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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.

  170. John*Wells

    facebook.com/tvshowsondvd/p…

    Looks like we have a Perry Mason Re release of Seasons 1-3. And this time, they are full seasons not the Volume 1 Volume 2 stuff

    It says it's on only 21 discs, though– last I recall, the equivalent volumes had 25 discs in total (10 first season, 8 second, 7 third). Is CBS putting more on these discs?

  171. John*Wells

    I’m not sure. But, having invested in the complete series set, I am unlikely to invest in this

    That is typical of Paramount and CBS Video, instead of continuing on with series let's stop and repackage the previous seasons over and over again.

  172. BobO’Link

    ^Why? It's just a repackage of the 3 seasons, all of which are still available. They need to release S4 instead of yet another repackage job.

    Right and if sales are good here, maybe we will get season 4. That’s the point.

  173. The three season Petticoat Junction set in the big plastic case that CBS has used heavily for multi-season rereleases in recent years, has been out for many months now at Wal-Mart. Long enough where I was seeing it regularly for quite a while, but haven't seen it in several months now.

    So I assume this is just a wide release for it, enabling it to appear at places like Amazon and the diminishing number of brick & mortar retailers interested in stocking such material?

    If the price is attractive, I wouldn't mind double dipping. Seasons 1-3 have been heavily watched by me, so backups might be nice to have if it's $30 or so.

  174. ^^^

    LeoA

    The three season Petticoat Junction set in the big plastic case that CBS has used heavily for multi-season rereleases in recent years, has been out for many months now at Wal-Mart.
    […]
    If the price is attractive, I wouldn't mind double dipping. Seasons 1-3 have been heavily watched by me, so backups might be nice to have if it's $30 or so.

    Is this the same box you were talking about LeoA.?

    Deep Discount has this for pre-order (May 14) on their site for $37.50 and Amazon for $31.26.

    [​IMG]

    Although Amazon's info is completely lacking and says it is "1 disc."

    In the original single Volume sets were there any extras?

  175. MartinP.

    Although not entirely confirmed, yay!

    * Timeless – The Miracle Of Christmas Ep. 1 & 2 (Sony)

    Been waiting for this!

    [​IMG]

    Amazon ($17.99) and Deep Discount ($19.56) have this up for pre-order and a release date of 6/11.

  176. BobO’Link

    ^Why? It's just a repackage of the 3 seasons, all of which are still available. They need to release S4 instead of yet another repackage job.

    I had my hopes up as well. Every now and then I will post a quote from The Beverly Hillbillies on Twitter, tag CBS HE in the quote, and hashtag #releaseseasons6789. CBS HE has been "liking" some of the tweets, so MAYBE somebody is listening?

  177. Yeah, that's the same one I've seen previously in Wal-Mart.

    There are extras in season 1 & 2, but none in season 3. The extras are optional episode introductions by Pat Woodell and Linda Kaye Henning, as well as interviews with both cast members. But for anyone that wants more, I highly recommend the MPI set that I think is called Return to Hooterville.

    It includes interviews, commercials, game show appearances, unused footage of models of the train and hotel, etc. Was a nice supplement to the official CBS releases and I'm sure I'll watch it again in the future. The old Ultimate Collection release with the first 2/3's or so of season 1 that had fallen into the public domain also may have some unique bonus material of value, but I haven't viewed it since CBS put out their remastered set.

    I'm not sure what MPI is up to these days, but I wish they could license the remainder of the run. They put a lot of care into their releases, so I suspect they'd do their best to do the remaining seasons justice on DVD.

  178. LeoA

    Yeah, that's the same one I've seen previously in Wal-Mart.

    There are extras in season 1 & 2, but none in season 3. The extras are optional episode introductions by Pat Woodell and Linda Kaye Henning, as well as interviews with both cast members. But for anyone that wants more, I highly recommend the MPI set that I think is called Return to Hooterville.

    It includes interviews, commercials, game show appearances, unused footage of models of the train and hotel, etc. Was a nice supplement to the official CBS releases and I'm sure I'll watch it again in the future. The old Ultimate Collection release with the first 2/3's or so of season 1 that had fallen into the public domain also may have some unique bonus material of value, but I haven't viewed it since CBS put out their remastered set.

    I'm not sure what MPI is up to these days, but I wish they could license the remainder of the run. They put a lot of care into their releases, so I suspect they'd do their best to do the remaining seasons justice on DVD.

    They are streaming the PD episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies on Hulu (it even has the MPI watermark in the corner) and, I believe, Father Knows Best. I might be mistaken on the last one, but I think that's the one.

  179. ^^^

    Season 2 of Public Defender.
    ___

    The re-release of the short-lived Pan Am is curious. Isn't it?

    However, I just rented it on NetFlix early this year. I'd never seen it before when it aired.
    To be sure, the series was a work in progress and never really found it's footing, but I just
    loved watching those 14 episodes. I do think, because of the nature of the show and how
    the plots moved forward, I would not have liked watching it on network TV with so many
    dang commercial interruptions, which were so noticeable when there would have been one
    watching the DVD's. But I have to say, I really enjoyed watching this short lived series. It
    should have been on a cable channel without commercials.

  180. phenri

    After checking out the new releases, I'be preordered Bronk. I haven't seen any episodes of this since the mid 70s.

    Yes, nice to see Warner releasing Bronk, a vintage series that ISN'T based on a comic strip superhero.

  181. [​IMG]

    * I Love Lucy – The Colorized Collection (CBS/Paramount) DVD
    EXTRAS: all-new bonus content detailing the process for colorizing the original black & white episodes
    —–The laughs never stop with the I Love Lucy: Colorized Collection, with 16 full-length colorized I Love Lucy episodes, including Lucy's Italian Movie (grape stomping), Lucy Does a TV Commercial (Vitameatavegamin), Job Switching (chocolate factory), and more of your Lucy favorites in COLOR! 2-disc set includes 16 classic I Love Lucy episodes beautifully colorized, including 8 colorized episodes that are new-to-DVD!

    This release was hinted at during the last "colorized" telecast a couple months ago! By that I mean they were showing b&w stills of episodes that had been colorized and then they showed color stills. Then there was a fade out and it said "Coming Fall" or "Coming Soon" something like that, but I got the idea!

    In my first reading of the above I thought it meant 8 NEW colorized episodes. It is 8 colorized episodes that have not been on DVD. So NEW to DVD. By the way, if one has only seen the colorized episodes in the broadcast specials, you'll have several minutes of extra footage in each one that'll be new as the episodes were edited to current running times.

  182. What are the BBC Archives? An offshoot of the Warner Archives?

    I ask because today's announcements included MOD rereleases of Doctor Who serials from BBC Archives. And the The Doctor Who serial rereleases on MoD once again make me wonder if we'll ever get the last couple seasons of Call The Midwife out on Blu through some archives program.

