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Initial post: 23 Nov 2008 06:37:27 GMT
Last edited by the author on 19 Oct 2012 05:31:29 BDT
I thought that this might create discussion and make the producers ponder their decisions . Does anyone out there have their favorites that they would like to see on dvd ?

1 : Heartbeat ( Nick Berry ) - It is now available but would prefer " Boxed Set " of entire series
2 : Maisie Raine ( Pauline Quirke )
3 : Badger ( Jerome Flynn )
4 : Birds of a Feather ( Pauline Quirke ) . It's finally out and I have bought the entire series from Amazon . Good on you Amazon .
5 : Red Cap ( Tamzin Outhwaite )
6 : Kiss me Kate (Caroline Quentin )
7 : The Famous Five ( Enid Blyton ) - Have just bough the series , albeit not the one I was after . I have sinced bought the series from the Netherlands but the Dutch subtitles CANNOT be removed ? Not happy .
8 : The Bill - Series/Collection 7 onwards
9 : Bread - Complete series

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2008 15:44:21 GMT
Maximus says:
The complete set of Larry Sanders for starters - a total classic up there with the best, and critically acclaimed too.

Also, Northern Exposure WITH THE ORIGINAL MUSIC !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2008 16:58:53 GMT
Anita says:
Something that is definitely not "not" on DVD, but I would really really like the complete Twin Peaks, some normal edition, region 2 and with English subtitles! Am I totally wrong, or is it really possible to get it only on Region 1 format or some Dutch edition??? Or maybe anyone can help with some information? Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2008 19:27:17 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Nov 2008 19:39:03 GMT
spiderboris says:
Hi Anita,

As far as I know, the situation re Twin Peaks season 2 is it that as of the moment there is no release date pencilled in for it and therefore it isn't coming out on UK region 2. It was reported as getting a Region 2 UK release about two years ago, and I seem to recall Amazon and various online retailers were listing a Region 2 boxset with a release date given for this year, but that kept fluctating until the release was pulled. So essentially is is not being released and there's no indication of it being released any time soon. My guesses as to the reason for this is that there must be some weird rights issues that are holding up its British release, and these extra-legal movie-and-TV regional copyright-securing issues to do with royalties being paid and suchlike can often drag on for years. That's my guess anyway, I know this sometimes happens with TV shows in particular.

As far as I've read the dutch season 2 region 2 release is still available but lacking in extras that are on the US region 1 both-seasons gold box version - and apparently that version is defective and has missing scenes and episodes that don't play. So in summation you can currently only get two 'incomplete' import versions. I'm vaguely annoyed too as I haven't seen season 2 since it first aired. Just going to cross my fingers and wait to see if a downloadable version materializes anywhere...

And on a related note re unreleased Twin Peaks, there's the Fire Walk With Me movie of which there is reportedly a four-hour-long unfinished director's cut version which which David Lynch has secreted away somewhere and has yet to release in any shape or form... I did read theres whole scenes with characters from the series who didn't appear in the final film, as well as tons more stuff with David Bowie who as I'm sure you know only turns up in the film for about one very bizarre minute. There was supposed to be a whole segment explaining who his character was and where he went... but again, this is material we may never see as I think its either the Canal+ studio or Lynch himself who own the rights and the original filmed material, and no-one's confirmed any possible release...

Hope this helps, even if essentially, its a big fat NO all round. AAARGH!

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2008 19:44:51 GMT
Dave says:
1. Colditz from the 1970's
2 Bodyline (fantastic Australian Drama) only available on region 4 import
3 From the 1960's 'Scotland Yard' Good old fashioned police series

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2008 20:14:19 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 24 Nov 2008 14:59:58 GMT
ghk.s says:
The Aventures of Hiram Holliday (23 episodes)
yes of course Colditz ( that was fun)

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Nov 2008 19:21:29 GMT
crazyhorse says:
Midnight Caller, Gary Cole stars as Jack Killian the nighthawk as an ex cop who kills his partner by accident and becomes a dj in San Francisco sorting out all the cities problems by his audience phoning in and talking about crime related stories, with characters like Billy Po, Devon his boss, Lt Zymack his police buddy and Deacon Bridges the local journalist, the best role Gary Cole ever did, GOODNIGHT AMERICA WHEREVER YOU ARE, please please please why can't this fantastic show be released on dvd.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Nov 2008 19:46:21 GMT
L. Ukadia says:
Max Headroom!

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2008 09:25:25 GMT
What about 'The PJ's', probably the funniest thing Eddie Murphy ever has or will ever do.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2008 10:01:02 GMT
Mike Booth says:
My vote for a series that should be on DVD is Andrew Marr's History of Modern Britain. I'm 50ish so this enjoyable 6 part series is the history of my life!!! MIKE

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2008 10:38:48 GMT
Whit says:
Got to be It Takes a Thief with Robert Wagner- when will that be released???

