TV Shows needing a decent Re-Release?

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Amongst the television shows that used to be released from major studios and indie companies,
which ones do you think really need a restored re-release?

Many titles come to mind:
Rawhide (season 4)
Cimarron Strip
Ironside
It Takes a Thief
Dan August
The Six Million Dollar Man

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  1. That Dan August definitely does– I had originally had my heart set on VEI's release of this 1970-71 ABC detective series (w/the late, great Burt Reynolds), but the A/V (outside of the extended pilot [almost 2 hrs.]) was so subpar (at least from what I heard) that I think this release deserves a redo.

  2. My candidates for shows needing a decent re-release:
    Angie (1979-80) – missing the epilogue on 29 out of all 36 episodes (this includes 11 season 1 episodes, and 18 season 2 episodes).
    Best of the West – one episode has out-of-place sequences: act 1 is seen before the opening title.
    Bosom Buddies – should restore the Billy Joel song "My Life" on the opening title of all episodes (and the closing theme of the pilot episode), and also restore all the other licensed songs (those not already cleared) to any applicable episodes, as well as the correct Paramount Television (hereafter simply Paramount) logos.
    The Brady Bunch – epilogue missing on at least 2 episodes.
    Cheers – restore licensed songs to episodes that apply, and also restore the correct Paramount logos.
    Family Ties – should restore all the licensed songs (more specifically: those that have not already been cleared), to those episodes that apply. Also restore correct Paramount logos.
    Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. – use original broadcast prints and restore licensed songs where applicable; closing credits on original broadcasts were split in two.
    Happy Days – should restore all the licensed songs (those not already cleared), to those episodes that apply. Restore correct Paramount logos to seasons 2-6 that have already been released on DVD.
    Laverne & Shirley – should restore all the licensed songs (those not already cleared), to those episodes that apply. Restore correct Paramount logos on all 8 seasons.
    Longstreet – pilot episode is sped-up (PAL print).
    Love, American Style – restore original Paramount logos.
    The Lucy Show – season 6 DVD set places "Lucy and the Pool Hustler" before the two-part Carol Burnett episode, instead of between the episodes "Lucy and Viv Reminisce" and "Lucy Gets Involved."
    The Magician (1973-74) – opening teasers missing (this is real bad on episode 12, "The Illusion of the Curious Counterfeit, Part II")
    Mannix – restore correct Paramount logos on season 1 starting with episode 17 ("Deadfall: Part I"), and all of seasons 2-8. Also, the Desilu logos on all season 1 episodes which bear it have the incorrect 1966 logo theme.
    Mission: Impossible (original 1966-73 and later 1988-90 series) – restore correct Paramount logos on seasons 3-7 (original 1966-73) and the entire 1988-90 series. The season 2 (1967-68) DVD set has the right Desilu logos on the first 15 episodes bearing it, all with the incorrect 1966 version of the theme (which is correct only for season 1), but of the 10 episodes in the Paramount run, one correct Paramount logo does exist: on the episode "The Spy," but it was also used on the nine episodes following (instead of the versions with minor tweaks which you can see restored, with the correct 1967 version of the theme, on The Lucy Show season 6 on DVD) and with the wrong music version (1966 version instead of 1967 version).
    Mork & Mindy – should restore all the licensed songs (those not already cleared), to those episodes that apply, as well as restore the correct Paramount logos.
    The Odd Couple (1970-75 TV series) – should restore all the licensed songs (those not already cleared) to any applicable episodes, and restore the correct Paramount logos on seasons 2-5.
    Perry Mason – use original broadcast prints; current DVD prints re-edit closing credits on seasons 5-7 so they are combined as one (they were originally split in two for one last commercial break).
    Petrocelli – TV movie pilot "Night Games" is missing its original opening credits.
    The Powers of Matthew Star – opening teasers missing.
    Star Trek (The Original Series) – restore correct Paramount logos on the later season 2 episodes; original season 3 DVD set (pre-2006) did have its correct Paramount logos.
    Taxi (1978-83 TV series) – should restore all the licensed songs (those not already cleared) to any applicable episodes in seasons 4-5, as well as restore original 1-hour broadcast length to "A Taxi Celebration" from season 5. Also restore original Paramount logos on all five seasons.
    The Young Lawyers – 1969 TV movie pilot is sped-up 4 percent (PAL) and is missing the original Paramount logos at beginning and end.

    Cartoons:
    Captain Caveman & the Teen Angels – the season 3 (spring 1980) episodes should use the closing credits seen on the original ABC run
    The Huckleberry Hound Show – use original broadcast prints.
    The Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm Show – episode lengths should be about 22-24 minutes long, possibly including the opening teasers.
    The Perils of Penelope Pitstop – the cliffhangers (seen between the epilogue and the closing credits) should be restored to all 17 episodes.
    Plastic Man (1979-80) – all episodes should be restored to NTSC pitch.
    The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show (and Scrappy, Too) – should restore the half-hour bumper and closing credits specific to said year and referencing both shows, instead of using the respective closing credits applying to the syndicated prints
    Scooby-Doo, Where Are You – the season 1 episodes should use the Ted Nichols main title theme on the first two episodes, and the same composer's end title theme on the first three episodes, and also the laugh track and cliffhangers should be restored on all these 17 and the eight season 2 episodes.
    The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour – should not use respective half-hour syndicated prints, but rather a single opening and closing referencing both series, along with the short Dynomutt opening title and all short teasers (including: the episodes of the week [20 seconds], preview of the week's episode of Dynomutt [10 seconds] after the end of the Scooby-Doo segment, and next week's episodes [20 seconds]).
    Top Cat – use original broadcast prints.
    Wacky Races (1968) – all except the last episode should have the version of the closing with the announcer (David Willock) saying "Stop! This race starts next week!", to which Dick Dastardly then says: "Next week? That means I'll get a good start on the others!" The cliffhangers (seen between the epilogue and the closing credits) should also be restored to all 17 episodes.
    The Yogi Bear Show – use original broadcast prints.

