I honestly didn't know this existed.
This was a reunion bringing back most of the characters from The Andy Griffith
Show. It begins with Andy Taylor returning to Mayberry and planning to run for
his old job of Sheriff but when he arrives, he discovers that his old deputy and
friend, Barney Fife, is planning to run also. So Andy decides to back down. And
at the same time there are some strange things going on, and Barney's stumped,
so Andy has to help him out. Also Barney's planning to propose to his old
girlfriend Thelma Lou, and Opie, Andy's son is about to become a father.
RETURN TO MAYBERRY originally aired on NBC in May 1986.
Available on DVD at Weaver's Department Store.
Brett you are always there with the answers! You beat everyone and the rest of us then have nothing to say!
I just did a search of the episodes in that 50th ann for 22.00 bucks. I found some public domain ones mixed in with copyrighted ones. If I don't have all the PB ones from that list I will find them and add them.
NEVER, NEVER pay for Public Domain. When I see something like that, I work to get it added to the system. Not to cheat honest DVD sales but to keep them a bit more honest than they usually are. I doubt if it's viacomm who is charging this amount but they probably sold the temporay rights to another company. I really don't find this an unfair price. If you don't have it, maybe you should get it.
I see public domain DVDs all the time. Of course, they don't announce they are PD. I see them with 4 lousy episodes going for anywhere from 12.99 to 35.99. The 12.99 is still too high but if you need those 4 it might be worth it.
Now comes the method used to put them on the DVD. It comes in 4 files.
File 1: Has the first episode and some of the 2nd episode
File 2: Has some of the 2nd and the 3rd episode
File 3: Has some of the 3rd and all but a few minutes of the 4th
File 4: Has the last couple of minutes (usually less) of the 4th episode
This require more work on their part due to the having to break up the episodes into this uneven method. Why should anyone pay for such shoddy work? It's not shoddy work. It's to prevent John Q from using the PD on anything other than the original DVD. Except I am not John Q.
I don't see anything wrong with a buck or a 3.99 disk charge but 12.99 and up is highway robbery. Before you pay that larger amount, check with the various Video Depositories on the Net to see if it can be had that way. If it can, invest in a Video Processing program so you can make your own DVD. John Q isn't stupid, just not informed. This gets around the 1000% markup that some companies do with PD.
As for archiving costing a huge amount, I happen to be one of those archivers and mine is free like MOST of the other Archives out there that deal in PD. And most of the PD is taken from the Library of Congress, another service that does not charge. (Yes, paid for by us Tax Payers)
I can think of better ways. Pay the Royalties and put out DVDs without the hook.
There are a few companies out there that have copyrighted materiels mixed in with the PB and they don't pay a dime in royalties.
Besides, I don't plan on making a dime on PB vids. The few PB Vids I have purchased for more than a buck were just plain rippoffs. Case in point.
I took their 4 episodes that they put on to prevent making 4 seperate Vids and put them on as one.
Bet they got real aggrevated about that but there is nothing that can be done since all 4 were PBs. 12.99 per disk is outrageous.
The best ones sell for a buck and they don't play any games when they burn them to disk.
I learned about it a year ago was surprised too. What I am looking for are the 1993 and 2003 TAGS Reunions anyone know where I can find them?
Just so folks know, Viacom *is* the one that put out the 50th Anniversary DVD. Well, it was CBS studios and Paramount...they are owned by VIACOM.
To defend this a bit, the quality of the film used on this DVD set is WAY above the former public domain episodes. I would *highly* suggest this DVD set to anyone that doesn't already have the complete season sets.
This is a very interesting topic and one I'm going to do this weeks Two Chairs No Waiting podcast on. Check out episode #207 of Two Chairs. Thanks for the idea!
CBS snuck in their "PD" episodes into the US Copyright Listing. Now NO The Andy Griffith Show is listed as Public Domain. I had to take them down. This CBS action is more than a little questionable but question we cannot.
Check this article.
How Do You Infringe The Copyright Of Public Domain Works?
Good URL on that one. The Andy Griffith Show of those episodes have been spread across the internet as PD for years. The sad part is, those episodes showed up recently in the US Patent Library with back dated copyright renewals.
Needless to say, I am more than a little furious. And so is droopyvids.com where there is a nice surprise.