CBS 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.
There is a disclaimer on the Season 3 box stating "some episodes may be edited from their original network versions".
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
@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.
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.
@(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.
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.
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.
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.