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(That Eric Alper)   Baby, if you've ever wondered, wondered when WKRP In Cincinnati will be released on DVD, here you go   (thatericalper.com) divider line 240
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2014-08-15 09:15:49 AM  
Gotta get it while you can.
I prefer to live w/ the memory for another decade.
My imagination still works.
 
2014-08-15 09:16:52 AM  

LazyMedia: I bet that's going to cost dinero. Muy dinero.


I think it's 80, 90 bucks for the set. Maybe 10 or 20 more if you order it directly from Shiut so you can get it 5 weeks early.

Roughly 25 bucks per season isn't too bad, especially if they get the music right.
 
2014-08-15 09:17:44 AM  
ZAZ:  And then I'll buy it and be disappointed because the reality of watching old sitcoms does not live up to my memory of them.

This.  Every time I buy an 80's or 70's era sitcom, I'm usually disappointed.  Television tastes have changed too much and these shows usually look like crap nowadays (with a few exceptions).

I'd blame cocaine, but I was in middle school and junior high when these shows were on the air.
 
2014-08-15 09:17:51 AM  
Had a blast catching up on this with my wife with the the one DVD that was released before this, but I don't know that I would do it again.  It hasn't aged well.

The music rights thing isn't anyone's fault.  At the time, the show's shelf life was going to be six years of first-run if they were lucky, followed by syndication.  Other electronic rights weren't even a twinkle in someone's eye.

The studio censor was still a big thing then.  Sometimes the bits feel a little like the shows on the Disney Channel now.  You know, Herb can get shot down by Jennifer all day long for yuks, but kissing is verboten.
 
2014-08-15 09:18:43 AM  
Ah...this, Night Court, and Sanford and Son and I'll be set for quite a while.
 
2014-08-15 09:19:44 AM  
"Hello Cincinnati. I sure do want to take you home and touch you all over in the dark."
 
2014-08-15 09:19:44 AM  
I remember how people went nuts when they released Northern Exposure without the original music, and I've heard it's why even a show like Cold Case will have a difficult time being released.
 
2014-08-15 09:19:47 AM  

SirEattonHogg: ZAZ:  And then I'll buy it and be disappointed because the reality of watching old sitcoms does not live up to my memory of them.

This.  Every time I buy an 80's or 70's era sitcom, I'm usually disappointed.  Television tastes have changed too much and these shows usually look like crap nowadays (with a few exceptions).

I'd blame cocaine, but I was in middle school and junior high when these shows were on the air.


They look like crap because most 70s and 80s shows were shot on videotape, which means they will never be able to look better than the crappy 480i video they're locked into.
 
2014-08-15 09:20:06 AM  
At first I was all like "who buys anything on DVD anymore?", and then I realized by that by today's tech standards, WKRP was made on equipment that's no better in resolution than standard 4:8 videotape anyway, so what's the point of a BR release?

Kind of ironic that a lot of shows may never get a release onto video not because of copyright issues, but the bigshots may think "Our copies are all in non HiDef, so why bother putting it out if all they'll sell in are the $1 bins at a Walmart? There's no profit there."
 
2014-08-15 09:20:35 AM  

elvisaintdead: Also,
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good gravy, that woman could wear jeans.


She was the hot one.
/fap
 
2014-08-15 09:21:57 AM  

TV's Vinnie: At first I was all like "who buys anything on DVD anymore?", and then I realized by that by today's tech standards, WKRP was made on equipment that's no better in resolution than standard 4:8 videotape anyway, so what's the point of a BR release?

Kind of ironic that a lot of shows may never get a release onto video not because of copyright issues, but the bigshots may think "Our copies are all in non HiDef, so why bother putting it out if all they'll sell in are the $1 bins at a Walmart? There's no profit there."


Nah, this year, all the major companies have been licensing out their old shows like crazy.

They've seemingly realized that a little profit is better than none.
 
2014-08-15 09:22:43 AM  

TV's Vinnie: At first I was all like "who buys anything on DVD anymore?", and then I realized by that by today's tech standards, WKRP was made on equipment that's no better in resolution than standard 4:8 videotape anyway, so what's the point of a BR release?

Kind of ironic that a lot of shows may never get a release onto video not because of copyright issues, but the bigshots may think "Our copies are all in non HiDef, so why bother putting it out if all they'll sell in are the $1 bins at a Walmart? There's no profit there."


OTOH, 60s sitcoms that were shot on film (e.g. "Hogan's Heroes") look FANTASTIC in HD. But, yeah, "Hill Street Blues" will probably never get the respect it deserves, because it looks like crap on modern TVs.
 
