Dan August – The Complete Collection

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VEI continues to pump out the CBS releases, another one has been announced for December- Dan August: The Complete Collection will be released on December 7.

Not familiar with this but I am sure the forum regulars will know it. Its a 70s detective series starring the late Burt Reynolds, that lasted for only 27 episodes.

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  1. TVonDVDJunkie05

    VEI continues to pump out the CBS releases, another one has been announced for December- Dan August: The Complete Collection will be released on December 7.

    Not familiar with this but I am sure the forum regulars will know it. Its a 70s detective series starring the late Burt Reynolds, that lasted for only 27 episodes.

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    Excellent news! More QM series for 2019!

    QM Trio
    The New Breed
    12 O'Clock High
    Dan August

  2. DAN AUGUST was shown uncut on GetTV last year. So this release should be uncut too.View attachment 51780
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    The DAN AUGUST pilot was an ABC SUNDAY NIGHT MOVIE, Jan. 1970, showing, and starred Christopher George and Keenan Wynn, with a slew of guest stars, notably, Janet Leigh. The movie's time-slot was pushed back to a later starting time because of Leigh's controversial character, and the blood spattered crime scene, which was unusual for 1970 TV. Tame by today's TV. (Note, the current COZI commercials making fun of the teaspoons of blood on MURDER SHE WROTE.) Hope they have a nice print of the DAN AUGUST pilot as the version on YouTube is not very good.
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    Chris George had three TV Movies in the running for a series in 1969-70. He passed on DAN AUGUST, 1970-71 and chose THE IMMORTAL, 1970-71. The third was called ESCAPE and was shown in April 1971.

  3. Thanks for the info, Bob! I'm happy to see that they're including the pilot movie in this set, and like you, hope it's in at least decent quality. Despite Mr. Amory's reservations above, I'm excited for this release and look forward to checking this series out soon.

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  4. Bob Gu

    Burt's leaps were epic, Jeff, and the slide down the church aisle….is that even possible!

    Just for the main titles, I will order that set.
    The theme music by Dave Grusin is powerful!
    Grusin used to write the theme music for It Takes a Thief, The Name of the Game and Columbo's first pilot Prescription Murder.

  5. JohnHopper

    Just for the main titles, I will order that set.
    The theme music by Dave Grusin is powerful!
    Grusin used to write the theme music for It Takes a Thief, The Name of the Game and Columbo's first pilot Prescription Murder.

    I'll say it is– quite catchy, too!

  6. Bob Gu

    Burt's leaps were epic, Jeff, and the slide down the church aisle….is that even possible!

    Quite a nice guest cast in the episode linked to above – Vic Morrow, Andrew Prine, Linda Marsh, Joan Van Ark, Joe De Santis. Good stuff! Now we need to get Burt's earlier series Hawk out on DVD. It helps that I like 70s cop shows a lot, but I'd be happy to see this release even if I didn't, as it's always good news to see an older show still come out on disc.

  7. Randy Korstick

    Isn't this the 1st new VEI release in quite a few months? Seems like they have been pretty quiet since the beginning of this year.

    They previously released The Bad News Bears (TV series) on this Halloween (10/31) and Early Edition in August (and The Powers of Matthew Star this past July).

    ~Ben

  8. It seems to be following a pattern on these rare shows. They get picked up by a digital subchannel and then soon after get released. That happened with Its About Time, The Californians, Man Called Shenandoah and now Dan August. I wonder if both are related or just coincidental.

  9. bronson

    The big question will be: How is the picture quality?
    I expect that it will be only a little better than the William Conrad series at the time and we all know that it wasn´t remastered after all.

    That's a question that will be answered when this release finally comes in, which means we'll cross that bridge when we get there.

  10. Just received the set. The good news first: all the episodes, including the telefilm House on Greenapple look great. The telefilm runs an hour and 53 minutes. So it seems to be uncut. On the downside, the hour episodes run between 49 and 50 minutes. For a series from 1970, this means these episodes are probably cut by approximately 5 minutes each. Someone correct me if I’m wrong.

  11. Jimmyr1960

    Just received the set. The good news first: all the episodes, including the telefilm House on Greenapple look great. The telefilm runs an hour and 53 minutes. So it seems to be uncut. On the downside, the hour episodes run between 49 and 50 minutes. For a series from 1970, this means these episodes are probably cut by approximately 5 minutes each. Someone correct me if I’m wrong.

    I'd guess one of the missing minutes is the opening teasers.

    ~Ben

  12. ClassicTVMan1981X

    26 episodes (including the pilot), so I would guess about five discs, going by the compressed size of the episodes.

    Not compressed, that would mean about seven discs.

    ~Ben

    That's what I wanted to know– I was thinking about getting this for Christmas, and I wanted to know what I was going to be getting.

  13. Jimmyr1960

    4 disks total. Picture quality is excellent.

    4 discs for 26 episodes ?
    That means 6 respectively 7 episodes per disc and you say the picture quality is excellent?

