In other important news of the day, President Jimmy Carter said today that high gas prices should be coming down this month!
It's interesting - the last season of China Beach ('92) was set 20 years in the future, and 20 years later Dana Delany looks better than she did then.
OMG, look at Jeff Kober! He looks older than even those who are older than him
I remember it was such a big deal when they killed off Cherry, a major character.
R12, CB is one of the most requested shows for TV Shows on DVD.
Ricki Lake had an abortion on the show.
Interesting that show was done in reverse, all of the scenes started at the end, and went to the beginning of the story.
I can't believe I forgot Ricki Lake was on the show. I looked at that pic posted and thought the cast chose to reunite on her talk show.
Where's Cherry? I loved her character and my 11-year-old self cried when she was killed.
WEHT Nan Woods?
The death of Cherry was truly shocking tv. There were no spoilers ahead of time, she was a major character (the ingenue in Viet Nam), and the scene played perfectly - relief turning to grief in an instant. i remember sitting in front of the tv not quite believing what I was seeing.
One of the best shows on TV. SO glad to hear this. I used to have all the episodes on VHS, (Taped from the TV) but this is awesome.
Featuring the world's most annoyingly mannered actress (at least since Sandy Dennis's demise): Chloe Webb! (Although she'd better check behind her - Kathleen Wilhoite is catching up fast.)
R7 is an absolute idiot.
I hated China Beach. The very definition of a "chick show." Did any real men even watch this tripe?
R30 You're asking about "real men" on Datalounge?
This is really great news. I'm waiting for Wonder Years and Ally McBeal (in the US). Both still tangled over music rights.
Ally McBeal has been available in the US for about 3 years, dumbass.
The Wonder Years does not hold up at all. It's just cloying and overly sentimental, and the later Kevin going-through-puberty episodes are completely unwatchable. Ally McBeal was pure David E. Kelly forumulaic crap. How anyone could've sat through five minutes of any episode is beyond me. Another silly chick show for the fraus to discuss at the watercooler on Tuesday mornings. What I'm really waiting for is the third season release of my beloved Knots Landing. Come on Warner Bros, make it happen.
That's really unnecessary r33. I thought it was only released outside of the US.
Sheesh. It doesn't take much to rile some people on DL.
That's nice, r34. That is your opinion.
I was a baby when this show was on, so I don't remember it, but have read about this show several times on DL. Why did the gays love it?
I can't speak for THE gays, but:
more about character relationships than "action" scenes.
great pop soundtrack.
I'm glad Chloe Webb's made something of a comeback. Loved her in Tales.
Lots of hot, shirtless, sweaty guys playing soldiers who sit around watching women dressed in fab 60s fashion and belting out Supremes tunes.
So take a guess why, r37.
Dana Delany turned me gay. Some fond memories of watching this show as a wee babydyke.
There are some very moving episodes in this series. There is one I remember about KC and this black guy whose face was half burned off. And the last few episodes where it's the fall of Saigon and she shoves her kid onto the helicopter after having written BOONIE on her coat. And the finale is extremely moving.
Thanks for the news, VOTN. Hopefully next up will be Fresno, A Year in the Life and Madame's Place
I wondered if things were really like that...that show made serving as a nurse in Vietnam look like loads of fun. They had a beauty contest. And a "prom." McMurphy had hot affairs with a handsome flyboy (on one of the shows they had a marathon fuck session) and a handsome French doctor; both were madly in love with her but neither relationship lasted (the flyboy was married and the French doctor was committment-shy). Every guy on that fucking show wanted a piece of McMurphy's fine ass. Of course now and then there was that messy business of tending to gravely wounded casualties, but mostly it was sex and booze and good times. I don't know if that's what the show intended but it sure looked to me like the good outweighed the bad.
Dana Delany could turn any woman gay, I think, r41. I don't know what it is about her.
My dad loved this show. I was in college through most of its run, but I enjoyed Dana Delany.
Holy effing crap the best news I've heard all week. years ago I tried searching then downloading some haphazard, hacked video from the show but the downloads never worked and the quality was terrible... oh happy day!
Don't forget the sistah in the cast: black Amazon Nancy Giles, now the liberal pundit on CBS Sunday Morning.
Brian Wimmer...oh how my 13 year old self lusted for him.
Oh wow...Dana Delaney in the shower. Puttin' my name on the list...
And Dana checking out Marg.
Since this thread started, I've had "Reflections" stuck in my head. Seriously.
[quote]Since this thread started, I've had "Reflections" stuck in my head. Seriously.
You probably owe Diana Ross money for that.
The Voice of the Night
It wasn't exactly Shakespeare but something about these characters made it interesting. Especially Delany/Helgenberger.
And oh yes, I wanted Brian Wimmer and Robert Picardo to have a swordfight in my mouth. Mmmmm.