2014-08-15 09:23:06 AM  

wildcardjack: Zeb Hesselgresser: ChipNASA: I'll start....

[www.rankopedia.com image 400x500]

Bailey was hotter, prettier, better.

[pics.wikifeet.com image 850x683]

Achievable, accessible, tillable.


Bailey made my pre-teen-proto-peen twitch long before such concepts were known to me.

She was just plain smokin hot
 
2014-08-15 09:23:30 AM  
Best ep:  the one where a State Trooper and Johnny do a practical experiment on how your reflexes change when you drink.

/Bailey FTW
 
2014-08-15 09:23:58 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: Wonder Years is being released by Time-Life, not Shout. And by god, you're paying for that original music, since the set will be $250.


You're right.  I don't know why I was thinking Shout.

Either way, the fact there has been some general successes around on DVD licensing lately.  Batman is actually getting a release, which seemed impossible just a year or so ago.  And Shout's been pretty good at clearing MST3K episodes for release.

Although I do agree that if they do get the music licensed, that cost will probably be picked up by the consumer.
 
2014-08-15 09:24:48 AM  
team bailey here.
 
2014-08-15 09:24:58 AM  
2.bp.blogspot.com

31.media.tumblr.com

www.sitcomsonline.com
 
2014-08-15 09:25:02 AM  
I have the first season that got released a few years ago, but it is missing a lot of the music, though they got some rights where they needed to in order for certain jokes to make sense.

Shout! Factory typically does an amazing job at locking down and negotiating for rights and permissions.  This is going into SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY! territory.
 
2014-08-15 09:26:09 AM  

MooseBayou: Mad Scientist: Why not both?

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/Bailey, please.

There was always a Ginger v. Mary Ann thing going on with them.  I always liked Mary Ann and Bailey better.  More down to earth, and all that.

Plus, The helmet hair thing never did it for me.

Someone upstairs here mentioned Newsradio.

Maura Tierney was the prettiest thing to ever hit a sitcom, IMO

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However cute she may, or may not, be really has nothing to do with her competence as a journalist.

/Jimmy James is the best sitcom character of all time
 
2014-08-15 09:27:35 AM  
Markie Post on Night Court.....fapfapfap
 
2014-08-15 09:28:20 AM  
Not to steer the thread too far away from the subject at hand, but on the subject of 1970's hotties, I was re-watching "Orca" on Netflix for like the first time in a couple decades at least, and I forgot what a hottie Charlotte Rampling was:

4.bp.blogspot.com

She even managed to out-hottie Bo Derek, who was in the same film, despite being 10 years older.

/GIS for Charlotte Rampling with safe search off brings up some interesting results.
//Where interesting = NSFW.
 
2014-08-15 09:30:51 AM  
Tron means "dude".
 
2014-08-15 09:31:27 AM  
And the senator, while insisting he was not intoxicated, could not explain his nudity
 
2014-08-15 09:33:12 AM  

dittybopper: Tron means "dude".


I learned more from that episode than I did through all of high school science classes
 
2014-08-15 09:35:02 AM  
Good that they were able to bring a lot of the old music back.  The scene with Les and his toupee without "Hot Blooded" was completely stupid.
 
2014-08-15 09:35:13 AM  

Crudbucket: MooseBayou: Mad Scientist: Why not both?

[img.fark.net image 331x515]

/Bailey, please.

There was always a Ginger v. Mary Ann thing going on with them.  I always liked Mary Ann and Bailey better.  More down to earth, and all that.

Plus, The helmet hair thing never did it for me.

Someone upstairs here mentioned Newsradio.

Maura Tierney was the prettiest thing to ever hit a sitcom, IMO

[cdn.smallscreenscoop.com image 550x825]
[4.bp.blogspot.com image 578x708]

However cute she may, or may not, be really has nothing to do with her competence as a journalist.

/Jimmy James is the best sitcom character of all time


That whole cast was amazing.  Newsradio was such an underappreciated sitcom.

/still hate Andy Dick, though
 
2014-08-15 09:35:23 AM  
Why?
Why would they release this on DVD?
I'd much prefer they just cut a deal with Netflix and have all seasons right there, ready for streaming, forever.
That'd be 1000 times better.
 
2014-08-15 09:36:24 AM  

CarnySaur: and I've heard it's why even a show like Cold Case will have a difficult time being released.