    How do you know that the picture quality is excellent?

    It´s going to come out in 2 weeks.

  14. Jimmyr1960

    Just received the set. The good news first: all the episodes, including the telefilm House on Greenapple look great. The telefilm runs an hour and 53 minutes. So it seems to be uncut. On the downside, the hour episodes run between 49 and 50 minutes. For a series from 1970, this means these episodes are probably cut by approximately 5 minutes each. Someone correct me if I’m wrong.

    That´s baloney. The episodes of "The Streets of San Francisco" were 48 minutes long, "Cannon" also. The episodes were never 53 minutes long. 5 minutes cut? Never!

    Therefore I presume the "Dan August" episodes are uncut.

  15. bronson

    That´s baloney. The episodes of "The Streets of San Francisco" were 48 minutes long, "Cannon" also. The episodes were never 53 minutes long. 5 minutes cut? Never!

    Therefore I presume the "Dan August" episodes are uncut.

    Yep. Corrected myself in the very next post. I’ve watched 3 episodes and they are uncut.

  16. Jimmyr1960

    Yep. Corrected myself in the very next post. I’ve watched 3 episodes and they are uncut.

    Jimmy, can you be more precisely About the Picture Quality?

    "Hawaii Five 0", Streets of San Francisco" were remastered in HD, so I guess the Picture Quality is not as good as These two series.
    But If I´m not mistaken the Picture quality of "Dan August" is much better than "Barnaby Jones" or "Cannon", right?

  17. bronson

    Jimmy, can you be more precisely About the Picture Quality?

    "Hawaii Five 0", Streets of San Francisco" were remastered in HD, so I guess the Picture Quality is not as good as These two series.
    But If I´m not mistaken the Picture quality of "Dan August" is much better than "Barnaby Jones" or "Cannon", right?

    Definitely better the Cannon and Barnaby Jones. Not up to the gold standard of Five 0, Mission Impossible, Mannix and Streets. But not much below those in picture quality. August looks great!

  18. bronson

    4 discs for 26 episodes ?
    That means 6 respectively 7 episodes per disc and you say the picture quality is excellent?

    How do you know that the picture quality is excellent?

    It´s going to come out in 2 weeks.

    Ordered it from VEI the day it was announced. They shipped it within a few days. Got it in about a week. VEI shipping early ahead of the street date.

  19. bmasters9

    That Cannon is next to unwatchable to me!

    I like the Cannon complete series DVD set. The episodes are uncut and they aren't remastered so they have a cool/retro/1970's look to them which enhances the viewing experience and I like it.

    I probably won't be getting the Dan August DVD's, I'm not a Burt Reynolds fan and I'd rather see Norman Fell in Three's Company, not in a detective show.

    Both seasons of Harry O are available on DVD, this is something I'd like to have and it's on my Christmas gift wish list this year.

  20. bronson

    That´s baloney. The episodes of "The Streets of San Francisco" were 48 minutes long, "Cannon" also. The episodes were never 53 minutes long. 5 minutes cut? Never!

    I do have to say that on the DVD's of Cannon, most episodes are in the 49-50 minute range but there are also a few that are in the 52-53 minute range.

  21. Lecagr

    I like the Cannon complete series DVD set. The episodes are uncut and they aren't remastered so they have a cool/retro/1970's look to them which enhances the viewing experience and I like it.

    That's a great point, and right in line with how I've felt about M Squad: now as you put it that way, I might consider getting more into it.

  22. bmasters9

    That's a great point, and right in line with how I've felt about M Squad: now as you put it that way, I might consider getting more into it.

    Yes, that unremastered/retro look can sometimes be a cool thing.

    Back in the 1980's when I lived in Chicago, I recorded a bunch of East Side Kids and Bowery Boys movies from WGN. The airings were sourced from old 16mm prints and they have that cool, retro look to them. I still have these and watch them once in a while.

  23. Lecagr

    I like the Cannon complete series DVD set. The episodes are uncut and they aren't remastered so they have a cool/retro/1970's look to them which enhances the viewing experience and I like it.

    I probably won't be getting the Dan August DVD's, I'm not a Burt Reynolds fan and I'd rather see Norman Fell in Three's Company, not in a detective show.

    Both seasons of Harry O are available on DVD, this is something I'd like to have and it's on my Christmas gift wish list this year.

    I agree. Sometimes remastering isn't always a good thing. I know: some look over-restored, like the 2006 and later prints of the classic Star Trek DVD sets.

    ~Ben

  24. bronson

    The big question will be: How is the picture quality?
    I expect that it will be only a little better than the William Conrad series at the time and we all know that it wasn´t remastered after all.

    Did you watch it when GET ran them all? That's the picture quality. They are old one-inch tapes digitized.

  25. Lecagr

    I like the Cannon complete series DVD set. The episodes are uncut and they aren't remastered so they have a cool/retro/1970's look to them which enhances the viewing experience and I like it.