  183. BobO’Link

    I'd guess they are as Warner does the distribution for most, if not all, of the BBC series in the US.

    I have the first three series (British for seasons) of All Creatures Great and Small, and that is certainly the case with those.

  184. Well, the extras fro Shout Factory's Space: 1999 release have been announced in today's release list and the Message From Moonbase Alpha is not included. Bummer. Looks like I will have to keep the A&E Mega set that I have. Too bad. I was hoping to be able to get rid of it.

  185. Just thought I'd bring this up: looks like Mill Creek is, this August, going to come out with an all-in-one of the 90s NBC/Family Channel Hart to Hart movies, all 8 of 'em– it's called "Movies are Murder Collection," and this release will have all the movies on regular discs, and not the uber-expensive MODs of before…

    https://www.amazon.com/Hart-Movies-…0D42PQMKDNT&psc=1&refRID=Y9Z0XED5S0D42PQMKDNT

  186. Saw a Lassie set at Wal-Mart with I think 16 episodes. Is this something new, or a reissue of that best of set from a decade or more ago?

    I own that set, but not sure where it is to check the episode count to see if it's the same.

  187. Heh.

    Big Bang Theory complete series set with special packaging.

    Wonder if there will be huge howls about glue sticking onto the discs, warped discs, etc …. similar to other past complete series sets of this type, such as Smallville, The West Wing, etc ….

  188. Also all those recent/current dvd-mod releases by Fox, have a really nasty extra drm on them which makes them very non-trivial to rip to the computer. (These recent/current Fox dvd-mod discs don't have any generic css encryption, but have an alternate nasty drm on them).

  189. jcroy

    Also all those recent/current dvd-mod releases by Fox, have a really nasty extra drm on them which makes them very non-trivial to rip to the computer. (These recent/current Fox dvd-mod discs don't have any generic css encryption, but have an alternate nasty drm on them).

    Aaaaaaaand they've lost my money.

    I have 9 seasons of Modern Family on DVD. Won't make it an even 10. Or 11.

    Wonder if it's Disney's dumb call or a vestigial Fox decision?

  190. The Obsolete Man

    Aaaaaaaand they've lost my money.

    I have 9 seasons of Modern Family on DVD. Won't make it an even 10. Or 11.

    Wonder if it's Disney's dumb call or a vestigial Fox decision?

    Most likely a remnant of the previous Fox regime.

    Fox has been using this nasty drm variant for almost the last year or so on their dvd-mod tv show releases. The earliest titles which had this nasty drm, date back to September 2018.

  191. jcroy

    Heh.

    All those Fox tv on dvd releases are now all dvd-mod.

    How the mighty have fallen, including Homeland.

    My sentiments exactly!!! I am mainly interested in "Modern Family" and "American Horror Story"……I was so disappointed when Fox stop making Blu-rays and only DVD releases for "Modern Family after season 4……and now Fox/Disney is doubling down by making MOD-DVDs!!!! Uggh!!! How do we go backwards in technology…..frustrating!!!! For "American Horror Story", the last season "Cult" was released on DVD only in the U.S……but there was an all region Blu-ray release though in Europe……I am hoping they do the same for this next season of "American Horror Story"….it's so ridiculous to have a Blu-ray set for each of the first 7 seasons….then have a MOD-DVD for the 8th?!?!?!

    In either case, I will probably still buy the next seasons, but I am definitely going to do some research first on the all-region Blu-ray release for "American Horror Story". If anyone sees/hears about this, please post in this forum post…..Thank you.

  192. ClassicTVMan1981X

    Right… but among them, another entry from Hanna-Barbera's 1962-63 New Cartoon Series is among the new releases in July: Lippy the Lion and Hardy Har-Har! I only first saw this cartoon in 1994 on The Family Channel and then on Cartoon Network mere months later.

    ~Ben

    Wow, talk about a flashback! Had forgotten all about this H-B cartoon until you posted the opening credits, Ben! Remember watching this back when I was a kid in the 70s.

  193. The Obsolete Man

    Aaaaaaaand they've lost my money.

    I have 9 seasons of Modern Family on DVD. Won't make it an even 10. Or 11.

    Wonder if it's Disney's dumb call or a vestigial Fox decision?

    At this point I suspect whatever vestiges of Fox's old home entertainment division is left over at Disney, is most likely in the role of a "caretaker" handling the remaining Fox contracts which have been signed + finalized already prior/during the merger.

    What's unknown is whether Disney's home video division will keep on any of former Fox employees, once the remaining outstanding contracts are already done.

  194. One could ask what Disney would do once all the remaining former Fox Home Entertainment division employees are let go.

    As a guess, we can look at what Disney has been doing with their tv shows in recent years.

    In terms of whether Disney will release complete series sets, similar in style to what Paramount, Universal, Fox, etc … have been doing via giant 24+ discs cases, things don't look particularly optimistic at this point. The only Disney released complete series sets they have done over the years, are somewhat minimal: LOST, Desperate Housewives, Scrubs, and Home Improvement. (These complete series sets were done back in the early 2010's).

    Since then, Disney has not released any other complete series sets. None were done for later shows like: Revenge, Brothers & Sisters, Once Upon A Time, Army Wives, Castle, Scandal, Private Practice, Body of Proof, etc … where all seasons were already released on dvd.

  195. For that matter, Disney's release schedule for tv on dvd has been rather sparse in recent years.

    2018
    Scandal – seasons 6+7
    Once Upon A Time – season 7 (dvd and bluray)

    2017
    Designated Survivor – season 1
    Grey's Anatomy – season 13
    Nashville – season 4
    Once Upon A Time – season 6 (dvd and bluray)

    2016
    Castle – season 8
    Scandal – season 5
    Quantico – season 1
    The Catch – season 1
    Grey's Anatomy – season 12
    How To Get Away With Murder – season 2
    Once Upon a Time – season 5 (dvd and bluray)

    2015
    black-ish – season 1 (amazon exclusive)
    Castle – season 7
    Scandal – season 4
    Nashville – season 3
    Grey's Anatomy – season 11
    Revenge – season 4
    How To Get Away With Murder – season 1
    Once Upon A Time – season 4 (dvd and bluray)

    Many ABC/Disney produced shows were discontinued in america after a few seasons, such as:

    – Nashville (seasons 5 and 6 were never released)
    – Quantico (seasons 2 and 3 were never released)
    – Black-ish (season 1 was an amazon exclusive with no further releases)
    – The Catch (season 2 was never released)

    – Grey's Anatomy (discontinued after season 13)
    – How To Get Away With Murder (discontinued after season 2)
    – Designated Survivor (season 2 was released in canada by eone)

  196. In the end, without any "insider" information about what's going on in the home video department at Disney, it is hard to say what will happen with future tv on dvd releases.