    ~Ben

  3. I love a re-release of Laramie which has beautiful new restored prints showing on Encore Westerns. The current DVD's from Timeless are an eyesore and nearly unwatchable. This is a very good western series and deserves a good release.

  4. The three worst DVD sets I own are:

    Soap
    War
    Of The Worlds
    Babylon
    5

    The first is shot on video, but I’ve seen other similar era shows with better transfers.

    The second has a lot of video edited effects, but it seems as if no effort was made to make even non-effects scenes look ok

    The last was poorly converted from 4×3 to 16×9

  5. David Weicker

    The three worst DVD sets I own are:

    Soap
    War
    Of The Worlds
    Babylon
    5

    The first is shot on video, but I’ve seen other similar era shows with better transfers.

    The second has a lot of video edited effects, but it seems as if no effort was made to make even non-effects scenes look ok

    The last was poorly converted from 4×3 to 16×9

    Speaking of War of the Worlds (1988 TV series), the incorrect 1970 Paramount Television logo (the one you see at the end of The Brady Bunch, among other shows) was seen on every episode in the NTSC (Region 1) DVD set…

    (skip to 1:30:41)

    Instead, it should have this Paramount logo (the one you see on seasons 3-4 of MacGyver):

    (skip to 0:05)

    ~Ben

  6. ClassicTVMan1981X

    Speaking of War of the Worlds (1988 TV series), the incorrect 1970 Paramount Television logo (the one you see at the end of The Brady Bunch, among other shows) was seen on every episode of the NTSC DVD set… instead, it should have this Paramount logo (the one you see on seasons 3-4 of MacGyver):

    (skip to 0:05)

    ~Ben

    Why would an older logo be on a newer release?

  7. I agree 100 % on M Squad , Restless Gun and Laramie, Those were issued back in the days when Timeless ( a very small company) existed and released shows from ANY available sources . Some of the M Squad episodes look like they came from third or fourth generation SLP VHS tapes . Timeless wasn't even able to get a complete run of The Texan.
    And while were at it , how about the shows which were popular back in the "old days" but have never seen a release – good or bad – in any format . Shows like The Peoples Choice , Ben Casey , Adventures In Paradise , East Side West Side , Trackdown , Target , Dragnet (nineteen fifties version) , December Bride , Pete And Gladys, Life of Riley etc .

  8. I'd add the 1991 primetime Dark Shadows (apparently put into a fake widescreen ratio when it was filmed fullscreen).

    Also, I'd love to see an ultimate Dragnet boxed set- perhaps a Complete Series set for the 1967-70 series with the 1966 2-hour pilot and the 1954 color feature film as a bonus. But an Ultimate Set would have all the above as well as episodes from the 50s incarnation remastered from the Universal vaults!

    A new version of The Addams Family with restored music and on single-sided discs. Likewise with The Munsters.

    Of course for me, a remastered Peyton Place complete series set – Time-Life should take over from Shout Factory!

    And something that may be controversial: the really complete Hawaii Five-O with the banned episode "Bored, She Hanged Herself" with warnings on the box and onscreen before the episode is played.

    Also, I know that it was considered a stepchild at HBO compared to OZ and Sex and the City, but I think Arliss deserves a chance for at least one seasonal set. All there is right now is a "Best of" set. Perhaps a new generation will appreciate the show.

  9. BobO’Link

    Syndicated versions used:
    The Joey Bishop Show
    Combat!
    (also poor quality)

    ^^^
    I thought people on this forum have said that the Combat! episodes are intact, but they are sped up, so nothing's missing, but they run a little shorter than you'd think a show of that time would. And my releases of the series–I never thought the quality was poor. ???

    I agree about The Joey Bishop Show. A very disappointing (shoddy) release.

  10. Charles Ellis

    A new version of The Addams Family with restored music and on single-sided discs.

    I know that two episodes of The Addams Family had Carolyn Jones, after interacting with
    "Thing", walking away singing "It's so nice to have a thing around the house." (If you don't
    know the song, "man" was replaced with "thing.")

    I read that the music rights holder for that song wanted sooo much money that they got a
    firm "screw you" back. Such is the idiocy of a lot of music rights issues. Even Spielberg had
    to edit out some music on a radio playing in the background of Jaws for home video.

    Do you know if there were any other music cuts in The Addams Family besides the one I mentioned?

  11. BobO’Link

    Aspect ratio/poor conversion:

    Birds of Prey (non-anamorphic WS)

    The Closer season 1 was also released as non-anamorphic widescreen.

    More generally, anything widescreen that was released on dvd as non-anamorphic ws.

  12. It would be great if these TV Series would be Restored/Remastered:

    CANNON
    BARNABY JONES
    STATE TROOPER
    KOLCHAK THE NIGHT STALKER
    DAN AUGUST
    MOST WANTED
    TALES OF WELLS FARGO
    SOLDIERS Of FORTUNE
    MCCLOUD
    MEN FROM SHILOH

    Take Care!

