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The Andy Griffith Show First Season Blu-ray

Posted December 31, 2013 08:12 AM by Webmaster

CBSCBS and Paramount Home Entertainment have officially announced the Blu-ray release of The Andy Griffith Show: Season 1, which features the first 32 episodes of the classic television series Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts and Frances Bavier. The 4-disc set arrives on Blu-ray on April 8, 2014.

Paramount has yet to detail tech specs or complete special features.


Source: Blu-ray.com | Permalink | United States [Country settings]

News comments (35 comments)


filmczy
  Dec 31, 2013
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Curious to know if the two epsiodes from Season 3 which were edited on the dvd set will be restored (missing scenes).
MoulinBlu
  Dec 31, 2013
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I imagine we won't know for a year or two, depending on how quickly the rest of the series is released. Were they cut for a reason?

Really great to see CBS releasing this. Hope it sells well enough to finish the series on BD, as I prefer to wait for complete series sets, if it's not a current series.

Mr. Joshua
  Dec 31, 2013
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I hope its in widescreen! LOL! Met the man once at church in Manteo... He wasn't anything like Andy Griffith!

bowlingbilly10
  Dec 31, 2013
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Please let Andy Griffith and I love Lucy be in widescreen and not the terrible side by side black bars. This will be day one for me! I hope this and I love Lucy sells well so we can get all of the seasons on blu ray in the future. Glad I held off of buying the DVD versions.
chris42
  Dec 31, 2013
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These episodes, like I LOVE LUCY, were shot in academy ration (1.33:1). Letterboxing these would ruin the screen composition.
filmczy
  Dec 31, 2013
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There is a disclaimer on the Season 3 box stating "some episodes may be edited from their original network versions".

From Wikipedia:

The Region 1 release of The Third Season contains two episodes edited for syndication: "The Darlings Are Coming", which had several scenes cut, and "Barney Mends a Broken Heart", which had its epilogue cut.

TheDZA
  Dec 31, 2013
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I assume this show was shot on film, so should look spectacular. Shows like Tales from the Crypt and others from the 80's/90's shot on video will never really look that much better if put on blu-ray.
EuroCultAV
  Dec 31, 2013
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Seriously, I remember being desperate for widescreen releases 10 years ago, and people were complaining, but black bars, black bars!!! Now that we're finally getting modern releases OAR, people are asking for native fullscreen releases to be widescreen, because of black bars...ugh.

Tom Servo
  Dec 31, 2013
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Yeah, those comments were pretty stunning. I thought we got past that mindset a long time ago.
Here's a suggestion, make a large cardboard facade with a 1.33:1 cutout in the middle the size of your TV screen. Put in up in front of your TV, draw an old style tube TV on it and pretend it is one. Ta-dah...no black bars.

bowlingbilly10
  Dec 31, 2013
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So I get voted down for my comment? This site is a joke! What is the point of the up and down vote for this site seriously?

Hartley
  Dec 31, 2013
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You got downvoted because no one wants to see faces cut off at the chin just for the sake of using every pixel on their television (to say nothing of the wonderful set designs that would be getting cropped as well). :P

hoytereden
  Dec 31, 2013
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I'm in for Seasons 1-5 (the Barney Fife, B&W, years). After Don Knotts left, as a regular, the show was never the same, IMO.

Arkadin
  Dec 31, 2013
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honestly can't believe this news is even real.
wow!!

KamiAmaya
  Dec 31, 2013
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@bowlingbilly10 The up and down vote are work fine. You were down voted because no one in their right mind wants this or any other classic TV show edited to WIDESCREEN. ffs.
reidw
  Dec 31, 2013
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I have to suspect that Mr. Joshua and bowlingbilly10 are pulling our legs about wanting these series in widescreen.
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md1985
  Dec 31, 2013
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Every movie and TV show should be presented as originally intended by its director. Case closed. If a show was shot for 1.33:1 (see: almost every show before the 2000s), it should be presented that way. I'm glad nobody like bowlingbilly20 and Mr. Joshua were working at Image when they put out the beautiful OAR Blu-Rays of The Twilight Zone.

Lordy
  Dec 31, 2013
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I love this show as much as anybody else, but do we really need Andy and Barney in hi-def? Just wait until you see the price gouging on this one! The DVDs look pretty good to me. Besides, it's not 2001: A Space Odyssey, its Mayberry for cripes sakes!

skyofcrack
  Dec 31, 2013
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Any show shot on film should get a hi-def release and BTW, Tales from the Crypt was NOT shot on video.
uther
  Dec 31, 2013
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Ok I asked elsewhere before, what other notable old TV shows does CBS have the rights too?

