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Many of the major studios no longer want to be in the DVD (or Blu-ray) business; they’d rather stream or download their films. There are some notable exceptions, however, and they spell good news for serious buffs and collectors. Warner Home Video dominates the market with its highly successful DVD-on-demand service at warnerarchive.com. They’re so good at this game they now distribute Sony and MGM’s on-demand product and have just taken over what is left of Paramount’s new release schedule. Every week Warner adds new titles, ranging from ultra-rare early talkies to recent TV shows and miniseries, from the third season of The Ricky Gervais Show to season one of Dr. Kildare, not to...
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- Leonard Maltin
We here at ComicMix celebrate all manner of pop culture from today’s obvious hits to the arcane wonders of yesteryear. every now and then we get a notice about something that seems just outside our realm of interest but there’s a thing or two that grabs us. Something like an unaired pilot to the legendary Dr. Kildare series is one of those things. Not only that, but the series gave us Richard Chamberlain as a star (long before he was resurrected for Leverage). The show not only boasted an impressive guest cast, as noted below but it featured some of the best writers working in television including a pre-Star Trek Gene Roddenberry. So, here’s the press release for those who remember and remain interested:
Warner Archive Collection continues to unveil some of the finest series in television history with its release this week of Dr. Kildare: The First Complete Season. »
- ComicMix Staff
The level of faith the Walt Disney Company places in its own products never ceases to be amazing if inexplicable. Each era at this massive corporation is so categorically different from what came before, well back into when Disney was still a struggling film studio desperately trying to pay the bills with its shorts or, at the time, a handful of massively ambitious feature-length animated films. Thus, the faith placed in the product has always shifted. However, the Mouse House’s modern era, beginning in 1984, when Michael Eisner, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and the late Frank Wells began their tenure in various high-level positions, has been concurrently maddening and glorious to behold. Whether we like it or not, Disney fans are something of »
- Josh Spiegel
A prolific TV director, Don Medford, has died at the age of 95. He passed away December 12th at the West Hills Hospital and Medical Center in Los Angeles.
His daughter Lynn reported his death to THR on Wednesday. Medford had been a resident of the Motion Picture & Television Fund's retirement home in Woodland Hills since 2001.
Born Donald Muller, Medford worked on numerous TV shows from the early 1950s until the late 1980s including multiple episodes of The Detectives, The Rifleman, The Untouchables, Dr. Kildare, Alfred Hitchock Presents, The Twilight Zone, The FBI, Baretta, The Fall Guy, Dynasty, The Colbys, and on and on.
Medford also directed episodes of The Fugitive, including the two-part series finale. The 1967 last episode was seen by an estimated 78 million people and stood as the most-watched episodes of a television series until »
Prolific television director Don Medford, who is perhaps best known for the two-episode finale of the 1960s drama The Fugitive, died December 12 at West Hills Hospital and Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 95. His family reported the death Wednesday. The 1967 conclusion of Fugitive, the popular series about a man falsely accused of murdering his wife (played by David Janssen) and relentlessly pursued around the country by a determined detective (Barry Morse), was seen by a then-record of an estimated 78 million viewers — a milestone that stood until the “Who Shot J.R.” episode of Dallas drew an estimated 83 million in 1980. Medford’s TV career stretched from the early 1950s Tales Of Tomorrow through the late ’80s Jake And The Fatman. Among the many major and varied series he worked on were the anthologies Alfred Hitchock Presents and The Twilight Zone, The Untouchables with Robert Stack, M Squad with Lee Marvin, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
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