    Robert

  13. I said this on another thread.

    :dancing-banana-04:The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show: This series I want to be redone the right way, be shown as it's two separate original names (Rocky & His Friends and The Bullwinkle Show) or the more general name everyone knows The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show no more Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends that it's been going by since 2003. I want to see it complete and packed with features. Shout would be the best company to handle this show. Wouldn't also say no to seeing Moose and Squirrel on Blu as well.

  14. Ethan Riley

    Soap is a disaster on DVD, with missing scenes and music cuts.

    I totally agree!!! Plus it's missing the three 90 minute recap specials that aired in between the seasons!!! I would luv if some studio would do a re-release of "SOAP"!!!

  15. mrz7

    I totally agree!!! Plus it's missing the three 90 minute recap specials that aired in between the seasons!!! I would luv if some studio would do a re-release of "SOAP"!!!

    Sounds like a job for Shout, as they've been the company that's been able to get music licenses cleared.

  16. Above all:

    M Squad (I'm happy to have it at all, but Lee frickin' Marvin deserves better!)
    Rawhide: Season 4

    Also:

    Soldiers of Fortune
    Kolchak: The Night Stalker
    (a restored Blu-ray set would seem to be right in Scream Factory's wheelhouse)
    My Three Sons
    I'm Dickens… He's Fenster
    (this one-season wonder needs its back half released in an all-in-one complete series set)

  17. darkrock17

    Sounds like a job for Shout, as they've been the company that's been able to get music licenses cleared.

    Agree……Shout also does a lot of the Sony/Columbia properties on DVD releases, which, I believe, "Soap" is under that studio.

  18. mrz7

    Agree……Shout also does a lot of the Sony/Columbia properties on DVD releases, which, I believe, "Soap" is under that studio.

    Most of the Columbia shows such as Soap are currently with Mill Creek. Shout released and re-released all of the big 70's Columbia shows by Norman Lear.

  19. V – the 1983 mini series in its original aspect ratio
    V: The Final Battle – original aspect ratio with NBC recaps (which were like mini movies)
    V: The Series – upgraded picture quality, commercial breaks restored, and episode recaps/teasers restored

    I Dream of Jeannie: actual b&w prints rather than colorized made to monochrome first season, including subtitles on Jeannie's first episode dialog, opening credits corrected for the color seasons, and sound effects restored.

    Bewitched: restored opening credits.

    Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: some sound mix fixes, corrected main and end title music on some episodes. Restore In Color cards in the beginning of all 3rd and 4th season episodes.

    Jonny Quest: opening credits made complete (sponsors for at least one episode would be fun), restored end credits.

    Branded: holy God, anything would be batter than the muddy 16mm edited syndie prints out now. Unwatchable mess.

    Star Trek: sound mix corrected, correct Paramount logos restored, certain crossfades and edits fixed.

  20. mrz7

    I totally agree!!! Plus it's missing the three 90 minute recap specials that aired in between the seasons!!! I would luv if some studio would do a re-release of "SOAP"!!!

    I know, right? And therefore, they left out new scenes including Bea Arthur's guest star appearance as the angel in one of those recap shows.

  21. Bob Furmanek

    The recycled low resolution and severely cropped scans of this gem are 35 years old.

    The show would look incredible scanned and restored in 4K from the original 35mm elements!
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    I agree. This is one of the greatest sitcoms of all time . It deserves to be brought up to date in terms of 2019 quality.

  22. darkrock17

    I said this on another thread.

    :dancing-banana-04:The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show: This series I want to be redone the right way, be shown as it's two separate original names (Rocky & His Friends and The Bullwinkle Show) or the more general name everyone knows The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show no more Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends that it's been going by since 2003. I want to see it complete and packed with features. Shout would be the best company to handle this show. Wouldn't also say no to seeing Moose and Squirrel on Blu as well.

    Good points on Rocky And Bullwinkle. I believe that Rocky And His Friends began as 15 minute series back in 1959. In any case , the restorations you suggest would be most welcome !

  23. LouA

    Good points on Rocky And Bullwinkle. I believe that Rocky And His Friends began as 15 minute series back in 1959. In any case , the restorations you suggest would be most welcome !

    The 15 minute series was called The Rocky Show from 1960 for syndication.

  24. Several cartoon series were only released cropped on DVD, rather than in widescreen:
    Batman, The
    Ben 10
    Ben 10: Alien Force (Season 1)
    Krypto the Super Dog
    Land Before Time, The (TV series)
    Loonatics Unleashed
    Shaggy and Scooby Get a Clue!
    Teen Titans
    What's New Scooby-Doo?

    The re-release of Teen Titans is still cropped, so seems no chance of this ever happening with cartoon series from Warner Home Video.

    • My Three Sons – original music score reinstated
    • Alf – original networks cuts
    • The Jack Benny Program
    • Here Come the Brides – just a rerelease of season 1 so I can get it for a reasonable price
    • War and Remembrance mini-series – just a rerelease so I can get it for a reasonable price
    • More episodes of Walt Disney Presents/Wonderful World of Color/Wonderful World of Disney
    • The Mickey Mouse Club (1950s original) – a nice set of the Mouseketeer segments/skits would make the most sense. The cartoons and serials would be better curated in their own sets.
    • Mickey Mouse Club serials – more Spin and Marty, Hardy Boys, etc.
  25. A lot of enthusiasm for re-dos in this thread. Keep 'em coming!

