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DYNASTY: The Complete Series coming to DVD

Discussion in 'Dynasty' started by JROG, Jul 25, 2017.

  1. Matthew Blaisdel

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    I would have prefered a Bluray release. :(
     
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    It's a real shame they can't sort out the rights to the a Reunion, I know not everyone likes it but it's hardly the complete series without it, given that it was expressly designed to give closure after the open-ended finish to season 9.
     
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    It is the complete series though--it run for 9 seasons. I know that some people would like to have it, and for their sake I hope maybe they can include it, but the series and the reunion movies are not the same animal--the same is true for Dallas.
     
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    Technically you're right of course, and that's why they can sell this as the complete series without it being misrepresentation. Nevertheless as the series finished without an ending, and the Reunion was designed to be that ending, it is needed if the set is to be "complete" in any meaningful sense.

    I assume the only reason for not including it is that CBS/Paramount don't have the rights.
     
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    No, it really wasn't. That's what they said about the 1991 "Reunion" but it wrapped up very little -- it was intended by the producers to be a reboot effort for a prospective new '90s version of DYNASTY (though John and Linda would never do it). But with the original writers back (whom Esther claims ABC wanted back, but they apparently didn't at all) ABC saw that "The REUNION" just wasn't very good and so slapped "THE END" across the TV Guide ad just in case anybody was confused about where this was going -- which one easily could if they'd listen to all of Esther's press quips.

    That said, the first half of "The Reunion" I have little problem with.
     
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    I don't know how successful the release of "The Colbys" on DVD were, but someone interested in the Reunion could contact "Shout!factoy" and ask them to release it.
    Who has the rights for the Reunion anyway at the moment? Please don't tell me it's at Warners, because then i'm gonna puke..
    Because the Warners like squatting on their SD-content like the hens until it rots.
     
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    According to IMDB, the distribution rights for the reunion are held by ABC
     
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    But that's for broadcasting, we're looking for the home video rights.
    Because if noone really has them at the momant, it should be quite easy for shout!factory to get their hands on these licenses - if people ask for a release and they realize there is an interest, that is.
     
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    I had no idea there were plans for a sequel.
    Doesn't that last scene look sort of "The End"-ish?
     
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    all they have for the reunion

    They only show tv rights, it probablyy means that CBS?PARAMOUNT doesn't have a distribution deal anywhere for the reunion.

    IF you go to Youtube, the mini series appears to have been uploaded from a vhs tape, when someone recored it with a vcr.
     
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    There was also some talk about the '90s DALLAS movies kicking off a continuation, but reportedly the newly-feministicized brass at the network didn't want JR to be a womanizer and a misogynist anymore.

    Which is stupid.
     
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    Yeah, it ignored all but one storylines of season 9 (and even that one was laughable with the whole European/Asian consortium against the good Americans) and it also ignored previous seasons! Like, Fallon had resolved the Miles/Jeff dilemma years ago (and the answer was neither, and it was a good one).

    I don't know when ABC cut their plans short, or if even "the end" was a marketing ploy, but the articles at the time on Soap Opera Digest stated that depending on ratings there would be a revival of the series as mini-series. Ratings for the first half were very good because clearly the public wanted to see the Carringtons and the Colbys again, but once they saw the product, the ratings for the second night plummeted.

    I remember also reading a different reason ABC wanted to wrap up the show. At that time many foreign markets were getting private television for the first time since so many countries (a lot of Europe included) had state-run monopolies ending, and there was renewed interest in Dynasty and some other soap operas--but the news that the show had ended in a cliffhanger ruined sales prospects. ABC execs admitted that in retrospect the show should have been given a limited tenth season to finish its story (and I bet you Paulsen would have done a much better job), although since Iger was still in charge I don't know if that was honest or just something to placate the crowds and help sales. At any rate, for ABC the Reunion did the trick in terms of wrapping up the product, even if it left Dynasty fans unsatisfied.
     
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    CBS considers the reunion, the completion of the original series, and joann has said that the reunion killed any chances for a continuation, no matter how many times the Shapiros tried to get a continuation, the reunion basically killed any interest from potential distributors, and the Dallas revival was the final nail in the coffin for any hopes of picking up with the next generation. So when Fake empire went to the CW, and the shapiros for a reboot, they too it.
     
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    Not that they cared how JR treated men, blacks, eskimos, or the crippled and infirm. Just women.
     
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    But the Reunion was a mini-series...or do you mean another mini-series after the Reunion?
    And was that the reason why they didn't simply state that Dex had died? Maybe he would return in one of the sequel mini-series?
    I like to think that someone had died during that fantastic cliffhanger. Actually they both should have died, Dex and Alexis. That would have been great drama.
     
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    Yes, there would be a couple of mini-series per year. It was confusing the way I phrased it.
    I don't know about Dex, but as @Snarky's Ghost mentioned, the big three were unwilling to do more than the wrap-up series, so the focus would have to shift, perhaps having them as just drop-ins. Esther Shapiro was trying to be coy but she had hinted that we will find out more about Sable and other characters in the follow up mini-series. Then again, Miles was calling Jeff brother again, so what happened to his paternity?
     
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    I wonder if Stephanie Beacham was still interested and/or available at that time. What year did she guest-star on BH90210?
     
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    She only did one episode in 91, and then 3 more in 93 and 4 in 94. So I'd say she was available
     
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    Oh I didn't mean that she wouldn't/couldn't do Dynasty because of that. But it shows that she was still interested in doing Aaron Spelling series at that time.

    Personally I don't think mini-series would have worked for Dynasty. I want the whole thing, everything and more! Not just a 3 hours adventure.
     
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