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Friday, December 23, 2011

LANCER ON DVD

There have been some recent comments here regarding the availability of LANCER on DVD.  First and foremost, the DVD's that are available -- whatever the source -- are hijacked copies of broadcast television.  They are incomplete; with a run time of less than an hour, with as many as twelve minutes of deleted or heavily edited scenes.  The quality is, by today's standards, fair at best; abysmal at its worse.  Some of the sellers are hawking DVD's that are incomplete or of poor quality.

The point of this site is to encourage FOX to release the show in its most complete versions; with the episodes intact; with the full content.  It would also be great to see the DVD's enhanced and brought forward to today's technology; hopefully in high definition.

True Lancer fans want to see the series professionally produced; brought to the screen and suitable for replay on modern, high-quality electronic gear.  It would also be a plus if the remaining actors who created the characters could provide commentary.  We can only hope.

None of this is going to happen if FOX believes there is no market for the show; or that people are content with second rate copies that have been severely edited to allow for commercial breaks.  So what we need here is a concentrated effort to get FOX to see there is a genuine market, with a fan base willing to purchase a quality product.

So, why settle for a zircon when we could have a genuine diamond?

Fan support has succeeded in doing this for other shows.  Let's work together to get this accomplished.
 

23 comments:

  1. Let's end this year and begin the next one with a renewed effort to get FOX to put Lancer out there. We need legitimate signatures; names please. And pass this on to your friends.

    Kit Prate

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    1. i agree lancer was my world as ateenager johnny was my first love and the show was great

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    2. Lancer was one of the best westerns ever on TV. The storyline was fantastic and interesting. It dealt with real life and controversial issues - far more than Bonanza and other westerns before it. The actors were fantastic and right-on with their characters. I have no idea why it only ran for 2 seasons when it was, by far, a better show than many others that ran longer. I would be first in line to purchase a DVD of the series, and I have many other friends who would as well. From what I understand, there is a multi-country fan base. I think FOX would have no trouble finding a market for a remastered DVD of Lancer.

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    3. I check Amazon all the time for this show. They have it on there, as a possibility it will be released. I hope so. I have High Chaparall on the way, and want this one too. I was glad to get Alias Smith and Jone complete!

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    4. To the Lancer fans,

      I recently received a DVD set of Lancer from one of these
      "unofficial" sources. Considering it is not on the air on TV
      today at all, I admit the quality is not necessarily the
      greatest and they are from 80's or 90's VHS tapes from
      broadcast stations, but they are better than absolutely
      nothing. As the old saying goes, Beggars can't be choosers. Take whatever you can get. The last time
      I remember Lancer actually aired in the US was cable's
      USA Network in the mid to late 80's, and they ran the
      51 episodes as part of their Sunday Showdown TV
      Western lineup along with The Virginian and Wanted--
      Dead Or Alive, both of which are now on official DVD
      and as complete series along with numerous other series
      of those eras. I ought to know--I had them all on VHS once
      upon a time from USA Network, they were edited in content
      but as complete as possible under the circumstances at
      the time. That was well over 25 years ago. I have not seen
      it aired in this country since. According to the DVD's I
      have from a source named in this blog previously those
      copies mostly were from a station in Montreal, Canada.
      The copies that are on Youtube are missing both their
      opening and end credits, which are actually important
      to a lot of us fans as they tell us who starred in the
      show and who the guest stars in it were in each episode.
      To me this ruins the original integrity of the material as
      initially broadcast on CBS in the late 60's. I agree, Lancer
      should be released uncut, in its entirety and restored if
      possible. However, 20th Century Fox to my knowledge
      still owns the rights to this series, and has apparently
      chosen not to do anything with their original film prints
      which are probably in their vaults deteriorating even as
      we speak as other lost TV shows have been over these
      numerous decades. Fox has released assorted shows
      that belong to them including The Big Valley (but stopped
      after the first half of Season 2; Timeless Media Group
      has been licensed to release the rest of it recently)
      and several of their 60's sci-fi shows including Lost In
      Space. Daniel Boone (Fess Parker, 1964-70) another
      Fox series has also been released, but not by that
      studio, and instead by Liberation Entertainment in
      excellent quality. Someone online contacted ME-TV
      about airing Lancer and their response was that the
      series was not "in the wrong format" for current
      viewing in HD (I presume it is still on film and not on
      videotape as most shows of the era were back then).

