What are your plans for 2018?

For 2018 I anticipate collecting my 100th Movie Serial. 4 Stars

2017 is drawing to a close. Although I didn’t get as many DVD sets this year (I’ve acquired nearly every set I want) so there isn’t much out there than what I already have. I achieved a milestone earlier this year when the number of TV series on DVD I’ve collected passed the :banana: 1,000 mark. :rock: For 2018 I anticipate collecting my 100th Movie Serial. There will probably be some more “Grails” released as well. What are your plans for the upcoming year? :cheers:

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  1. In purchasing DVD's? That depends on what the studios put out. Right now, I'm planning on Scooby Doo meets the Brave and the Bold, Gotham by Gaslight, The Flash Lego film, the Dogfather, and I don't know much besides that. It would help if some of the companies could put out more of the upcoming releases like they used too. Other than that, I hope to catch up on my "unwatched" but owned DVDs.

    James

  2. Regulus

    2017 is drawing to a close. Although I didn't get as many DVD sets this year (I've acquired nearly every set I want) so there isn't much out there than what I already have. I achieved a milestone earlier this year when the number of TV series on DVD I've collected passed the :banana: 1,000 mark. :rock: For 2018 I anticipate collecting my 100th Movie Serial. There will probably be some more "Grails" released as well. What are your plans for the upcoming year? :cheers:

    Finishing Hart to Hart on DVD and acquiring Quincy, M.E. on DVD as well-I really wish those would get the blu treatment. Ole Quince looked good streaming on Netflix in HD, so we know the masters are there. That detective that charges $200 a day plus expenses, he's my first priority on blu.

  3. TV-on-DVD-wise, I don't have all that much left to get that excites me, at present, barring any surprise releases. I bought a fair amount for myself just ahead of Christmas, including some recently-released grail shows (The Immortal, Longstreet). Here's what remains for me in 2018:

    Kino Lorber's upcoming, separate Blu-ray releases of The Outer Limits, Seasons 1 and 2, are must-buy upgrades for me.

    I'm reading the responses to my recent "Public Domain Dragnet/One Step Beyond/Jack Benny" thread here, and will take that and carefully decide what course I want to take in getting any of those.

    I'm looking at picking up Mr. Novak: Season 1, when Warner Archives releases it, sometime in early 2018.

    I'm still waiting to see if The Rifleman: Season 4 Vol. 2 gets a release (I have S4 V1); if not, I'll pick up the complete Season 4 set and Season 5, direct.

    I'm also waiting for when Discotek's Lupin the Third (Series 2) releases catch up to where the old Funimation discs left off, then I'll buy.

    Gunsmoke: Season 12: Vols. 1 & 2 are likely purchases.

    I'll probably get the complete 1957-66 Perry Mason set, but I'm waiting for a good sale price on it again (it dipped down to about $105 when I had it on my Christmas list, but I wasn't gifted with it, and now it's back to $149).

    Another probable is an import set of the complete one-season run of The Champions, since I'm still stuck with my old Region 1 half-season set from A&E.

    I'll probably pick up The Magician: Complete Series set, sooner or later.

    Underdog: Complete Series is always a possibility, but isn't a high priority.

    Believe it or not, I've actually been watching The Andy Griffith Show (Season 1) for the first time, via streaming; sure, re-runs have been on in the house since my early-1970s childhood, but they were on in the background, and I didn't pay much attention to specific episodes, until now. If I continue to like what I see, I'll probably pick up the first 5 seasons, down the line.

    For newer series, The Americans: Season 5 is a given, as is Outlander: Season 3 (whenever it's released in 2018) and Ash Vs Evil Dead: Season 2. I'm caught up with Fargo, Game of Thrones and Better Call Saul (I have Season 3 on pre-order). I'll eventually pick up Red Dwarf XI, too. I'm also waiting for the best sale price I can get for The Wire: Complete Series. I like the Netflix Marvel series (Daredevil, particularly), but getting them on Blu can wait, unless a really good sale pops up. Ditto Ray Donovan.

  4. Right now I have purchased everything I have hoped to buy and I don't yet know of anything scheduled for 2018 that I will want, so I anticipate my quietest year ever in terms of purchasing classic tv on dvd.

    So my alternative plan for 2018 is to buy all 15 seasons of 77 Sunset Strip, Hawaiian Eye, Surfside Six, Bourbon Street Beat and The Roaring 20's. Mind you, I'm talking fully restored, unedited, with every drop of music intact. Could someone please pass the word along to WB so that I will actually be able to execute that plan?

    Failing that, I wish you all a great New Year, regardless of which goodies you get.

  5. TJPC

    My number one purchase however will be “The King of Jazz”

    Do you mean the 1930 film? I got to see a restored version of it at the AMPAS theatre in the summer of 2016. It was one of my favorite moviegoing experiences of the year.