    I probably won't be getting the Dan August DVD's, I'm not a Burt Reynolds fan and I'd rather see Norman Fell in Three's Company, not in a detective show.

    Both seasons of Harry O are available on DVD, this is something I'd like to have and it's on my Christmas gift wish list this year.

    Not a Burt Reynolds fan?
    Never heard that before.

  26. bronson

    The set must have "compression issues". I mean 27 episodes on 4 discs.

    That means 6 or 7 episodes per disc. That´s too much episodes per disc.

    But I wait until I get the set.

    Yes, without compression the number of discs would, in this case, be 8.

    Disc 1 – pilot "House on Greenapple Road" and episodes 1-2
    Disc 2 – episodes 3-6
    Disc 3 – episodes 7-10
    Disc 4 – episodes 11-14
    Disc 5 – episodes 15-18
    Disc 6 – episodes 19-22
    Disc 7 – episodes 23-25
    Disc 8 – episodes 26-28

    ~Ben

  27. bronson

    The set must have "compression issues". I mean 27 episodes on 4 discs.

    That means 6 or 7 episodes per disc. That´s too much episodes per disc.

    Probably a cost cutting decision by VEI to cram everything on to four discs. Seven discs would be better.

  28. Pardon my ignorance, but could someone explain to me what the symptoms of "compression issues" are? I have the VEI release of Jake and the Fatman that has up to 6 episodes per disc and the picture looks fine and I have had no issues whatsoever playing the discs. Thanks.

  29. Jimmyr1960

    The telefilm runs an hour and 53 minutes. So it seems to be uncut.

    bmasters9

    Why is that pilot movie so long?

    According to Jonathan Etter's book, Quinn Martin, Producer, the original pilot telefilm starring Christopher George as Dan August, The House on Greenapple Road (Jan. 11, 1970), aired in a very unconventional 135 minute time slot, 2 and a quarter hours with commercials. ABC wanted QM to cut it to a more conventional 95-100 minutes, but because QM had sway in those days (Quinn Martin himself was adamant it not be cut), and the illustrious cast of Janet Leigh, Walter Pidgeon, William Windom, Mark Richman, Barry Sullivan, Joanne Linville, Tim O'Conner and Lynda Day George made for "event" programming, QM got their way. It was also hyped for mature themes.

    From the book also…apparently, Christopher George was instrumental in getting his friend cast to replace him when Dan August was picked up for the fall. George himself had chosen to do The Immortal instead. QM had definitely wanted him for the series, but then got a real boost in 1975 when they could take it down from the shelf and syndicate it and also re-cut and combine episodes to make ersatz feature films for European and other foreign markets, all because of Burt Reynolds mega-star status at that time.

    GMBurns

    Pardon my ignorance, but could someone explain to me what the symptoms of "compression issues" are? I have the VEI release of Jake and the Fatman that has up to 6 episodes per disc and the picture looks fine and I have had no issues whatsoever playing the discs. Thanks.

    Glenn, I'm no expert on the techniques of DVD authorship, but I do know they have developed many sophisticated encoding and authoring techniques in signal processing and file compression that really mitigate against loss of definition, minimize video noise levels and maximize bit rates during playback on Dual Layer Discs. I believe these advanced algorithms and processing were developed long after the advent of the DVD format itself, and thus were not available years ago. Dual layer DVDs are of course key to this discussion, not the single layer discs. It used to be less picture quality with the more episode files crammed (compressed) onto a disc. I believe that to be much less the case today, and I have many sets with 6 hour long episodes or about 13 half hour episodes where the video, audio and playability are outstanding. Warner Archive's recent release of Mr. Novak (30 one hour eps) comes on 6 DVD-R. A similar set just a few years ago with the same technical specs would have come on 8 discs. The technical side of the business has thankfully evolved. I have to admit I still check with some concern the disc count for new sets versus the amount of programming and video file compression loaded on them regardless, after having been conditioned to fear that over these past many years, but those old fears don't apply as much anymore. VEI's recent sets of Petrocelli, Longstreet, The Magician and The Immortal all look and sound great! Many more also.

  30. While there probably have been some improvements made with DVD technology, I believe that discs which have a larger amount of content on them can have occasional tendency to freeze/pause during playback.

    I have two DVD sets from VEI, I have the 31 disc Cannon set and the Petrocelli set which has 10 discs.

    Cannon's 31 disc set is the one to have and it contains the movie The Return Of Frank Cannon. The 20 disc "economy version" set doesn't include The Return Of Frank Cannon and the discs have too many episodes compressed on to them.

    10 discs for the Petrocelli set is about right, the discs have four or five episodes each, which is good. If VEI would re-issue the Petrocelli series, I imagine it would be an "economy version" containing only 6 or 7 discs. Not good.

  31. Lecagr

    Cannon's 31 disc set is the one to have and it contains the movie The Return Of Frank Cannon. The 20 disc "economy version" set doesn't include The Return Of Frank Cannon and the discs have too many episodes compressed on to them.

