2018 Big Christmas Releases?

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Dear Guys,

Just saw the news on the new Bing Crosby Christmas collection, and that got me thinking about how the DVD companies save some BIG releases for the end of the year. Well. That used to be in the good old days before streaming. Anyway, do any of you want to take some guesses on what could be some classic television box sets that come out this late fall?

If I were Time/Life I would buy the rights to the CBS shows such as Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Beverly Hillbillies, Pettocoat Junction, and release a huge Boxed set that would include the unreleased seasons with new extras.

Another series that could stand a boxed set would be St. Elsewhere.

What do you guys think?

James

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  1. JamesSmith

    Another series that could stand a boxed set would be St. Elsewhere.

    Yes, indeed– it's been more than a decade since that abortive first-season release, and that 1982-88 NBC medical series deserves an all-in-one, definitely!

  2. JamesSmith

    Dear Guys,

    Just saw the news on the new Bing Crosby Christmas collection, and that got me thinking about how the DVD companies save some BIG releases for the end of the year. Well. That used to be in the good old days before streaming. Anyway, do any of you want to take some guesses on what could be some classic television box sets that come out this late fall?

    If I were Time/Life I would buy the rights to the CBS shows such as Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Beverly Hillbillies, Pettocoat Junction, and release a huge Boxed set that would include the unreleased seasons with new extras.

    Another series that could stand a boxed set would be St. Elsewhere.

    What do you guys think?

    James

    New Bing Crosby Christmas collection?

  3. I'm wondering about this new Bing Crosby Christmas collection. It's hard to know how it could top the "Bing Crosby: The Television Specials Volume Two – The Christmas Specials" from 2014, which had all four of his holiday specials, as well as the Frank & Bing special, a Toys For Tots PSA, "Bing's Britain", and some outtakes, but believe me, I'm all ears.

  4. More first-time vintage releases: stuff from the 50s-70s like

    He & She
    The Farmer's Daughter
    Our Miss Brooks
    Ben Casey
    The Governor and J.J.
    Arnie
    December Bride
    Pete & Gladys
    The Pruitts of Southampton
    Hot L Baltimore
    Julia
    Nanny & The Professor
    Lancer
    Owen Marshall- Counselor at Law

  5. Charles Ellis

    More first-time vintage releases: stuff from the 50s-70s like

    He & She
    The Farmer's Daughter
    Our Miss Brooks
    Ben Casey
    The Governor and J.J.
    Arnie
    December Bride
    Pete & Gladys
    The Pruitts of Southampton
    Hot L Baltimore
    Julia
    Nanny & The Professor
    Lancer
    Owen Marshall- Counselor at Law

    Great suggestions, but I doubt the studios would release these as a Christmas big box set.
    –James

  6. davidmatychuk

    I'm wondering about this new Bing Crosby Christmas collection. It's hard to know how it could top the "Bing Crosby: The Television Specials Volume Two – The Christmas Specials" from 2014, which had all four of his holiday specials, as well as the Frank & Bing special, a Toys For Tots PSA, "Bing's Britain", and some outtakes, but believe me, I'm all ears.

    I'm not sure I would say it is a "Christmas collection", per se, as it seems to include 26 of Bing's specials (however you look at it, though, it sounds good to me). I just wonder what remains of the other 4 specials he made, since I know he made about 30 total. Either way, here is Time Life's page for it:
    http://timelife.com/products/the-b…ook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=bestofbing

  7. was thinking St. Elseswhere recently since I just got Hill Street Blues. HSB I missed originally so think if you’re a fan and just watching for first time. that’s me! SE would be same, never saw a single one. would love a big set at walmart for $70 or less like HSB. I love extras, commentary especially. But not necessary for shows like these. Stuff like Lost in Space made the blu ray worth for the outstanding cast commentary by itself not to mention the crisp picture.

  8. Radioman970

    was thinking St. Elseswhere recently since I just got Hill Street Blues. HSB I missed originally so think if you're a fan and just watching for first time. that's me! SE would be same, never saw a single one. would love a big set at walmart for $70 or less like HSB. I love extras, commentary especially. But not necessary for shows like these. Stuff like Lost in Space that I saw since knee high size made the blu ray worth for the outstanding cast commentary by itself not to mention the crisp picture.

