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2020-07-05 12:38:38 PM  
I would have loved to see Brooks' reactions to the episodes he screened. What god awful dreck.
 
2020-07-05 12:45:49 PM  
It would have fared about as well as the Spaceballs Saturday morning cartoon.
 
2020-07-05 2:41:40 PM  
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"Of course, you'll have the good taste not to mention that I watched that."
 
2020-07-05 4:37:37 PM  
It's on the Blazing Saddles DVD if anyone is interested. Haven't checked the Blu-Ray however.
 
2020-07-05 4:37:58 PM  
what now?
 
2020-07-05 4:38:08 PM  
Went gangbusters for MASH, which is prob why they thought of it.

Bur MASH managed to rollover a few key bits, like Hawkeye, Hotlips and Radar (and the music)
 
2020-07-05 4:49:08 PM  
That actually was a fascinating look at the lengths a studio will go to retain the rights to a property...in this case all for nothing, which adds an amazing layer to all of this.

But why do the narrators of these types of videos all have the same tone and cadence to their speech? Is it a filter or something?
 
2020-07-05 4:54:19 PM  
Also, Steve Landesberg was not a Gene Wilder-light...he was Det. Dietrich on Barney Miller!
 
2020-07-05 5:23:10 PM  
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R.I.P. Steve Landesberg
 
2020-07-05 5:43:11 PM  
Yup.  It was included as an extra on my 'Blazing Saddles' DVD.

Never succeeded in watching it through to the end.  It's not very good.
 
2020-07-05 5:46:25 PM  

mjjt: Went gangbusters for MASH, which is prob why they thought of it.

Bur MASH managed to rollover a few key bits, like Hawkeye, Hotlips and Radar (and the music)


Nah, it was a contract deal with Brooks. Something to do with a sequel.
 
2020-07-05 5:52:24 PM  

CaptainFatass: Also, Steve Landesberg was not a Gene Wilder-light...he was Det. Dietrich on Barney Miller!


His hair got him the part.
 
2020-07-05 5:52:41 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Yup.  It was included as an extra on my 'Blazing Saddles' DVD.

Never succeeded in watching it through to the end.  It's not very good.


I watched it when my internet was down for a weekend.
 
2020-07-05 5:54:30 PM  

germ78: It's on the Blazing Saddles DVD if anyone is interested. Haven't checked the Blu-Ray however.


Yeah, that was mentioned
 
2020-07-05 5:58:38 PM  

Harry Wagstaff: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Yup.  It was included as an extra on my 'Blazing Saddles' DVD.

Never succeeded in watching it through to the end.  It's not very good.

I watched it when my internet was down for a weekend.


You watched one episode all weekend?
 
2020-07-05 6:03:27 PM  

Badmoodman: I would have loved to see Brooks' reactions to the episodes he screened. What god awful dreck.


He put one or two episodes on the Blazing Saddles Blu-Ray.
 
2020-07-05 6:45:56 PM  
Has anyone mentioned the DVD yet?
 
2020-07-05 6:58:43 PM  
I wonder how much it cost them to make those episodes. Even a "cheap" sitcom is a lot of money. Was it really worth it, for a movie they never made?
 
2020-07-05 7:12:32 PM  

skyotter: Has anyone mentioned the DVD yet?


Speaking of the DVD, I believe the pilot episode is on it.
 
2020-07-05 7:20:48 PM  

bingethinker: I wonder how much it cost them to make those episodes. Even a "cheap" sitcom is a lot of money. Was it really worth it, for a movie they never made?


Semi-knowing Hollywood accounting, they probably deducted the cost from Mel's share of the back end.
 
2020-07-05 7:20:55 PM  

blondambition: mjjt: Went gangbusters for MASH, which is prob why they thought of it.

Bur MASH managed to rollover a few key bits, like Hawkeye, Hotlips and Radar (and the music)

Nah, it was a contract deal with Brooks. Something to do with a sequel.


Brooks didn't have anything to do with MASH man
 
2020-07-05 7:52:30 PM  
I don't know what this DVD thing is but I heard it is on the Digital Video Disc of said moving picture
 
2020-07-05 8:00:09 PM  
Does anyone know where I could see a couple of these episodes?
 
2020-07-05 8:01:11 PM  

blondambition: mjjt: Went gangbusters for MASH, which is prob why they thought of it.