    10 discs for the Petrocelli set is about right, the discs have four or five episodes each, which is good. If VEI would re-issue the Petrocelli series, I imagine it would be an "economy version" containing only 6 or 7 discs. Not good.

    I have the 20-disc Cannon all-in-one, and one thing that I do not like about that all-in-one is that when you finish an episode, the cursor stays on that episode in the menu, and does not advance to the next; if you don't know what you're doing, you can end up seeing the same one twice.

    Petrocelli, however, does have the cursor in its menus advancing to the next episode whenever you finish one; also, half the discs have four shows each, and half have 5. In fact, the first two discs of the first go, and the first three discs of the second, are the ones that have four apiece; the last three of the first go, and the last two of the other, are the ones that have 5 apiece.

  32. I wonder if they're using DVD-9 discs (to store up to 9 GB worth) to fit as many episodes as possible onto a single disc? Perhaps that is why they might have been able to do this (along with what I've read in Flashgear's reply) without too much compression.

    In the 4K/Blu-Ray world, there are even triple-layer discs…

    ~Ben

  33. Thanks everyone for the thoughts about compression problems. My Dan August set arrived today and all four discs look very good, despite having 6 hours worth of episodes apiece. I watched the first episode with Burt Reynolds and am very glad to add this set to my collection.

  34. GMBurns

    Thanks everyone for the thoughts about compression problems. My Dan August set arrived today and all four discs look very good, despite having 6 hours worth of episodes apiece. I watched the first episode with Burt Reynolds and am very glad to add this set to my collection.

    Glad you're enjoying it so far!

    BTW, does the cursor in the menu advance to the next episode when one episode is completed?

  35. GMBurns

    Yes it does. 🙂

    Glad to hear! I didn't want you to be faced with the possibility of seeing the same one twice (that is, unless you wanted to).

    BTW, why do some releases have the cursor staying on an episode in the menu even after that episode is finished, while others don't?

  36. Dave Scarpa

    i tried but it would not ship to me in the states

    The commercial agreement between Canada and the USA "may" have changed. Who knows?
    Perhaps, you need one more week and the shipping option will change. It happens sometimes. I faced this issue in October.

  37. JohnHopper

    The commercial agreement between Canada and the USA "may" have changed. Who knows?
    Perhaps, you need one more week and the shipping option will change. It happens sometimes. I faced this issue in October.

    I don't think I ever knew there was such a thing!

  38. i just went to the VEI Website and preordered they had it on sale for $24.95, some good other prices to $16.95 for the Untouchables and $19.95 on the complete Nimoy In Search of, i was tempted by both

    any one know if those In Search of's are uncut with the original Titles, or are they the updates form the History channel?

  39. Dave Scarpa

    i just went to the VEI Website and preordered they had it on sale for $24.95, some good other prices to $16.95 for the Untouchables and $19.95 on the complete Nimoy In Search of, i was tempted by both
    any one know if those In Search of's are uncut with the original Titles, or are they the updates form the History channel?

    The set includes the original opening credits.

    However, most episodes are missing the series of clips with the Nimoy voiceover (Lost civilizations, extraterrestrials, myths and monsters missing persons, magic and witchcraft,,,) right before the end credits.

    The episodes that include the series of clips with the voiceover time out at a little over 23 minutes. The episodes without it run somewhere between 22:30 and 23 minutes.

  40. I ordered Dan August directly from VEI and it shipped almost immediately, for the same $24.95 price. After some recent issues with Deep Discount double charging my credit card and not giving satisfactory attention to the problem, it was a pleasure to deal with a company that handled things in a professional manner.

    Thanks to Scott above for the info re: their In Search Of… set. Been curious about that one for a while.

  41. Jeff Flugel

    I ordered Dan August directly from VEI and it shipped almost immediately, for the same $24.95 price. After some recent issues with Deep Discount double charging my credit card and not giving satisfactory attention to the problem, it was a pleasure to deal with a company that handled things in a professional manner.

    Thanks to Scott above for the info re: their In Search Of… set. Been curious about that one for a while.

    Yeah, I noticed the same thing when my order for The Powers of Matthew Star had been shipped on Monday (11/12) and arrived just three days later (on 11/15)!

    ~Ben

  42. I find that VEI is a very odd company. It's a Canadian operation and I live in Canada about 90 minutes away from their headquarters. Yet, If I order Dan August from them, their price of $24.99 is in U.S. dollars ($33.21 CAN), then they mysteriously add almost $4.00 (U.S.) sales tax ($5.31), then their cheapest shipping method costs $12.99 U. S.Dollars ($17.26 CAN) – highly inflated given that a package of that weight and size averages no more than $6.00 CAN via Canada Expresspost- for a grand total of $55.78 CAN.

    I can order this from Amazon Canada for $39.99 plus $5.00 tax, and free shipping for a total of $44.99 CAN, yet the order is actually fulfilled by VEI for Amazon.