    I don't even know where you can find all of St. Elsewhere to watch anywhere digitally or streaming. It is just about the best tv show ever created. Lots of drama, and humor, and a ton of heart. The Dr. Craig/Dr. Erlich dynamic is fascinating. I would love a complete series, especially on BD in HD.

  9. I have the complete series on VHS recorded off TV Land in the late 90's. But I refuse to resort to watching it that way again. I just know something better is coming…it has to. No way this great series will be lost to time, and forgotten. No way possible. It is brilliant in every way.

  10. Bryan^H

    I have the complete series on VHS recorded off TV Land in the late 90's. But I refuse to resort to watching it that way again. I just know something better is coming…it has to. No way this great series will be lost to time, and forgotten. No way possible. It is brilliant in every way.

    Shout! did it on Hill Street Blues— odds are they'll do it with St. Elsewhere (hopefully an all-in-one, like I said to start; at the very least, continuing the original seasonals from that abortive Fox first-season one).

  11. Bryan^H

    I don't even know where you can find all of St. Elsewhere to watch anywhere digitally or streaming. It is just about the best tv show ever created. Lots of drama, and humor, and a ton of heart. The Dr. Craig/Dr. Erlich dynamic is fascinating. I would love a complete series, especially on BD in HD.

    Just like Hill Street I was sorry I didn't watch it. I've just started The Larry Sanders Show and Hill Street, it's the same. Loving those so much! Can't wait for ER!

  12. Last year, WB Archives released that black and white Porky Pig collection right about Oct/Nov, do you think they might release a big set of . . . something at that time? I do think the studios try to something "big" for the holidays, but as what they put out, is anybody's guess.

    –James

  13. I saw on Amazon that a "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" animation collection with the Grinch Night and Cat In The Hat cartoons is coming out on Blu-Ray later this year. There were no details about extras, though the previous Grinch discs were fairly well-loaded. I was just pleased to get a little thrill from the news. The kid (and the Christmas video obsessive) in me isn't quite dead yet!

  14. Charles Ellis

    More first-time vintage releases: stuff from the 50s-70s like

    He & She
    The Farmer's Daughter
    Our Miss Brooks
    Ben Casey
    The Governor and J.J.
    Arnie
    December Bride
    Pete & Gladys
    The Pruitts of Southampton
    Hot L Baltimore
    Julia
    Nanny & The Professor
    Lancer
    Owen Marshall- Counselor at Law

    I agree, but I'd add the People's Choice to the list .

  15. Bryan^H

    I don't even know where you can find all of St. Elsewhere to watch anywhere digitally or streaming. It is just about the best tv show ever created. Lots of drama, and humor, and a ton of heart. The Dr. Craig/Dr. Erlich dynamic is fascinating. I would love a complete series, especially on BD in HD.

    Apparently we are just going to have to be content to live with our NBC off-air recordings. Not ideal, but at least uncut and unedited.

  16. Neil Brock

    Apparently we are just going to have to be content to live with our NBC off-air recordings. Not ideal, but at least uncut and unedited.

    At least it aired in the 1980s when VCRs were more common and end credits were not squeezed and sped up to the point of being unreadable. I put together a mostly complete set between VHS and Beta in the late 1990s and early 2000s along with whatever came out on video, so I can wait until the real deal.

    Has anyone even crunched the numbers to see what it would cost to do it right (Fox's in-house season 1 set that tried to make it look like The Denzel Washington Show barely counts, but it's better than nothing)? Is it more than just the cost of music licensing holding it up?

    Rick Thompson

    I for one am getting tired of waiting for Fox or someone to take my money for a complete set. Don't they realize that if they don't take it, someone else will?

    They'll get the money either way because whoever ends up with the rights will have to go through them.

  17. Any guesses yet? The studios seemed to hold something back during the year, so they could put out a big seasonal release, but no hints, no clues for anything big this year.

    Do you remember when studios, or heads of projects used to give hints about what they were working for? Not so much anymore. I miss that.