    Cheers!

  6. MartinP.

    Do you mean the 1930 film? I got to see a restored version of it at the AMPAS theatre in the summer of 2016. It was one of my favorite moviegoing experiences of the year.

    Cheers!

    Yes. So far I have only seen the crappy copy.

  7. GMBurns

    Right now I have purchased everything I have hoped to buy and I don't yet know of anything scheduled for 2018 that I will want, so I anticipate my quietest year ever in terms of purchasing classic tv on dvd.

    So my alternative plan for 2018 is to buy all 15 seasons of 77 Sunset Strip, Hawaiian Eye, Surfside Six, Bourbon Street Beat and The Roaring 20's. Mind you, I'm talking fully restored, unedited, with every drop of music intact. Could someone please pass the word along to WB so that I will actually be able to execute that plan?

    Failing that, I wish you all a great New Year, regardless of which goodies you get.

    I've waited long enough for Warner Archive to release these and as it is not going to happen I shall actually watch my alternative versions which mostly came from Goodlife channel. Anyone know if these were cut ?

  8. TJPC

    I want to buy all the Christmas blockbusters in 3D Blu ray from Thor Ragnarok, to Star Wars. My number one purchase however will be “The King of Jazz”

    I've already got my pre-order in for the Blu-ray. My old VHS is wearin' thin. 🙂

  9. My 2018 Holy Grail List:

    Jeannie (1973 Animated): Mark Hamill's recent rise in visibility (Star Wars, The Last Jedi) might complicate any possible release of Jeannie as getting his OK, if required would prove expensive. But that might cut both ways as Sony/Columbia could see a marketing opportunity to release this as a early work of Mark's if he approved. I'd say why not but I'm betting other issues at Columbia are holding Jeannie up.

    Partridge Family 2200 AD (1973, Animated): Another HB toon now owned by Sony/Columbia Pictures Industries and another one in some sort of Columbia limbo.

    Captain Nice (1967).

    Mr. Terrific (1967).

    Quark (1978): Available on DVD but would love a remastered Blu.

    Ruff And Reddy (1950s, Complete series).

  10. BobO’Link

    My plans are simple. After taking stock of my unopened product, which will take years to watch, I plan to watch more than I purchase. That should be fairly easy as I own most of what I truly want to own, both TV and movies, having only a half dozen or so series I absolutely want to complete and only 3 or 4 "Grail" series I'd purchase day one.

    I've been doing something similar ^ over the past several years, as a "New Year's Resolution".

    Unfortunately it has largely been repeated failures for me. For example, recently I picked up the Star Trek Beyond bluray when I've been repeatedly saying to myself that I would not buy it.

  11. Ron1973

    Finishing Hart to Hart on DVD and acquiring Quincy, M.E. on DVD as well-I really wish those would get the blu treatment. Ole Quince looked good streaming on Netflix in HD, so we know the masters are there. That detective that charges $200 a day plus expenses, he's my first priority on blu.

    I would also like The Waltons on Blu Ray. Sadly I think most every classic show available in HD streaming will remain in that form only.
    One only has to look at popular classics like Little House on the Prairie(which was a miracle it was finished on Blu) The Andy Griffith show, and I Love Lucy(both stalled and like LHOTP cheaper to buy than the DVD versions).

    Only hope would be boutique labels like Mill Creek, or Olive. Other than that I think no way we see any more classics….unless it is a sci-fi series which seems to be an exception.

  12. jcroy

    I've been doing something similar ^ over the past several years, as a "New Year's Resolution".

    Unfortunately it has largely been repeated failures for me. For example, recently I picked up the Star Trek Beyond bluray when I've been repeatedly saying to myself that I would not buy it.

    I've found that sometimes what it takes is an obsessional shift!

    For me, this has recently taken the form of channeling any spare funds towards relocating to another part of the province where the winters are a bit shorter and less cold, and hopefully break our string of horrible next door neighbors! We've found in our experience that it doesn't always pay to wait for good neighbors to move in next door to replace the crappy ones (Our latest bad luck string is approaching 10 years, with three consecutive duds!); sometimes you have the be the proactive one. In any case, after living in the same place for almost 25 years, I think it's time to shake things up a bit on our end.

    This also means avoiding unnecessary accumulation of stuff that we're going to have to move when the time comes. On that end, we kept the gift exchanges light this time around. One survival item the Mrs and I exchanged were noise cancelling headphones, not the kind that cost $$$, but $$, as we just basically need to cover our ears when the surrounding noise disturbances get to be too much. I've also recently found the 10 hour Celestial White Noise clip on YouTube to be quite helpful, although I try to only use it when absolutely necessary.

    So, for at least most of 2018, I expect any video purchases to be pretty much nil. After our eventual relocation, it'll be time to reevaluate our monthly budget based on our new situation.