  43. John Karras

    I find that VEI is a very odd company. It's a Canadian operation and I live in Canada about 90 minutes away from their headquarters. Yet, If I order Dan August from them, their price of $24.99 is in U.S. dollars ($33.21 CAN), then they mysteriously add almost $4.00 (U.S.) sales tax ($5.31), then their cheapest shipping method costs $12.99 U. S.Dollars ($17.26 CAN) – highly inflated given that a package of that weight and size averages no more than $6.00 CAN via Canada Expresspost- for a grand total of $55.78 CAN.

    I can order this from Amazon Canada for $39.99 plus $5.00 tax, and free shipping for a total of $44.99 CAN, yet the order is actually fulfilled by VEI for Amazon.

    Why does it cost more to get it direct from VEI, but less from Amazon Canada?

  44. Although the DAN AUGUST DVD Set is already for sale via VEI on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca
    it’s not available for interational or overseas ordering yet – even the LONGSTREET and THE IMMORTAL DVD Sets
    which actually were available for international ordering now have changed Amazon order options and are no longer
    available for international customers …

    Have the sale rights for VEI Products changed so that these are no longer permitted for overseas sales
    and just only can be sold within the USA market ?

    I would love to get some input on this situation as I really want to order this DVD Set from Germany and as
    a longtime Amazon.com customer never had such aproblem before …

  45. Finally able to finish the pilot, House On GreenApple Road, this afternoon. Really good cast for a "TV" movie: Christopher George, Keenan Wynn, Barry Sullivan, Walter Pidgeon, Peter Mark Richman, Tim O'Connor, Janet Leigh, William Windom, Joanne Linville, Paul Fix and Ed Asner, wow!!! I really liked the set up for this story. Top notch all around. Seems unusually adult for the times (adultery, spineless husband accepting his wife unconditionally because he loves her – believably played I might add). Not sure if any work was done on this movie, but it looked good to my eyes for a 48 year old film.

    Episode 1 – Murder By Proxy – Roger Perry, Anne Francis, Burr DeBenning (again!!!), Diana Muldaur. Episode did not have the polished look of the pilot movie but was very watchable. This one played out like most 70's cop shows. One person with a solid alibi coerced another individual to do the actual deed. Still in all, an enjoyable hour. Sure was surprised to see the Worldvision(not affiliated …) logo at the end.

  46. Doug Wallen

    I have only watched one regular episode, so I do not know if it is on them all or not. I just found it odd. Haven't seen that one since I saw The Fugitive on A&E.

    I recall seeing it regularly on Little House reruns!

  47. Doug Wallen

    I have only watched one regular episode, so I do not know if it is on them all or not. I just found it odd. Haven't seen that one since I saw The Fugitive on A&E.

    I saw that one quite a lot on many Hanna-Barbera cartoons in the early 1990s. This was the first one from 1988 (with no Spelling Entertainment byline):

    It even existed in "Film-O-Vision"…

    ~Ben

  48. In checking this set, there is a listing mistake. It claims to be "All 27 episodes + TV movie". However, there really are only 26 1-hour episodes. The inside packaging lists an episode titled "The Trouble With Women", however it doesn't appear on any of the discs. In reality, "The Trouble With Women" was an after-the-fact re-edited TV movie consisting of the episodes "Epitaph For A Swinger" and "The Titan".

  49. John Karras

    In checking this set, there is a listing mistake. It claims to be "All 27 episodes + TV movie". However, there really are only 26 1-hour episodes. The inside packaging lists an episode titled "The Trouble With Women", however it doesn't appear on any of the discs. In reality, "The Trouble With Women" was an after-the-fact re-edited TV movie consisting of the episodes "Epitaph For A Swinger" and "The Titan".

    Why does the packaging show an episode that isn't?

  50. John Karras

    In checking this set, there is a listing mistake. It claims to be "All 27 episodes + TV movie". However, there really are only 26 1-hour episodes. The inside packaging lists an episode titled "The Trouble With Women", however it doesn't appear on any of the discs. In reality, "The Trouble With Women" was an after-the-fact re-edited TV movie consisting of the episodes "Epitaph For A Swinger" and "The Titan".

    The TV movie pilot which precedes the regular 26 episodes was "House on Greenapple Road."

    Disc 1:
    1. TV movie: "House on Greenapple Road"
    2. Murder by Proxy
    3. The Murder of a Small Town
    4. Love is a Nickel Bag
    5. The King is Dead
    6. In the Eyes of God

    Disc 2:
    7. The Color of Fury
    8. Invitation to Murder
    9. The Union Forever
    10. Epitaph for a Swinger
    11. When the Shouting Dies
    12. The Soldier
    13. Quadrangle for Death

    Disc 3:
    14. Passing Fair
    15. The Titan
    16. Death Chain
    17. Dead Witness to a Killing
    18. The Law
    19. The Worst Crime
    20. Circle of Lies

    Disc 4:
    21. Trackdown
    22. Bullet for a Hero
    23. The Manufactured Man
    24. The Meal Ticket
    25. Days of Rage
    26. Prognosis: Homicide
    27. The Assassin

    ~Ben

  51. In addition to The Trouble with Women, do the titles of these other re-edited TV movies related to this series ring a bell for you? They too aired in this form in 1980, and done so to capitalize on the success of Burt Reynolds being a hit in that year's big-screen release, Smokey and the Bandit.

