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Amazon is $299.
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http://www.highdefdigest.com/news/show/Disc_Announcements/Image_Entertainment/The_Dick_Van_Dyke_Show_The_Complete_Series_Blu-ray_Delayed/10197

All 157 episodes of the classic 1966 series are now being boxed up for Blu-ray in mid-November instead of at the end of October.

As previously reported, Image Entertainment had slated 'The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Complete Series' for Blu-ray on October 30, but now the new date looks to be November 13.

Welcome one of TV's funniest couples ever into your living room. You'll be laughing hysterically as you join Rob Petrie (Dick Van Dyke) struggling with the ups and downs of work and home, aided and agitated by his lovely wife Laura (Mary Tyler Moore). Adding to the fun are Rob's wisecracking co-workers Sally (Rose Marie) and Buddy (Morey Amsterdam), long-suffering Mel Cooly (Richard Deacon) and hot-tempered boss Alan Brady (Carl Reiner).

Winner of 15 Emmy Awards, 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' is consistently ranked among the top TV comedies of all-time and renowned for its top-notch cast and stellar writing. Now enjoy each episode in pristine high-definition for the first time!

The Blu-ray boxed set will include 15 discs with Dolby Digital Mono soundtracks and while supplements haven't been detailed yet, the Blu-ray packaged will likely include the same content as the DVD set including: Audio Commentaries by Carl Reiner, Dick Van Dyke, Rose Marie and Larry Mathews; Audio Commentaries with Ann Morgan Guilbert, Garry Marshall, Don Rickles & More; Head of the Family - Original Series Pilot; Interviews with Cast and Producers; Mary Tyler Moore Appearance on Dick's Variety Series; Original Commercials Featuring the Cast and Network Promos; Dr. Mark Sloan Meets Rob Petrie in an Episode of Diagnosis Murder; A Full-Length Danny Thomas Show Episode with Morey Amsterdam as Buddy Sorrell; Emmy Award Telecast Clips Honoring The Dick Van Dyke Show; The Dick Van Dyke Show Cast Reunion from Comic Relief (1992); The Full-Length CBS Special: The Dick Van Dyke Show Remembered; Dick Van Dyke Sings the Theme Song in an Appearance at The Hollywood Bowl; Exclusive and Never-Before-Seen Rehearsal Photos Taken by Roddy McDowall; Rare Rhearsal Footage; And Much More!

Suggested list price for the Blu-ray set is $349.98.

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I really loved this show growing up (syndication, I'm not that old), but I haven't seen it in probably 20 years. I'm just not sure that I "$2 per episode" love it... Star Trek, sure. Twilight Zone, no problem. DvD? Hmm, I'll have to think about that one. It would have to be a stellar transfer.
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I really loved this show growing up (syndication, I'm not that old), but I haven't seen it in probably 20 years. I'm just not sure that I "$2 per episode" love it... Star Trek, sure. Twilight Zone, no problem. DvD? Hmm, I'll have to think about that one. It would have to be a stellar transfer.
I'm going guess the actual street price will be no more than $249 or so.

MSRP actually stands for "Making Something Rediculously Pricey" after all.
post #4 of 17
Loved it when it was first broadcast, and I think I saw every episode. I may have seen most of them again when they were re-run in the summers and maybe in five-years-later re-runs. And it was a truly epic ensemble.

But when I saw them again many years later their humor seemed not really so funny any more. Just one man's experience.
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I think The Dick Van Dyke Show is possibly the greatest TV comedy ever made. Dick Van Dyke's portrayal of Rob Petrie was brilliant as a guy who tried to remain dignified but often looked foolish. Some of his physical comedy is of silent film quality. Throw in Morey "The Human Joke Machine" Amsterdam, Mary Tyler Moore as his smokin' hot young wife Laura; and add in Sally, Mel and Allen Brady, et al, and it's perfect TV. However, I cannot see myself buying the set. I don't do much streaming, but this is exactly the kind of thing I like to stream. I don't like to watch comedies terrible often because when I know all the jokes I get tired of them. So, my wife and I stream an episode every now and then. I've probably seen them all, but when I stream one, I often only vaguely remember it; so it still stays fresh. The only way I see myself buying it is if there's a great Amazon Gold Box sale on it someday.

Speaking of Dick Van Dyke's silent comedy talents, I'd sure like to see a release of The Comic.
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Loved it when it was first broadcast, and I think I saw every episode. I may have seen most of them again when they were re-run in the summers and maybe in five-years-later re-runs. And it was a truly epic ensemble.
But when I saw them again many years later their humor seemed not really so funny any more. Just one man's experience.
To each his own, but I find the show even more funny every time I watch it - especially considering I see modern shows trying to do updated versions of the same jokes with little of the same spirit, timing or technique.
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To each his own, but I find the show even more funny every time I watch it - especially considering I see modern shows trying to do updated versions of the same jokes with little of the same spirit, timing or technique.

MY wife and I watched one recently where Laura and Rob compete to see who can write a better children's story. The plot was reused on Everybody Loves Raymond. Both episodes had the element that the husband was a professional writer and therefore, supposedly better at writing children's stories than their wife(s).
post #8 of 17
I still remember Mary yelling to Dick on phone that their son was 'pruning' up in the bathtub. Still there are other old TV shows I would like more to see on BD like the original Outer Limits,The Addams Family, The Munsters and The Show of Shows (not sure how many were video recoreded). Too bad IE does not own the rights to them.
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I think The Dick Van Dyke Show is possibly the greatest TV comedy ever made. Dick Van Dyke's portrayal of Rob Petrie was brilliant as a guy who tried to remain dignified but often looked foolish. Some of his physical comedy is of silent film quality. Throw in Morey "The Human Joke Machine" Amsterdam, Mary Tyler Moore as his smokin' hot young wife Laura; and add in Sally, Mel and Allen Brady, et al, and it's perfect TV. However, I cannot see myself buying the set. I don't do much streaming, but this is exactly the kind of thing I like to stream. I don't like to watch comedies terrible often because when I know all the jokes I get tired of them. So, my wife and I stream an episode every now and then. I've probably seen them all, but when I stream one, I often only vaguely remember it; so it still stays fresh. The only way I see myself buying it is if there's a great Amazon Gold Box sale on it someday.
Speaking of Dick Van Dyke's silent comedy talents, I'd sure like to see a release of The Comic.