    If Disney ends up letting go of all the former employees of the old Fox home entertainment division and things continue on business as usual, then we can probably look forward to seeing the end of any further dvd-mod releases by Fox. Though in its place, Disney will simply not release anything at all for tv on dvd. (So far there doesn't appear to be any upcoming tv on dvd releases for any ABC produced shows).

    If Disney keeps around several former Fox home entertainment folks and give them the power to call the shots on tv on dvd releases, then the question is whether they will start releasing any complete series sets in those giant 24+ discs cases. For example, will they release complete series sets for older ABC/BuenaVista/Touchstone produced shows like: Alias, Golden Girls, Ugly Betty, Kyle XY, Felicity, Legends of the Seeker, etc …. ?

  197. The Golden Girls already got a complete series set. That thing shaped like Sophia's purse was it. No new content, so no value to anyone who already bought the season sets individually.

    Meanwhile, they never even tried Empty Nest.

  198. MatthewA

    The Golden Girls already got a complete series set. That thing shaped like Sophia's purse was it. No new content, so no value to anyone who already bought the season sets individually.

    Meanwhile, they never even tried Empty Nest.

    Disney makes more money off of The Golden Girls from their images than they do with home video.

  199. jcroy

    Wonder if Paramount/CBS will ever release a Gunsmoke complete series dvd set.

    With 20 seasons I'd say very doubtful. More likely a set of the 1st 6 seasons of 30 minutes episodes and then a set of the 5 b & w hour long seasons and then the a set of the final 9 color seasons. But we have at least 2 more years before they finish all 20 seasons so we won't know for sure until then.

  200. Has anyone seen whether the "remastered" Garfield and Friends actually is? I already bought the Fox sets, so I'm keeping those unless I see significant improvements compared the composite masters they used in the 2000s that were nonetheless more complete than The Program Exchange's syndicated package that never added the later seasons even after the show ended its original CBS run.

  201. BobO’Link

    Yes, He Man and the Masters of the Universe was first released in half-season sets by BCI/Eclipse, went OOP (and up in price dramatically), got a re-release by Mill Creek on fewer discs (12) which is OOP (and high priced). This new Universal one says 16 discs. The original from BCI was 24 discs.

    Looking this up at Amazon I find they're also re-releasing She-Ra in a 12 disc set the same day (a former coworker thought She-Ra was "hot").

    I'm curious to see how they package these sets.

    It appears Universal is not releasing the individual season/volume sets, simultaneously with the respective complete series sets for He-Man and She-Ra.

    Universal is doing things slightly different for the original Voltron cartoon, where they released "vehicle force" and "lion force" in their own individual dvd sets. So the complete series original Voltron dvd set, is probably just a bundling of the two individual vehicle and lion forces dvd set.

  202. The question is whether Universal has any future plans to split up the He-Man and She-Ra sets, into individual season/volume dvd releases. At this time in 2019, I suspect it is probably not going to be done this way. (This marketing strategy was probably viable back in the 2000s decade).

    So if Universal is not going the route of separate seasons/volumes, then most likely the packaging will be one of those giant 12+ discs cases that Paramount and Fox has been using for their complete series sets.

  203. BobO’Link

    Yes, He Man and the Masters of the Universe was first released in half-season sets by BCI/Eclipse, went OOP (and up in price dramatically), got a re-release by Mill Creek on fewer discs (12) which is OOP (and high priced). This new Universal one says 16 discs. The original from BCI was 24 discs.

    Looking this up at Amazon I find they're also re-releasing She-Ra in a 12 disc set the same day (a former coworker thought She-Ra was "hot").

    Judging by the episode vs disc counts, it appears these Universal versions of She-Ra, He-Man, and Voltron will have 9 or 10 episodes per disc. (The final two discs of He-Man and She-Ra appear to be the same, with some xmas episode and other special features).

    I looked up the old bci eclipse versions of he-man and she-ra, where it appears the discs had 6 or 7 episodes per disc. (I kinda wonder if these bci eclipse versions were actually single-layer dvd5 discs).

  204. I take no joy in asking this. Is it safe to assume that Mayberry RFD season 2 and 3, and or any further Andy Griffith Blu Ray or potential Gomer Pyle USMC Blu Rays are Dead on arrival due to music license and the lawsuit by Earl Hagen’s Estate?

  205. John*Wells

    I take no joy in asking this. Is it safe to assume that Mayberry RFD season 2 and 3, and or any further Andy Griffith Blu Ray or potential Gomer Pyle USMC Blu Rays are Dead on arrival due to music license and the lawsuit by Earl Hagen’s Estate?

    https://www.nbcwashington.com/enter…-Andy-Griffith-Show-Theme-Song-510429801.html

    This news story in the above link about the Andy Griffith theme tune, "The Fishin' Hole," may be one indicator as to why we're not yet getting The Andy Griffith Show on Blu-Ray.

    ~Ben

  206. They still managed to cut most of the other music other than "At This Moment" by Billy Vera and the Beaters, which was a big deal when the show used it. A few months ago, I watched the pilot on Amazon Prime and it's the same cut-but-not-as-much-as-a-syndicated-version edit as the DVD, which removes a Phil Ochs song. This is different. This is another show's theme song we're talking about, and an iconic one at that, especially where I grew up*. This is why all those public domain releases over the years skipped over the theme music.

    Maybe this will change now that CBS and Viacom are reunited despite doing so under the awkward corporate name of ViacomCBS. And maybe they'll put the original logos back, too. But this will now give them two TV production companies: CBS Studios (the one that can be traced back via Paramount to Desilu) and Paramount Television (the new one whose logo was on Grease Live!). Those will probably get merged into one company, but what they'd call it I couldn't tell you.


    *IIRC they used it once on a late-era Silver Spoons episode as well. This is no coincidence; after having been on Search for Tomorrow around the same time Andrea McArdle, Broadway's original Annie, left it and found a different kind of "Tomorrow", Joel Higgins' first prime time TV role was on Columbia's Salvage One on ABC which also starred Andy Griffith. Married with Children used it in a much darker context around the time Jefferson became Marcy's husband.

  207. Heh.

    Sounds like Sony was wrangling over a decision whether The Goldbergs season 6 dvds (already manufactured) should be sent to the dvd-mod channel folks, or whether they should sent it to the general wide market distributors.

    If I had to guess, Sony's home entertainment division executives probably made a huge bargain with their general market distributors to carry it, which came down to the wire a week before release.

  208. ClassicTVMan1981X

    https://www.nbcwashington.com/enter…-Andy-Griffith-Show-Theme-Song-510429801.html

    This news story in the above link about the Andy Griffith theme tune, "The Fishin' Hole," may be one indicator as to why we're not yet getting The Andy Griffith Show on Blu-Ray.

