can't believe it.

    Two "grail shows" in one announcement!!!

    Who says classic tv shows on DVD is dead?

    :rock::dancing-banana-04::):):)

    As long as Warner Archive releases Mayberry RFD season 2 and 3 I’ll be ok. Same goes for perfect strangers season 7-8

  154. Bryan^H

    The complete Brady Bunch including the movies, and two spin off shows(my favorite -The Brady Brides), and 'Here's Boomer'…I can't believe it.

    Two "grail shows" in one announcement!!!

    Who says classic tv shows on DVD is dead?

    :rock::dancing-banana-04::):):)

    Here's Boomer (1980-82)… wow, and they're selling both seasons separately at the same time! Gotta get these two soon! I just hope the 1979 Blue Mountain is intact on season 1, and the '81 version on season 2!

    ~Ben

  155. ClassicTVMan1981X

    Here's Boomer (1980-82)… wow, and they're selling both seasons separately at the same time! Gotta get these two soon! I just hope the 1979 Blue Mountain is intact on season 1, and the '81 version on season 2!

    ~Ben

    I barely remember the show, but I know I loved it when I was a kid. Nostalgia is powerful. I'm excited to be transported back in time when watching this.

  156. Not surprised to see The Brady Bunch getting a DVD re-release as this year is the 50th anniversary when the series began. I might be in for this new set if it corrects the issues from the previous single season sets, for example, the missing tag scene from "The Honeymoon" episode, and minor edits/omissions from a few season 4 episodes.

    This new set seems to come with just about everything Brady related, although I don't see a mention of The Brady Bunch Variety Hour, but maybe that series is better left unseen.

  157. Lecagr

    Not surprised to see The Brady Bunch getting a DVD re-release as this year is the 50th anniversary when the series began. I might be in for this new set if it corrects the issues from the previous single season sets, for example, the missing tag scene from "The Honeymoon" episode, and minor edits/omissions from a few season 4 episodes.

    This new set seems to come with just about everything Brady related, although I don't see a mention of The Brady Bunch Variety Hour, but maybe that series is better left unseen.

    The variety hour would likely be too expensive for anyone to release because of music rights, and this is CBS we're talking about, the company that cuts anything above and beyond tuneless humming if they think they'll have to pay two red cents for it.

    And now that I've pissed on CBS for their traditional cheapness over music, I should congratulate them for finding a way to get the spinoffs and sequels released in what will likely be an affordable manner, even if it does mean double dipping for the hardcore fans.

  158. Bryan^H

    I barely remember the show, but I know I loved it when I was a kid. Nostalgia is powerful. I'm excited to be transported back in time when watching this.

    And did you know that the working title of this series was Here's Johnny? Johnny was the name of the dog used to portray Boomer, but the title of the series was changed because it was associated with a catchphrase by Ed McMahon to introduce Johnny Carson during his time on The Tonight Show.

    ~Ben

  159. The Obsolete Man

    The variety hour would likely be too expensive for anyone to release because of music rights, and this is CBS we're talking about, the company that cuts anything above and beyond tuneless humming if they think they'll have to pay two red cents for it.

    And now that I've pissed on CBS for their traditional cheapness over music, I should congratulate them for finding a way to get the spinoffs and sequels released in what will likely be an affordable manner, even if it does mean double dipping for the hardcore fans.

    You're probably right about the music, that's likely why the variety hour isn't part of this new release.

    I'm not really interested in the movies and offshoot series, I've tried watching those and they all lack the charm of the original series. So the original series is where it's at for me, I would have liked to see it continue for a few years more because I think it was cancelled prematurely and still had a few seasons of life in it.

  160. Lecagr

    You're probably right about the music, that's likely why the variety hour isn't part of this new release.

    I'm not really interested in the movies and offshoot series, I've tried watching those and they all lack the charm of the original series. So the original series is where it's at for me, I would have liked to see it continue for a few years more because I think it was cancelled prematurely and still had a few seasons of life in it.

    You do know, that Robert Reed might not have been in original show much longer, don't you? He was having problems with Sherwood Schwartz at the time.

    James

  161. JamesSmith

    You do know, that Robert Reed might not have been in original show much longer, don't you? He was having problems with Sherwood Schwartz at the time.

    James

    Yes I'm aware of that and I think the series could have continued on without him, Mike and Carol were not the focus of the series, the episodes were always about the six kids anyway. A different actor could easily have been hired to replace Reed and be the new Mike Brady. I think The Brady Bunch had at least two more seasons of life in it, perhaps three.

  162. Hmm ….. season 1 of the Magnum PI reboot going dvd-only and being released by CBS/Paramount. (The original Magnum PI was released by Universal).

    At this point, perhaps this shouldn't be too surprising anymore.

  163. Lecagr

    He might have been busy doing MASH at the time, but I think Mike Farrell would have been a good choice to replace Robert Reed on The Brady Bunch. Farrell had just the right personality to take over for Reed as Mike Brady, I can easily see Farrell in that role.

    Which would have been another Danza– Mike Farrell as Mike Brady!

  164. Neil Brock

    CBS doesn't own the variety show, AFAIK. That was a Sid and Marty Krofft production.

    Yes. That is correct. The show was a Sid & Marty Krofft production and they still own it.

    ClassicTVMan1981X

    If I read what you say, the only rights CBS has to the variety series (via Paramount) are The Brady Bunch name and characters.

    Yes, again that is correct. Sid & Marty Krofft had to pay Paramount a fee to use the Brady Bunch name and characters for the variety show. It wasn't much, but they did have to pay something.

  165. Brian Himes

    Yes. That is correct. The show was a Sid & Marty Krofft production and they still own it.

    Yes, again that is correct. Sid & Marty Krofft had to pay Paramount a fee to use the Brady Bunch name and characters for the variety show. It wasn't much, but they did have to pay something.

    While the very early half of BBVH only had an in-credit mention for Paramount, the later half of the run actually ended with this Blue Mountain…

    ~Ben

  166. That was probably part of the deal the Kroffts struck with Paramount for the use of the characters and name. Either way, the Kroffts still own it and it is up to them to license it out for home media or syndication.

  167. John*Wells

    facebook.com/tvshowsondvd/posts/10156895292141063 …

    Among them… Paw Paws (1985-86), which was another one of the shows in the first lineup of the Sunday morning syndicated staple called The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera. It was Scatman Crothers' last contribution for the cartoon studio. With this release now on DVD, only Yogi's Treasure Hunt is left among the three early entries in the 1st season lineup of this syndicated block that is yet to see the light of day on the medium.

    ~Ben

  168. Evening Shade is getting a complete set from VEI. I loved Designing Women but I never watched this; still, I'm glad it's coming. I bet they wish they'd done it while Burt Reynolds was still alive. I'd written off any chance of seeing that again after the one-and-done from CBS/Paramount. This is why I still have faith in both the future of physical media and of seeing TV shows get released.

    Now that Regina King is an Oscar winner, I wonder if that will ever have any effect on 227 getting finished. Good thing I recorded many of the unreleased episodes on DVD-R when TV One had the rights and got some, but not all, episodes uncut with Embassy logos intact along with the network broadcasts I traded for or found on Beta over the years.

  169. Linda Bloodworth-Thomason could never replicate the magic of DESIGNING WOMEN on any of her subsequent series, but I did order this anyway, if nothing else, for the stellar cast. The Thomason's always assembled these amazing casts, but the scripts tried too hard and ended up being endlessly talky and dull after DW. HEARTS AFIRE and WOMEN OF THE HOUSE were even worse. A few good moments in each, but mostly tedious viewing.

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