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Re: Pre-2000s Television on Blu-ray

#226 Post by Ribs » Tue Apr 27, 2021 7:49 pm

Mill Creek will be putting out I Dream of Jeannie this July.

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#227 Post by FrauBlucher » Tue Apr 27, 2021 8:14 pm

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#228 Post by Monterey Jack » Wed Apr 28, 2021 10:10 pm

Been rolling through the Blu release of Knight Rider on Blu (major childhood favorite that holds up better than I would have expected), and for a Mill Creek release, it looks pretty great.

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#229 Post by Ribs » Wed Apr 28, 2021 10:30 pm

A Trek fansite is reporting that CBS is going ahead with doing a proper HD remaster of Deep Space 9.

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#230 Post by Big Ben » Wed Apr 28, 2021 11:57 pm

Ribs wrote:
Wed Apr 28, 2021 10:30 pm
A Trek fansite is reporting that CBS is going ahead with doing a proper HD remaster of Deep Space 9.
If this is indeed true this is great news. The remastered TNG episodes look great and I'm looking forward to seeing this happen to Voyager was well.

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#231 Post by Dr Amicus » Thu Apr 29, 2021 4:56 am

Original series Doctor Who has continued being released, after some Covid related delays (you can see various measures being taken in some of the newly produced extras). Series 8 (aka Jon Pertwee series 2) came out recently and, from what I watched (the first serial, Terror of the Autons) looks considerably better than I have ever seen. What's notable especially in this series (of the ones released so far this is the earliest) is that original broadcast masters do not exist for many of the episodes and magic / advanced technology has been used to colour black and white prints with the colour from an NTSC source. This particular story has always looked a little rough (to put it mildly!), but this time seems almost indistinguishable from the other stories. Anyway, this is definitely a fan favourite season (it introduces both the Master as a recurring villain and the frankly bonkers Katy Manning as Jo Grant and the season ends with The Daemons, a much loved story) - unlike the next release, Season 24, the first Sylvester McCoy series, which is one of the weakest seasons of the run and co-stars a miscast and ill-used Bonnie Langford.

As noted earlier, the UK releases are limited editions - it seems earlier OOP release are now being reissued in standard packaging, same on-disc extras and losing much of the background information / production details from the booklet. The plan is still, seemingly, to releast the entire run of 26 seasons - not noted previously is stories that do not exist apart from audio recordings are being recreated in animation. Previously this had been used to complete stories where the majority of episodes were held - but it seems now the intention is to animate every remaining story, about half a dozen so far with more to come. These have been released as stand-alones to date - presumably when tackling the box sets of these seasons they will end up in there as well.

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#232 Post by Orlac » Thu Apr 29, 2021 3:17 pm

The Daemons was my first story - specifically the 1992 repeat. And it's likely the only show to ever feature Matthew Corbert as a Satanist.

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#233 Post by colinr0380 » Sun May 02, 2021 9:47 am

Orlac wrote:
Thu Apr 29, 2021 3:17 pm
The Daemons was my first story - specifically the 1992 repeat. And it's likely the only show to ever feature Matthew Corbett as a Satanist.
"What's that Sooty?... Izzy Wizzy, let's all hail Satan?.... And you want to get to the ceremony in which the High Priest Sweep is going to be sacrificing Sue on the blood altar? I suppose it does sound fun!"

I have never been the biggest Doctor Who fan but I do remember Sylvester McCoy being my childhood introduction to the show. Does series 24 have the storyline set inside a futuristic tower block involving Bertie Bassett-type (though legally distinct I am sure!) monsters feeding various tenants down the disposal chutes to some thing waiting to eat them in the basement? I remember the cliffhangers from that sticking with me as a kid! I think that was a Bonnie Langford storyline, though didn't they replace her with the tomboy-ish Ace quite soon into the McCoy run?
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Re: Pre-2000s Television on Blu-ray

#234 Post by Orlac » Sun May 02, 2021 11:28 am

colinr0380 wrote:
Sun May 02, 2021 9:47 am
Orlac wrote:
Thu Apr 29, 2021 3:17 pm
The Daemons was my first story - specifically the 1992 repeat. And it's likely the only show to ever feature Matthew Corbett as a Satanist.
"What's that Sooty?... Izzy Wizzy, let's all hail Satan?.... And you want to get to the ceremony in which the High Priest Sweep sacrificing Sue on the blood altar? I suppose it does sound fun!"