    The list:
    Double Jeopardy (aka Once is Never Enough) (edited from "Death Chain" and "Prognosis: Homicide")
    The Jealousy Factor (edited from "Murder by Proxy" and "The King is Dead")
    The Lady Killers (edited from "When the Shouting Dies" and "The Worst Crime")
    The Relative Solution (edited from "Dead Witness to a Killing" and "Days of Rage")
    The Killing Affairs (edited from "The Manufactured Man" and "The Assassin")

    ~Ben

  52. Some screen caps I took from the new VEI Dan August set…man, I love to see Burt skid up the church aisle with that demented grimace on his face…his natural athleticism is very much in evidence in the action scenes…what a talent he was…
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    Quadrangle of Death (Dec. 16, 1970)…filmed at John Marshall High in Los Feliz, the very same high school setting as seen in the James Franciscus / Dean Jagger series Mr. Novak, where it served as the fabled 'Jefferson High' five years earlier…
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    A young John Ritter and Davanna Brown as damn, dirty, hippie protesters…
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    Guest star Richard Baseheart as the phoney baloney "cool" professor…
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    Burt and Norman are not impressed…
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    Yeah, give 'em the stink eye Burt!
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    Looking forward to revisiting this show…the pilot telefilm, The House on Green apple Road, looks stunning, as it has obviously been remastered from the original 35 mm film elements…the episodes themselves look OK, being the somewhat soft looking old World Vision transfers…Duane Tatro's music for the pilot film is the equal of the great Dave Grusin music for the series…

  53. Flashgear

    Some screen caps I took from the new VEI Dan August set…man, I love to see Burt skid up the church aisle with that demented grimace on his face…his natural athleticism is very much in evidence in the action scenes…what a talent he was…
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    Quadrangle of Death (Dec. 16, 1970)…filmed at John Marshall High in Los Feliz, the very same high school setting as seen in the James Franciscus / Dean Jagger series Mr. Novak, where it served as the fabled 'Jefferson High' five years earlier…
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    A young John Ritter and Davanna Brown as damn, dirty, hippie protesters…
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    Guest star Richard Baseheart as the phoney baloney "cool" professor…
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    Yeah, give 'em the stink eye Burt!
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    Looking forward to revisiting this show…the pilot telefilm, The House on Green apple Road, looks stunning, as it has obviously been remastered from the original 35 mm film elements…the episodes themselves look OK, being the somewhat soft looking old World Vision transfers…Duane Tatro's music for the pilot film is the equal of the great Dave Grusin music for the series…

    Nice taster– ever more definite purchase for me!

  54. Oh, wow, these look terrible. The runtimes aren't that shortened (49 minutes and change) but it's still some of the ugliest time compression (or PAL-to-NTSC conversion?) I've ever seen. If you didn't know better you'd think the series was shot on tape.

  55. Stephen Bowie

    Oh, wow, these look terrible. The runtimes aren't that shortened (49 minutes and change) but it's still some of the ugliest time compression (or PAL-to-NTSC conversion?) I've ever seen. If you didn't know better you'd think the series was shot on tape.

    There's no question that the transfers are quite soft. One small grump I have is that on most episodes, there is a premature fadeout of the epilog heading in to the end credits.

  56. John Karras

    There's no question that the transfers are quite soft. One small grump I have is that on most episodes, there is a premature fadeout of the epilog heading in to the end credits.

    That's the consequence of fitting so many 1-hour episodes onto a single disc. I think it's especially bad on disc 1, which is led off by the 2-plus-hour (135 minutes) pilot, House on Greenapple Road.

    Speaking of time compression, I just hope none of the episodes of The Bad News Bears on the DVD ended up the same way (especially the 14 episodes – the entire second season run – on disc 2)…

    ~Ben

  57. Stephen Bowie

    I didn't think a QM show could look worse than Cannon or post-S1 Barnaby Jones, but I was wrong!

    I think The Streets of San Francisco and first-season Barnaby Jones might be two of the best-looking QM shows on DVD (especially as those came from CBS themselves, and not VEI; of course, even though Cannon came direct through CBS for its first releases, its PQ was quite awful, IIRC).