Bur MASH managed to rollover a few key bits, like Hawkeye, Hotlips and Radar (and the music)

Nah, it was a contract deal with Brooks. Something to do with a sequel.


They said in the video that Mel wanted to make sure that they couldn't do a sequel, so he had it put in the contract that if they wanted to do a sequel then they had to make a TV show within 6 months of the movie release.

In other news, the show apparently starred Louis Gossett Jr. before he became proper famous from Roots.
 
2020-07-05 8:13:43 PM  

chitownmike: Harry Wagstaff: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Yup.  It was included as an extra on my 'Blazing Saddles' DVD.

Never succeeded in watching it through to the end.  It's not very good.

I watched it when my internet was down for a weekend.

You watched one episode all weekend?


Also, my DVD of the David Niven parody version of 'Casino Royale' included as an extra the *first* adaptation of Casino Royale - a Black & White made-for-TV teleplay. I think that was from the days of live ('no retakes') TV.  God, it was a pile of excrescence.  Not only the absence of production values, but the way the "writers" felt it necessary to urinate on the original story - They made *BOND* an *AMERICAN*!!!

Britain, I am so sorry!  My sincerest apologies!
 
2020-07-05 8:52:15 PM  

bingethinker: I wonder how much it cost them to make those episodes. Even a "cheap" sitcom is a lot of money. Was it really worth it, for a movie they never made?


Considering the costumes and sets had already been made, probably a lot less than you'd think. Gossett was still a few years from becoming famous, so Warners likely got him at just a little above scale.

In the 70s, there were still a lot of western set towns still around the Southwest.

Likewise consider MASH. Half the sets for that show were just green tents.
 
2020-07-05 9:48:20 PM  

LrdPhoenix: In other news, the show apparently starred Louis Gossett Jr. before he became proper famous from Roots.


For a second there, I was conflicted. On the one hand, everyone's saying the show was unwatchable. But on the other hand, it's got Louis Gossett, Jr.

Added together though, there's only one course to take. Out of respect for LG Jr I'm not going to watch something that was probably a career embarrassment. There's too many other good roles to appreciate him in instead.
 
2020-07-05 9:59:41 PM  

EdgeRunner: LrdPhoenix: In other news, the show apparently starred Louis Gossett Jr. before he became proper famous from Roots.

For a second there, I was conflicted. On the one hand, everyone's saying the show was unwatchable. But on the other hand, it's got Louis Gossett, Jr.

Added together though, there's only one course to take. Out of respect for LG Jr I'm not going to watch something that was probably a career embarrassment. There's too many other good roles to appreciate him in instead.


They have some quotes from him about it in the video.  Said he spent every winter for 4 years shooting a show he knew they were never going to put on air.  I guess the language of the contract meant that they had to keep making the show until they made the sequel to retain sequel rights.
 
2020-07-05 10:01:48 PM  
All was available for years on the DVD for the movie as bonus cuts.
 
2020-07-05 11:19:35 PM  

LrdPhoenix: EdgeRunner: LrdPhoenix: In other news, the show apparently starred Louis Gossett Jr. before he became proper famous from Roots.

For a second there, I was conflicted. On the one hand, everyone's saying the show was unwatchable. But on the other hand, it's got Louis Gossett, Jr.

Added together though, there's only one course to take. Out of respect for LG Jr I'm not going to watch something that was probably a career embarrassment. There's too many other good roles to appreciate him in instead.

They have some quotes from him about it in the video.  Said he spent every winter for 4 years shooting a show he knew they were never going to put on air.  I guess the language of the contract meant that they had to keep making the show until they made the sequel to retain sequel rights.


I guess it could have been worse. At least he didn't get talked into doing a Fantastic Four movie.
 
2020-07-05 11:31:40 PM  
That was awful.
 
2020-07-06 7:32:24 AM  

EdgeRunner: At least he didn't get talked into doing a Fantastic Four movie.


The Corman Fantastic Four is the best film outing for the characters yet, and while it's laughably under-budget, it's a charming and enjoyable film. I will defend that movie until my dying day. To quote some Internet hack frauds: "These actors are workers, and when you put workers in a Roger Corman movie, shiat gets done."
 
2020-07-06 12:10:27 PM  

t3knomanser: EdgeRunner: At least he didn't get talked into doing a Fantastic Four movie.