I have never been the biggest Doctor Who fan but I do remember Sylvester McCoy being my childhood introduction to the show. Does series 24 have the storyline set inside a futuristic tower block involving Bertie Bassett-type (though legally distinct I am sure!) monsters feeding various tenants down the disposal chutes to some thing waiting to eat them in the basement? I remember the cliffhangers from that sticking with me as a kid! I think that was a Bonnie Langford storyline, though didn't they replace her with the tomboy-ish Ace quite soon into the McCoy run?
Bertie Bas - I mean, The Kandyman, was in the Season 25 story "The Happiness Patrol."

Ace took over from Mel at the end of McCoy's first season, 24.

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#235 Post by Adam X » Mon May 03, 2021 2:37 am

Ribs wrote:
Wed Apr 28, 2021 10:30 pm
A Trek fansite is reporting that CBS is going ahead with doing a proper HD remaster of Deep Space 9.
If only Warner Bros. cared as much (or even just a little) about Babylon 5...

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Re: Pre-2000s Television on Blu-ray

#236 Post by Big Ben » Mon May 03, 2021 2:59 am

Adam X wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 2:37 am
Ribs wrote:
Wed Apr 28, 2021 10:30 pm
A Trek fansite is reporting that CBS is going ahead with doing a proper HD remaster of Deep Space 9.
If only Warner Bros. cared as much (or even just a little) about Babylon 5...
They literally remastered it and released an HD version this year. It took six years!

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#237 Post by Adam X » Mon May 03, 2021 3:53 am

Well, kinda. It’s really just more of the “better than nothing” approach that WB have had with the show for it’s entire hone video history. The scenes involving CG & compositing (which is a lot of the show) are an upscale of 4:3 broadcast masters (so it mostly gets rid of the issues with the DVD release). To top it off, they uploaded the episodes with numerous errors and essentially crowd-sourced the QC.

Not quite the same as Paramount’s HD remasters of Star Trek. But, you know, it’s better than nothing...
Hopefully a BD release eventuates.

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Re: Pre-2000s Television on Blu-ray

#238 Post by Ovader » Fri May 07, 2021 9:28 pm

dwk wrote:
Thu Feb 25, 2021 4:10 pm
Not really a surprise, Kino is releasing the Kolchak series on Blu-ray in October.
Tim Lucas posted on Facebook he was assigned some episodes for audio commentaries in reference to someone who sent him copies of the scripts of the KOLCHAK episodes.

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Re: Pre-2000s Television on Blu-ray

#239 Post by Dr Amicus » Mon May 10, 2021 6:20 am

ColinR is thinking of Paradise Towers, a season 24 story inspired by Ballard's High Rise - it's not great but has its moments (Elizabeth Spriggs and Brenda Bruce as cannibalistic old ladies!). The not-at-all-honest Bertie Bassett look-a-like Kandyman is indeed from The Happiness Patrol from the yet-to-be released season 25. I screened this latter story as part of my SF course at university - it's an interesting, quirky dystopia with Sheila Hancock going full Thatcher and the never-reused (thanks to the threat of legal action IIRC) Kandyman is a great creation. Season 24 is not great - one of the weaker seasons on the whole (Bonnie Langford works best in the audio adventures paired with Colin Baker) but with its moments - Dragonfire concludes with one of the goriest effects in classic Who and introduces Ace, the VFX in the season opener were a highpoint for the series to date. Seasons 25 and the already out 26 are much better as script-editor Andrew Cartmel sought to bring greater mystery to the central character, the stories tend to be rather more interesting and the Sylvester McCoy / Sophie Aldred relationship is one the best Doctor / Companion pairings.

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Re: Pre-2000s Television on Blu-ray

#240 Post by Orlac » Mon May 10, 2021 7:51 am

I prefer McCoy's Season 24 persona to how he is later on. And funnily enough, Colin Baker's coat looks pretty good on him!

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Re: Pre-2000s Television on Blu-ray

#241 Post by Ribs » Fri May 21, 2021 5:50 pm

There is a Kickstarter for an HD restoration and eventual Blu-ray of the Abbott and Costello show.

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