    Happy New Year, Everyone! May 2018 be a great one, all around! 🙂

    CHEERS! 🙂

  13. Watched an episode of The Curse Of Oak Island and an episode of Designated Survivor and nothing else planned! It is not worth gong out and it is to much of a hassle now a days. It is just another day so I am thinking of just going to bed at the regular time and when I get up tomorrow ether watch a bowl game or the rose parade. Will make that decision tomorrow. I hope everyone at home theater forum has a safe and happy new year! I hope you enjoy your time with family and friends and may you have a great 2018!

  14. Tony Bensley

    I've found that sometimes what it takes is an obsessional shift!

    For me, this has recently taken the form of channeling any spare funds towards relocating to another part of the province where the winters are a bit shorter and less cold, and hopefully break our string of horrible next door neighbors! We've found in our experience that it doesn't always pay to wait for good neighbors to move in next door to replace the crappy ones (Our latest bad luck string is approaching 10 years, with three consecutive duds!); sometimes you have the be the proactive one. In any case, after living in the same place for almost 25 years, I think it's time to shake things up a bit on our end.

    This also means avoiding unnecessary accumulation of stuff that we're going to have to move when the time comes. On that end, we kept the gift exchanges light this time around. One survival item the Mrs and I exchanged were noise cancelling headphones, not the kind that cost $$$, but $$, as we just basically need to cover our ears when the surrounding noise disturbances get to be too much. I've also recently found the 10 hour Celestial White Noise clip on YouTube to be quite helpful, although I try to only use it when absolutely necessary.

    So, for at least most of 2018, I expect any video purchases to be pretty much nil. After our eventual relocation, it'll be time to reevaluate our monthly budget based on our new situation.

    Happy New Year, Everyone! May 2018 be a great one, all around! 🙂

    CHEERS! 🙂

    Happy New Year, Tony! I hate to hear that. My house is drafty, getting old, and can get quite annoying at times, but I'm in the middle of the country with absolutely no neighbors close by. The only noise I ever get might be from hunters hunting birds in the winter and crop dusters during the spring and summer. Old houses can be fixed-bad neighbors can't be!

  15. BobO’Link

    So… when you get the right question, how do you get your winnings? 😉

    That's a good question! I think that if you get the right question, you jot down your winnings under the part that says "weekly winnings"– I'm not quite sure though, as this is the first year that I've ever had a Jeopardy! calendar.

  16. Ron1973

    Happy New Year, Tony! I hate to hear that. My house is drafty, getting old, and can get quite annoying at times, but I'm in the middle of the country with absolutely no neighbors close by. The only noise I ever get might be from hunters hunting birds in the winter and crop dusters during the spring and summer. Old houses can be fixed-bad neighbors can't be!

    Apart from the draftiness, your situation describes my wife's ultimate dream. Unfortunately, our respective realities trod all over that! As it stands, in our current situation, the newer landlord's hands off stance has added to our already high frustration levels. It seems like nobody wants to stick their neck out, anymore. Perhaps, somewhere along the line, our housing concern decided that in the long run, a hands off approach to inter tenant disputes costs them less $$$ then going through the hassle of stepping in and mediating said disputes?

    One gentleman that we knew who does movie extra work, was having trouble with a female neighbor who kept petitioning the complex (She did come to our door at least once, that I recall!) over security cameras that, according to her, he had set up, supposedly to spy on her kids. In actuality, he had set them up because this same lady was engaging in theft and property damage (There were witnesses who confirmed this!), and thus, was protecting his property, which she would routinely trash! Housing's response to his (In my opinion!) justified complaints was that if he didn't like it, he could move, which he eventually did last spring after 15 years.

    Anyway Ron, Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!

    CHEERS! 🙂

  17. I've made some purchases that will arrive in 2018. Chose slow shipping from Amazon to receive digital credits.

    Castle season 7
    Jake and the Fatman complete series
    Donna Reed Show season 2
    The Flash Season 3 Blu ray
    Royal Pains season 1

    My wish list is so long I just buy what becomes affordable. Here as a shortlist of titles I don't have:

    Scorpion 2,3
    Madam Secretary 2,3
    Mr. Ed
    My Favorite Martian
    Dragnet all
    Adam-12 all
    Emergency all
    Wonder Woman
    Coach
    Route 66
    Honeymooners
    Hazel seasons 3-5
    Doris Day show
    Dick Van Dyke show
    Mash 9, 10
    NCIS 11
    Hart to Hart
    Batman
    Ironside 3
    Family Affair
    Dobie Gillis
    Donna Reed show 4,5
    Addams Family
    Bob
    Rat Patrol
    Combat
    The Loner
    Decoy
    etc.