  58. I agree with Benjamin that the Dan August episodes on disc one probably suffer the most in bit rate and compression causing loss of definition because of the video file size of the pilot telefilm which has clearly been beautifully remastered in HD from the original 35 mm film elements…the 1:52:54 running time for the pilot is properly divided into 12 chapter stops…the Dan August episodes are all presented with 9 chapter stops…I also agree that the prematurely truncated fade-outs are an irritant, saving maybe all of 20 to 25 seconds in the WV syndicated versions…it is what it is…

    Screen caps I took from the pilot telefilm, The House on Green Apple Road…incredible cast…no spoilers, of course…
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  59. Screen caps I took from the pilot telefilm, The House on Green Apple Road…incredible cast…no spoilers, of course…

    You only find famous golden age actors and character-actors all the way:
    Janet Leigh
    Julie Harris
    Tim O'Connor
    Walter Pidgeon
    Barry Sullivan
    Keenan Wynn
    Christopher George
    Peter Mark Richman
    William Windom
    Lynda Day George
    Joanne Linville
    Edward Asner
    Paul Fix

  60. JohnHopper

    Screen caps I took from the pilot telefilm, The House on Green Apple Road…incredible cast…no spoilers, of course…

    You only find famous golden age actors and character-actors all the way:
    Janet Leigh
    Julie Harris
    Tim O'Connor
    Walter Pidgeon
    Barry Sullivan
    Keenan Wynn
    Christopher George
    Peter Mark Richman
    William Windom
    Lynda Day George
    Joanne Linville
    Edward Asner
    Paul Fix

    That is a damn fine cast! Looking forward to seeing the pilot, which seems a major upgrade in picture quality from the poor You Tube copies I've seen floating around. I like Burt Reynolds just fine, but I've always been a Christopher George fan, and will be happy to have more of his work on disc (aside from The Immortal, which I've also recently ordered.) Will be interesting to compare the two actors' takes on the Dan August role.

    Thanks for the screencaps, Randall!

  61. An audiophile friend compared the DVDs to a definitely uncompressed Dan August element today and confirmed the DVDs are slightly time-sped. Which in retrospect should be obvious given the little trims to the act titles, but we were both a little surprised that they're only shortened by 2-3 minutes. But I guess there was a market for that length 30 years ago or whenever Worldvision struck these.

  62. Stephen Bowie

    An audiophile friend compared the DVDs to a definitely uncompressed Dan August element today and confirmed the DVDs are slightly time-sped. Which in retrospect should be obvious given the little trims to the act titles, but we were both a little surprised that they're only shortened by 2-3 minutes. But I guess there was a market for that length 30 years ago or whenever Worldvision struck these.

    In the two episodes I watched, I noticed Burt's voice is a little higher and faster that I would have expected.

  63. Stephen Bowie

    An audiophile friend compared the DVDs to a definitely uncompressed Dan August element today and confirmed the DVDs are slightly time-sped. Which in retrospect should be obvious given the little trims to the act titles, but we were both a little surprised that they're only shortened by 2-3 minutes. But I guess there was a market for that length 30 years ago or whenever Worldvision struck these.

    I'd say the mid-1980s (circa 1985), when there were longer commercial breaks.

    ~Ben

  64. ClassicTVMan1981X

    Yes.

    ~Ben

    Didn't realize– of course, it was long ago in my childhood that I got my first taste of what Streets was like, even if it was just the opening (at least I think that's how it was).

  65. Doug Wallen

    Finally able to finish the pilot, House On GreenApple Road, this afternoon. Really good cast for a "TV" movie: Christopher George, Keenan Wynn, Barry Sullivan, Walter Pidgeon, Peter Mark Richman, Tim O'Connor, Janet Leigh, William Windom, Joanne Linville, Paul Fix and Ed Asner, wow!!! I really liked the set up for this story. Top notch all around. Seems unusually adult for the times (adultery, spineless husband accepting his wife unconditionally because he loves her – believably played I might add). Not sure if any work was done on this movie, but it looked good to my eyes for a 48 year old film.

    Episode 1 – Murder By Proxy – Roger Perry, Anne Francis, Burr DeBenning (again!!!), Diana Muldaur. Episode did not have the polished look of the pilot movie but was very watchable. This one played out like most 70's cop shows. One person with a solid alibi coerced another individual to do the actual deed. Still in all, an enjoyable hour. Sure was surprised to see the Worldvision(not affiliated …) logo at the end.

    I agree I remember this series as a kid but never saw the film, after doing so and then seeing a few shows, I can say the show never reached the level of the movie. It was a competent enough 70’s series

  66. To compare the compressed video definition of the Dan August episodes with the beautifully remastered pilot telefilm on the same set, I offer these comparative examples…

    Newspaper headline as seen in the pilot, The House on Green Apple Road…You can easily read most of the type here…
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    Newspaper headline as seen in the Dan August episode, Invitation To Murder…soft image by far…
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    Here's another good comparison…Tim O'Connor's old acne scars as seen in the pilot movie…
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    Tim O'Connor returns in the Dan August episode, Invitation To Murder
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    One thing I noticed about the pilot movie is it's 1968 copyright…I don't know if that means it sat on the shelf for awhile or not…it didn't go to air until January 11, 1970. There's nothing in Jonathan Etter's book on QM that accounts for the long lead time, other than perhaps ABC wanting to hold on to it for "event programming"…
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  67. Flashgear