"Don't forget the sistah in the cast: black Amazon Nancy Giles, now the liberal pundit on CBS Sunday Morning."
Nancy Giles stuck out like a sore thumb on that show. Her character was ininteresting and unlikeable and obnoxious; in addition, she looked like a guy in drag. I guess that thought the show needed a "black chick" character, but it didn't work, not by a long shot.
She's now an unbearable talking head on CBS Sunday Morning. She's as bad as Ben Stein; they're both idiots whose segments on the show are excruciatingly awful, a total waste of air time.
Nancy Giles is utterly fantastic on CBS Morning News. But I agree, she was a token on CB.
Love the show. Anyone who liked the show should read the autobiographical book it was based on. Home Before Morning.
I hope the release is early in the year.
When are we going to see Boston Public on dvd?
Michael Rapaport's Hangdog Look
When are the remaining seasons of Pickett Fences being released?
The music that was cleared -- is it the real, original music, or are we going to have to settle for substitutes, as in WKRP?
VOTN's link at OP says that over 500 music pieces have been cleared, so that the DVDs will have "almost all" of the originally-used music intact.
I wonder what the holdouts are, and how many.
There was a bootleg complete DVD release a few years ago, but I think it had been recorded off a cable network and may have had some edits for time.
Watch -- no "Reflections"
Helgenberger was fantastic on the show. KC was no hooker with a heart of gold. She was tough, steely and in it for herself.
Her whole arc with the story of her and her father culminated in the penultimate episode when *SPOILER* her daughter tracks down KC's sister and you get a lot of answers as to why KC did what she did. It was heartbreaking.
You may as well not even release it if you can't use Reflections.
I'm surprised no one has mentioned the incredible chemistry between Delaney and Helgenberger. The producers played with this often. Watch "The Unquiet Earth" where both of them were kidnapped by the VC and taken into a tunnel where the VC forced McMurphy to perform a surgery on a VC general. Also, the TET 68 two parter episodes where they are stuck together in the Embassy while the city is under attack. Fantastic acting by both and there is a lesbian undertone to their relationship. The episode where McMurphy tosses a bottle of booze at KC after a fight is amazing. KC says something like, "I never wanted a sister!" and walks away. McMurphy throws the bottle at her, stunning her, they turn and stare at each other and McMurphy says, "But there you are." Awesome.
Helgenberger and Delany were phenomenal together. Once they killed off Cherry, they had more scenes until the show became about McMurphy AND KC and Helgenberger got the "And ... As..." credit.
I also liked how they had their "You owe me" bit that started with the Tet offensive episode and went through the rest of the series. The scene when McMurphy is losing her mind because they found her former boyfriend's helmet so she finally just loses it and sits on the water tower and KC joins her is a great scene.
"I'm surprised no one has mentioned the incredible chemistry between Delaney and Helgenberger"
They were very good together.
Marg has always had better chem with her female costars. Funny that...
R78 - Ditto Dana.
Pre-order is available. Unfortunately, it's only from Time-Life Video at the moment, and, if you're prepared for the sticker shock, is $200.
But that's for all four seasons, plus some swag, and a few of the episodes have commentaries, and several of those commentaries include Dana Delany.
I wonder if the reason it's being released on Time-Life is that Time-Life has clearance on so much music of that era (think late-nite infomercials hosted by Micky Dolenz and so forth).
Thanks for the update, OP.
My box set just arrived today. I'm so excited!
[quote] I wonder if the reason it's being released on Time-Life is that Time-Life has clearance on so much music of that era
No, that would have nothing to do with music clearances for a DVD release of a television show.
A lot of studios are doing this these days. They don't want to be bothered to spend the money for all of the negative clean-up, music and talent clearances, etc., so they "license" a third-party to release their TV and film materials.
What's the quality of the picture? R82
Anyone have knowledge why Men in Trees never got released? That is so on my dvd wishlist. Beautifully quirky. ABC treated the show like shit with inexplicable scheduling and hiatus.
Glad for CB though.
This is kind of interesting from the link at r86:
[quote]"They got almost all the rights except for just a few songs," Delany says. "One in particular was, like, an old standard Christmas song. They couldn't use that. And then, one that really makes me laugh is, we had Jimi Hendrix doing 'All Along the Watchtower,' and the Hendrix estate is very tough about its music and they wouldn't let us have it. But a lot of people don't remember that Bob Dylan wrote that song. And [he] said, 'Sure, you can have my version.' And that just makes me smile because Bob Dylan for years wouldn't let anybody use his music. ... So I just love the fact that he's now come around and we're using his version of 'All Along the Watchtower.'"
Good for Bob Dylan.
R82, it's not a perfect print but it's better than the "Dallas" and "Knots Landing" prints. The colors can vary from episode to episode (the stained glass windows in KC's room can go from faded to vivid to overpowering) but the show always used lush photography so most of it still looks good.