    ~Ben

    This lawsuit is remarkable. I can't believe it hasn't been caught before. Sounds like CBS will pay millions. Glad I have my dvds

  209. I see Warner is repackaging the Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collections for reissue, and on DVD naturally. What was originally six discs is now four with the two controversial shorts still not appearing. And they're claiming things are "restored and remastered" for funsies.

    I guess soaking up any remaining customers is more or less an official forfeit on future Golden Collections. What a waste.

  210. JoeDoakes

    It's amazing we've gotten up to season 4 of My Three Sons (and we're only on Season 5 of the Beverly Hillbillies.

    That would make the former 1/3rd complete. But half-season sets still? And at the price a whole season would be worth from a third party distributor?

  211. Wow…Two seasons of Gunsmoke coming out in December, and neither of them split into 2 volumes? This is a definite Merry Christmas to those of us who are Gunsmoke fans.

    That makes 4 seasons released in 2019, with Season 14 back in February, Season 15 coming up in October, and now 16 and 17 in December. CBS/Paramount this year has certainly made up for the previous slow release patterns for this series.

    Not to get too far ahead of ourselves or to get hopes up too high, but if they can continue at this same pace, we could conceivably get the rest of the series before the end of next year. Who would have expected that?

  212. Dave Lawrence

    Wow…Two seasons of Gunsmoke coming out in December, and neither of them split into 2 volumes? This is a definite Merry Christmas to those of us who are Gunsmoke fans.

    It certainly is– I think we'll get the remainder of it (18, 19 and 20) in the early part of 2020, and if it so be, then that'll be a great feeling for Gunsmoke's fans to finally complete their collection of that classic 1955-75 CBS Western (and I'm sure that an all-in-one [huge that it'll be expected to be] will follow at some point as well)!

  213. Dave Lawrence

    Wow…Two seasons of Gunsmoke coming out in December, and neither of them split into 2 volumes? This is a definite Merry Christmas to those of us who are Gunsmoke fans.

    That makes 4 seasons released in 2019, with Season 14 back in February, Season 15 coming up in October, and now 16 and 17 in December. CBS/Paramount this year has certainly made up for the previous slow release patterns for this series.

    Not to get too far ahead of ourselves or to get hopes up too high, but if they can continue at this same pace, we could conceivably get the rest of the series before the end of next year. Who would have expected that?

    With the way things are going, Gunsmoke should be completed by next fall, which is A HUGE RELIEF in my book as I always worried that this wonderful series would never be completely released on DVD. The sales of the recent seasons must have been good. I'm super happy about that as well.

    Hopefully Bonanza will follow suit and be competed by the end of next year/early 2021 as well.

  214. Dave Lawrence

    Wow…Two seasons of Gunsmoke coming out in December, and neither of them split into 2 volumes? This is a definite Merry Christmas to those of us who are Gunsmoke fans.

    24 episodes appears to be the magic number for CBS to create a single volume of a season for an hour-long show (6 discs x 4 episodes = 24). We should be able to count on that for the remainder of the Gunsmoke releases. Bonanza, on the other hand, never gets down to the 24 episodes per season mark (except for the shortened 14th season), so we can probably count on 2-volume sets going forward. Personally, while I hope they finish Bonanza, I will be skipping season 14, just not the same for me without Hoss.

  215. smithbrad

    24 episodes appears to be the magic number for CBS to create a single volume of a season for an hour-long show (6 discs x 4 episodes = 24). We should be able to count on that for the remainder of the Gunsmoke releases. Bonanza, on the other hand, never gets down to the 24 episodes per season mark (except for the shortened 14th season), so we can probably count on 2-volume sets going forward. Personally, while I hope they finish Bonanza, I will be skipping season 14, just not the same for me without Hoss.

    More inanities from cbs

  216. smithbrad

    24 episodes appears to be the magic number for CBS to create a single volume of a season for an hour-long show (6 discs x 4 episodes = 24). We should be able to count on that for the remainder of the Gunsmoke releases. Bonanza, on the other hand, never gets down to the 24 episodes per season mark (except for the shortened 14th season), so we can probably count on 2-volume sets going forward. Personally, while I hope they finish Bonanza, I will be skipping season 14, just not the same for me without Hoss.

    This might be the case more recently.

    Though this was not always the case many years ago. For example, the original Dynasty was released as half-season dvd sets for seasons 3, 8 and 9 which had 22 or 24 episode seasons.

  217. Wow really great news on 2 more seasons of Gunsmoke didn't see that coming but yes they are single releases now because of only 24 episodes while Bonanza still has 30 episodes. Very Happy for 2 more Gunsmokes and another Bonanza. It looks like they are committed to finishing both. Gunsmoke next year and Bonanza probably the year after.

  218. (This is purely speculation).

    I'm starting to suspect the person giving the green light to these classic tv dvd releases such as Gunsmoke and Bonanza, might very well be a senior CBS (or Paramount) executive who is almost retired.

    I doubt a younger or middle aged executive on the CBS (or Paramount) corporate ladder, would be spending this much intracompany "political capital" on releasing really old shows like this on dvd. Somebody who is almost retired wouldn't care anymore about rising through the ranks.

    If a senior executive is "ousted" for incompetence, most likely they would be given an "early retirement" severance package (or "golden parachute").

  219. Nowadays I wouldn't be surprised if the home video division at the large movie companies, is where the "demoted" executives end up being moved to after losing on the intracompany "political" battles. (Assuming such demoted executives didn't resign first).

    Basically a place where competent executives are "put out to pasture".

  220. jcroy

    (This is purely speculation).

    I'm starting to suspect the person giving the green light to these classic tv dvd releases such as Gunsmoke and Bonanza, might very well be a senior CBS (or Paramount) executive who is almost retired.

    I doubt a younger or middle aged executive on the CBS (or Paramount) corporate ladder, would be spending this much intracompany "political capital" on releasing really old shows like this on dvd. Somebody who is almost retired wouldn't care anymore about rising through the ranks.

    If a senior executive is "ousted" for incompetence, most likely they would be given an "early retirement" severance package (or "golden parachute").

    You may be right, it is odd that all of a sudden they CBS just starts dumping these out rapid fire style. Scary scenario you suggest, but I guess we will just take what we get, while we can get it!

  221. Bryan^H

    You may be right, it is odd that all of a sudden they CBS just starts dumping these out rapid fire style. Scary scenario you suggest, but I guess we will just take what we get, while we can get it!

    I recall in the past there was a small internal group within CBS responsible for all the DVD remastering efforts. A source of delay was the bouncing around of the various series that led to one, or at most, two season releases a year, and sometimes stalls across years. Possibly, this group at CBS is no longer as backlogged with very few TV DVD releases coming out, and some now going the MOD route (with no remastering) that CBS is able to focus on completing (in accelerated fashion) a few series (e.g., Gunsmoke, Bonanza) still designated to get the royal treatment.