    I agree with Scott's comments about "V" on message #33. I think they used tired video masters for the main series. The color just does not pop. Who knows, Warners might revisit "V" if the new movie series actually ever gets underway.

    Regarding Room 222…well, the series might have sold better if they'd used decent prints. Ditto the same problem for Falcon Crest.

    There's all kinds of completed shows I'm more or less happy with, but would certainly trade in for a blu ray. These are shows from all eras I'm likely to watch more than once, so why not have them on blu? Among them:

    The Big Valley
    Wild Wild West
    Laverne & Shirley
    (with music edits)
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the dvds are…barely passable…but they did come out at the dawn of the tv on dvd era. Not sure if I need to see those awful 16×9 versions that are streaming somewhere or other, but I would like it on blu.)
    Dynasty (the dvds are damn near perfect, but it could be on blu…)
    The Gilmore Girls
    Fantasy Island
    Hart to Hart
    I Love Lucy
    Veronica Mars
    Stargate SG-1
    (problematic because the first seasons were shot on 16mm to save costs. Therefore the CGI was probably pretty low grade. Don't know if upgrading all those shots for blu would be worth it to them).

  26. darkrock17

    Shout released the first two seasons and then stopped, they must of not of done too well to continue.

    Same way about L.A. Law— 3/8 of that NBC legal series (1986-89) came out, and then, very inexplicably, no more.

  27. Randy Korstick

    I love a re-release of Laramie which has beautiful new restored prints showing on Encore Westerns. The current DVD's from Timeless are an eyesore and nearly unwatchable. This is a very good western series and deserves a good release.

    I used to watch Laramie on Grit TV when our market had that network a couple of years ago. What a beautiful looking show! The timeless release quality of this is so bad, I'm unable to watch it. I would love to see the remastered version on DVD.

  28. I agree on Laramie- the episodes shown on cable now are fully remastered with magnificent color.. By the way, that show contributed to TV history as it was the first to use the second (and longest lasting) version of the NBC peacock intro- and because of that, it's been referred to as 'The Laramie Peacock"!

  29. Charles Ellis

    I agree on Laramie- the episodes shown on cable now are fully remastered with magnificent color.. By the way, that show contributed to TV history as it was the first to use the second (and longest lasting) version of the NBC peacock intro- and because of that, it's been referred to as 'The Laramie Peacock"!

    And some of the greatest words ever spoken in television history have come from the voices of the NBC announcers who said this, not only over the Laramie Peacock, but over its earlier version:

    "The following program is brought to you in living color on NBC."

  30. Combat! and My Three Sons top my list.

    To add to it, I'd love to see the remastered episodes of Emergency! be released on Blu-Ray. Most of that work was done too late to make it to DVD, leaving us with much inferior transfers from many years earlier.

    And since it bugs me as a Connie Francis fan to see credits for her music in the end credits of Laverne & Shirley yet never hear any of it on DVD, I'd love to see that one fixed.

  31. LeoA

    To add to it, I'd love to see the remastered episodes of Emergency! be released on Blu-Ray. Most of that work was done too late to make it to DVD, leaving us with much inferior transfers from many years earlier.

    I take it you want for Emergency! what was done for Knight Rider, Miami Vice and The Rockford Files on Blu.

  32. I'd love to have the correct opening credits on Emergency. They went with the all "talking" opening for far too many seasons and never gave me the version I was most looking forward to.

  33. ScottRE

    I'd love to have the correct opening credits on Emergency. They went with the all "talking" opening for far too many seasons and never gave me the version I was most looking forward to.

    Same issue with Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie – I'd rather see the respective season-specific openings – where applicable – than the generic syndicated opening.

    Bewitched openings missing on DVD:
    Season 2 (1965-66)

    Season 3 to 5 (1966-69) – season 3 version of opening is used on the current TV prints of the season 1-2 episodes (in monochrome) and the season 3-5 episodes (color), but all of these present reruns use the season 1 version of the theme tune

    Seasons 7 to 8 (1970-72) – same as season 6, but with narration added: "Elizabeth Montgomery in… BEWITCHED!"

    I Dream of Jeannie openings missing on DVD:
    Season 2 (1966-67) – episode 1 of this season has correct version of the visual (w/o Sidney Sheldon's credit), but with the season 3-5 version of the theme tune

    ~Ben

  34. ScottRE

    V – the 1983 mini series in its original aspect ratio
    V: The Final Battle – original aspect ratio with NBC recaps (which were like mini movies)
    V: The Series – upgraded picture quality, commercial breaks restored, and episode recaps/teasers restored

    I Dream of Jeannie: actual b&w prints rather than colorized made to monochrome first season, including subtitles on Jeannie's first episode dialog, opening credits corrected for the color seasons, and sound effects restored.

    Bewitched: restored opening credits.

    Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: some sound mix fixes, corrected main and end title music on some episodes. Restore In Color cards in the beginning of all 3rd and 4th season episodes.

    Jonny Quest: opening credits made complete (sponsors for at least one episode would be fun), restored end credits.

    Branded: holy God, anything would be batter than the muddy 16mm edited syndie prints out now. Unwatchable mess.

    Star Trek: sound mix corrected, correct Paramount logos restored, certain crossfades and edits fixed.

    And you can say the same thing for THE GUNS OF WILL SONNETT. And just like with BRANDED, it could use re-mastering onto HD by CBSTD!

  35. There was an entire intro of Emergency! that I didn't even know existed until I caught a remastered episode on MeTV a few years ago before the Universal stuff was dropped, thanks to it having not been properly included on the old syndicated tape transfers.

