The Fugitive: The Complete Series
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Catch the Emmy®-winning hit series The Fugitive from its pulse-pounding start to its epic finale. David Janssen stars as Dr. Richard Kimble, the dedicated doctor falsely accused and convicted of killing his wife. While being transported to Death Row, a freak train accident allows him to break free from the custody of Lt. Philip Gerard (Barry Morse). Starting now, the hunt is on! While Gerard chases down Kimble, the good doctor is on a quest to find his wife s real killer the one-armed man whom Kimble witnessed fleeing the scene of the crime. Switching identities while helping strangers in need along the way, Kimble s life is constantly on the move...but he will not stop until justice is found.
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In the late 2000s, CBS began releasing the series in half-season sets. Volumes One and Two of Season One were outstanding. Then the trouble began with the release of Season Two: Volume One. All of the original music was removed, and replaced by a synthesizer score composed by Mark Heyes. The replacement music did not fit with the show and the complaints about it were fierce.
CBS/Paramount responded to those concerns by issuing a replacement set for S2V1. While some episodes in the replacement set had their original music restored, others contained a mixture of the original cues and the Mark Heyes synthesizer score. And that's how it was for the release of Volume Two for Season Two, as well as volumes one and two for Season Three. Many episodes featured a mix of Heyes and original music. The reason for this was due, apparently, to CBS's inability to clear the rights for much of the music used for the series.
For the two volumes released for Season Four, however, the music was mostly all original. In 2011, CBS released The Fugitive: The Most Wanted Edition, a set that included all four seasons of the series with all original music restored. However, a replacement program was needed for this set, as well, because some episodes still included Heyes music while other episodes were error-laden and wouldn't play.
In 2015, CBS/P released The Fugitive: The Complete Series (the one I just bought), but again a replacement program was needed. Many of the Season Two and Season Three episodes afflicted with the Heyes synthesizer score were contained in this release. Those who complained about it were sent copies of the pricier Most Wanted Edition as a replacement. Some who received the Most Wanted Edition replacement set for the Complete Series then had to complain again because they had received bad copies, and needed additional replacement discs.
But now, finally, everything is right in the world. The Complete Series sets being sold now - at least the ones from Amazon - contain all the original music and I've found no signs of synthesizer music. I checked many of the previously problematic episodes (episodes loaded with Heyes music), and they are now Heyes-free. Brass Ring, Ballad for a Ghost, The Iron Maiden, Escape Into Black, Moon Child ... all of these great episodes and more were ruined in the original DVD releases by containing music that did not fit with the time period of this series. Now, they are restored to the way that they were originally broadcast.
Thank you, CBS/Paramount, for finally getting this right. I gave up on this after your release of volumes One and Two for Season Two, and now I'm back on board.
Increased my Rating back to 4 Stars since I finally got the COMPLETE "Most Wanted" set. The new set came 4 days after calling the toll free number again and pleading my case. It appears all the problems episodes I have play thus far have been corrected. As I plow through the rest of my set, I find any issues still needing attention I will amend here once again.
Note to first time buyers: DO NOT buy this "Complete Series" set if you want original music. I get the impression this version will *never* be issued correctly as Paramount's solution is to eventually send the "Most Wanted" set to satisfy complaining customers. Yes, you can get a $100 set eventually for the $46 invested here but it's not guaranteed, and (IMO) not worth the trouble.
Amended Update #1
Dropped my rating to 2 stars because of the following:
I received a little bundle of 5 DVD replacements from the "Most Wanted" edition today. I did NOT receive a complete replacement and these 5 DVD's do NOT address the defective music still present in many of the episodes, especially in Season 2 Volume 2. Also worth noting these replacement discs do not match my "Complete Series" set, which I could have lived with were it not for the many episode music problems still not addressed.
For those who got a complete set replacement, congrats to you!! For those still waiting, you might as well start your RMA with Amazon before the time limit runs out as it appears Paramount is no longer sending out a complete corrected set.
This is totally frustrating but not the first time Paramount has shamelessly hacked music in their work just to avoid licensing issues or expense. The first one of legend was from the original Start Trek "City on the Edge of Forever" where the old time radio music was hacked on the VHS release but later corrected on Laser Disc and later issued formats.
OK here we go...
I purchased my set on June 20 2015, “The Fugitive The Complete Series” box set (NOT the Most Wanted Edition).
So far I have watched most of Season one and this show is utterly amazing. I grew up watching 60's era TV but somehow missed “The Fugitive” all these years. Newly discovered for me, each episode delivers a surprise. It’s either the music score or guest stars appearing few years younger, that went on to be heard or made famous in later TV shows or movies.
What’s more important is the quality of the stories. The Fugitive is right up there with shows like “The Twilight Zone” and “The Outer Limits” in delivering provocative and realistic drama, often touching on social issues well ahead of the shows’1960's time frame.
On to the quality control issues. Given the size of this set, I decided to spot check a few episodes in seasons 2 and 3 where other reviewers have mentioned problems with inserted substitute music over the original soundtrack score.
So far, I have found the basic theme music to be intact.
The problem is with a few episode-specific songs or background music that sounds like it was plunked out on a modern synthesizer instead of being a part of an originally recorded 60's TV score. Both the composition and tonal quality of inserted music jumps right out at you, and can ruin the originally intended mood of the show.
Among all the reviews posted here, I could not find a specific examples to help me look for music problems still not corrected, so here is one I found:
Season 2, Episode 16 “Brass Ring”. The problem is with the amusement park music in act 1. In my DVD box set this episode is actually the first in “Season 2, Volume 2". Just to be sure, I pulled up the same episode which is currently offered on YouTube, and confirmed my DVD has altered music.
Knowing I still had defective content in my set, I called the given toll free number (877-335-8936) and a very helpful operator took my information and asked for my product’s bar code. Confirming my set was defective, she promised a replacement set would be sent but it would take over a month as Paramount was processing the requests in “batches at the end of each month”. It’s worth noting this is a 3rd party customer service and they don’t have the ability to track your order or make specific promises on delivery. Knowing that I will receive my replacement after Amazon’s warranty window closes is my biggest concern.
All told I’m only going to knock off one star for this, given the outstanding quality of this show, and the reasonable price charged for such a large box set.
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