|"12 O'Clock High"|
My experience with 12 O'Clock High made me curious about other shows from that same time period. What was on DVD and what was lost? So far, I've found two series that I loved that are not on DVD: Dr. Kildare, The Man Who Never Was, and T.H.E. Cat. Will I find others?
Where are these lost classics and why aren't they available on DVD?
Is one reason like what happened to 12 O'Clock High"? That is, the show failed to reach the magic 100 shows mark, wasn't syndicated, and who knows where the original masters of each episode are. I had not known that a TV show could end up in the public domain, either. That means the copyright holder didn't want to renew the copyright.
And that may be a reason for classic TV shows missing in action as DVDs. The copyright holders do not want to proceed with issuing DVDs. Too expensive? Maybe the masters need too much work before transferring them to digital format. Or maybe the copyright holders believe the market doesn't exist for these shows. Money always talks the loudest in these situations. Marketing costs might be too high compared with potential sales.
Another issue perhaps: we now have so much material to put on DVD from TV shows, movies, and documentaries, why offer classic TV shows that may not sell the way more recent shows will sell?
I suppose with the economy wobbling the way it is, the presidential campaign starting to gain momentum, and the summer starting off with serious wildfires in the west and deluges in the east, classic TV shows wouldn't be terribly high on anyone's priority list. But I say, wherever we can find comfort and inspiration is worth the time and effort. And the bucks.
Like the adventures of Thomas Hewitt Edward Cat.....