  222. It would be very interesting to be let in on the machinations behind the scenes at CBS, not just with their two iconic westerns, but their philosophy (if there even was one) about their tv on dvd releases in general. With Gunsmoke I've speculated, wondered, and often waited. And waited some more. And even as the releases from Dodge trickled out I wasn't confident that all 20 seasons would come out, because just when you thought they were on a good roll – nothing for two years. But four seasons released in 2019 now makes me think the end is in sight in 2020. And wait a minute – no more milking the consumer with half-season sets. And two Bonanza releases in one year, after a four-year drought. What a lovely Christmas present this will be. Of course, this is the point where the recent history might suggest season 18 of Gunsmoke will be released on May 11, 2021. But this time it feels like the real deal….

  223. smithbrad

    I recall in the past there was a small internal group within CBS responsible for all the DVD remastering efforts. A source of delay was the bouncing around of the various series that led to one, or at most, two season releases a year, and sometimes stalls across years. Possibly, this group at CBS is no longer as backlogged with very few TV DVD releases coming out, and some now going the MOD route (with no remastering) that CBS is able to focus on completing (in accelerated fashion) a few series (e.g., Gunsmoke, Bonanza) still designated to get the royal treatment.

    This makes more sense and the fact that Bonanza and Gunsmoke like I love Lucy are two shows that are constantly in demand for reruns on local and cable channels so there is a reason to continue remastering all of these episodes to complete both series so they are suitable for HD conversion and also for streaming.

  224. Now that Les Moonves is gone and Viacom and CBS are back together again, I think things will improve. I don't think every stalled show will stay stalled forever. Eventually they'll be getting caught up with the other shows they started that they need to finish. This is not like the Disney-Fox merger. Viacom only exists because of CBS. They exist because they legally had to divest themselves of their syndication holdings. Now that those laws are gone, they can take them back. It's the corporate equivalent of an on-again off-again marriage.

  225. MatthewA

    Now that Les Moonves is gone and Viacom and CBS are back together again, I think things will improve. I don't think every stalled show will stay stalled forever. Eventually they'll be getting caught up with the other shows they started that they need to finish. This is not like the Disney-Fox merger. Viacom only exists because of CBS. They exist because they legally had to divest themselves of their syndication holdings. Now that those laws are gone, they can take them back. It's the corporate equivalent of an on-again off-again marriage.

    So do you think that shows like Petticoat Junction will clear through because Viacom/CBS are back together?

  226. Very happy to hear this news about Gunsmok and Bonanza, but can't help but be jealous that it's not My Three Sons and Petticoat Junction getting the royal treatment. 🙂

    Got to be annoying though for the big fans of Bonanza when CBS has hopefully reached the finish line, that season 2 used the old video transfers while the other 13 seasons are in pristine form on DVD.

    Too bad CBS wouldn't go back and rectify that mistake.

  227. LeoA

    Got to be annoying though for the big fans of Bonanza when CBS has hopefully reached the finish line, that season 2 used the old video transfers while the other 13 seasons are in pristine form on DVD.

    Too bad CBS wouldn't go back and rectify that mistake.

    The second go used old video transfers?! What a shame! Wonder why that is.

  228. bmasters9

    The second go used old video transfers?! What a shame! Wonder why that is.

    Bonanza season 2, Rawhide season 4, and Hawaii Five O season 10 were all done around the same time (i.e., late 2010 through 2011) and none received the full remastering treatment. It is possible CBS was experimenting with releasing more quickly by using existing video masters during that time, but then decided against continuing for future seasons. Gunsmoke some how missed that scenario. I believe new masters of season 10 of Hawaii Five O were used within the full series set. I'm betting Rawhide season 4 and Bonanza season 2 have been remastered by now for syndication use. Unfortunately, they typically don't go back an re-release to DVD when newer prints are available. My guess, too many complaints about having to re-buy or whether those that purchased before should get the new sets for free or just having two different sets out in the market at the same time (or having to recall the first set). I would gladly re-buy Bonanza season 2 and Rawhide season 4 if made available with remastered prints.

  229. smithbrad

    Bonanza season 2, Rawhide season 4, and Hawaii Five O season 10 were all done around the same time (i.e., late 2010 through 2011) and none received the full remastering treatment. It is possible CBS was experimenting with releasing more quickly by using existing video masters during that time, but then decided against continuing for future seasons. Gunsmoke some how missed that scenario. I believe new masters of season 10 of Hawaii Five O were used within the full series set. I'm betting Rawhide season 4 and Bonanza season 2 have been remastered by now for syndication use. Unfortunately, they typically don't go back an re-release to DVD when newer prints are available. My guess, too many complaints about having to re-buy or whether those that purchased before should get the new sets for free or just having two different sets out in the market at the same time (or having to recall the first set). I would gladly re-buy Bonanza season 2 and Rawhide season 4 if made available with remastered prints.

    Great points! Hopefully if Bonanza gets an all-in-one, that video master issue from the second go will be rectified in one way or another.

  230. bmasters9

    So do you think that shows like Petticoat Junction will clear through because Viacom/CBS are back together?

    Maybe. I can't imagine them sitting on a seven-season show forever out of spite. Once Bonanza and Gunsmoke are done — likely just a matter of time — they'll have to have something else to release.

  231. MatthewA

    Maybe. I can't imagine them sitting on a seven-season show forever out of spite. Once Bonanza and Gunsmoke are done — likely just a matter of time — they'll have to have something else to release.

    Yes, I do hope they will resume Petticoat Junction at this point. That, and the remainder of its sister show The Beverly Hillbillies (season 5 being the latest release on DVD), as well as…
    1. The Cara Williams Show (1964-1965)
    2. Slattery's People (1964-1965)
    3. He and She (1967-1968)
    4. Barefoot in the Park (1970 TV series) (1970)
    5. Funny Face (1971)/The Sandy Duncan Show (1972)
    6. Me and the Chimp (1972)
    7. Love Story (TV series) (1973-74)
    8. Paper Moon (TV series) (1974)
    9. Archer (1975 TV series) (1975)
    10. Kate McShane (1975)
    11. Serpico (TV series) (1976-77)
    12. Busting Loose (1977)/The Ted Knight Show (1978)
    13. Blansky's Beauties (1977)
    14. Szysznyk (1977)
    15. Mulligan's Stew (1977)
    16. Who's Watching the Kids? (1978)
    17. Brothers and Sisters (1979)
    18. $weepstake$ (1979)
    19. Makin' It (1979)
    20. Out of the Blue (1979 TV series) (1979)
    21. Working Stiffs (1979)
    22. Struck by Lightning (1979)
    23. The Associates (U.S. TV series) (1979-80)
    24. Goodtime Girls (1980)
    25. Foul Play (TV series) (1981)
    26. Making the Grade (1982)
    27. Madame's Place (1982-83)
    28. Star of the Family (1982)
    29. The New Odd Couple (1982-83)
    30. The Renegades (1983)
    31. Ryan's Four (1983)
    32. Mr. Smith (TV series) (1983)
    33. Brothers (1984 TV series) (1984-89)
    34. All is Forgiven (1986)
    35. Mr. Sunshine (1986)
    36. Gung Ho (TV series) (1986-87)
    37. The Cavanaughs (1986-89)
    38. The Tortellis (1987)
    39. Bronx Zoo (1987-88)
    40. Duet (1987-89)/Open House (1989-90)
    41. Hard Knocks with Bill Maher (1987)
    42. Marblehead Manor (1987-88)
    43. Day by Day (1988-89)
    44. Dear John (U.S. TV series) (1988-92)