    Viewing, I've accumulated enough titles to watch a drama and comedy each day and not repeat for 10 years and watch a Sunday night movie. Once they are done, after 10 years I just start over. Here is this week:

    Monday
    Knight Rider 1:12 Plush Ride
    Laverne and Shirley 1:11 Fakeout at the Stakeout
    Tuesday
    Castle 1:7 Home is where the heart stops
    Happy Days 2:1 Richie Moves out
    Wednesday
    The Saint 5:5 The Helpful Pirate
    According to Jim 1:5 Unruly Spirits
    Thursday
    Perry Mason 1:5 The case of the sulky girl
    Get Smart 1:5 Now You See Him… Now You Don't
    Friday
    Star Trek Deep Space Nine 1:10 Move Along Home
    Cheers 1:17 Diane's Perfect Date
    Saturday
    Murder She Wrote 4:9 Trouble in Eden
    Hogan's Heroes 1:4 The Late Inspector General
    Sunday Night Movie
    Columbo Prescription Murder

  18. My new years resolution is not to buy anymore DVD sets–unless Sony decides to release The Farmer's Daughter series on DVD. LOL. I cut way back on my DVD purchases in 2017, and I hope to continue this trend going into 2018. My goal is to finish watching some DVD sets I have had for years, and to resell some other sets on ebay that I no longer care for because they have been cluttering up my bookshelf. After 10+ years of collecting TV series on DVD, storage space has become an issue. I hope to save $$$ in 2018, and be content with the DVDs I have.

  19. Regulus

    2017 is drawing to a close. Although I didn't get as many DVD sets this year (I've acquired nearly every set I want) so there isn't much out there than what I already have. I achieved a milestone earlier this year when the number of TV series on DVD I've collected passed the :banana: 1,000 mark. :rock: For 2018 I anticipate collecting my 100th Movie Serial. There will probably be some more "Grails" released as well. What are your plans for the upcoming year? :cheers:

    well i'm going to try to fill in some of the stuff i've been holding off getting, Just ordered Bronco seasons 1 and 3 got good deals on them and i want to finish with two and four after that. I just picked up VEI's Complete Cannon set, and it looks a lot like the reruns I used to watch on the local Stations back in the day so its a decent deal for the price, i want to pick up the Mod Squad and Barnaby Jones sets to follow.

  20. Ron1973

    Finishing Hart to Hart on DVD and acquiring Quincy, M.E. on DVD as well-I really wish those would get the blu treatment. Ole Quince looked good streaming on Netflix in HD, so we know the masters are there. That detective that charges $200 a day plus expenses, he's my first priority on blu.

    Yeah quick's on my list too but i've been holding off i'm hoping Quincy and perhaps Kojak could get the complete series treatment at some point they are a bit pricey as is

  21. I think what will become an issue going forward is buying inferior DVD sets as the shows are playing on streaming services in glorious HD, ala Hawaii Five O, Quincy, Mission Impossible, Andy Griffith etc. I would buy these on iTunes etc for a reasonable price

  22. I want to slow down the dvds. I have something like 3000 episodes of unwatched stuff sitting around (hardly a record, if I read everyone else's posts correctly!). I try to watch at least 2 episodes of whatever, each day.

    The majority of my classic tv shows that I wanted have long been on dvd. I would go for blu upgrades of a very few things (Bewitched comes to mind. Maybe Dynasty). Other than that, there are only very, very few older shows that I need or want. I'd buy that last season of Flying Nun if it ever comes out before the end of the world, and more Fantasy Island. There's a dozen or more short-lived shows like Cliffhangers that I'd get. And maybe the Ropers, a few other things. But I'm lucky in that most of my favorite long-run shows are already complete.

    And then there's movies on both dvd and blu-ray. I have about 100 unwatched movies. I have also been lucky with classic films, in that the majority of my want list has been filled by Twilight Time, Warner Archives and a few other labels. There's still a lot of MGM films that I think will come out from the Archives in good time. TT will probably put out some of the Columbia and Fox titles that I want. Universal, Paramount, Disney…who knows.

    The only other thing is that a few of my current series seemed to have either stalled or ended on dvd. I notice two Shonda Rimes shows: Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder disappeared. I theorize it's because Shondaland is more or less ending its relationship with ABC and so Disney doesn't want to be bothered. And a few other shows like The Royals season three. It's too soon to give up on those shows because they're still airing, but again, who knows. I'd buy them the second they come out, but…

  23. Tony Bensley

    Apart from the draftiness, your situation describes my wife's ultimate dream. Unfortunately, our respective realities trod all over that! As it stands, in our current situation, the newer landlord's hands off stance has added to our already high frustration levels. It seems like nobody wants to stick their neck out, anymore. Perhaps, somewhere along the line, our housing concern decided that in the long run, a hands off approach to inter tenant disputes costs them less $$$ then going through the hassle of stepping in and mediating said disputes?