  36. The original intro is on the S1 DVD episodes and some S2 episodes because those episodes had been remastered for VHS in the early 90s. The ratty transfers with the S6 open dated to the early 80s.

  37. Top of the list for me that needs a proper reissue is "The Odd Couple." Far too many episodes were ruined because of the stupid "song humming or singing one line or two of a song" paranoia of CBS/Paramount. I want "Cocktails For Two" back in the Pernell Roberts episode!

  38. Jack P

    Top of the list for me that needs a proper reissue is "The Odd Couple." Far too many episodes were ruined because of the stupid "song humming or singing one line or two of a song" paranoia of CBS/Paramount. I want "Cocktails For Two" back in the Pernell Roberts episode!

    The season 5 DVD release is also ruined as it omits this version of the Paramount Split Box II logo:

    ~Ben

  39. Jack P

    Personally, I really don't care much about production company logos. Episode content matters more for me.

    Granted, if it's a trade off, I'd always rather have complete episodes. But keeping the original logos would be a nice thing.

  40. ClassicTVMan1981X

    To me, it's not 100 percent complete without the original logos of the day.

    ~Ben

    And nobody has known that better lately than VEI of Canada (with Paramount series like The Magician, Petrocelli, and The Powers of Matthew Star, among others).

  41. ClassicTVMan1981X

    To me, it's not 100 percent complete without the original logos of the day.

    ~Ben

    I feel ya, Ben. I always prefer it. It's why I tolerate the compression of Mill Creek's box set of I Dream of Jeannie

  42. Lower quality older transfers with original logos IMO are not superior to uncut remastered episodes that don't have them.

    It doesn't matter to me that the way I first experienced "Hogan's Heroes" in syndication with the Viacom "pinball" tag is not how I'll be able to see them on DVD (likewise, my first exposure to "Flintstones" was with the Screen Gems "dancing sticks" tag). I have fond memories of those but they are not what the show is about.

  43. Jack P

    Lower quality older transfers with original logos IMO are not superior to uncut remastered episodes that don't have them.

    It doesn't matter to me that the way I first experienced "Hogan's Heroes" in syndication with the Viacom "pinball" tag is not how I'll be able to see them on DVD (likewise, my first exposure to "Flintstones" was with the Screen Gems "dancing sticks" tag). I have fond memories of those but they are not what the show is about.

    So basically, you'd take Petrocelli even w/the CBSTD logo of now (if it were released that way direct from CBS)?

  44. Jack P

    Lower quality older transfers with original logos IMO are not superior to uncut remastered episodes that don't have them.

    It doesn't matter to me that the way I first experienced "Hogan's Heroes" in syndication with the Viacom "pinball" tag is not how I'll be able to see them on DVD (likewise, my first exposure to "Flintstones" was with the Screen Gems "dancing sticks" tag). I have fond memories of those but they are not what the show is about.

    I like to watch older shows with a filter of nostalgia on them. I tend to favor my laserdiscs of Star Trek over the blu-rays for the sound mix and the feel of it being how i remember it. I kept all of my 16mm transferred VHS tapes of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea because of the network and sponsor tags and it brings back a great feeling of "being there." It's part of the fun for me. While I enjoy and often watch the pristine transfers of these shows, I very often go back to the lower res copies for all around enjoyment. As far as logos, for shows like IDOJ, the Screen Gems logo is PART of the show for me. To go from the end credits to the Sony logo is always a let down for me. I'm getting old and my eyes aren't what they used to be, and I really don't need to see every stitch of clothing or toupee seam.

    But we all have our preferences.

  45. bmasters9

    So basically, you'd take Petrocelli even w/the CBSTD logo of now (if it were released that way direct from CBS)?

    If the release were uncut (no music change) and remastered? That'd be a tradeoff I'd take in less than a nano-second!

  46. Not sure if anyone mentioned it, but The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet really need a re-release. Never gonna happen, but it needs to.

    Gary "the one serious empty spot in my collection is a lack of complete, restored Ozzie & Harriet boxed sets" O.

  47. Gary OS

    Not sure if anyone mentioned it, but The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet really need a re-release. Never gonna happen, but it needs to.

    Gary "the one serious empty spot in my collection is a lack of complete, restored Ozzie & Harriet boxed sets" O.

    I found this on Wikipedia about a future Blu-ray release.

    The Rick Nelson Company, LLC, currently owns the rights to the original film elements. An officially released video version of The Best of the Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet was released May 1, 2007, by Shout! Factory under license from The Rick Nelson Company. Both the Nelson company and David Nelson's trust hold copyright ownership for any new material derived from the film elements. Rick Nelson's son, Sam Nelson, currently heads a project to digitize all 435 episodes from the original 35mm network negatives and will include the series' original commercials. The collection's release on DVD/Blu-ray has, as of the present, yet to be announced.

  48. oldtvshowbuff

    And you can say the same thing for THE GUNS OF WILL SONNETT. And just like with BRANDED, it could use re-mastering onto HD by CBSTD!

    Yes! Both of those shows don't even look like a direct 16mm to DVD transfer – which I'd take! They look like they've been rotting on VHS tapes in my damp basement for years before making their way to DVD. Truly the worst I've seen.

    But add It Takes a Thief to my list. I Spy could use a new transfer too, but I'm sure the recent reversal of fortune for Bill Cosby has made this a longshot.