That I don't understand. I mean I get it for shows like wonder years or WKRP where no one would have even thought to secure the music rights for home viewing. But for a show like cold case it should be a no brainer that when you get the damn music rights you get them for broadcast and DVD and online streaming and everything else. Or you pick a different song. How hard is that? Hell I have been watching Raising Hope on Netflix and in the season 2 finale they used You Can't Always Get What you want by the Rolling Stone (played nearly the whole song) and they managed to keep the rights to that song even for netflix. If a low rated show on Fox can get the rights to one of the most famous songs by one of the biggest bands ever, then this kind of thing should no longer be a problem.
 
2014-08-15 09:38:22 AM  

NeoCortex42: FirstNationalBastard: Wonder Years is being released by Time-Life, not Shout. And by god, you're paying for that original music, since the set will be $250.

You're right.  I don't know why I was thinking Shout.

Either way, the fact there has been some general successes around on DVD licensing lately.  Batman is actually getting a release, which seemed impossible just a year or so ago.  And Shout's been pretty good at clearing MST3K episodes for release.

Although I do agree that if they do get the music licensed, that cost will probably be picked up by the consumer.


Shout has gotten most of the "you'll never see this episode in DVD" episodes of MST3K cleared and released, and still have a good 4 or 5 volumes of public domain stuff to work with, even if they can't clear another film.

But, they seem to have good relationships with all big 5 companies, so MST3K might make it to DVD almost in its entirety.
 
2014-08-15 09:39:09 AM  

dittybopper: /GIS for Charlotte Rampling with safe search off brings up some interesting results.


The chick from Zardoz?
 
2014-08-15 09:39:19 AM  
Some older shows hold up better than others.  I recently finished re-watching the first two seasons of Starsky & Hutch.  It took a few episodes to get over the overt sexism and lack of computers, cell phones, etc.  but the picture quality was great and Glaser and Soul's chemistry is beyond anything on television now.  I was amazed at how realistic and gritty the story lines were for being forty years old. They tackled drug addiction, rape, even homosexuality.  But the sincerity of the relationship between the two characters is what made the show!!

I loved WKRP, so I'm sure I'll buy the DVDs. Andy was my favorite!!  He was on a S&H episode as a very young and disturbed psychopath.  He was really good!!
 
2014-08-15 09:46:46 AM  

aggievet92: Some older shows hold up better than others.  I recently finished re-watching the first two seasons of Starsky & Hutch.  It took a few episodes to get over the overt sexism and lack of computers, cell phones, etc.  but the picture quality was great and Glaser and Soul's chemistry is beyond anything on television now.  I was amazed at how realistic and gritty the story lines were for being forty years old. They tackled drug addiction, rape, even homosexuality.  But the sincerity of the relationship between the two characters is what made the show!!

I loved WKRP, so I'm sure I'll buy the DVDs. Andy was my favorite!!  He was on a S&H episode as a very young and disturbed psychopath.  He was really good!!


I was very young when Starsky & Hutch was on the air.. I thought that being a 'Junkie' meant that you had a disease that left marks on your arms..
 
2014-08-15 09:49:38 AM  
I have season one on DVD. I guess the rest of the seasons were never released. The Thanksgiving episode still holds up in my opinion.
 
2014-08-15 09:49:46 AM  

dittybopper: fireclown: Weirdly, you might be right.

I'm funny that way.


Funny peculiar, or funny ha-ha?
 
2014-08-15 09:49:59 AM  

Dog Welder: Crudbucket: MooseBayou: Mad Scientist: Why not both?

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/Bailey, please.

There was always a Ginger v. Mary Ann thing going on with them.  I always liked Mary Ann and Bailey better.  More down to earth, and all that.

Plus, The helmet hair thing never did it for me.

Someone upstairs here mentioned Newsradio.

Maura Tierney was the prettiest thing to ever hit a sitcom, IMO

[cdn.smallscreenscoop.com image 550x825]
[4.bp.blogspot.com image 578x708]

However cute she may, or may not, be really has nothing to do with her competence as a journalist.

/Jimmy James is the best sitcom character of all time

That whole cast was amazing.  Newsradio was such an underappreciated sitcom.

/still hate Andy Dick, though


I hate Andy Dick too, but Newsradio was a well-written enough show that even he couldn't muck it up, and occasionally even got the chance to shine. His ventriloquist act at the stupid holiday charity talent show is hilarious.

/and just because I love it, Complaint Box
 
2014-08-15 09:51:25 AM  
Wake me when they release Night Court.
 
