TELEVISION’S LOST CLASSICS: VOLUME ONE REVIEWED
“Television’s Lost Classics: Volume One” comes with two TV stagings directed by Sidney Lumet. These outing served as early American TV showcases for powerhouses such as John Cassevetes and Robert Preston. The art of presenting compressed theater for the TV audience has been lost for ages until Clooney and others attempted to bring it back. Hell, the closest thing to it now are the lavish live musicals that NBC is putting on strategically throughout the year. By the way, “Jesus Christ Superstar” was just amazing with John Legend.
In regards to this disc, it’s the best HD conversion that you’re going to get from 60 year old kinescopes. If you thought the entertainment industry didn’t take care of Early Golden Age films, well the TV industry from its infancy to 1971 have something to show you. Most of the work has rotted or been destroyed. Now, when you get something as special like this. Something reconstructed to bring back a piece of entertainment life long since lost, you need to hold on.
If you’re a classic TV fan, then check it out.
- Original Commercials
- Blooper Reel
- 1.33:1 1080p transfer
- Dolby 2.0 MONO
RELEASE DATE: 9/11/18
- Content Score - 93%93%
- Video - 90%90%
- Audio - 88%88%
- Special Features - 88%88%
The Plot Thus Far
This is a special series of lost classic programs from the Golden Age of TV. The series has been restored by SabuCat Productions from the best archival film elements available in high definition, some of the programs have not been seen since they were originally broadcast. Volume One contains 2 one-hour dramatic programs that feature John Cassavetes. The 1950s was a treasure trove of live dramatic programs originating from New York. Top talent from stage and screen were retained for both in front and back of the camera. These two prime examples convey the feeling of watching a Broadway performance, but with the advantage of abundant and intimate close-ups and medium shots. They are surprisingly cinematic, especially considering the impediments those behind the camera had to face – clunky cameras, hot lights, quick set changes, live music and sound effects and always being mindful of keeping microphones out of the frame. Clearly, the highlights of these programs are the intense performances by John Cassavetes, with his variation of method acting displayed in full form. The first program is titled “Crime in the Streets” and is from The Elgin Hour (Elgin watches) and was broadcast live on ABC, Tuesday, March 8, 1955. It was written by Reginald Rose and directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Robert Preston and a very young John Cassavetes. The second program, “No Right to Kill,” was part of the Climax! Series and was presented by the Chrysler Corporation. Based on Dostoyevsky’s “Crime and Punishment,” and adapted for TV by Victor Wolfson. It was broadcast on CBS, Thursday, August 9, 1956 and starred John Cassavetes. Nostalgia buffs will enjoy the original commercial messages that are included in the episode, along with a bonus blooper reel from the “Defenders” and “The Nurses” series.