    James

  18. JamesSmith

    Any guesses yet? The studios seemed to hold something back during the year, so they could put out a big seasonal release, but no hints, no clues for anything big this year.

    Do you remember when studios, or heads of projects used to give hints about what they were working for? Not so much anymore. I miss that.

    James

    I actually have been thinking the same thing. Between this week til the end of September is when the studios usually finish up the announcements for DVD releases this year (with the exception of MOD releases such as Warner Archives and Fox….those seem to be last minute announcements). One studio I am really surprised at is Shout Factory! this year. They have been releasing very little t.v releases for the upcoming months…..mostly movies on their front. They usually make a big box t.v. release for December (last year was "One Day At A Time")…..so far nothing of equivalent.

    Time-Life/Star Vista also has surprised me this year……not much going on with their camp either. Usually they have one of two big t.v. releases (I remember a time when they had "The Carol Burnett Show", "Hee Haw" and "The Dean Martin Variety Show/Roasts" all going at the same time. This year they just seem to have collections of Christmas/T.V. specials from Bing Crosby and Andy Williams or they seem, lately, to be rehashing t.v. shows that were already in completion ("All In The Family" and "The Three Stooges"). We usually hear bigger announcements from them by now.

    The only thing I remotely heard about maybe being released (but if anything, it wouldn't be until next year) is something about "Knots Landing". Since I am a huge fan of the show and it's one of my last holy grail shows yet to be completed on DVD, I tend to search out more on the "Knots Landing" Forum. And this was not an announcement by a studio, but by one of the stars of the show, Donna Mills. Next year (2019) will be the 40th anniversary of the show, and Donna, along with some of the other stars of the show were together working on a project in relation to the show. Donna specifically mentioned in a news article that someone posted in the forum that it was a "reboot" of the show commencing the 40th anniversary. So I'm thinking they may be working on Commentaries or something for a DVD release (hopefully completed) or it's either sort of reboot like "Dallas" did a few years ago……it's anyone's guess. But I don't think it will happen this year. And again, this information wasn't coming from a studio…..it was coming from Donna Mills in an interview.

    I also notice this year, we are not really seeing any classic t.v. shows being released on Blu-Ray. Last year we had "Miami Vice" and "Knight Rider"….."Lost In Space" and "Batman" and "The Sopranos" a couple of years back……but nothing so far this year……just "The Shield" coming from Mill Creek this year.

    So if there isn't any big announcements between now until the end of September this year, it looks like my wallet will be happy it's not spending too much for Christmas 🙂 For all of us, I hope we do see some of our hold-outs holy grail shows come out sooner than late (and hopefully before Christmas)…..but only time will tell?

  19. Though it obviously can't happen this year, one big release I'd love to see is a Saturday Night Live collection compiling the best sketches from all the show's eras. I envision a 100-sketch compilation chosen by critics, cast members, and fans. Throw in 20 or so of the best musical performances as well (should be manageable from a rights purchasing standpoint) and include interviews, behind the scenes featurettes, outtakes, etc.

  20. In my imaginary world, this years big boxed set releases would include, the complete Blu Ray Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, the complete Bonanza containing finished and unreleased seasons, and the complete St. Elsewhere.

    Next year, I would have sets for Gunsmoke, Beverly Hillbillies and a few others.

    That's if I could control time and space and everything else.

    James

  21. JamesSmith

    In my imaginary world, this years big boxed set releases would include, the complete Blu Ray Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, the complete Bonanza containing finished and unreleased seasons, and the complete St. Elsewhere.

    Next year, I would have sets for Gunsmoke, Beverly Hillbillies and a few others.

    That's if I could control time and space and everything else.

    James

    And in my world, there would be an all-in-one (or at the very least, seasonal releases) for Trapper John, M.D. Pernell Roberts' legacy demands that this great 1979-86 CBS medical series gets out somehow (at least IMO)!

  22. I am pretty sure we will have the last 2 seasons of ALICE complete by this time next year. They have been available for streaming on Amazon for awhile now. This is the pic they have for S8. It looks unusually casual (Tommy looks like he just got out of bed), but then color pics from the Jolene years are very rare.

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