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Petition to get the show released on DVD.
Paul Green
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31 Aug 2008, 23:42 #31

Imagine you're head of marketing and sales at a DVD company. The management demands big profits and high sales figures. You get an e-mail from a group of fans asking for their favourite show to be released on DVD. They've gathered around 1,000 signatures.

Now based on this e-mail what would your decision be?

1) Throw it in the garbage?
2) Think about it - for a few seconds and dismiss it
3) Do further research into the show
4) Decide selling 1.000 units is chicken feed and won't even cover the licensing and production fees
5) Give the green light despite the fact you might make a loss
6) Research the average minimal sales figure required to justify production of the DVD and reply and tell the fans when they reach this number of signatures they may have a chance

We seriously require a figure to aim for - and a time scale for reaching this figure. I suggest looking at the number of signatures on other petitions and seeing how we compare.

How many signatures did "Route 66" reach?
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01 Sep 2008, 00:04 #32

Paul Green @ Aug 31 2008, 11:42 PM wrote:How many signatures did "Route 66" reach?
I don't know. tvshowsondvd.com is probably a much bigger community than this one, so they probably had many many more than us.

That being said, making a request for 'The Virginian' on tvshowsondvd.com is probably more visible and it certainly can't hurt to do it there, too.
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01 Sep 2008, 01:28 #33

No it can't hurt Bob. The more visibility the better.
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01 Sep 2008, 14:04 #34

I say The V's best chance is if a smaller DVD distributor manages to get the rights - a company like Timeless Media or Anchor Bay perhaps.
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01 Sep 2008, 19:33 #35

I agree, Dacked. Timeless is the company that's putting out 'Laredo' and they seem to be issuing new releases of it right and left, although I never thought 'Laredo' was that popular a show and can't believe there was a big public demand for it.
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02 Sep 2008, 15:10 #36

Yes, this strikes me as a more likely opportunity for DVD release. I suppose it depends how much the release rights are. My contact with TG4 indicated that Universal are still protective of the show being seen where it shouldn't be (therefore I can't see webcasts of The V. here in England).

Is it possible to push this route with a company such as Timeless?

Tony
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03 Sep 2008, 13:25 #37

clufan @ Sep 2 2008, 04:10 PM wrote: Is it possible to push this route with a company such as Timeless?

Tony
It's hard to know, I thought Universal weren't known for selling on their shows but as Bob mentioned "Laredo" was made by them.

Timeless have acquired lesser known Westerns like "Branded" and the excellent "The Guns of Will Sonnett" (I highly recommend) which only ran for one and two Seasons respectively. Maybe "The V" is too much of a big show for them.
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03 Sep 2008, 13:34 #38

It all depends on what they paid for the rights. My guess is the rights to "Laredo" will have been far less than a more valuable and prestigious property such as "The Virginian." But the very fact they mention "The Virginian" on the "Laredo" blurb does sound a little promising that they may acquire the rights at some future date.

I was concerned over a review that stated the quality wasn't pristine. I don't want any DVD release based on grainy prints. Has anybody bought any DVDs from this company? Is the quality top grade?
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03 Sep 2008, 13:38 #39

Could it be that Universal is waiting to do a 50th Anniversary Release for The Virginian? That would take us to 2012! :(
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03 Sep 2008, 13:50 #40

I doubt any studio would sell a show based on reminding the public it's 50 years old Karen.
I remember when I was a kid in the late 1960s I thought any film from the 1950s was old. And most of them would only have been around 10 years old at the time. But the time period from 1958 to 1968 is a long time when you're young. Nowadays most of us would think a film from 1998 not that long ago. Time is relative. But 50 years sounds a long time to anybody!! :D
I think "The Virginian" will be released eventually. But I am worried we won't get all nine seasons. Just look at the hotch potch of "Bonanza" DVDs available. They rarely get past the first few seasons with long running shows.
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03 Sep 2008, 14:08 #41

Paul Green @ Sep 3 2008, 02:34 PM wrote: I was concerned over a review that stated the quality wasn't pristine. I don't want any DVD release based on grainy prints. Has anybody bought any DVDs from this company? Is the quality top grade?
I've bought "Will Sonnett" from them and the quality could have been so much better, I don't think very much was done to clean them up if anything at all. I know it costs a lot to clean them. I also learnt that they were the edited syndicated episodes and not the original. The packaging also looks really cheap although they have repackaged it since.

The picture quality of "The V" on TG4 is excellent though so it must have been remastered at some stage. It's hardly the original quality is it?
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03 Sep 2008, 14:42 #42

Paul Green @ Sep 3 2008, 09:50 AM wrote:I doubt any studio would sell a show based on reminding the public it's 50 years old Karen.
I've seen other 5oth Anniversary Releases on old shows. Didn't Gunsmoke have one?
Karen :)
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03 Sep 2008, 16:10 #43

I have the Laredo boxes and they're in good condition.

Personally, if less than pristine prints were all that's available of a particular show, I'd rather have those than nothing at all.
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03 Sep 2008, 17:14 #44

I hate watching poor quality prints. It really distracts from the pleasure of the show. If "The Virginian" can't be preserved for posterity in a way that demonstrates the original quality of the show it is doing an injustice to future generations who will say, "This was a classic TV show?"

I have a boxed set of TV Westerns from Sam's Club that are such a poor quality I've only watched them once.
By comparison Warner Bros released an official DVD set of "Cheyenne" season one that is top quality and includes an interview with Clint Walker.

Does the "Laredo" packaging indicate this is an official Universal release Bob?

Yes "Gunsmoke" did have a 50th anniversary DVD Karen. :P
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03 Sep 2008, 22:01 #45

Bob @ Sep 3 2008, 05:10 PM wrote: Personally, if less than pristine prints were all that's available of a particular show, I'd rather have those than nothing at all.
Absolutely!

Does anyone know for definite whether anything has been done to clean up "The V" eps. Whats on TG4 certainly does seem to have been but I might be wrong.
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