    One gentleman that we knew who does movie extra work, was having trouble with a female neighbor who kept petitioning the complex (She did come to our door at least once, that I recall!) over security cameras that, according to her, he had set up, supposedly to spy on her kids. In actuality, he had set them up because this same lady was engaging in theft and property damage (There were witnesses who confirmed this!), and thus, was protecting his property, which she would routinely trash! Housing's response to his (In my opinion!) justified complaints was that if he didn't like it, he could move, which he eventually did last spring after 15 years.

    Anyway Ron, Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!

    CHEERS! 🙂

    It wasn't my ultimate dream at one point. I won't go into a lot of detail, but this is my childhood home. I wound up back here in what I felt disgrace with a now ex-wife and children in tow. My parents divorced, and I helped my mother pay off the house, much to the chagrin of the now ex. I wound up with ownership in 2011 and now the roles are reversed-my mother lives with me. She's not in the best of health, so I actually like it that way. The kids are grown and have went their own way. It needs tons of work, but yeah, I could retire out here and never give it a second thought.

  24. Still a lot of stuff that I want to buy and quite a wishlist of shows I hope eventually make it out, but these are what I'd like to do in 2018 based off what's actually available.

    -Continue Green Acres by buying season 4 in 2018.
    -Continue buying Little House on Blu-Ray (I'm only two seasons in).
    -Buy the Twilight Zone complete series on Blu-Ray.
    -Buy the Rockford Files complete series on Blu-Ray.
    -Finish WKRP with season 3 (Already own season 4).
    -Continue Dennis the Menace with season 3.
    -Start buying Sea Hunt and Maverick on DVD.
    -Finish off The Flintstones (Still need seasons 4 & 5).

    I have a lot in my backlog that was bought in 2017 that I'll be watching this year. I have the complete series sets for Cheers and Coach, season 2 of I Love Lucy on Blu-Ray, The Honeymooners on Blu-Ray, season 2 of Dennis the Menace, season 2 of Little House on the Prairie on Blu-Ray, season 2 of WKRP in Cincinnati, volume 1 of Disney's TaleSpin (Already owned the rest).

  25. Ethan Riley

    I want to slow down the dvds. I have something like 3000 episodes of unwatched stuff sitting around (hardly a record, if I read everyone else's posts correctly!). I try to watch at least 2 episodes of whatever, each day.

    That's what I ought to do– I have so much of a backlog it'll take more than forever to get through it!

  26. My dad is in poor health right now and I’m taking care of him and having 3kids and two jobs preclude me from making too many big plans. Maybe a small vacation and I did get tickets to see a Creed Bratton concert later this month.
    With regard to the collection; picking up some of the new stuff like Peyton Place, continuing Alice, and Hopinf against hope for some prob nots like rest of Defenders,, Tightrope, Hawaiian Eye, Burke’s , more Hillbillies, and my all time grail Run For Your Life,
    Other wise just finishing some volume separate sets I still need seasons of like
    Barney Miller
    Family Affair
    Untouchables
    Cannon
    Voyage TO Bottom
    Lost In Space
    Dobie Gillis
    Maude

  27. Peter M Fitzgerald

    I'll probably get the complete 1957-66 Perry Mason set, but I'm waiting for a good sale price on it again (it dipped down to about $105 when I had it on my Christmas list, but I wasn't gifted with it, and now it's back to $149).

    I bought this set when my local video store was closing in May 2017 and I talked the manager into giving me a 50% discount, so it came out, after tax, to about $104.00. I looked it up on Amazon afterwards and it was $86 then. Still, I'm glad I had it in my hands. I already had Season One. I've been watching the series methodically since then and I just started Season 4. It's one of the best shows I've ever watched.

    The complete series box set is listed at $114.97 on Amazon right now.

    https://www.amazon.com/Perry-Mason-…r=1-3&keywords=perry+mason+complete+tv+series

  28. Vic Pardo

    I bought this set when my local video store was closing in May 2017 and I talked the manager into giving me a 50% discount, so it came out, after tax, to about $104.00. I looked it up on Amazon afterwards and it was $86 then. Still, I'm glad I had it in my hands. I already had Season One. I've been watching the series methodically since then and I just started Season 4. It's one of the best shows I've ever watched.

    The complete series box set is listed at $114.97 on Amazon right now.

    https://www.amazon.com/Perry-Mason-…r=1-3&keywords=perry+mason+complete+tv+series

    That's a great price on that Perry Mason all-in-one, and I think that Peter M Fitzgerald should get it at that price before it gets back up again.

  29. 3D titles from 3DFilmArchive

    Re-release of This is Cinerama and Windjammer

    More 3D titles when their price comes down to $9.99 (bought a large number of titles in December 2017 for $9.99!).