I'm not sure I disagree with your first sentence at all. I LOVE LUCY was groundbreaking is so many ways for the Industry of TV and how TV could affect the nation, but I found the Dick Van Dyke show far more enjoyable and
just downright funny. I remember watching it as a kid in the 60's and laughing, I remember watching reruns in college/grad school in the early 80's maybe and laughing, and remember watching it again about 10 years ago
and still laughing. The last time through many of the episodes I became aware of just how well written the show was and being far more impressed than ever at what a feat it was.

The only show I'd put near it would be MASH and it was rarely ever just a pure comedy, but the best writers and near perfect casting just like the Dick Van Dyke show. Cheers in the 80's holds up pretty well though is certainly
a notch behind those 2 series. Nothing since the peak of Cheers has been nearly as interesting to me. I never liked the Norman Lear type shows though I respected what many of them were about, I despised the entire
Seinfeld era (there has to be one guy -- I watched probably 20-30 shows with friends and I don't think I ever laughed).

I would seriously consider buying the DvD series, but only at a maybe price cut over the expected MRSP. I'd suspect if BN is still in play during one of their 40-50% off with my 10% member discount, and a 20% coupon that
gets it into the 100-125 range so it could be tempting.
post #10 of 17
Should now be in stores (only $300):
http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/The-Dick-Van-Dyke-Show-The-Complete-Series-Blu-ray/49650/#Review

The caps look a bit scrubbed, there is noticable EE in the images including black lines around the shoulders.

"When he died in 1971, De Grasse couldn't have imagined that he'd miraculously 'future-proofed' his work for the day when, fifty years after the fact"

Utterly wrong. When studios were asked back then why they were using film they would first state NTSC is quite inferior to film and would indeed mention future proofing for a better format, also they would sometimes bundle TV shows and release them to theater. The only thing De Grasse would have been surprised about is that it took so long. The production companies that shot on video were foolish, I am looking at you BBC.
post #11 of 17
Cool.

I don't know how the show holds up as I haven't watched it for a long time, but I still have a crush on Mary Tyler Moore from that series. Wow whatta dame! :-)
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Should now be in stores (only $300):
http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/The-Dick-Van-Dyke-Show-The-Complete-Series-Blu-ray/49650/#Review
The caps look a bit scrubbed, there is noticable EE in the images including black lines around the shoulders.
"When he died in 1971, De Grasse couldn't have imagined that he'd miraculously 'future-proofed' his work for the day when, fifty years after the fact"
Utterly wrong. When studios were asked back then why they were using film they would first state NTSC is quite inferior to film and would indeed mention future proofing for a better format, also they would sometimes bundle TV shows and release them to theater. The only thing De Grasse would have been surprised about is that it took so long. The production companies that shot on video were foolish, I am looking at you BBC.

Don't exactly know what you're referring to as far as the PQ. Edge enhancement? Nope. These are new scans and EE wasn't applied. Also, EE doesn't appear as black lines. Also, there are TONS of screenshots that debunk your scrubbing claim. The grain is there, and at times it can be a tad on the noisy side, but the grain is most definitely there. Hell, I noticed minor detaisl in the new Blu that I've never noticed before, like the freckles on MTM's arms.

http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/57183/dick-van-dyke-show-the-complete-series-the/
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I'm a bit late to the game here, but for what it's worth, I've gone through the complete series on DVD about four times now and have loved it just as much every time. I think the show has stood the test of time well and there are very few clinkers throughout it (The Christmas episode is probably my least favorite of the bunch and is one of about three episodes that I'll usually skip over instead of viewing).

I've yet to get the Blu-Ray set, but speaking of the Christmas episode, has anyone viewed it on here? I've been convinced that a bit was cut in the old transfers and I'd be curious how it was on these fresh 35mm transfers, There's a scene where they abruptly cut from one act with another immediately starting just a second later (Off hand without double checking, I think it's when the act with Buddy and Sally ends with Rob and Laura doing some skit afterwards dressed as Santa's)..

It seemed harsh, unnatural, and incorrect compared to how they handled such a thing every other time during their 5 season run. It had all the feeling of something having been cut.
Edited by Leo_Ames - 12/22/12 at 3:33pm
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Image did such a fabulous job with the Twilight Zone that I have to believe this set also turned out very well.
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Likewise, at Amazon the complete Twilight Zone is $157.45:

http://www.amazon.com/Twilight-Zone-Complete-Blu-ray/dp/B007I8KXQ8/ref=sr_1_7?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1386008810&sr=1-7&keywords=twilight+zone

...only don't expect much from the last two seasons.
post #17 of 17
The Dick Van Dyke show will never be my thing, but The Twilight Zone Complete Series is one my favorite things on blu-ray, period. I would give up most of my collection before that. It's just continually rewarding, and you could find one to suit almost any group of people. Still some of the best television ever made, and even though season 4 proved that hour long shows weren't the right format, season 5 is chock full of classics.
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