    TV movies (and 30-minute unsold pilots) wanted on DVD:
    1. Seven in Darkness (1969)
    2. The Silent Gun (1969)
    3. Quarantined (1970)
    4. Weekend of Terror (1970)
    5. Assault on the Wayne (1971)
    6. Dr. Cook's Garden (1971)
    7. Escape (1971)
    8. Terror in the Sky (1971)
    9. Women in Chains (1972)
    10. Night of Terror (1972)
    11. The Heist (1972)
    12. The Weekend Nun (1973)
    13. Poor Devil (unsold TV pilot, 1973)
    14. Call to Danger (unsold TV pilot, 1973)
    15. A Time for Love (1973)
    16. Catch-22 (unsold TV pilot, 1973)
    17. Egan (unsold TV pilot, 1973)
    18. Locusts (1974)
    19. Law and Order (1976)
    20. Yesterday's Child (1977)
    21. Red Alert (1977)
    22. Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night (1977)
    23. True Grit: A Further Adventure (1978)
    24. America 2100 (unsold TV pilot, 1979)
    25. Flesh and Blood (1979)
    26. Act of Violence (1979)
    27. The Top of the Hill (1980)
    28. The Girl, the Gold Watch and Everything (1980)
    29. The Girl, the Gold Watch and Dynamite (1981)
    30. Little Darlings (unsold TV pilot, 1982)
    31. Roman Holiday (TV movie, 1987)
    32. Shooter (unsold TV pilot, 1988)

    ~Ben

  232. bmasters9

    Great points! Hopefully if Bonanza gets an all-in-one, that video master issue from the second go will be rectified in one way or another.

    There is precedent: not only was H5O Season 10 remastered for the complete series set, the remastered season is also for sale on VUDU, and likely other streaming services as well. So fingers crossed for BONANZA Season 2!

  233. MatthewA

    Now that Les Moonves is gone and Viacom and CBS are back together again, I think things will improve. I don't think every stalled show will stay stalled forever. Eventually they'll be getting caught up with the other shows they started that they need to finish. This is not like the Disney-Fox merger. Viacom only exists because of CBS. They exist because they legally had to divest themselves of their syndication holdings. Now that those laws are gone, they can take them back. It's the corporate equivalent of an on-again off-again marriage.

    Matthew:

    I hope you are right. I would love to see CBS workout a deal with Shout or similar distributor to release the three remaining seasons of The Defenders.

  234. Jeff*H

    There is precedent: not only was H5O Season 10 remastered for the complete series set, the remastered season is also for sale on VUDU, and likely other streaming services as well. So fingers crossed for BONANZA Season 2!

    Right. I did not mean to imply CBS remastered H5O season 10 for the complete series set, but rather to complete the package for syndication use (both broadcast and streaming). I'm sure CBS will have Bonanza season 2 remastered for syndication use, just not sure it will ever be released on physical media.

  235. For what it's worth, the syndication bible still says that season 2 of Bonanza isn't available in HD at this time.

    Of course that doesn't necessarily mean that's the case, but I suspect it's accurate given that the syndication bible has just been recently updated and the fact that it also reflects season 10 of Bonanza as being available in HD.

    And interestingly, it appears that Gunsmoke has been transferred to HD in its entirety. Good sign that this one will make it to the end with the finish line in sight.

  236. I’m disappointed that Black Lightning is DVD MOD only (the first CW DC show not to be released on Blu-ray). I guess sales of S1 wasn’t good, which is a shame, as I prefer the series to the Arrowverse shows (and BL will be appearing in the upcoming Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover). I guess it joins Fargo S3 and Legion S2 as HD series I buy digitally, unavailable on Blu-ray. I hope Swamp Thing, for all its behind-the-scenes issues, receives a Blu-ray release in the near future.

  237. bmasters9

    So do you think that shows like Petticoat Junction will clear through because Viacom/CBS are back together?

    The issue with Petticoat Junction is extreme music rights clearances for seasons 4-7. They started using lots of songs including Beatles songs so this is even more complicated and expensive then instrumental music clearances. Since sales on this one were less than Beverly Hillbillies and only modest I think this one may be done unfortunately. I think they will finish Beverly Hillbillies though.

  238. ClassicTVMan1981X

    Yes, I do hope they will resume Petticoat Junction at this point. That, and the remainder of its sister show The Beverly Hillbillies (season 5 being the latest release on DVD), as well as…
    1. The Cara Williams Show (1964-1965)
    2. Slattery's People (1964-1965)
    3. He and She (1967-1968)
    4. Barefoot in the Park (1970 TV series) (1970)
    5. Funny Face (1971)/The Sandy Duncan Show (1972)
    6. Me and the Chimp (1972)
    7. Love Story (TV series) (1973-74)
    8. Paper Moon (TV series) (1974)
    9. Archer (1975 TV series) (1975)
    10. Kate McShane (1975)
    11. Serpico (TV series) (1976-77)
    12. Busting Loose (1977)/The Ted Knight Show (1978)
    13. Blansky's Beauties (1977)
    14. Szysznyk (1977)
    15. Mulligan's Stew (1977)
    16. Who's Watching the Kids? (1978)
    17. Brothers and Sisters (1979)
    18. $weepstake$ (1979)
    19. Makin' It (1979)
    20. Out of the Blue (1979 TV series) (1979)
    21. Working Stiffs (1979)
    22. Struck by Lightning (1979)
    23. The Associates (U.S. TV series) (1979-80)
    24. Goodtime Girls (1980)
    25. Foul Play (TV series) (1981)
    26. Making the Grade (1982)
    27. Madame's Place (1982-83)
    28. Star of the Family (1982)
    29. The New Odd Couple (1982-83)
    30. The Renegades (1983)
    31. Ryan's Four (1983)
    32. Mr. Smith (TV series) (1983)
    33. Brothers (1984 TV series) (1984-89)
    34. All is Forgiven (1986)
    35. Mr. Sunshine (1986)
    36. Gung Ho (TV series) (1986-87)
    37. The Cavanaughs (1986-89)
    38. The Tortellis (1987)
    39. Bronx Zoo (1987-88)
    40. Duet (1987-89)/Open House (1989-90)
    41. Hard Knocks with Bill Maher (1987)
    42. Marblehead Manor (1987-88)
    43. Day by Day (1988-89)
    44. Dear John (U.S. TV series) (1988-92)