2014-08-15 09:51:57 AM  

fireclown: dittybopper: IamKaiserSoze!!!: Cheers>News Radio>Barney Miller>WKRP

But they all fall between 8 and 9.9 on a scale of 0-10

But none of them live up to the quality TV standards of Quark.  It was the "Firefly" of it's day.

Weirdly, you might be right.

I can't believe that the show hadn't been out on DVD until now.  Some really great stuff.

/Team Bailey


It is already on DVD, at least the first 2 seasons as I own them. And the music is edited.

As for sweet Bailey, there is a Youtube vid of a recent reunion. Alas, she didn't age very well. Jenni-poo looks plastic but still good. Johnny looks like one would expect, Venus looks great. But Bailey shocked me. I was in High School when it was on TV, stay off my lawn.
 
2014-08-15 09:53:24 AM  

elvisaintdead: Also,
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good gravy, that woman could wear jeans.


Even back in the day.....

2.bp.blogspot.com

/and by the math, there should be a seat over there....
 
2014-08-15 09:53:54 AM  
i306.photobucket.com
 
2014-08-15 09:56:03 AM  

semiotix: OtherLittleGuy: Betcha the background music will be DMCA-ted.

That could be potentially hilarious. Every time Johnny Fever cues up a record, it's the same public-domain ragtime piano number from the 1890s.


Sort of like Bruce Mahler's Mexican DJ bit on _Fridays_.

/ Aaah, LA Musica! LA Musica due los Sexeh Pistoles.
 
2014-08-15 09:56:16 AM  

Kit Fister: Wake me when they release Night Court.


Wake up.  They released Night Court.

It started coming out years ago.  The final season became available I think just last year.  

The bad news is that it is part of WB's MOD selection, so they really put zero effort into it.  You might as well be watching a VHS tape.  One of the discs as originally released for season 2(?) had the audio completely out of sync with the video.

Other than that though, it's still great to watch.  It does hold up pretty well.  I still have bothered with the last couple of seasons however.  I know the show went a bit more off the rails towards the end, so I'm in no rush.
 
2014-08-15 09:57:04 AM  
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So tragic......
 
2014-08-15 09:59:43 AM  

bgilmore5: I have season one on DVD. I guess the rest of the seasons were never released. The Thanksgiving episode still holds up in my opinion.


The Thanksgiving episode is up there with Fawlty Towers "The Germans", Seinfeld "The Contest", and Couplings "The Girl with Two Breasts" as the funniest episodes evar
 
2014-08-15 09:59:52 AM  

ChipNASA: [33.media.tumblr.com image 420x600]


I'd hit it like Tony Perez on a Leephus pitch.
 
2014-08-15 10:00:03 AM  

NeoCortex42: Kit Fister: Wake me when they release Night Court.

Wake up.  They released Night Court.

It started coming out years ago.  The final season became available I think just last year.  

The bad news is that it is part of WB's MOD selection, so they really put zero effort into it.  You might as well be watching a VHS tape.  One of the discs as originally released for season 2(?) had the audio completely out of sync with the video.

Other than that though, it's still great to watch.  It does hold up pretty well.  I still have bothered with the last couple of seasons however.  I know the show went a bit more off the rails towards the end, so I'm in no rush.


Season 4 had the sync problem. It was one of the WB Archives early TV releases.

And yeah, they're burned, MoD discs for seasons 4-9, unless you buy 'em direct from WB, then you get pressed discs for seasons 6-9.
 
2014-08-15 10:00:06 AM  

MemeSlave: elvisaintdead: Also,
[i264.photobucket.com image 316x300]

good gravy, that woman could wear jeans.

She was the hot one.
/fap


I always thought Mama Carlson was some pretty fine prunetang.
 
2014-08-15 10:00:07 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: LazyMedia: I bet that's going to cost dinero. Muy dinero.

I think it's 80, 90 bucks for the set. Maybe 10 or 20 more if you order it directly from Shiut so you can get it 5 weeks early.


Two days later it will be torrented
 
2014-08-15 10:02:47 AM  

Kit Fister: Wake me when they release Night Court.


No one is going to wake you even if they do Kit Fister.
 
2014-08-15 10:03:53 AM  

Lee451: [img.fark.net image 462x594]

So tragic......


I'd hit it just for the story.
 
2014-08-15 10:04:03 AM  

gfid: IamKaiserSoze!!!: Cheers>News Radio>Barney Miller>WKRP

But they all fall between 8 and 9.9 on a scale of 0-10

No.  I'll go with Barney Miller > WKRP, but the other 2 don't even come close.


So, how was Woodstock?
 
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