    To compare the compressed video definition of the Dan August episodes with the beautifully remastered pilot telefilm on the same set, I offer these comparative examples…

    Newspaper headline as seen in the pilot, The House on Green Apple Road…You can easily read most of the type here…
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    Newspaper headline as seen in the Dan August episode, Invitation To Murder…soft image by far…
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    Here's another good comparison…Tim O'Connor's old acne scars as seen in the pilot movie…
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    Tim O'Connor returns in the Dan August episode, Invitation To Murder
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    One thing I noticed about the pilot movie is it's 1968 copyright…I don't know if that means it sat on the shelf for awhile or not…it didn't go to air until January 11, 1970. There's nothing in Jonathan Etter's book on QM that accounts for the long lead time, other than perhaps ABC wanting to hold on to it for "event programming"…
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    Great shots! That's a big difference between the papers on the pilot and in the series, for one thing– nonetheless, I am still getting this sometime soon, because I have never seen Dan August before (outside of the quite catchy title track, and the very well done title sequence over which it played), and as I've said before with things like M Squad, if a show's as good as I think this will be, picture quality should hardly be a concern.

  68. For me, the soft image video quality of the episodes only bothers me in the middle and backgrounds…and sometimes in motion during action scenes when the bit rate falls to a lower extreme…I do wish that VEI had devoted a fifth disc to this set…

    from Invitation To Murder…the statuesque Barbara Mills…a stunning redhead, among many babes in this series…
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    Here's an example of the soft images in the middle and backgrounds…see the blur in Norman Fell's face!
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    I'm just trying to help people here, for those on the bubble who are trying to decide if they want it right now…I'm sure it will be nicely discounted in the near future, if you want to wait for a bargain price…for me, the price is about right and I'm still glad to have the series as is, especially the extraordinary pilot film which, as you can see from my earlier screen caps, is gorgeous! I do most of my TV viewing on a 60" HDTV, by the way. You may not notice most of these deficiencies on a smaller TV…

  69. Flashgear

    I do most of my TV viewing on a 60" HDTV, by the way. You may not notice most of these deficiencies on a smaller TV…

    Great points there! I have a 55" Vizio now that my brother had (he gave it to me for a Christmas present), and I've tried several things on it, and it upconverts (upscales) many older series quite well, like Petrocelli for instance; it might do the same with this.

  70. I have a really old tv and my Dan August looks good, nowhere near as blurry as the above screen captures, and definitely way better than VEI's release of Cannon. The plots are fairly predictable as far as 70's detective shows go, but it has all the earmarks of a Quinn Martin production, including great guest stars. There's a nice rapport between Burt Reynolds and Norman Fell that makes their partnership very believable and enjoyable.

  71. GMBurns

    There's a nice rapport between Burt Reynolds and Norman Fell that makes their partnership very believable and enjoyable.

    And it's the same with The Streets of San Francisco when it came to Karl Malden and Michael Douglas; it was said popularly that Malden's Stone character was like a father figure to Douglas' Keller character, but, IMO, they worked so well together that, as I said one other time, I have thought of them more as brothers than as father-son.

  72. Regarding the running times, some ABC shows from that era ran really long, like almost 52 minutes without any next week teasers. I was just transferring some Toma from a run in Canada that was uncut and the shows come in around 51:45. Same as The Immortal. So, I don't doubt that Dan August likely had just as long of an original running time.

    I'm sure I'll pick up the set eventually but considering they just ran the same copies on GET last year, I pretty much already have the series, and less compressed than these will be.

  73. Oddly enough, Amazon US ceased to sell the title Dan August.
    They mention the vague statement "Currently unavailable" followed by "We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock".

    To be continued … Please stand by …

  74. JohnHopper

    Oddly enough, Amazon US ceased to sell the title Dan August.
    They mention the vague statement "Currently unavailable" followed by "We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock".

    To be continued … Please stand by …

    I would have to guess there may be a few flaws with this first batch… I know it will be back! They did temporarily remove Nero Wolfe (1981) from their stock for a similar reason.

    ~Ben

  75. ClassicTVMan1981X

    I would have to guess there may be a few flaws with this first batch... I know it will be back! They did temporarily remove Nero Wolfe (1981) from their stock for a similar reason.

    VEI's track record in the past suggests this may very well be the case.

    I'll usually wait a year or so after release for VEI to iron out the kinks.

  76. ClassicTVMan1981X

    I would have to guess there may be a few flaws with this first batch… I know it will be back! They did temporarily remove Nero Wolfe (1981) from their stock for a similar reason.

    ~Ben

    I will wait for later in 2019. There's no rush. To be continued …

  77. Flashgear

    Screen caps I took from the pilot telefilm, The House on Green Apple Road…incredible cast…no spoilers, of course…

    Holy moly, Chris George put on some weight between this and The Immortal.

    The caps are great! It's almost a Who's Who of Star Trek guests…

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