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Old January 28 2014, 05:20 AM   #1
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SEARCH '70s television series....

Canadian SF writer, Robert J. Sawyer, has just announced some information that's come his way. On his Facebook page he relayed that he learned Warner Bros. will be releasing the 1972 series SEARCH in a newly remastered DVD box set.

https://www.facebook.com/robertjsawyer

Apparently WB had to go back to the original negatives so the transfers should look as good as it was meant to.

I'm excited about this because I quite liked this show way back. I hope they include the feature pilot PROBE in the new set. For me this will be a must purchase.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwOmmIEoLQg&app=desktop

Some background for those unfamiliar with the series:
http://www.bigredhair.com/search/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Search_(TV_series)
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Old January 28 2014, 06:32 AM   #2
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Re: SEARCH '70s television series....

As soon as I saw the thread title, I turned to my TV novelization shelf and removed perhaps the obscurest thing there.



You're the first person I've heard mention Search in about 30 years!
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Old January 28 2014, 07:46 AM   #3
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^^ Back in the '70s I used to have a copy of that very book. I can't for the life of me recall what happened to it.
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Old January 28 2014, 08:56 AM   #4
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Re: SEARCH '70s television series....

I thought at first this might be about In Search Of..., PROBE sounds kind of familar but I don't really remember this series.
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Old January 28 2014, 02:23 PM   #5
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I remember it and I loved it! I also loved that Elke Sommer was in the pilot film.
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Old January 28 2014, 06:37 PM   #6
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I thought at first this might be about In Search Of..., PROBE sounds kind of familar but I don't really remember this series.
Exactly my thoughts. And I was also thinking that Probe was some kind of PBS show.
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Old January 28 2014, 07:02 PM   #7
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I like that this series did something different by having three male leads, who alternated appearing week by week. I thought it was a great idea, and really drove home the concept that this was a large organization. Too many shows have one action star, and it seems that the place is just them.

The show may not have lasted, but it left it's mark in my mind.
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Old January 29 2014, 06:26 AM   #8
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Terrific news! I'll definitely be looking at buying the set when it comes out. Hope there are some great extras.

I remember watching this and late Mission: Impossible episodes back in the 70s. I liked the rotating leads, the mixture of missions, and of course, Burgess Meredith guiding the missions from the control room. Very creative idea for the time!
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Old January 29 2014, 06:16 PM   #9
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For Roku owners, you can watch the pilot film via Warners Archive Instant streaming service.
http://instant.warnerarchive.com/pro...roductId=57749
They offer a 2 week free trial, and after the account is activated, you can add the app to your channels, and watch on your tv.
If you don't have a Roku, you can still sign up, but you'll watch on your pc/laptop.
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Old January 29 2014, 07:08 PM   #10
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I've never seen this show, but I remember seeing its scripts offered for sale in the catalogs I got from Lincoln Enterprises (Gene & Majel Roddenberry's memorabilia company). I always wondered why they included it among their merchandise -- I guess it's because Bob Justman produced the show.

I'm not sure what I think of the premise. Of course the idea of an organization using ultra-high-tech gear is of interest to me, but their purpose seems a little sketchy. It's a series about... people looking for lost stuff? Well, then again, I suppose a lot of stories are about people pursuing various McGuffins, and the story is in what happens along the way. In a lot of Mission: Impossible episodes, the specific stakes of the mission were rather unimportant and it was all about the mechanics of how the bad guys were scammed/brought down.

But I'm definitely interested if Burgess Meredith is in it, and the female lead looks quite comely.


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I like that this series did something different by having three male leads, who alternated appearing week by week. I thought it was a great idea, and really drove home the concept that this was a large organization. Too many shows have one action star, and it seems that the place is just them.
Maverick did much the same, alternating between two leads at a time (out of a total of four over the course of the series), although that was done to accommodate the shooting schedule by allowing them to have two different production units overlapping. The scripts were all written without any particular Maverick brother/cousin in mind and assigned arbitrarily to the different leads (except for those occasions where two of them shared an episode), and it was only the differences in performance between James Garner, Jack Kelly, and Roger Moore (and briefly Robert Colbert) that distinguished the characters.

Mission: Impossible was originally meant to have an ensemble-ish cast, with a different team composition each week drawing on different members of the regular cast and various guest stars (Martin Landau was officially a recurring guest in the first season, even though he ended up as the de facto lead once Steven Hill was sidelined). But as the series progressed, the team composition became more and more standardized.
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Old January 29 2014, 09:03 PM   #11
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^It even started to get a bit pointless for Phelps to pull out his folder of agents and decide who to call in. after a certain point, we'd see the same dossiers every single time, except, maybe, for the addition of a guest-star agent as the last choice (which, on second blush, is reason enough for the scene).
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Old January 29 2014, 09:07 PM   #12
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I seem to remember Angel Tompkins as the female lead in the control room, but IMDB only lists her for 2 episodes. I thought, back in my teens, that Angel was definitely the right name for her. SUCH a pretty.
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Old January 29 2014, 09:47 PM   #13
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^It even started to get a bit pointless for Phelps to pull out his folder of agents and decide who to call in. after a certain point, we'd see the same dossiers every single time, except, maybe, for the addition of a guest-star agent as the last choice (which, on second blush, is reason enough for the scene).
Which is why they stopped using the dossier scenes regularly after season 2. In season 3, dossier scenes were used ony in the seven episodes that featured guest team members. In season 4, when they had no regular female lead, the dossier scenes became regular once again in order to introduce the female agent of the week. The last three seasons abandoned the dossier scenes altogether.
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Old January 29 2014, 10:12 PM   #14
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There ya go! It's good to have statistics to fill in my "I kinda remember"s.
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Old February 5 2014, 05:28 AM   #15
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The series set is now available, but only for the U.S. for now.

http://www.wbshop.com/product/search...pe&from=Search

The rest of us shmucks have to wait until it becomes available through Amazon, whenever that might be.
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