    TV movies (and 30-minute unsold pilots) wanted on DVD:
    1. Seven in Darkness (1969)
    2. The Silent Gun (1969)
    3. Quarantined (1970)
    4. Weekend of Terror (1970)
    5. Assault on the Wayne (1971)
    6. Dr. Cook's Garden (1971)
    7. Escape (1971)
    8. Terror in the Sky (1971)
    9. Women in Chains (1972)
    10. Night of Terror (1972)
    11. The Heist (1972)
    12. The Weekend Nun (1973)
    13. Poor Devil (unsold TV pilot, 1973)
    14. Call to Danger (unsold TV pilot, 1973)
    15. A Time for Love (1973)
    16. Catch-22 (unsold TV pilot, 1973)
    17. Egan (unsold TV pilot, 1973)
    18. Locusts (1974)
    19. Law and Order (1976)
    20. Yesterday's Child (1977)
    21. Red Alert (1977)
    22. Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night (1977)
    23. True Grit: A Further Adventure (1978)
    24. America 2100 (unsold TV pilot, 1979)
    25. Flesh and Blood (1979)
    26. Act of Violence (1979)
    27. The Top of the Hill (1980)
    28. The Girl, the Gold Watch and Everything (1980)
    29. The Girl, the Gold Watch and Dynamite (1981)
    30. Little Darlings (unsold TV pilot, 1982)
    31. Roman Holiday (TV movie, 1987)
    32. Shooter (unsold TV pilot, 1988)

    ~Ben

    Ben, are those shows that VEI can release? or Paramount? or Shows that you want to see released?

    –james

  239. ClassicTVMan1981X

    TV movies (and 30-minute unsold pilots) wanted on DVD:

    ….

    ~Ben

    In hindsight, it would have been great if series like "Brilliant But Cancelled" released on dvd back in the mid-2000s had continued.

    But alas, that dvd series only lasted two releases and never released anything further. (IIRC, the first dvd was EZ Streets, while the second dvd was a compilation of crime dramas).

  240. Randy Korstick

    The issue with Petticoat Junction is extreme music rights clearances for seasons 4-7. They started using lots of songs including Beatles songs so this is even more complicated and expensive then instrumental music clearances. Since sales on this one were less than Beverly Hillbillies and only modest I think this one may be done unfortunately. I think they will finish Beverly Hillbillies though.

    I didn't know PJ had used Beatles songs in its later seasons (when Meredith MacRae took over from Gunilla Hutton as Billie Jo)!

    ~Ben

  241. ClassicTVMan1981X

    I didn't know PJ had used Beatles songs in its later seasons (when Meredith MacRae took over from Gunilla Hutton as Billie Jo)!

    ~Ben

    I think at least one maybe two but they used quite a few popular songs. I haven't seen the other episodes in a couple decades but I remember someone mentioning Beatles and many other popular songs in the old Petticoat Junction thread. They had quite a few singing episodes in season 1 and 2 then stopped in season 3 but then had a lot more singing episodes starting with season 4.

  242. I only remember Beatles music in the black & white Ladybugs episode. But I was never a big fan of the Beatles or most of the British Invasion, so some of the late 60's stuff they performed occasionally on Petticoat Junction like Up Up Away My Beautiful Balloon may have been theirs.

    But ask me even about the more obscure girl groups of the 1960's like The Clinger Sisters, and I'd be familiar with them. 🙂

  243. As I mentioned for the Beatles I am going by what was reported in the previous thread. The main point has nothing to do with the Beatles it is there are lots of songs and music that would have to be cleared and the cost of that would far outweigh selling a few thousand copies on DVD. So this series is dead in the water unless they release them with the songs cut out like Gomer Pyle but I doubt they will do that with the previous negative response they got for music edits.

  244. MatthewA

    The Odd Couple is another show crippled by music cuts, IIRC.

    The worst case scenario is a show with a limited audience AND tons of music, which doesn't get released at all in america.

    For example, such as the show Cold Case which was a 2nd or 3rd tier procedural show back in the CSI heydays.

  245. The music industry is getting greedier and greedier but it's not resulting in better music. Changing the laws seems to have left DVD/Blu-Ray/et al unaffected so far. And they still end up getting nothing when the studios balk at the ludicrous sums of money they want. I've seen talented, trained musicians struggle to make ends meet while the Music Rights Monster devours a chunk of TV history by making it inaccessible in anything other than a bastardized form.

    Lots of these songs have changed publishing rights ownership over the years, just as movies and TV shows have.

  246. MatthewA

    Lots of these songs have changed publishing rights ownership over the years, just as movies and TV shows have.

    The worst is when the heirs/descendants of the original artists + writers just treat the copyrights as an easy cash machine.

  247. MatthewA

    How is it easy cash if you're charging more than even a major studio can afford?

    They just wait for a higher bidder, such as current tv shows, muzak, sports events, tv advertising, etc …

  248. It's not just the money. Part of it is Les Moonves' toxic influence. Other than mistreatment of employees, I wouldn't be surprised if personal vendettas did take part in what did and did not get released. It'll take years to restore their public image. You cut corners and release a substandard product, and then when it doesn't sell, you assume no one wanted it in the first place. They fail to take into account people who would have bought a product had they not cut corners on that product.

    Ratings then mean nothing now in terms of sales. Look at how many shows Sony released (including many Screen Gems/Columbia/Sony didn't actually produce) first seasons of with little to no fanfare. Shows that were hits originally. Shows that ran long enough to syndicate. Shows whose second seasons have yet to come out at all. That was more than a decade ago. Half of them, if that, got reprieves from Shout! And look at shows that were marginal ratings performers at best that still sold well enough on DVD to get finished.

    These third-party distributors are not content creators, so they don't have the same overhead costs.

  249. In the case Les Moonves, I would be somewhat surprised if Cold Case was swirled up in the toxic tornado at CBS.

    IIRC, Jerry Buckheimer was the "golden boy" of CBS procedurals during that time period. Bruckheimer was responsible for stuff like the CSI franchise, Without a Trace, Cold Case etc …

  250. In the case Les Moonves, I would be somewhat surprised if Cold Case was swirled up in the toxic tornado at CBS.

    IIRC, Jerry Buckheimer was the "golden boy" of CBS procedurals during that time period. Bruckheimer was responsible for stuff like the CSI franchise, Without a Trace, Cold Case etc …

  251. In the case Les Moonves, I would be somewhat surprised if Cold Case was swirled up in the toxic tornado at CBS.

    IIRC, Jerry Buckheimer was the "golden boy" of CBS procedurals during that time period. Bruckheimer was responsible for stuff like the CSI franchise, Without a Trace, Cold Case etc …

  252. The Obsolete Man

    And MoD is just enough for them to say "but we tried" when sales are virtually nonexistent for S2.

