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Old May 22 2009, 03:11 PM   #1
Location: New York City
'Batman' 1966-68 live-action TV series wish for Blu-ray/DVD

With the success of actually getting a 40-year old 'Star Trek' TOS on Blu-ray I'm surprised the owners would not want to come to an agreement to remaster this TV series to a proper home video release.
120 episodes.

Disagreement between DC Comics (who own the Batman character. DC's sister/parent company Warner Bros., which took over DC in 1976 could also be involved) and 20th Century Fox (who own the program itself).
The argument has been made that DC comics does not wish to distort the current image of the Dark Knight by having the overtly-campy 1960s series competing head-to-head with more modern takes,

One of the things that would hurt sales is the very dates surf music from the 1960s and a younger audience under 25.
The target for this 2 season TV series is the over-35 crowd anyway who grew up watching the show in syndication or original broadcast. I really loved the show and after seeing TOS season 1 remastered in HD 'Batman' could look just as good visually.

A question would be would the earlier episodes have the famous seatbelt shots that parents groups forced them to add to later episodes?

This series has never even seen a DVD or even VHS home video release so now there IS the possibility that Warner Brothers would telecine the cut negative to High Definition, dust bust and clean it up, remaster the sound and release on Blu-ray and DVD.

The cheap way out is if they just telecine the cut interpositive to HD but that is better than nothing.

special features Wishlist:
-include the Adam West & Burt Ward Screen Test

-include a commentary from West & Ward
-include a commentary from remaining crew

A feature length documentary could be done as well for special features including interviews with: Julie Newmar (Catwoman), Victor Paul (stunt coordinator)

-remix the dialogue, mono music, and sound effects tracks to 5.1 surround sound.

-include old interviews from the Warner Brothers archives (shot on film from the 1960s) with these key people who have passed away: Burgess Meridith (Penguin), Neil Hamilton (Police Commissioner Gordon died 1984), Stafford Repp (Police Chief O'Hara died 1974), Alan Napier (Alfred [the Butler] died 1988), Oscar Rudolph (Director of 37 episodes, 1966-1968), Bob Kane (writer 93 episodes, 1966-1967), Cesar Romero (The Joker), Frank Gorshin (The Riddler ), Victor Buono (King Tut), Vincent Price (Egghead ), Zsa Zsa Gabor (Minerva), Nelson Riddle (music composer)

-include old promos about the show from ABC

-Interviews with all of the actors who have played Batman in the live-action feature films and Adam West. A roundtable discussion sit-down would blow minds!
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