  49. I recently bought the complete series of It Takes A Thief, some episodes have visible dirt and debris while others have faded colors. But on the positive side, the episodes are uncut and include the "Universal City" bumpers after the closing credits. I agree that the video quality of the episodes could be a little better but overall I'm satisfied with the set.

    The Joey Bishop Show sitcom needs released again as a complete series because the set that was released last year is garbage with edited episodes. The series needs to be released on DVD again and this time with the uncut episodes. In 2004, Questar released the 2nd season on DVD and that set has uncut episodes. It's unfortunate that Questar stopped with season 2 and didn't release the other seasons.

  50. I'd love to the the "edited on video" last few seasons of the orignal Dallas get restruck and looking less like a cheap soap and more like the filmed network series it was. But that is a pipe dream.

    Shows from from the late 80's well into the 90's really look like crap. The Mission Impossible Revival, Matlock, Walker Texas Ranger and SeaQuest really suffer from that.

  51. Lecagr

    I recently bought the complete series of It Takes A Thief, some episodes have visible dirt and debris while others have faded colors. But on the positive side, the episodes are uncut and include the "Universal City" bumpers after the closing credits. I agree that the video quality of the episodes could be a little better but overall I'm satisfied with the set.

    The Joey Bishop Show sitcom needs released again as a complete series because the set that was released last year is garbage with edited episodes. The series needs to be released on DVD again and this time with the uncut episodes. In 2004, Questar released the 2nd season on DVD and that set has uncut episodes. It's unfortunate that Questar stopped with season 2 and didn't release the other seasons.

    Agree it needs a reissue though the one flaw with the Questar set was they removed the opening credits and you could only see it once when you loaded in a disc. Unlike studio tags, the main title of a show is an integral part of it and should be retained on all episodes.

  52. I'd like a new version of Due South. The only domestic version was a set of horribly compressed DVD's from Echo Bridge, which crammed 68 hour-long episodes onto only 11 discs (7 episodes on a single disc, in some cases).

    Not sure if the Network DVD release in UK is any better, though they did spread them out a bit over more discs.

  53. JohnHopper

    It was not restored and it showed on the picture quality.

    I'm sure they used the circa-1990 master tapes that were struck for the TNT reruns as that was quick and simple (and reasonable-looking enough–certainly better than than the 1990 off-TNT VHS tapes and earlier multi-generation off-CBS tapes I had).

  54. Jack P

    Agree it needs a reissue though the one flaw with the Questar set was they removed the opening credits and you could only see it once when you loaded in a disc. Unlike studio tags, the main title of a show is an integral part of it and should be retained on all episodes.

    Yes that's the main issue with Questar's season 2 DVD, the opening credits are removed from the episodes. But I overlook this flaw since otherwise the episodes are uncut. There is one episode, "Joey's House Guest", that has a little bit missing at the beginning but the others are complete.

  55. Harry O. My feeling is, it did quite well for WAC but it really deserved a WB release that would include subtitles and above all be HD remastered, hopefully. A Blu-ray release may be a wild dream, so HD DVD would do nicely too.

  56. I really appreciate the passion of some of our friends here who are very much into production company logos. It's a passion that I understand, but don't necessarily follow. Shows like MANNIX and MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE were mentioned, and really – those shows look stellar on DVD for the most part, and I'm thrilled that they exist in as good a condition as they do.

    So, as the original question is which shows need a "decent" re-release, I think raises the issue of those series that have had totally slipshod releases that some of us would like to see restored to something as good as a MANNIX or MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE.

    To my way of thinking, these shows are sorely lacking in quality video and audio presentation:

    THE GUNS OF WILL SONNETT – these syndication prints are so chopped up that it's difficult to even follow the story on this excellent little late western series.

    BARNABY JONES – I bought that original set knowing what I was getting, but I wanted to see the show bad enough that I was willing to put up with it. Well, four seasons in and I'm pretty well stalled as the prints seem to be getting worse with each episode screened. Surely, better can be done – and should be done.

    I can think of one other show that that I own that is in the stalled category, leaving two remaining seasons un-restored – ONE STEP BEYOND. The First season was admirably restored and released by CBS, but the remaining seasons are stick in public domain hell with chopped, soupy prints out in the wild.

    My own tastes in TV on DVD has been limited to those that I *really* want to see and would watch with some regularity. Many of my favorites have terrific releases out there and the producers of those sets should be commended. I speak of all of the STAR TREK series, TWILIGHT ZONE, OUTER LIMITS, THE PRISONER, DICK VAN DYKE, THE FUGITIVE, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, MANNIX, M*A*S*H, TIME TUNNEL, VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA, LAND OF THE GIANTS, and LOST IN SPACE. All of those have great re-watchability with me. I would love to add better quality sets of THE GUNS OF WILL SONNETT and BARNABY JONES, not to mention ONE STEP BEYOND.

    So I appreciate those whose TV on DVD passions lie with other series that have gotten shoddy treatment too, and I support your efforts to champion their cause.

    P.S. I never thought to see a worse representation of a series on DVD than THE GUNS OF WILL SONNETT. Faded pictures with low fidelity sound makes it a chore to watch. But then I got hold of THE MONROES. Oh my, that show is so bad on DVD that I can't tell if I like it or not! REALLY bad pictures, and barely intelligible sound. How, I ask, can it be that a semi-classy show like that from the sixties looks worse than an obscure syndicated MOD release of HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE – which is pristine by comparison!