    Just going to have to wait for another company to step in and release the entire series on Blu in one complete set. Shout Factory could be the company to do so, as they've just recently announced the up-coming releases of two Paramount titles. This bodes well for future Paramount library titles getting released.

  253. BobO’Link

    "MOD" products may not be inferior but they're vastly overpriced. That alone keeps me away from them.

    Pretty much.

    A greater price for the same or lesser product.

    I would've figured MoDs would've been cheaper without storage and mass production and all that to factor in, but no, they found a way to make them more expensive.

  254. I'm not so sure I agree with that statement anymore now that I have seen what Blu-ray can do with analog video. That doesn't apply in this case since they went back and remastered it from film. Why is it that seemingly every catalog TV Blu-ray release from Paramount has bombed regardless of genre or era? Doesn't that smell fishy to you? They expect us to believe that the demand for all these shows suddenly shrunk to zero overnight and that all their fans just up and died? Just because not everyone is upgrading doesn't mean no one is.

    The Obsolete Man

    And MoD is just enough for them to say "but we tried" when sales are virtually nonexistent for S2.

    Well, I wasn't going to buy it anyway, but the only reason I know it exists is because it was mentioned here.

  255. darkrock17

    MOD discs don't always play on computer/laptop or DVD/Blu-ray player, it can play for one, but won't for the other.

    I remember such a thing being said about the Warner Bros. first-season MOD of Spenser: For Hire (1985-86) that I had at one time– it was meant for regular players, and wouldn't work for recorders or computer drives.

  256. Maybe so, but they also don't want to be perceived as being a bargain basement brand the way Mill Creek is. Despite their questionable mastering practices for DVD, they restored stuff on Sony shows Sony themselves left off, and they can make TV on Blu-ray pay for them. What Charlie's Angels is selling for is about what the shows Paramount have offered are worth, maybe a little bit more. They'll all come down in price eventually anyway. Some shows I feel more inclined to pay any price for simply because they need the money while others are guaranteed sellers.

  257. Maybe so, but they also don't want to be perceived as being a bargain basement brand the way Mill Creek is. Despite their questionable mastering practices for DVD, they restored stuff on Sony shows Sony themselves left off, and they can make TV on Blu-ray pay for them. What Charlie's Angels is selling for is about what the shows Paramount have offered are worth, maybe a little bit more. They'll all come down in price eventually anyway. Some shows I feel more inclined to pay any price for simply because they need the money while others are guaranteed sellers.

  258. Maybe so, but they also don't want to be perceived as being a bargain basement brand the way Mill Creek is. Despite their questionable mastering practices for DVD, they restored stuff on Sony shows Sony themselves left off, and they can make TV on Blu-ray pay for them. What Charlie's Angels is selling for is about what the shows Paramount have offered are worth, maybe a little bit more. They'll all come down in price eventually anyway. Some shows I feel more inclined to pay any price for simply because they need the money while others are guaranteed sellers.

  259. MatthewA

    . Why is it that seemingly every catalog TV Blu-ray release from CBS/Paramount has bombed regardless of genre or era? Doesn't that smell fishy to you?

    Not at all. Price prohibitive, stupid season by season releases (again if Star Trek TNG did poorly in this season by season model…) instead of a complete series package, and the biggest issue the loss of huge brick, and mortar stores no longer carrying these titles.
    When you can't grab casual fans by offering a title to them in Wal-MArt, Target, Meijer, and Best Buy—how in the world is the average consumer going to even know these titles exist?

    They won't.

    And for they very niche audience that are in the know, and are potential buyers but have the fear of abandonment, and high price point to contend with…and don't end up purchasing because they want to "wait and see" if another season is released, or a price drop well there you have another brick wall in terms of sales for it.

    The odds are stacked against any BD classic TV season being released. There are miracles like Little House on the Prairie, and Flipper, but it is basically a dire situation.

  260. MatthewA

    . Why is it that seemingly every catalog TV Blu-ray release from CBS/Paramount has bombed regardless of genre or era? Doesn't that smell fishy to you?

    Not at all. Price prohibitive, stupid season by season releases (again if Star Trek TNG did poorly in this season by season model…) instead of a complete series package, and the biggest issue the loss of huge brick, and mortar stores no longer carrying these titles.
    When you can't grab casual fans by offering a title to them in Wal-MArt, Target, Meijer, and Best Buy—how in the world is the average consumer going to even know these titles exist?

    They won't.

    And for they very niche audience that are in the know, and are potential buyers but have the fear of abandonment, and high price point to contend with…and don't end up purchasing because they want to "wait and see" if another season is released, or a price drop well there you have another brick wall in terms of sales for it.

    The odds are stacked against any BD classic TV season being released. There are miracles like Little House on the Prairie, and Flipper, but it is basically a dire situation.

  261. MatthewA

    . Why is it that seemingly every catalog TV Blu-ray release from CBS/Paramount has bombed regardless of genre or era? Doesn't that smell fishy to you?

    Not at all. Price prohibitive, stupid season by season releases (again if Star Trek TNG did poorly in this season by season model…) instead of a complete series package, and the biggest issue the loss of huge brick, and mortar stores no longer carrying these titles.
    When you can't grab casual fans by offering a title to them in Wal-MArt, Target, Meijer, and Best Buy—how in the world is the average consumer going to even know these titles exist?

    They won't.

    And for they very niche audience that are in the know, and are potential buyers but have the fear of abandonment, and high price point to contend with…and don't end up purchasing because they want to "wait and see" if another season is released, or a price drop well there you have another brick wall in terms of sales for it.

    The odds are stacked against any BD classic TV season being released. There are miracles like Little House on the Prairie, and Flipper, but it is basically a dire situation.

  262. Bryan^H

    When you can't grab casual fans by offering a title to them in Wal-MArt, Target, Meijer, and Best Buy—how in the world is the average consumer going to even know these titles exist?

    Seemingly why Shout!'s seasonal DVDs of Marcus Welby, M.D. and L.A. Law stalled out after two and three respectively– because the only way you could get them was online (no store purchases).

  263. Bryan^H

    EVERYTHING will look better on Blu-Ray if remastered properly.

    People once thought there was no benefit to putting anything not shot in film or in a widescreen ratio on any format better than VHS.

  264. Bryan^H

    EVERYTHING will look better on Blu-Ray if remastered properly.

    From people who supposedly know what they're talking about, this simply isn't true. Especially, from what they write, in the case of TV series shot on videotape.

  265. MartinP.

    From people who supposedly know what they're talking about, this simply isn't true. Especially, from what they write, in the case of TV series shot on videotape.

    If videotape were put to Blu, wouldn't it look more or less the same as it did at the time of the original broadcasts?

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