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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.

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