A Guide to Classic/Vintage TV-on-DVD from the Timeless Media Group
A Listmania! list by Robert Huggins(Suburban Philadelphia, PA United States)
The list author says: "The Timeless Media Group, based in Oregon, has been quietly building a sizeable library of older television shows on DVD, many of which haven't been broadcast in decades. Timeless created much excitement among fans of TV Westerns during the Fall of 2007 when they released episodes from six older Westerns from the late 1950s and early 1960s.
This guide will focus on the "premium," licensed titles from Timeless. Timeless also has a budget line of TV-on-DVD titled "Timeless Television" that are comprised of episodes that have fallen into the public domain but will not be included here with one or two exceptions."
"This series is said to be the forerunner of the modern "Law & Order" series and had a unique running time, 90 minutes. Unfortunately, competition from "The Ed Sullivan Show" and "Bonanza" served as the death knell for this show."
"This collection includes 12 episodes from season 1 of the early 1960s detective show that starred Anthony George, Doug McClure, and Sebastian Cabot, and featured a great opening and closing theme from John Williams."
""Riverboat" is notable as being Burt Reynolds first television series, but Darren McGavin ("Kolchak, the Night Stalker") is the star. This collection includes 15 episodes spanning the series' two year run (1959-61). Elmer Bernstein's first season theme music is memorable."
"Yet another film star, George Montgomery, joins the ranks of actors transitioning into the rapidly growing field of television production in the 1950s. This is another half-hour television Western and Timeless offers a dozen episodes from the series in this collection."
"Mickey Rooney's mid-1950s sitcom got clobbered in the ratings by "The Jackie Gleason Show," but it's still pretty funny and worth a view. Timeless offers 30 of the series' 39 episodes in this collection and a "budget" version with 10 episodes is also available."
""Tate" was a Summer replacement series of 13 episodes that was produced by Perry Como's production company. The series was not picked up for a regular run and was a rare series to see until this release by Timeless."
"Here's a comparatively rare-to-see police drama offered by Timeless Media. "Brenner" originally was produced in 1959 and its episodes were rerun as a Summer replacement series in the early 1960s. Ed Binns and James Broderick star as father and son police officers; filmed on location in New York City."
"This is the 1956-57 costume adventure series that was originally broadcast on NBC. William Russell stars as the gallant knight. From the same production company as "The Adventures of Robin Hood." Look for Patrick "The Prisoner" McGoohan in an early episode."
"Robert "Jaws" Shaw's classic swashbuckling 1956-57 series gets 30 episodes spread across three DVDs. That's nine episodes short of the complete series that can be found on Mill Creek Entertainment's competing DVD release."
"This is the show that helped make Lee Marvin a star and did for Chicago what "Naked City" did for New York. All 117 episodes from the series' three seasons plus a bonus CD soundtrack are included in this release."
"This is Timeless' second DVD release of "Wagon Train" and includes all 32 season 7 color episodes, plus 16 black & white episodes from various seasons, as well as interviews with Denny "Scott" Miller (Duke Shannon) and Robert Fuller (Cooper Smith)."
"Here's season 3, the first season of color episodes, of the TV Western that starred Robert Fuller (Wagon Train, Emergency!) and John Smith. A modern day interview with Robert Fuller is included on this set."
"Smorgasbord collection of TV Westerns, some public domain, some licensed to Timeless Media. Includes an episode of "The High Chaparral" making its commercial DVD debut. No Warner TV Westerns are included, save a lone public domain episode of "Sugarfoot.""
"Yet another collection of the Boris Karloff paranormal series, this 2-disc set includes the unofficial pilot of "The Veil," entitled "The Vestris" (which aired on Telephone Time) and a previously unavailable episode "Peggy.""