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Sep 4 2008, 12:37 AM #46

Paul Green @ Sep 3 2008, 05:14 PM wrote:Does the "Laredo" packaging indicate this is an official Universal release Bob?
It does say 'NBC Universal' on the box.

One minor irritation: They play the opening theme song and credits and then go to the menu. As it originally aired, they had a teaser, then the opening credits and then the rest of the show. On these releases they go from the teaser directly into the body of the show, without showing the opening credits again. Nothing's really missing, but it isn't the way the show was originally presented. I guess they thought they'd save space on the DVD by not repeating the opening theme and credits for each episode.
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Sep 4 2008, 12:41 AM #47

The vhs tapes of The Virginian and Men from Shiloh that were released in the 90s were excellent quality. I have the Virginian tapes and love to watch the rich colour and sharpness and the sound is great. TG4's copies have been excellent except maybe season 5 which were rather washed out looking. But still I'm not complaining. I have been able to obtain upgrades to my Lonestar copies and am very happy with them.

Paul I don't believe the whole series would be released on dvd either. Maybe a best of to test the water. The fact that The V isn't even on tv in the US is the worry. Ireland is a small country and really won't affect a dvd release. Australia won't either. I hate to be negative but I can't see it happening. Sorry guys! :(

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Sep 4 2008, 12:44 AM #48

Timeless also did 'The Loretta Young Show' (now those are REALLY old! LOL!). At the front of it they put in a disclaimer that they tried the best they could but there were times when they were unable to restore it 100%. Sure enough, there are a couple of times (very few) where the sound is missing and they put a closed caption on the screen.
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Sep 4 2008, 01:39 AM #49

Yes the VHS tapes are high quality Jenette. Sadly I can't watch them here in the USA. :(

I'm glad it says NBC Universal Bob. That means it's an official release and raises some hopes they might have access to Universal's Western library.

"Laredo" has rarely been shown in syndication in America yet it's been released Jenette. I think there is some hope for a limited DVD release for "The Virginian." But I have to agree it definitely would help sales if the series had some visibility on U.S. TV.
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Sep 4 2008, 01:20 PM #50

Bob @ Sep 4 2008, 01:37 AM wrote: One minor irritation: They play the opening theme song and credits and then go to the menu. As it originally aired, they had a teaser, then the opening credits and then the rest of the show. On these releases they go from the teaser directly into the body of the show, without showing the opening credits again. Nothing's really missing, but it isn't the way the show was originally presented. I guess they thought they'd save space on the DVD by not repeating the opening theme and credits for each episode.
Whats the theme tune like? It might have something to with who owns the rights to that. I know of other shows where the DVD distributor only paid to have the theme tune used once on every disc!
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Sep 5 2008, 12:51 AM #51

Dacked @ Sep 4 2008, 01:20 PM wrote:Whats the theme tune like? It might have something to with who owns the rights to that. I know of other shows where the DVD distributor only paid to have the theme tune used once on every disc!
Well, it's kind of hard to describe what a theme song sounds like. LOL! In the opening credits they show a generic montage of clips and give the name of the show ('LAREDO') and then the names of the regulars (Neville Brand, Peter Brown, etc.). The episode title and the names of any "major" guest stars are shown after the teaser, at the beginning of the main part of the show.

They play the theme song again (same tune) in the closing credits at the end of each ep. The background for the closing credits varies because it is a still from a scene from that particular episode.
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Sep 5 2008, 11:47 AM #52

I just checked on tvshowsondvd.com and they have 553 votes for 'The Virginian'. You need to be registered to access this. I couldn't find out any info on the site of how many votes are needed for any one show. Perhaps I can email them about it.

The show was added to their database on 6th October 2002. So it's taken nearly 6 years to get that many votes!!! You can vote for the show to released as a 'Best Of', 'Individual Ep' or 'Season Set', which is how I voted. The 'Season Set' has 95% votes.

The Unreleased Rank is 437th. Overall Rank is 972nd. This doesn't sound too promising does it? :(

After reading some of the recent comments here, I'm starting to wonder if we will see the full 9 Seasons released. We may only get a 'Best Of'.
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Oct 13 2008, 11:36 PM #53

The DVD Release Petition has reached 500! Does that mean anything?

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Oct 17 2008, 03:40 PM #54

Well, it means that when you send a link to the petition it carries that bit more weight with people, either people you want to sign it, or people in a position to do something about releasing the show on DVD. The petition is never ended until we get the show released, it just continues to grow. :)
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Nov 30 2008, 08:39 PM #55

The number of signatures are now at 557, hope we are getting to the point where we can start to feel this is possible
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Dec 2 2008, 12:14 AM #56

I am very pleased with the Checkmate episodes Ive looked at so, considering I once thought I would never see it again, When I first got on the Internet, some guy was seeling 6 episodes on video tape. One thing I remembered, Bob, in at the start of the credits, a checkerboard pattern comes up which turns into the word Checkmate, the word comes at you, this can be seen on the episode on Youtube,but it's not on any of the DVD's I've looked at so far! Do Paul Clarke's include this? So there is still hope for The V being released on DVD, some time in the future, maybe we older fans won't live to see it,but hopefully Rory, David and Katharine will. With them and other young fans watching it, there's a chance of it making it to DVD.
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Dec 2 2008, 01:41 AM #57

jed @ Dec 2 2008, 12:14 AM wrote: One thing I remembered, Bob, in at the start of the credits, a checkerboard pattern comes up which turns into the word Checkmate, the word comes at you, this can be seen on the episode on Youtube,but it's not on any of the DVD's I've looked at so far! Do Paul Clarke's include this?
I grabbed the first ep and looked at the beginning and, yes, it does do that!
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Dec 11 2008, 11:52 PM #58

The only I've looked at so far that has that checkerboard pattern is Nice Guys Finish Last with James Whitmore playing an embittered cop. He's good at playing those roles as Nobody Said Hello showed.
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Apr 15 2009, 01:48 PM #59

Was looking at the petition this morning and saw that the number is now up to 695, this is good. I was looking at some of the more recent signitures and had to have a chuckle when I saw one of the names Clare Morris!
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Apr 18 2009, 12:13 AM #60

As I had a chuckle when I saw Cara Young had signed,very clever dog,you've got there, Helen :D :lol: I also noticed a Catharine Flaherty signed who said her Dad worked on the show, that would be Doug's stunt double on The V and Search, Harper Flaherty. And it all started here!
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