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DVD Series of every Sesame Street episode ever made

Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by ssetta, Apr 27, 2003.

  1. Ol' Buddy Bert

    Ol' Buddy Bert Well-Known Member

    I'm always leary of "Best of" or "Themed" complilations. Typically, those releases are targeted for mass audiences who aren't necessarily familiar with the product rather than the invested fan. So we end up with a product that tends to gloss over rather dig deeper leaving many die-hards crying foul.

    Although I like Phil's idea of separate release based on characters, sketches and chronology with production information, there's still something to be said about releasing the episodes as a whole. The animations and Street scenes are essential to Sesame Street and nothing has been more satisfying for me personally than having been able to watch Unpaved and experience the evolution of the show.

    I know Unpaved's concept was similar to this but I'd like to see a release of 4 shows from each season...perhaps the season open, close and two in between. I'm not quite sure what kind of extras one might look for especially since so much of the earky creative team has passed on.

    Two things in my mind get in the way of any project of this nature. It's been mentioned before (in other threads) but the whole thing is just so cost prohibitive. Plus, I'm not sure if there would many people who purchase it...Sesame Street is not considered entertainment by many adults these days.

    Still, as Hays said...we can dream!
  2. ssetta

    ssetta Well-Known Member

    Well, that's basically why they're doing away with Unpaved, because not enough people are watching. And that's why they probably won't do the DVD series. I know they do have one for the Muppets, but I don't think people like the old Sesame Street as much. You're right, adults don't like to spend time watching old kids shows, nor does anybody, except us nostalgic adults, and we don't make up a big enough audience. This is not necessarily my opinion, but other people have said this to me.
  3. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    I agree with everybody but.....

    I think that what should happen is that they should at least do 1 DVD and have 2 dics and see what happens. Maybe if they see what will sale we might get more. A couple of things I would like to see as Extra Stuff
    1) A couple of Audio Commentaries on Episodes
    2) Some skeaches of what some characters look like on Sesame Street
    3) Behinde the Scene of Sesame Street
    4) and some Bloopers (Think that would be kind of Funny)
  4. Hays

    Hays Well-Known Member

    Good call - a test market

    My review of the 25th anniversary video on Amazon is entitled "as close to watching the real show as a video gets" (which is unfortunately true at this time) Judging from the feedback, I think there are parents out there looking for real-episode videos.

    I think they're just having a hard time convincing Sony Wonder.
  5. Mister Fred

    Mister Fred Well-Known Member

    I think that is an excellent idea to put every sesame street episode on DVD. It would make an excellent collection for anyone and they can go back and look at an old episode whenever they want to. What a great idea!
  6. Hays

    Hays Well-Known Member

    Just for kicks, can anybody figure out how many DVDs that would be? I assume the number of episodes varies from season to season (at least it did this year.) Then we need to figure out how many episodes will fit on a disc.

    You know, even though this is complete speculation, it's possible that someday we'll be able to get anything we want on DVD. After all, when I was a kid there wasn't even a way to record television at home! If there's a market...it will come. (tho probably not for 10 years or so, at least)

    I hope what the file-sharing community is teaching the media companies is that people want control over what they listen to or see. If they're smart, they'll figure out a way to use that same system and make money off of it - and we'll be able to download any episode of anything that we want! People without access to the internet could get them from the library. Wouldn't that be great!
  7. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    Hays is right. Maybe in 10 or so years there will be somthing like that. So keep in mind that in so many years cheak back at stores or the internet. Maybe. And if some how they get the episodes on the internet I'll download them all. :)
  8. CookieFan

    CookieFan Well-Known Member

    Someone mentioned DVD on demand.....Isn't SS in the process of digitizing and cataloging all the episodes with a search feature as well as licensing info? I would think that in the future it wouldn't be too hard to then create an interface which would allow DVD on demand sometime in the future.

    BTW, since "they" invested a lot of time and money in this whole digitizing/cataloging system, I can't imagine SS going anywhere anytime soon.
  9. Hays

    Hays Well-Known Member

    Very true - I think we all need to stop panicking and make sure we send PBS a pledge (along with a note that we want more SS) this year!
  10. trekkie1701E

    trekkie1701E Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't say it's impossible. Look at Star Trek. Paramount is releasing each season of evry series on DVD, and they stil have a looooong ways to go (Only up to the middle of DS9; and after that comes VOYAGER and in a few years ENTERPRISE).

    Then again, the Star Trek discs are selling like mad. How would season-by-season sets of SS sell? Sure, the muppets are popular. But to me, SS has always been in somewhat of a separate category.
  11. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Even though DVDs are the future and VHSs will soon be obsolete, I still go for videos myself because they're more affordable and you can get the whole major feature on one tape instead or 2 or 3 disk. But if I did get DVDs, I'd go for the new "Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends Complete Season 1"! Plus the new Sesame Sings Karoake video, I taped when it first aired on PBS.
  12. Hays

    Hays Well-Known Member

    Though, Trekkie, Star Trek had only 80 or so episodes, and SS has somewhere between three and four thousand (figuring there were 134 episodes per year for at least the first 25 years - don't know when they made the painful decision to do 34 per season) So I don't think we'll get this soon - but I do think it will be available someday!
  13. trekkie1701E

    trekkie1701E Well-Known Member

    When I said that, I was referring to every Star Trek episode (Enterprise, ST, TNG, DS9, and Voyager). Paramount is in the process of releasing every episode ever produced.
  14. somethingofafan

    somethingofafan Well-Known Member

    But even with all the Star Trek series, even if they were including the animated episodes and the movies, there still wouldn't be 4056 hours' worth of material.
  15. trekkie1701E

    trekkie1701E Well-Known Member

    Yeah, not nearly "that" much. But it's still nearly 1,000.

    I just don't think SS would sell nearly as good as ST.
  16. ssetta

    ssetta Well-Known Member

    Well, because, sadly, I don't think a majority of the people like the old SS as much. This may sound amazing to some of you here on MC, but most adults don't really like to watch kids' shows.
  17. trekkie1701E

    trekkie1701E Well-Known Member

    Sad bu true

    I would buy the first set. Most of y'all probably would as well.

    But most adults would probably pass it by at Costco.
  18. LabyrinthFan

    LabyrinthFan Active Member

    Very true, but a lot of the people here who are interested in "Unpaved" (or early episodes) are teens and young adults - a very coveted demographic, right? :concern:

    That said, putting every episode on DVD is just impossible, not to mention cost prohibitive. That would be an absurd amount of dvds. Would even the most ardent fan be able to buy them all? :eek:

    If Songs from the Street flops, I don't think we'll see anymore adult-targeted Sesame nostalgia product. :cry:
  19. trekkie1701E

    trekkie1701E Well-Known Member

    I would; and yes, I am willing :)

    I don't think that putting each episode on DVD is impossible. Three or four per DVD is feasible.

    But I do think that whoever does it would ultimately lose money.

    Now ... how about a "Best of... " set? To date, Sony Wonder has done two LE Best of SS boxsets, but they've been of newer stuff. What we need is a "Best of" set w/stuff like the first episode, the best guest stars (Siskel & Ebert, Ray Charles, Mister Rogers, etc), Mr. Hooper's death, etc.
  20. ssetta

    ssetta Well-Known Member

    If there was a "Best of...." set, I would want all the Unpaved shows, plus a lot more than that. See, it's such a long show, there's so much material, it's hard to decide. This is why I think they should just release all of them!

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