Warner Archive Press Release: Shazam (1974-1977) (Blu-ray)

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SHAZAM!: THE COMPLETE LIVE ACTION SERIES (1974-1977)
Run Time 635:00
Subtitles English SDH
Sound Quality DTS HD-Master Audio 2.0 – English
Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, 4 X 3 FULL FRAME
Product Color COLOR
Disc Configuration 3 BD50, 1 BD25

By uttering a single magic word, young Billy Batson transforms himself into the world’s mightiest mortal: Captain Marvel. That word is created from the first letters of the names of the six elders who train Billy with their special gifts – Solomon, wisdom; Hercules, strength; Atlas, stamina; Zeus, power; Achilles, courage; and Mercury, speed – SHAZAM! Now, the entire series has been meticulously remastered in High Definition from original elements, bringing a whole new viewing experience in this 4-disc set featuring every exciting episode of this classic television show!

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  2. DaveHof3

    Now if they would only do Isis as well.

    I'm not even sure who has the rights to that (and the other Filmation Live action shows) after BCI went out. It would be great if WB acquired the rights and released them on BD as well.

  3. ScottRE

    Oh man, I am so happy I held off on the DVDs…

    They weren't bad. In fact, they were much better than the 1980 off-airs I had to contend with for awhile. But, I totally understand, having something on multiple formats, etc.

  4. Bryan^H

    I'm not even sure who has the rights to that (and the other Filmation Live action shows) after BCI went out.

    DreamWorks Animation owns the bulk of the Filmation library (the stuff that didn't revert back to the studios that Filmation licenced the characters from).

    DreamWorks came to own it through their acquisition of Classic Media, who, under their previous subsidiary name of Entertainment Rights, were the ones who finally acquired the series from Hallmark and licenced the stuff out to BCI for DVD about a decade ago.

    Before the DreamWorks acquisition, Classic did, at least, syndicate some of this stuff and put it on streaming platforms. I have to wonder if this latest acquisition is probably not good for Filmation. Since this is a larger studio, they might not see it as worth their time to do much with the properties, outside of the big names like He-Man.

    It would be great if WB acquired the rights and released them on BD as well.

    As has been said, very unlikely to happen. The bigger problem, though is whether there are even any film elements in the archive to use. WB got all the film back when they acquired Shazam! The film for the other live-action shows, however, was reportedly destroyed by Hallmark after they made their PAL-format digital masters for overseas broadcast. Whether this actually happened is anyone's guess, but there is the very real possibility that the only film for Isis (or the other live-action shows) may be in the hands of collectors by way of old broadcast/syndication prints.

  5. Bryan^H

    I'm not even sure who has the rights to that (and the other Filmation Live action shows) after BCI went out. It would be great if WB acquired the rights and released them on BD as well.

    The problem is the FILMATION Library film masters for 99% of their shows don't exist! It's a long story – but the short version is the rights holder in the 1990's transferred everything to PAL STANDARD Broadcast master tape and trashed the film elements – everything – footage and finished episodes.

    Except for shows that went back to rights holders of licenced characters (Warners, Paramount,MGM-UA and Maybe Mattel) who got all the film elements everything else was trashed. In addition the audio archive was trashed as well – all those great music scores used and reused over the years – gone.

    So the only masters on ISIS are conversions from 25+ year old PAL Standard masters – missing "moral tags" as well.

    Supposedly film elements for some shows did turn up eventually.

    …and it's Dreamworks Animation who now own the Filmation owned properties. Live action and Animated, except for most of the licensed properties.

  6. Bryan^H

    I'm not even sure who has the rights to that (and the other Filmation Live action shows) after BCI went out. It would be great if WB acquired the rights and released them on BD as well.

    Universal has the rights to Isis via the Classic Media/DreamWorks Animation library.

  7. DeWilson

    The problem is the FILMATION Library film masters for 99% of their shows don't exist! It's a long story – but the short version is the rights holder in the 1990's transferred everything to PAL STANDARD Broadcast master tape and trashed the film elements – everything – footage and finished episodes.

    Except for shows that went back to rights holders of licenced characters (Warners, Paramount,MGM-UA and Maybe Mattel) who got all the film elements everything else was trashed. In addition the audio archive was trashed as well – all those great music scores used and reused over the years – gone.

    So the only masters on ISIS are conversions from 25+ year old PAL Standard masters – missing "moral tags" as well.

    Supposedly film elements for some shows did turn up eventually.

    …and it's Dreamworks Animation who now own the Filmation owned properties. Live action and Animated, except for most of the licensed properties.

    Not that I'm turning this thread into a Filmation one, but this is one of the saddest stories ever told on lack of preservation of much of our family entertainment history.

    To correct you, PAL masters were done in HD prior to Hallmark dispensing of their Filmation film elements. This is why, for all intent and purposes, so much of the library has been lost.

    I have covered JOURNEY BACK TO OZ so many times over the Internet, and even that film is the most underrated and mostly underappreciated animated sequel ever (yes, this is the 80th anniversary of the classic MGM film WIZARD OF OZ). Under today's digital technology, it is conceivably possible to slow down the speed of the PAL masters and a proper conversion to NTSC, thereby restoring the Filmation library back to its original speed (we are, of course, talking about the in-house material, such as ARCHIE and FAT ALBERT). Having said that, even if Universal were to prepare a new restored video HD master of JOURNEY it would not be released due to the sad fate of Bill Cosby. However, all the other in-house materials Universal could do.

