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Old June 8 2012, 02:40 AM   #46
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Re: 60s Batman show rights issues resolved!

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Oh gods no...

*Shakes head in dismay*

I know a lot of people might enjoy that old show for nostalgia reasons and what not, but it's such a stain of camp and nonsense to the bat franchise that it's just going to be very painful to see it proliferated again after all these years. Especially now that the Bat is so well regarded thanks to the Nolan films.

Yeah, and TOS's release really harmed the "cred" of the later series and J.J.'s movie so it should totally be taken off the shelves.



I doubt the release of the 1960s TV series will harm any of Batman's cred in the movies and comics.

They couldn't just replace the music?
That would be the worst idea in the long, sad, history of bad ideas. Changing it to generic, PD, music would have a heavy impact on the tone of the series. (see: WKRP in Cincinnati and Married with Children.)
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Old June 8 2012, 03:40 AM   #47
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While a DVD release hasn't been specifically mentioned yet, it sure seems likely.
Or not. Oh well. Hopefully we can at least get some awesome merchandise. Some good quality action figures perhaps?
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Old June 8 2012, 03:47 AM   #48
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No dvds??!! Off to the bootlegs then.
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Old June 8 2012, 04:40 AM   #49
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No dvds??!! Off to the bootlegs then.
Eh, I'm not interested at all in bootlegs of the show. They're syndication edits and the quality is sure to be terrible. Someday the series will come to DVD.
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Old June 8 2012, 05:05 AM   #50
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Loved the show when I was seven years old. It was one of the reasons I got into comic books. Not my favorite take on Batman, but still enjoyable.
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Old June 8 2012, 05:53 AM   #51
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No dvds??!! Off to the bootlegs then.
Eh, I'm not interested at all in bootlegs of the show. They're syndication edits and the quality is sure to be terrible. Someday the series will come to DVD.
Not true. not saying where you can find them, but sets exist made from the studio masters. they even have the "in color" intros and "insert commercial here" screens. I've heard they are possibly sourced from tapes of the series that were given to the cast and crew around the time of the '89 Batman movie.
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Old June 8 2012, 02:23 PM   #52
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No dvds??!! Off to the bootlegs then.
Eh, I'm not interested at all in bootlegs of the show. They're syndication edits and the quality is sure to be terrible. Someday the series will come to DVD.
Not true. not saying where you can find them, but sets exist made from the studio masters. they even have the "in color" intros and "insert commercial here" screens. I've heard they are possibly sourced from tapes of the series that were given to the cast and crew around the time of the '89 Batman movie.
Most of the sellers give the rating for the bootlegs around an 8 out of 10 in quality and that's good enough for me.
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Old June 8 2012, 03:51 PM   #53
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No dvds??!! Off to the bootlegs then.
Eh, I'm not interested at all in bootlegs of the show. They're syndication edits and the quality is sure to be terrible.
Mine are good. Irrelevant since I'm not selling them, but they're good.
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Old June 8 2012, 03:59 PM   #54
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Kitt had the sexiest purr, Meriwether was great at writhing and caterwauling, but Newmar was the quintessential Catwoman.
I can resolve this dilemma!

Throw all three upon a catnip laced bed and set the cameras rolling for the "sure to follow" lesbian three way!

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Yeah...maybe forty years ago.
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Old June 8 2012, 04:04 PM   #55
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For the first time in 40 years, Warner Bros. Consumer Products will be able to use the likeness of the show's stars, including Adam West, Burt Ward, Cesar Romero and Burgess Meredith, on everything from apparel to toys, home goods, publishing and promotions.
"The show's stars". What about guest-stars? I have always been under the impression that a lot of the issues with a video release dealt with some of the random guest-star appearances. I would hate to see the episodes butchered if released.

That was my understanding as well. The celebrity cameos in the windows pose a potential nightmare of licensing issues and it only gets worse when you consider that some of the celebrities were portraying characters owned by other studios: Lurch, Col. Klink, the Green Hornet, etc.

On the bright side, however, maybe this means that the next post-DKR film or cartoon could actually use the Neal Hefti music somewhere. I always thought it would have been great to use it in the B&B cartoon if nowhere else.
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Old June 8 2012, 04:20 PM   #56
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I used to have the metal Corgi Adam West era Batmobile complete with missile launcher and popout chain cutter in the hood.. I also had the Bat-Boat w/ trailer that came with it... God I played with that thing endlesslly... I think I probably still have the car buried in a box somewhere, but the rest of the stuff is nowhere to be found. I just looked and found a complete set for $300.00.. HOLY CRAP, Batman!!

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For the first time in 40 years, Warner Bros. Consumer Products will be able to use the likeness of the show's stars, including Adam West, Burt Ward, Cesar Romero and Burgess Meredith, on everything from apparel to toys, home goods, publishing and promotions.
"The show's stars". What about guest-stars? I have always been under the impression that a lot of the issues with a video release dealt with some of the random guest-star appearances.
Well, Romero and Meredith, mentioned in the quote, were guest stars, albeit recurring ones. Not sure if that answers your question, though, assuming you're talking about things like the window cameos.
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Old June 9 2012, 12:17 AM   #58
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As an aside, this thread provoked me to look up some facts on this show, which I still actually catch off and on when watching late night tv. I had no idea and no memory of John Astin as the Riddler until I read it today and subsequently watched a clip.
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Old June 9 2012, 12:30 AM   #59
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Yeah, John Astin's turn as the Riddler wasn't particularly memorable -- largely, I think, because he was trying too hard to pretend he was Frank Gorshin, and the performance style didn't suit him as well. He would've been better if he'd handled the character in his own way.
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Old June 9 2012, 12:41 AM   #60
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I can resolve this dilemma!

Throw all three upon a catnip laced bed and set the cameras rolling for the "sure to follow" lesbian three way!

Sincerely.

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If ever there was reason for time travel I do hope they will get a nice edition of the show out on DVD, it might even get me to break down and get blue ray with some good cast interviews.
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