  30. Peter M Fitzgerald

    Another probable is an import set of the complete one-season run of The Champions, since I'm still stuck with my old Region 1 half-season set from A&E.

    Just an FYI, Peter…Network in the U.K. has been systematically releasing numerous ITC series remastered on Blu-Ray. Besides their earlier releases of THE PRISONER, THE PERSUADERS, U.F.O. and SPACE: 1999 (which are Region B locked), they've also recently released lesser-known series like RANDALL & HOPKIRK: DECEASED and DEPARTMENT S on region free Blu-Ray, and are currently in the midst of releasing CAPTAIN SCARLET and MAN IN A SUITCASE on a month-to-month basis (region free as well). It seems their policy going forward with these ITC series is to release them region free. Why they didn't start this policy earlier, I'm not sure. Perhaps they expect these less-famous shows to sell fewer copies, so are maximizing their chances by going all region.

    They haven't got to THE CHAMPIONS yet, but I'd be very surprised if that series isn't in the cards for a remastered Blu release either later this year or sometime next. With their recent pattern, any release of THE CHAMPIONS would likely be region free…so if you can hold out a little longer, that would be the best way to go (at least, if you need the series in HD quality…I'm sure the DVD looks just fine.)

  31. As far as my TV on DVD or Blu-Ray plans for 2018…well, as several others have already stated, I'm mostly planning to watch more of all the shows I've purchased over the years. I have a LOT of goodies to get through. I do still have several series I'd like to pick up, money permitting, including:

    THE DEFENDERS, season 1

    Some of the recent releases from VEI, such as THE IMMORTAL, THE MAGICIAN, LONGSTREET,
    MATT HOUSTON, etc.

    Plus MAN WITH A CAMERA, DECOY…a few 80s nostalgia choices, like RIPTIDE and perhaps THE FALL GUY. And I've got my eye on further seasons of MANNIX, HAWAII FIVE-O, etc., plus more Warner Archive series if I can find them on sale (CHEYENNE, BRONCO, LAWMAN and SUGARFOOT, etc., all of which I only have the first seasons of).

    These are wants, not needs, of course. There are also tons of series I still hope to import from the U.K., and I'll continue to slowly chip away at that list over the next several years.

    Mostly, though, I'm trying to limit most of my purchases to pre-80s catalog movies on Blu-Ray, but there are some definite TV on Blu-Ray buys on my wishlist, including CORONET BLUE, the two sets of THE OUTER LIMITS coming soon from Kino, and of course, more ITC adventure series sets from Network in the U.K. (hoping for a remastered THE BARON after MAN IN A SUITCASE is completed).

    In other words, my collecting days are far from over… 🙂

  32. I should have been more clear, Bob…it's the recent Network releases (RANDALL & HOPKIRK, DEPARTMENT S, CAPTAIN SCARLET & THE MYSTERONS and MAN IN A SUITCASE) which are region free (Region A, B and C coded). To the best of my knowledge, the previous sets (including SPACE:1999) are not. Sorry for any confusion, I will amend my earlier post to clarify.

  33. Great idea for a thread! Can't believe I'm only noticing it now.

    I want to continue working through my backlog of blind buys (I started a dedicated thread last year to keep track of them). Last year, I bought too many "new" titles (new to me even if not new films or shows) rather than watching my unwatched stuff and this year I want to be a lot better about that.

    I have just started on MPI's 15 disc set of "Lost Episodes" of the Honeymooners that I've had sitting around for a while. WPIX in NY always shows a marathon of the "classic 39" on NYE and it inspired me to finally watch these DVDs. I had low expectations going in but, after a mere two discs, I'm blown away by the quality of the writing and performances. I both can't wait and dread finishing this set.

  34. This year I am looking forward to completing 'Lou Grant' when the final season comes out, and buying the individual season sets of 'Laugh-In,' as I've greatly enjoyed getting reacquainted with that series.

    I will continue to hope against hope for good news about 'Family' and 'Ozzie & Harriet.'

    Beyond that, the one certainty I know going into this year is that I will rely on my extensive library of 1950s-1970s TV show DVDs, as an antidote to the divisiveness of the news and social media. I can't afford an island in the sun away from current events, so these temporary escapes will have to do.

  35. DaveHof3

    I can't afford an island in the sun away from current events, so these temporary escapes will have to do.

    Believe me, this is all you need to get away from all the drivel. The news only seems to get worse and worse with every passing day, :thumbsdown: nothing but "If it bleeds it leads" 😮 and politics :angry:. How can people stand to watch it? I get a passing glance at the news each morning, choosing only what I want to read, then move on to sites such as this one where I get the REAL news (My favorite news is finding out a "Grail" or "Bucket List" show is getting released on home video!). 😀 :banana::dancing-banana-04::dance::rock::drum:

  36. Josh Steinberg

    I have just started on MPI's 15 disc set of "Lost Episodes" of the Honeymooners that I've had sitting around for a while. WPIX in NY always shows a marathon of the "classic 39" on NYE and it inspired me to finally watch these DVDs. I had low expectations going in but, after a mere two discs, I'm blown away by the quality of the writing and performances. I both can't wait and dread finishing this set.