  57. I’m satisfied that most of my favourite TV series have reached DVD (and a few have made it to Blu-ray), but in terms of TV shows needing an upgrade, there are still a few on the wishlist:

    Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager: the DVDs are adequate, but after watching Trek ‘66, TNG, and Enterprise in HD, I’d love to see the remaining series “rebuilt” for HD. The cost of redoing the FX would probably be the same as the budget of 5 Discovery episodes (which I’m really enjoying this season), so it’s unlikely.

    Friday the 13th: The Series: same as the Treks, the series was shot on film and edited on videotape, so the picture quality on the DVDs is poor. Not gonna happen.

    Kolchak: The Night Stalker: now that the two telefilms look gorgeous on Blu-ray, it’s time to upgrade the series, which could benefit from a new scan. Kino has several Universal TV shows in their recent deal, so this would be a no-brainer.

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel: Fox botched the HD scan for syndication and with the Disney sale and Fox giving up on TV on Blu-ray, my hope of a quality Blu-ray release is fading.

    Millennium: this derserves an HD scan. Like Buffy, it’s unlikely.

    Alias: see Millennium.

  58. Crime Story, with the exception of the pilot episode, the DVD transfer was sinful. It looks like a second generation VHS tape transfer. Heartbroken when I bought the sets. A great show that was treated terribly by the network, and deserved far better.

  59. Richard V

    Crime Story, with the exception of the pilot episode, the DVD transfer was sinful. It looks like a second generation VHS tape transfer. Heartbroken when I bought the sets. A great show that was treated terribly by the network, and deserved far better.

    And no chapter stops on my sets either. But the boxes looked great. Womp womp.

  60. bmasters9

    Why would the original seasonal Crime Story releases have no chapter stops?

    I have the Anchor Bay season sets and if you skip, it just brings you back to the episode menu. They just didn't provide chapter stops.

  61. ScottRE

    I have the Anchor Bay season sets and if you skip, it just brings you back to the episode menu. They just didn't provide chapter stops.

    And I've known of quite a few like that– Gilligan's Island, for one!

  62. Make Room For Daddy, as many complete seasons available and all in one set — also Gilligan’s Island on bluray in a series set, the complete run of Car 54 Where Are You in a complete series dvd set and for the hell of it, a complete set of the early reality/documentary series of the 1960s, Four Winds to Adventure.

    Sadly, I fear the manufacturers couldn’t give two whatevers about reissuing anything on any form of disc and would also listen to fans of streaming in any shape or form — I hope I am wrong.

    Also the shows mentioned are seen as pretty quaint and bound to outrage anyone/anything over the potential of some kind of historic reference emerging from the vaults or repackaged in a newly reissued dvd set — I still have hope that the stores, online and brick and mortar, will still have these sets available for sale.

  63. JoshuaB.

    Friday the 13th: The Series: same as the Treks, the series was shot on film and edited on videotape, so the picture quality on the DVDs is poor. Not gonna happen.

    Same as O-R CBS Dallas and O-R ABC Dynasty late in their runs?

  64. JoshuaB.

    Kolchak: The Night Stalker: now that the two telefilms look gorgeous on Blu-ray, it’s time to upgrade the series, which could benefit from a new scan. Kino has several Universal TV shows in their recent deal, so this would be a no-brainer.

    I second your wish! Carl really needs a brand new seersucker suit!

  65. Alive From Off Center from PBS. Amazing stuff and crazy shorts and animations from the 80’s and 90’s. Laurie Anderson hosted it for a couple of seasons.

  66. AndyMcKinney

    I'm sure they used the circa-1990 master tapes that were struck for the TNT reruns as that was quick and simple (and reasonable-looking enough–certainly better than than the 1990 off-TNT VHS tapes and earlier multi-generation off-CBS tapes I had).

  67. I, personally, don’t watch shows for their logos and could honestly care less. And if a TV show needs a re-release, like someone who mentioned Star Trek: TOS, simply to change a logo, it isn’t going to happen.

  68. AcesHighStudios

    I, personally, don't watch shows for their logos and could honestly care less. And if a TV show needs a re-release, like someone who mentioned Star Trek: TOS, simply to change a logo, it isn't going to happen.

    The majority of people don't care and no, a series won't be released strictly for the logos. But Star Trek has a plethora of sound mix errors, opening credit music issues, and some edits and it could really use a redo. When the 50th came around, that was the perfect time to give it the Twilight Zone treatment, with new interviews, commentaries, sound fixes and bonus features like network promos, sponsor bumpers and, yes, era appropriate logos. CBS is aware of it. For The Roddenberry Vault release, a few episodes actually did have the proper sound mixes. I was stunned. However, they also had one or two new problems. 🙂

    For me, Logos are part of the show. Like Rankin Bass logs on Christmas Specials. They have huge nostalgic value. You can skip 'em, but those who love 'em want them accurate.

  69. FATHER KNOWS BEST – season one.

    The season one set was horribly botched, with roughly half the episodes featuring badly-edited episodes (22 minutes each instead of 25).

    Sony (or whoever supplies Shout! with their material) was able to locate unedited prints for seasons two – six. Complete prints of all 26 season one shows must exist, somewhere (either original negatives, or transfers.) Worst case scenario, use 16mm prints.

  70. ScottRE

    I'd love to have the correct opening credits on Emergency! They went with the all "talking" opening for far too many seasons and never gave me the version I was most looking forward to.

    When I watched the show on NBC as a kid, the opening title sequence had the theme blasting out loud- no dialogue! Apparently this was changed for syndication.