      Lancer fans, if you want this show on DVD in the pristine
      mint condition of its former glory on CBS, your best bet
      probably is to contact Timeless Media Group or Shout
      Factory. They have released numerous TV Western
      series of the 50's through 70's, both long-running and
      short-lived alike. That is the only way Lancer will ever
      see legitimate official DVD release. If you are waiting
      for Fox to do it, realistically speaking it is not going to
      happen. Don't count on it. I know this site has not been
      replied to in quite some time but I thought I would share
      my opinion on the matter. Thanks for listening.

      A fan and collector of the classic TV Western Series
      of the 50's through 90's. I would rather watch the "old"
      shows in general than the trash on network and cable
      TV in 2014, especially reality shows.

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    5. That sentence should read "in the wrong format...."
      My apologies for the error.

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  2. I know I've signed at least one petition to get the "real" Lancer episodes released as quality DVDs. Is there a petition attached to this blog? Where can I sign? Count me in! Janne Etz, Cocoa Florida.

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  3. The problem, Janne, is there are several petitions out there. What we need is a united effort and legitimate numbers from real people like you. The next step will be to get our counts to FOX, and to make them aware of not only this site, but U-Tube and other blog sites that are also generating solid numbers.

    Thank you for your post!

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  4. I would love Lancer
    DVD I have been looking for a long
    Time. What can I
    Do to help

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  5. would love it if someone knows how to write to James Stacy as a fan. I cant find any fan based address for him, The one above in the left corner is inactive.

    Is anyone out there?

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    1. He does have an address under his real name

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    2. I have remembered the Lancer TV show from my childhood, the signature music and the cast were very special. I'm asking Fox network to release this series on DVD, I consider it a classic.
      Angela

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  6. So, you are saying that the copy for sale from classics4lymphoma.com are actually heavily edited and junk?

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    1. I have such a set. They are better than nothing.
      Best to take it in any condition--"hijacked" from
      US or Canada broadcast television and edited
      for content or not--than not have it at all.
      Sorry if anyone else feels to the contrary.

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  7. James Stacy is a registered sex offender, so his address is published on the registry.

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    1. Okay, James Stacy has paid his debt to society. He has
      been punished enough. Leave him alone.

      As it says in Matthew, "Judge not, lest ye be judged,"
      Also Jesus said, "Let he who is without sin cast the
      first stone."

      That can apply to another post on this blog as well.

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  8. If you’re like me, Cheryl "Sinner" Pierson, or Livia "Liar" Washburn

    you have a few rules for writing

    (when not filling your fat gluttoness faces with crap)

    Rule #1 – Steal

    Rule #2 – Plagiarize

    Rule #3 – Pretend to be a Christian

    Livia Washburn you and your partner Cheryl Pierson will pay for your lying, thieving, sinning ways.

    THE OWNERS OF PRARIE ROSE PUBLISHERS ARE FAT LIARS, THIEVES AND SINNERS!

    Christians...Stay away from these sinners.

    If you buy their evil books you are a sinner too!

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  9. If you’re like us, Cheryl "Sinner" Pierson, or Livia "Liar" Washburn

    you have a few rules for writing

    (when not filling your fat gluttoness faces with crap)

    Rule #1 – Steal

    Rule #2 – Plagiarize

    Rule #3 – Pretend to be a Christian

    Livia Washburn you and your partner Cheryl Pierson will pay for your lying, thieving, sinning ways.

    THE OWNERS OF PRARIE ROSE PUBLISHERS ARE FAT LIARS, THIEVES AND SINNERS!

    Christians...Stay away from these sinners.

    If you buy their evil books you are a sinner too!

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    1. I have a real problem with people who post under the Anonymous tag line to put up stuff like this. And why here? What does your post have to do with anything regarding getting Lancer out there for people to see and enjoy? Where is your proof? Or are you a wannabe author that submitted a book that wasn't accepted?

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    2. I have a real problem with people who post under the Anonymous tag line to put up stuff like this. And why here? What does your post have to do with anything regarding getting Lancer out there for people to see and enjoy? Where is your proof? Or are you a wannabe author that submitted a book that wasn't accepted?

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  10. I would like to see Lancer released on DVD, was thinking of buying it from one of the sites that I could find it but after reading this I think I will wait and hope it gets released officially and in better quality.

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  11. Would like to see this TV series brought to DVD and enhanced to today's standards.

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  12. Is there a group petition I can add my name to? I have a Lancer DVD set which is fair quality but I would love to have a digitally re-mastered set.

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