The Corman Fantastic Four is the best film outing for the characters yet, and while it's laughably under-budget, it's a charming and enjoyable film. I will defend that movie until my dying day. To quote some Internet hack frauds: "These actors are workers, and when you put workers in a Roger Corman movie, shiat gets done."


I'm with you.  I have a copy of the Corman film, and it's remarkably more faithful to the source material and the characters than any FF film since.

Personally, I can overlook a lot in a film it has something interesting to say / watch.  No one could claim that the artwork in 'Rocky and Bullwinkle' is the equal of Studio Ghibli, but many people enjoy Rocky and Bullwinkle for its snarkiness and subversive humor.  The crudity of the artwork is simply irrelevant - it's merely a minimalist delivery system for the jokes.

Now, when I watch Fantasia or Miyazaki, the production values had better be up to par - and they are.  Because they (along with breathtaking stories) are why I'm watching.

But for a comic book movie?  Great artwork and awesome production values are always welcome, but the comics themselves sometimes dropped the ball.  Production values won't save a film if the foundation - the story and the characters - isn't there.  For Corman's FF, grab some popcorn and a cold beer, and just repeat to yourself, it's just a fun movie, and relax.
 
2020-07-07 12:04:18 AM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: chitownmike: Harry Wagstaff: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Yup.  It was included as an extra on my 'Blazing Saddles' DVD.

Never succeeded in watching it through to the end.  It's not very good.

I watched it when my internet was down for a weekend.

You watched one episode all weekend?

Also, my DVD of the David Niven parody version of 'Casino Royale' included as an extra the *first* adaptation of Casino Royale - a Black & White made-for-TV teleplay. I think that was from the days of live ('no retakes') TV.  God, it was a pile of excrescence.  Not only the absence of production values, but the way the "writers" felt it necessary to urinate on the original story - They made *BOND* an *AMERICAN*!!!

Britain, I am so sorry!  My sincerest apologies!


Hey! It had Peter Lorre as the bad guy. That was the only redeeming part about it.

Yeah, it sucked a lot.
 
2020-07-07 1:02:52 AM  

saturn badger: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: chitownmike: Harry Wagstaff: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Yup.  It was included as an extra on my 'Blazing Saddles' DVD.

Never succeeded in watching it through to the end.  It's not very good.

I watched it when my internet was down for a weekend.

You watched one episode all weekend?

Also, my DVD of the David Niven parody version of 'Casino Royale' included as an extra the *first* adaptation of Casino Royale - a Black & White made-for-TV teleplay. I think that was from the days of live ('no retakes') TV.  God, it was a pile of excrescence.  Not only the absence of production values, but the way the "writers" felt it necessary to urinate on the original story - They made *BOND* an *AMERICAN*!!!

Britain, I am so sorry!  My sincerest apologies!

Hey! It had Peter Lorre as the bad guy. That was the only redeeming part about it.

Yeah, it sucked a lot.


Hell, there was an episode of *The Jack Benny Show* that had Peter Lorre as the bad guy!

(Jack had a nightmare about Peter Lorre and he switching identities.)
 
2020-07-07 1:17:11 AM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: saturn badger: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: chitownmike: Harry Wagstaff: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Yup.  It was included as an extra on my 'Blazing Saddles' DVD.

Never succeeded in watching it through to the end.  It's not very good.

I watched it when my internet was down for a weekend.

You watched one episode all weekend?

Also, my DVD of the David Niven parody version of 'Casino Royale' included as an extra the *first* adaptation of Casino Royale - a Black & White made-for-TV teleplay. I think that was from the days of live ('no retakes') TV.  God, it was a pile of excrescence.  Not only the absence of production values, but the way the "writers" felt it necessary to urinate on the original story - They made *BOND* an *AMERICAN*!!!

Britain, I am so sorry!  My sincerest apologies!

Hey! It had Peter Lorre as the bad guy. That was the only redeeming part about it.

Yeah, it sucked a lot.

Hell, there was an episode of *The Jack Benny Show* that had Peter Lorre as the bad guy!

(Jack had a nightmare about Peter Lorre and he switching identities.)


Lorre played a lot of bad guys.

While we are on the subject this is one of his best movies. The transition from good guy to kinda bad but you totally agree and understand why he did what he did.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fac​e​_Behind_the_Mask_(1941_film)
 
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