    Josh, I watched that entire set last fall and agree with you about the quality. I made it through the Pert Kelton skits as fast as I could because, to me, she just isn't "Alice". I thought it was really cool to see Stand-In For Murder's original skit from 1954 (which was cut-off due to time constraints) and then the complete performance of the sketch from 1955. The later musical skits were also more fun than I thought they would be. Looks like they had fun making them too.

  37. Jeff Flugel

    As far as my TV on DVD or Blu-Ray plans for 2018…well, as several others have already stated, I'm mostly planning to watch more of all the shows I've purchased over the years. I have a LOT of goodies to get through.

    You and me both! I'm on The Wild Wild West now (second disc of first season's worth [B/W], and so far, it's looking pretty entertaining).

  38. bmasters9

    You and me both! I'm on The Wild Wild West now (second disc of first season's worth [B/W], and so far, it's looking pretty entertaining).

    Oh, you're in for a great time with THE WILD WILD WEST. Love that show…I used to watch it every afternoon in syndication growing up in the 70s. I was very pleased that it held up when watched years later as an adult. If you like the black and white season one, just wait till you get to season two (in almost too bold color)! The series really kicks it up a notch then, and the friendship and teamwork between Robert Conrad's Jim West and Ross Martin's Artemus Gordon becomes much more central.

    I'm working my way through MANNIX and the original HAWAII FIVE-0 for the first time, and enjoying both of those shows a lot.

  39. BobO’Link

    I just did a quick check of my Amazon UK cart and discovered Space 1999 Complete Series BR has dropped to £29.69! If you use Amazon's currency convertor it comes in just over $40 US shipped!

    Lots of great deals on Amazon UK's site (I know you're a fan of Britcoms…many ridiculously cheap complete series DVD sets of British comedies and dramas are available there).

    Hope you enjoy the SPACE: 1999 Blu-Ray set, Howie! While not a huge fan of that particular ITC series myself, I have seen some of the episodes on that set projected at a friend's house and they looked spectacular in hi-def.

  40. Jeff Flugel

    Oh, you're in for a great time with THE WILD WILD WEST. Love that show…I used to watch it every afternoon in syndication growing up in the 70s. I was very pleased that it held up when watched years later as an adult. If you like the black and white season one, just wait till you get to season two (in almost too bold color)! The series really kicks it up a notch then, and the friendship and teamwork between Robert Conrad's Jim West and Ross Martin's Artemus Gordon becomes much more central.

    Thanks for the response on that WWW— I'm seeing it from CBS' condensed all-in-one (the version with the discs layered on top of each other), and I've had to take the rest of the first-season discs out and put them temporarily in sleeves (being that the discs in the layered configuration are near impossible to take out without fighting with 'em).

  41. It's pretty quiet on the DVD front right now for me…

    In 2018 (as of now), I plan on buying:

    One Day at a Time: complete series—ordered this yesterday!

    Diff'rent Strokes: season 7

    Mister Rogers' Neighborhood: episode set

    Alice: seasons 7, 8, 9 (if released)

    Perfect Strangers: season 3 (if released)

    The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes & 50th Ann. Sets

    Days of our Lives: 2006-2009 (complete years…from a trader)—I already own 1995-2005

  42. bmasters9

    Thanks for the response on that WWW— I'm seeing it from CBS' condensed all-in-one (the version with the discs layered on top of each other), and I've had to take the rest of the first-season discs out and put them temporarily in sleeves (being that the discs in the layered configuration are near impossible to take out without fighting with 'em).

    Wow, that's a weird – and inconvenient – way for them to store the discs. My WWW sets are single seasons, bought more or less as they came out. Does the Complete Series set have the two reunion TV movies? If so, that would be one nice benefit of the complete set.

    It's funny, all this talk about WWW made me dip into the series (which I've pretty much watched from start to finish on DVD once already). Just watched 4.21 "Night of the Bleak Island," a fun, atmospheric riff on THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, and will likely spin a few more before I call it a night.

  43. Barring any major out-of-the-blue announcements, my plans involve watching what I already own. Those box sets don't watch themselves, and my time is divided between work, volunteering, hobbies including but not limited to this one (contrary to popular belief I do have a life outside the Internet), so it takes time to finish them. And while everyone else is binge watching, I've rediscovered the virtues of watching shows one episode at a time and switching between formats, enabling me to watch Maude on DVD and The Golden Girls on Hulu.