    Back to the subject at hand, SHAZAM!. The content of that show (and I did see every episode in its original CBS run, by the way) is "piddly winks" by the standards of children's television, compared of course, to the most recent movie. Still a curio, and a prime example of what should have been done to the Filmation library in the first place.

    P.S. It is ironic, however, that another Filmation show, TARZAN: Lord Of The Jungle, also now belongs to WB, as that show is owned by the Edgar Rice Burroughs company, and WB has a relationship with Burroughs, partially via its Turner Entertainment subsidary (keeper of the classic MGM library–MGM released much of TARZAN's films during its Golden Age of Hollywood.).

  8. deepscan

    Not that I'm turning this thread into a Filmation one, but this is one of the saddest stories ever told on lack of preservation of much of our family entertainment history.

    To correct you, PAL masters were done in HD prior to Hallmark dispensing of their Filmation film elements. This is why, for all intent and purposes, so much of the library has been lost.

    I'm pretty sure you're mistaken about them being in HD. The digital conversion done at Hallmark was done in the early-to-mid '90s, so this would have been before HD. They would all be in standard-definition PAL.

    Under today's digital technology, it is conceivably possible to slow down the speed of the PAL masters and a proper conversion to NTSC, thereby restoring the Filmation library back to its original speed (we are, of course, talking about the in-house material, such as ARCHIE and FAT ALBERT).

    I'm pretty sure at least some of Fat Albert must've still existed on the original films (or at least, in NTSC) because I think the Time-Life DVDs are not only uncut, but also play at the correct speed. It's the UrbanWorks (and later) ones that are, I think, from whatever materials Entertainment Rights/Classic Media supplied. It might be that since Fat Albert was more heavily syndicated than the other shows here in the US, that maybe NTSC sets of tapes still existed in the Filmation library by the time Hallmark got their hands on them.

  9. The release date for "Shazam! (Complete Series) is October 8th.

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  10. AndyMcKinney

    The whole "Hallmark detested these shows and destroyed the masters" thing is pre-internet, though.

    The deal was made in 1995 and the Internet was around then. I know because that was the first year my Dad let me use it in his office.

    This is unlike the Universal fire, which was criminal negligence but never proven to be deliberate. Hallmark wasn't the only non-fan* because apparently the news was greeted with schadenfreude in some quarters of the animation industry (read: insider-inclusive Facebook groups years after the fact). Still, they hampered the ability of anyone entitled to money to get any money out of the shows. Why was there never a lawsuit over it? What else did they destroy?

    *Happy now, Animaniacs? If WB ever has trouble remastering you in HD because someone pinched pennies at the expense of negatives (Spielberg forbid), don't come crying to me.

  11. MatthewA

    The deal was made in 1995 and the Internet was around then. I know because that was the first year my Dad let me use it in his office.

    This is unlike the Universal fire, which was criminal negligence but never proven to be deliberate. Hallmark wasn't the only non-fan* because apparently the news was greeted with schadenfreude in some quarters of the animation industry (read: insider-inclusive Facebook groups years after the fact). Still, they hampered the ability of anyone entitled to money to get any money out of the shows. Why was there never a lawsuit over it? What else did they destroy?

    I guess what I meant to say, then, was this was before the internet was mainstream.

    As for why Hallmark did some of the things they did, it helps to know that while they were syndicating these shows outside of the USA, they were flagrantly not paying any royalties to those entitled to receive them (namely, the writers).

    There was a lawsuit (filed by the WGA), and the WGA won, mainly on the strength of the printed and videotaped evidence I supplied to Russell Bates (who had a personal interest in prevailing).

  12. Kyrsten Brad

    Well folks, Amazon is back to their usual p—-ing contest with Warner.

    I carted a copy (using the provided link on this thread) yesterday with a release date of Oct 7th. Today it shows up as “Currently Unavailable”.

    I saw that too. I’m just going to order from Warner. I’ve had enough. Fuck Amazon.

  13. Great news! I'm so glad Warner decided for a physical media release. For a while there, I was worried that it would be streaming only.

    I wonder if the Blu-ray will include this restoration doc as an extra…

  14. Mark Tay

    Great news! I'm so glad Warner decided for a physical media release. For a while there, I was worried that it would be streaming only.

    I wonder if the Blu-ray will include this restoration doc as an extra…

    One would hope that would be the very least they could include! Given all the film trims, etc. that seem to have been discovered (as covered in that documentary) I would hope they'd really push the boat out a little farther than that and include some deleted and/or behind the scenes film. Given the state of TVonDVD (and blu-ray) these days, though, we should probably keep our expectations far below what we got, for instance, on Battlestar Galactica.

  15. DaveHof3

    Anyone know if anything is up with this title? I didn't see it listed on the Warner site now, and at amazon they said shipping might take up to 4 weeks.

    Amazon has that same estimate for all new WAC titles due to ongoing "issues" that they don't wish to disclose. It's nothing out of the ordinary.

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