Acorn media have just announced the first of the Z cars releases and it is available for pre order now at £17.99 including postage. Titled Z Cars Collection One it has six consecutive episodes from summer 1972 on two DVDs. The episodes are: Loyalties Relative Values Not Good Enough Breakage Connor Team. The first four are in two parts. Relative Values and Breakage have already been available on the 35 episode set which came out a year or two back, the other four are previously unissued. The suggestion implied is that further releases may be forthcoming, but that may depend on sales, so please give this as much publicity as you can. Official release date is beginning of September.
Well... this turns out to be a pleasant surprise! Wasn't expecting a bundle of 1972 episodes. The ones we have seen are excellent so this should be a bit of a treat. Looking forward to getting this.
Releasing all available from series one would have pleasant surprise. All the great characters (except Sgt Bert Lynch) are missing from the "Z Cars" colour episodes. To quote Danny Baker it's a bit like giving a starving dog a rubber bone.
Whilst I can see the logic of starting with a colour release in terms of trying to attract sales - albeit these are likely to be niche anyway - I do hope we will see a decent release of the 1962/65 series.
The first four are in two parts. Relative Values and Breakage have already been available on the 35 episode set which came out a year or two back, the other four are previously unissued.
There was no thirty five episode set released previously (this is the first volume) so that was obviously a pirate!
I'm quite happy they're releasing colour episodes as they've been overlooked for too long and have unfairly lived in the shadow of the earlier b/w era. Only six stories on the set is not that wonderful value for money though (as with the previous Dixon of Dock Green DVD)!
Post by bernardstocks on May 13, 2013 14:02:38 GMT
Yes, I'm sure Laurence is right and the 35 were pirate DVDs. Actually I meant to post a couple of weeks ago. 39 episodes on 6 DVDs were offered on E bay recently and I managed to get them. They included the previous 35 with the two incomplete ones on the 4 DVD set in full plus four additional episodes. Still good value at £6.99. I think I know where these all came from. About five years ago the BBC ran an extended series of Z Cars repeats on the World Service (typical of the BBC - they won't show them to those of us who supported the programme through sixteen years but they're quite happy to let the rest of the world see them). I suspect that at least two people copied them off the World service and then copied again for sale. I hope Collection Two will be the next six episodes from 1972. One of then -'Takes All Sorts' - I remember well. A new inspector, one Ralph Edward Pratt (played by Graham Armitage) arrives at the nick. He's a precise and fussy character who wants to get involved in everything that is going on but also works strictly by the book. Needless to say, Lynch soon comes to dislike him! Disappointinly Inspector Pratt only appeared in one further episode.
Post by bernardstocks on May 29, 2013 11:22:17 GMT
An unreleased episode from 1977 - Domestic, guest starring Martin Shaw and Johnny Briggs and with Ray Lonnen as Inspector Moffatt - is currently on YouTube and can be downloaded. Just search for Martin Shaw Domestic. Picture quality and sound aren't 100% but it's quite watchable. Also on YouTube is an episode of Barlow from 1975, also guest starring Martin Shaw.