  44. Jeff Flugel

    Wow, that's a weird – and inconvenient – way for them to store the discs. My WWW sets are single seasons, bought more or less as they came out. Does the Complete Series set have the two reunion TV movies? If so, that would be one nice benefit of the complete set.

    Nope– my copy of the WWW condensed all-in-one was gotten at the top of this month from the Wal-Mart in Simpsonville as part of my shopping for this month (grocery and otherwise), and it was on a display marketed w/the "Binge-Worthy TV" appelation (as were those of Vega$ and The Brady Bunch [each one of those packaged the same way as the WWW release]).

  45. With money tight and the selection of material I'd fine appealing (mostly b&w shows) all but dead, I just plan on watching what I have. I'd certainly pick up any surprise releases that hit the sweet spot, but I'm not counting on many of those at this point in the game. Would pick up any more 'Ozzie & Harriet' releases from Alpha as long as they have at least one episode on the disc that I don't already own. I think they are up to volume 25 or something, and the quality on their more recent releases has been good. But other than that, I'll just watch what I already own.

    Gary "recently have been on a 'Leave it to Beaver' and 'Rawhide' re-watching binge" O.

  46. Gary OS

    I'd certainly pick up any surprise releases that hit the sweet spot, but I'm not counting on many of those at this point in the game.

    I've had several of those select releases lately– two being Westerns, and one a legal series, among others.

  47. There must be something wrong with me. I don't have ANYTHING I haven't watched. I guess I didn't spend much time in front of the set back in the day, because aside from my "usual suspects" (St. Elsewhere, Slattery's People, The Great Adventure and maybe another one or two, though I can't think of anything right now) I have everything I really want.

  48. Great thread indeed. Seems to me some of you should consider becoming after market sales outlets. I would likely be a customer. 🙂

    I personally rarely ever "plan" to buy anything. I'm just out somewhere [or on the Amazon site] and see something I simply must have.

  49. BobO’Link

    Of course, number of episodes per season is all over the place from British series having only 4-6 episodes per "series" (aka season) to 34+ episode seasons of early US TV shows.

    The highest number of episodes I've ever had in a season was 40, from the second season's worth of M Squad within the Timeless all-in-one of that 1957-60 NBC detective/police series w/the late Lee Marvin as Lt. Frank Ballinger.

  50. BobO’Link

    A quick look shows mine to be "Batman" with the most at *60* episodes in S2.

    Actually, come to think of it, that is the highest number of episodes I've had– I forgot about that one (and also of course that 60s ABC West/Ward Batman was in cliffhangers for its first two seasons' worth [Wed. first half, Thurs. second half, outside of a couple of three-parters]).

  51. BobO’Link

    IIRC all of those three-parters were in S3.

    The one of those I listed that amazes me most is Perry Mason. Of those I listed, it's the only *hour* length show, The Naked City was half-hour for S1, and it had 38 episodes that first season! Using those Batman S2 episodes, which were basically hour episodes split into two nights, as a guide, that would be the equivalent of 76 half-hour episodes!

    Lotta lotta episodes then in a season (and practically no breaks– none of this bull gipp of reruns in the middle of the season as is done today; the season ran straight through, and there were only reruns between seasons, IIRC)!

  52. BobO’Link

    And it never failed that the episode(s) I'd missed during the fall/winter/spring airings were never rerun during the summer.

    Now, you can see any episode any time of a lot of series, no matter what kind (comedy, drama, you name it)!

  53. BobO’Link

    Yep. In the 60s you rarely saw a rerun outside summer months, mainly because until late in the decade most shows ran 30-36 episodes. That left those 16-22 "empty" weeks for "summer reruns." Even then, many shows just went on hiatus, usually with a variety show running in its place. I know it kept us kids outside in the summer. There wasn't much on for us to care about so we just stayed outside and played. And it never failed that the episode(s) I'd missed during the fall/winter/spring airings were never rerun during the summer. I'd missed quite a few episodes of Star Trek when it moved to Friday nights as I was in the band and we had to play at the football games (I'd have much rather been at home to watch Trek…).

    I found it fascinating to read that Star Trek associate/co-producer Robert Justman was the man responsible for deciding which episodes would be repeated – I had always assumed that the network selected the episodes (and perhaps they do today).

    In interviews, I recall Justman explaining that they would generally only have in-season reruns if they were going to miss their airdate due to a post-production delay, which did happen a handful of times. The network and sponsors were not happy about this, so they had to keep the practice to a minimum. A couple times, they got lucky and were pre-empted by specials programming by the network, holiday shows, news broadcasts, etc., which just so happened to come at a moment when they desperately needed more time.

  54. Working my through transferring over the couple of thousand or so tapes I picked up last year when a good collector friend of mine passed away. Lots of film chain material in there of shows that will never come out.

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