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Old May 23 2009, 05:11 PM   #16
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Re: 'Batman' 1966-68 live-action TV series wish for Blu-ray/DVD

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Okay, I have to ask. What's the American Life cable channel?
It's basically a nostalgia channel aimed at older viewers and showing reruns of lots of shows from the '60s, '70s, and '80s. It's the only place I've ever been able to find reruns of Mission: Impossible and The Green Hornet. It also runs shows like Lou Grant, Hill Street Blues, LA Law, Trapper John M.D., and Remington Steele, and it runs episodes of all four Irwin Allen sci-fi shows in a block on Thursday nights. In the daytime, though, it's mostly infomercials, lifestyle shows, things like that. I think. I never paid much attention to its daytime schedule.
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Old May 23 2009, 05:53 PM   #17
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Adam West is before my time but its the ultimate classic

I would love to get this on DVD
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Old May 23 2009, 07:02 PM   #18
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^Once a week like clockwork. I just saw it myself less than an hour ago. That doesn't qualify as "hardly seen."
It does for those of us who do not get that station.
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Old May 23 2009, 07:04 PM   #19
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Especially given it's hardly seen on TV anymore either.
It airs every Friday night at 9 and 11 PM Eastern on the American Life cable channel, followed by the Van Williams/Bruce Lee Green Hornet series from the same producers (which was played straight rather than campy and is a pretty interesting show). Tonight's Batman episode is the second season premiere, "Shoot a Crooked Arrow," featuring Art Carney as The Archer.
That's not exactly a popular channel.

I don't have it. Ergo, it is certainly hardly ever seen -- by ME.

So, your effort to make me look somehow foolish has failed.

Congratulations on your failed attempt to make me look foolish or to make yourself appear "superior" in some way (I notice that quite often in your posts, BTW -- nice. I'm sure you win LOTS of friends with that.)

In any case, even if it is airing on some po-dunk obscure station that DOES NOT mean it's uncut.

And that's really the way I'd like to see it. Uncut, remastered with cleaned up prints and sound.

I highly doubt they are showing it like that.
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Old May 23 2009, 07:05 PM   #20
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^Once a week like clockwork. I just saw it myself less than an hour ago. That doesn't qualify as "hardly seen."
It does for those of us who do not get that station.
Exactly! It's not like it's on CBS, NBC, or ABC...or even Fox.

Or even TV Land (which I don't get either, BTW).
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Old May 23 2009, 07:05 PM   #21
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DIE CAMPY BATMAN! DIE!


What's wrong with a spoof? This show is to Batman what Spaceballs was to Star Wars.

What I don't understand is why it's never been seen that way.
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Old May 23 2009, 07:19 PM   #22
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So, your effort to make me look somehow foolish has failed.
I made no such effort. I don't know you and I have no reason to feel any animosity toward you. I was simply pointing out that the show is still being broadcast on television. I wasn't aware that the channel I watch it on was so obscure. I was simply trying to provide information.
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Old May 23 2009, 07:20 PM   #23
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So, your effort to make me look somehow foolish has failed.
I made no such effort. I don't know you and I have no reason to feel any animosity toward you. I was simply pointing out that the show is still being broadcast on television. I wasn't aware that the channel I watch it on was so obscure. I was simply trying to provide information.
Then my apologies for my overreaction, honorable sir...:-)
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Old May 23 2009, 07:34 PM   #24
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I remember watching this show as a part of the afternoon cartoons when I was in grade school in the late 80s/early 90s. That would be cool if it could be in syndicated packages again like that.
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Old May 23 2009, 08:46 PM   #25
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Adam West is before my time but its the ultimate classic
Kind of ironic to read that, since arguably Adam West is a bigger pop-culture icon today than he was in the '60s. Back then, he was just a handsome leading man who got typecast playing a campy superhero. Today, he makes a whole career out of being Adam West, playing exaggerated versions of himself on shows like Family Guy and Fairly Oddparents.

The sad thing is that Adam West is really a superb actor. But in Batman, he was asked to overact like mad, and he was so brilliant at meeting the parameters of the role that people actually believed he was a bad actor. But you have to be a fine actor to overact that perfectly.
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Old May 23 2009, 09:56 PM   #26
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Last night's Brave and the Bold was a total homagefest to the old West series, quite a lot of fun.
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Old May 23 2009, 09:59 PM   #27
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^Yeah, right down to the Commissioner, the red phone in the study, and the Batpoles. Except the vintage Batmobile they used was out of the '40s or '50s comics; I would've rather seen the convertible Batmobile.

The weird thing is that I watched that episode at 8:30 and then watched the Adam West show at 9.
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Old May 24 2009, 02:06 AM   #28
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I always wondered why the damn Batmobile didn't have those full bubble canopies that the original Futura had. I mean, sure, it looks nice, but what happens when it rains in Gotham?
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Old May 24 2009, 02:25 AM   #29
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I always wondered why the damn Batmobile didn't have those full bubble canopies that the original Futura had. I mean, sure, it looks nice, but what happens when it rains in Gotham?
They deploy the Emergency Bat-Umbrella, of course. Which leads to confusion when Penguin is on the loose...
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Old May 24 2009, 02:38 AM   #30
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Okay, I have to ask. What's the American Life cable channel?
It's basically a nostalgia channel aimed at older viewers and showing reruns of lots of shows from the '60s, '70s, and '80s. It's the only place I've ever been able to find reruns of Mission: Impossible and The Green Hornet. It also runs shows like Lou Grant, Hill Street Blues, LA Law, Trapper John M.D., and Remington Steele, and it runs episodes of all four Irwin Allen sci-fi shows in a block on Thursday nights. In the daytime, though, it's mostly infomercials, lifestyle shows, things like that. I think. I never paid much attention to its daytime schedule.

Thanks. Alas, it doesn't seem to be part of our local cable package . . .
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