  71. Charles Ellis

    When I watched the show on NBC as a kid, the opening title sequence had the theme blasting out loud- no dialogue! Apparently this was changed for syndication.

    Why did the title track blare out at you like that?

  72. PianoPlayer

    FATHER KNOWS BEST – season one.

    The season one DVD set was horribly botched, with roughly half the episodes featuring badly-edited episodes (22 minutes each instead of 25).

    Sony (or whoever supplies Shout! with their material) was able to locate unedited prints for seasons two – six. Complete prints of all 26 season one shows must exist, somewhere (either original negatives, or transfers.) Worst case scenario, use 16mm prints.

    I agree that the 1st season of Father Knows Best needs to be reissued on DVD with all uncut episodes, if indeed the uncut shows still exist. The reason I've kept my set of season 1 is because of the bonus feature, the premier episode of Window On Main Street. The episode also has the original commercials which is an additional bonus.

  73. Some vintage high profile series well-restored by CBS contain some various issues so HD releases are needed:

    The Wild Wild West: see the unrestored season 4 “The Night of the Plague” and a small scene from the season 1 “The Night of the Deadly Bed”.
    Mannix: see the unrestored season 7 "The Deadly Madonna" and the unrestored season 8 "Walk on the Blind Side" and part of "Death has No Face".
    Hawaii Five-O: a missing season 2 “Bored, She Hung Herself".​
  74. Some vintage high profile series that are well-restored by CBS contain some subtitles issues:

    The Wild Wild West: the four seasons only feature CC.
    Mannix: the first season features CC and the rest is English SDH.
    Mission: Impossible: the first season features CC and the rest is English SDH.​
  75. JohnHopper

    Some vintage high profile series that are well-restored by CBS contain some subtitles issues:

    The Wild Wild West: the four seasons only feature CC.
    Mannix: the first season features CC and the rest is English SDH.
    Mission: Impossible: the first season features CC and the rest is English SDH.​

    And worse, The Brady Bunch is CC-only, while The Twilight Zone has neither CC nor subtitles!

  76. Bert Greene

    Yes, I'd particularly like upgraded, high-quality prints to these Timeless releases:

    Soldiers of Fortune
    M Squad
    The Restless Gun

    In another thread, it is said that Universal is digitizing their entire library, so there's hope of seeing these shows in HD quality!

  77. oldtvshowbuff

    In another thread, it is said that Universal is digitizing their entire library, so there's hope of seeing these shows in HD quality!

    I hope I can watch a pristine edition of The Name of the Game.

  78. Don't know if it's been listed, but I'll say Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. I bought the complete series years ago, I'm just now getting around the watching it, and I've had to replace both first season volumes because the very first episode wouldn't play, and disc 3 in the second volume wouldn't play. I've had a few other episodes freeze in seasons 2 and 3, but at least they would continue playing.

  79. Harry-N

    I really appreciate the passion of some of our friends here who are very much into production company logos. It's a passion that I understand, but don't necessarily follow. Shows like MANNIX and MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE were mentioned, and really – those shows look stellar on DVD for the most part, and I'm thrilled that they exist in as good a condition as they do.

    So, as the original question is which shows need a "decent" re-release, I think raises the issue of those series that have had totally slipshod releases that some of us would like to see restored to something as good as a MANNIX or MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE.

    To my way of thinking, these shows are sorely lacking in quality video and audio presentation:

    THE GUNS OF WILL SONNETT – these syndication prints are so chopped up that it's difficult to even follow the story on this excellent little late western series.

    BARNABY JONES – I bought that original set knowing what I was getting, but I wanted to see the show bad enough that I was willing to put up with it. Well, four seasons in and I'm pretty well stalled as the prints seem to be getting worse with each episode screened. Surely, better can be done – and should be done.

    I can think of one other show that that I own that is in the stalled category, leaving two remaining seasons un-restored – ONE STEP BEYOND. The First season was admirably restored and released by CBS, but the remaining seasons are stick in public domain hell with chopped, soupy prints out in the wild.

    My own tastes in TV on DVD has been limited to those that I *really* want to see and would watch with some regularity. Many of my favorites have terrific releases out there and the producers of those sets should be commended. I speak of all of the STAR TREK series, TWILIGHT ZONE, OUTER LIMITS, THE PRISONER, DICK VAN DYKE, THE FUGITIVE, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, MANNIX, M*A*S*H, TIME TUNNEL, VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA, LAND OF THE GIANTS, and LOST IN SPACE. All of those have great re-watchability with me. I would love to add better quality sets of THE GUNS OF WILL SONNETT and BARNABY JONES, not to mention ONE STEP BEYOND.

    So I appreciate those whose TV on DVD passions lie with other series that have gotten shoddy treatment too, and I support your efforts to champion their cause.

    P.S. I never thought to see a worse representation of a series on DVD than THE GUNS OF WILL SONNETT. Faded pictures with low fidelity sound makes it a chore to watch. But then I got hold of THE MONROES. Oh my, that show is so bad on DVD that I can't tell if I like it or not! REALLY bad pictures, and barely intelligible sound. How, I ask, can it be that a semi-classy show like that from the sixties looks worse than an obscure syndicated MOD release of HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE – which is pristine by comparison!

    I've been able to enjoy both Monroes and Sonnett even as is, but a few of the Sonnetts really are chopped beyond comprehension. There was an episode where I found myself unable to figure out what happened. Thinking maybe I hadn't been paying attention, I started it over and still couldn't follow it.

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