@TheDZA, it is hard to get a definitive answer but it appears Tales from the Crypt was shot on film.
uther
  Dec 31, 2013
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@md1985, I think CBS did the TZ masters.
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md1985
  Dec 31, 2013
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Yeah, you're right Uther. CBS did the masters. Either way, I'm glad they're in OAR. Also, Crypt was definitely shot on film. You can tell just by looking at the episodes. I think only the final UK produced season was shot on video.

Shadoe555
  Jan 01, 2014
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C'mon CBS... It's about time for Twin Peaks. We've been waiting patiently, but patience only goes so far. Let's get it rolling! Ahhh... Smell those trees!

Nionel
  Jan 01, 2014
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First Lucy and now Andy Griffith, here's hoping that 2014 is going to be the year for classic TV, and hopefully TV in general, on Blu!
jayembee
  Jan 01, 2014
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@uther: "Ok I asked elsewhere before, what other notable old TV shows does CBS have the rights too?"

Well, top of the list would be most of the Quinn Martin productions, like The Fugitive, The Untouchables, The Invaders, Cannon, The Streets of San Francisco, and others. Also, they own at least four classic westerns: Gunsmoke, Rawhide, Have Gun - Will Travel, and The Wild, Wild West. Plus Mission: Impossible, the original Hawaii Five-O, and Perry Mason. Other classic sitcoms include The Phil Silvers Show, Hogan's Heroes, Happy Days and all of its spin-offs, and Taxi.

Quite frankly, I would prefer most of these to I Love Lucy and The Andy Griffith Show. But that's me.
uther
  Jan 01, 2014
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Seems like Quinn Martin shot on film which means The Fugitive & The Invaders would look great in HD. Laverne & Shirley appears to be CBS/Paramount owned and shot on film.

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(W)KRP
  Jan 02, 2014
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If these were framed for 1.33:1 but the frame could be opened to show more from the sides, then 1.78:1 would suit me fine, even it it meant cropping the top or bottom of the occasional scene, where the edge of the set or equipment would show. I'd be fine with seeing more -- most the time -- with an occasional crop.

I'm really glad that I did not get these on DVD, because they should be stunning if they restore them frame by frame.
jayembee
  Jan 02, 2014
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@(W)KRP: "If these were framed for 1.33:1 but the frame could be opened to show more from the sides, then 1.78:1 would suit me fine"

While there might be a film somewhere that was shot this way, I've never heard of one. Without getting into more detail than is necessary, a film frame is 1.33:1. Non-anamorphic widescreen films would be shot 1.33:1, but composed and matted in a wider ratio, but you'd never have a situation where something would be shot in a wider ratio, and composed and matted for 1.33:1, because the usable area of a film frame doesn't work that way.

Certainly not before the early 1990s, when some TV shows were composed for widescreen to "future-proof" them, but then cropped to 1.33:1 for broadcast (like Babylon 5). Any TV show made before then exists only as a 1.33:1 image. There wouldn't be any more image on the sides.

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(W)KRP
  Jan 02, 2014
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@jayembee

I am referring to this situation:
http://img834.imageshack.us/img834/5530/sins178.jpg
scoldsteve
  Jan 02, 2014
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As much as I'm a fan of classic TV series.. I'm wondering where the real gold is?? Where's my Phil Silvers/ Sgt Bilko DAMN IT
jayembee
  Jan 02, 2014
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@(W)KRP

Which is a relatively modern example (as I mentioned with Babylon 5). Those were shot with an eye toward an eventual widescreen presentation.

A show from the 60s would never have been considered for anything but a 4x3 broadcast, and is simply not going to have any extra image on the sides.

dmarvin
  Jan 02, 2014
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"in original night-of-broadcast form"

Music to my ears.
tom_k35
  Jan 02, 2014
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People should take a look at the blu-ray.com review for the Dick Van Dyke show as an example of what can be achieved for classic shows like Andy Giffith and I Love Lucy. Though presented for a TV (e.g. 1:33) image for the Dick Van Dyke show was a bit wider (1:34) and this was preserved for the blu-ray release. Maybe Andy Griffith and I Love Lucy will have similar surprises.

Rainman208
  Jan 02, 2014
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I thought about getting the DVD set as a gift for my mom who loves this show. I read they had quality control issues so I held off. I hope the series gets a Blu-ray box set. I'd hage to get S1 and no other seasons get released. Though I'm sure a Blu-ray series set of this show would be a gut punch to the ol' wallet.
DANIML
  Jan 04, 2014
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I wish they would release the whole series like Dick Van Dyke. (all at once)

franken_psycho1990
  Jan 04, 2014
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I am guessing the season 3 episodes that were cut on the DVD season 3 set wil finally be Uncut due to the fact that these season 1 episodes are being released on BD in "original night-of-broadcast form". So obviously they are gonna release all the seasons in original night-of-broadcast form. Season 3 would have to be Uncut or it wouldn't make sense as every episode has to be Uncut to qualify as original night-of-broadcast form. That gives me very much hope.


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