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2008 11:33:20 GMT
I would love to see the second series of A Very Peculiar Practice out on DVD. The first is (or was?) available; both were depressingly brilliant, one of the best things the BBC did in the 1980s.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2008 13:10:37 GMT
A. Mauger says:
The little known, short run, but very funny early 1990s U.S. series, Legend, staring Richard Dean Anderson (of the MacGyver persuasion)

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2008 15:40:44 GMT
Last edited by the author on 25 Nov 2008 15:43:05 GMT
Dear Anita & Spiderboris

I have had several DVD players over the last few years, all of which were MULTIREGIONAL playback. I can buy any DVD from any region and problems like yours with Twin Peaks don't affect me. There are many movies which are only ever released in the US and I felt that multiregional playback was essential for me. Regional coding exists ONLY so that people who really want to watch it on release are forced to go to the cinema and the effect of advertising on release in different parts of the world has a major influence on sales (cinema tickets then DVD sales) - I have large numbers of non-regional DVDs (mostly music video) which can be played on any machine regardless of machine-coding...

At one time I wanted to buy "Nil By Mouth" (a very english movie written, produced and directed by Gary Oldman) - it was not available anywhere in the UK at that time in Region 2 format but I could get a Region 1 copy easily!!! "Leon" (Luc Besson) was cut because it was thought that some scenes might upset US audiences (!!) - it is now available, uncut, as an "Uncut International Version" which is only available as REGION 1!!! I received my pre-ordered "Scooby-Doo" the day before it was released in the US - over 6 months before it was released over here!

Amazon is a very good source for multiregional DVDs (I bought all 3 machines from here) - that might be an answer for you too!

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2008 18:11:05 GMT
eugoogolizer says:
Malcolm in the Middle. Apparently it's because there's a problem with the costs of music licenses or something, but they should sort it. It really does need to be released. Although for now the repeats on sky one will do.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2008 19:58:01 GMT
Last edited by the author on 25 Nov 2008 20:02:37 GMT
excellent idea..........loved every episode of northern exposure..............especially maggie ,,the actress later did cliffhanger with stallone

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2008 10:00:46 GMT
Badwolf says:
Yes the tv series i loved and would like to see released on DVD are

1 The Hello Girls (Letitia Dean)
2 Tottie Story Of A Dolls House
3 All episodes of Birds Of A Feather (Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson)

I know that series 1 of Birds Of A Feather was released but they changed a lot of the background music and being an avid fan i think ruined this.

Tottie if i remember does not exist on tape anymore but im sure someone must have a copy somewhere, ahh well i can but wish

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2008 12:05:02 GMT
Something our whole family would love to be able to get on dvd is "OVER HERE". It was shown in the mid-nineties on BBC and contained a number of stars including Martin Clunes as Group Captain Barker, Timothy and Samuel West and Geraldine James to name a few.
From an idea by Ernest Maxim, it was about the 2nd world war when the Americans came over to the U.K.- absolutely brilliant! Very funny and poignant too. Our family copy video is wearing out - we have tried for years to obtain another copy...anywhere...on video or dvd - but without success. Anyone able to help here? It would make our Christmas!!

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2008 14:25:10 GMT
Tutti-Frutti (series)
An Age of Kings (Shakespeare History Plays)
Children of Green Knowe (series)
and
Larry Sanders!

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2008 14:31:33 GMT
Adele B. says:
Yes, we're desperate for an odd one called MAXIMUM BOB which was pulled part way through the series ten years ago. Based on an Elmore Leonard novel, Beau Bridges played a harsh right wing judge who was married to a psychic who I think was also a mermaid... We've been waiting years to see it again, and wish they'd pick up where they left off!

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2008 16:35:13 GMT
Jane Nelson says:
Totally agree with Harley Street about Tutti Frutti. Whenever I visit any site selling or renting DVDs I always key in Tutti Frutti - just in case I eventually find it lurking somewhere. But then, this weekend, in an interview with Tilda Swinton I read that her partner John Byrne - the writer of TF - was most unhappy about the fact that the BBC never released it. That prompted me to check it out on Google and I found that in 2006 some bods at the BBC were saying that they were working on getting it sorted. So what happened?! I'd love to see it again - but more important I have loved ones who've NEVER seen it, which is a very sad state of affairs.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2008 20:48:53 GMT
In an otherwise unremarkable summer, I had the great fortune to spend a fortnight in Southern Italy. My contentment of sun and warm breezes, topped up by sensible amounts of the local vino frizzante, was made complete by the opportunity to read the quite excellent book, A History Of Modern Britain. I thoroughly enjoyed almost every sentence - a triumph indeed.

Unfortunately, although I believe the television series of same has been aired twice, I have managed to miss all but one episode. I have tried in vain to obtain a copy of the series on DVD from shops from London to Edinburgh and via the BBC website but it seems to not exist.

Does anyone know if it can be purchased and where? Does the BBC plan to issue it at all or is it deemed to be not popular enough? Heaven knows there seem to be so many DVDs of substandard content issued by the corporation - surely there must be room for something really rather good. After all, I believe these programmes should be required viewing for all children of all faiths in all schools in this country.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2008 21:35:53 GMT
Phil Smith says:
I second that emotion. And for the special A Very Polish Practice. Also would really like The Last Detective. Series One has been released but not the other three. Another Peter Davison show was Distant Shores and it was like a forerunner to Doc Martin. Wouldn't mind that being on DVD either.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Nov 2008 12:22:21 GMT
I'm with you on this one. It does seem incredible that there isn't a dvd release. Even a region 1 release would be something. Okay, it would be ideal to have extras such as retrospective interviews and the like, but even a plain no-frills dvd release would be cool.
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