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Old 01-22-2017, 04:55 PM   #181
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Obviously the video quality on these Amazon streams are much better than what we've all been accustomed to over the years and is better than I expected. I love that they kept it in the original broadcast 4:3 aspect ratio and didn't feel the need to stretch it to a 16:9 aspect ratio. Totally cool.

The big standout here to me though is the audio. I'm watching these with my 7.1 surround sound on and these episodes are very loud. Whomever did the audio remastering on these did a really fantastic job. I cannot even begin to express how truly impressed I am with audio quality.
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It's weird (but good) seeing these old Eps in greater quality than grainy taped off TV VHS. Weird seeing them in the quality I originally did as a kid. Any chance of the rest of the Stack seasons coming to Amazon?

They have an update on Micki Jo West. This is how they did the update (no voiceover, just update music).

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Old 01-22-2017, 05:10 PM   #183
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They did a story on an orphan train. They have Robert narrating info about Francis - but there's no plea like "contact us if you have any information". They abruptly go to the next case.
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Old 01-22-2017, 05:16 PM   #184
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No real complaints though. Just that we need a new host to do new cases (in this format or a similar one). Otherwise this is like Christmas seeing the old versions in good quality
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I had the chance to watch a few episodes yesterday and overall I'm pretty happy. I was a little disappointed while watching the Hot Jock episode (#24) that they edited out the ending with Robert Stack giving a description of the truck along with the police sketch of the truck. I'm assuming they did this in order to edit out Robert Stack informing viewers to call the 1-800 number. We can probably expect the last 10 or 20 seconds to be edited out of many episodes.

They also replaced the original announcer's voice in the very beginning of each episode informing viewers that "this is not a news broadcast" with a younger sounding new announcer. Another slight bummer, but not a deal breaker. I'm just happy as hell to see these episodes to begin with.

Also, the Wikipedia episode info doesn't match up with the Amazon episode info. For example, some familiar segments like Audrey Moate/Thomas Hotard is listed on Wikipedia, but not on Amazon. I found that segment in episode #21.

Here's my take on the episodes so far:

PROS:

1. They kept the original theme music (Thank God)

2. Nice original standard definition quality

3. They kept the closing credits, although it goes by fast because they added in the unsolved.com info.

4. They did a nice job of adding text updates and have kept the original update music in at least 2 episodes that I've seen so far, but they most likely edited out Robert Stack's voiceover giving us the update info himself.

CONS:

1. They edited out Robert Stack telling viewers to call 1-800-876-5353 and completely took the number off the screen, basically wiping that number and the ending of some episodes out of existence. Major Bummer!

2. They replaced the original announcer at the very beginning with a younger new announcer. It sounds cheesy and lame compared to the original guy with the deep voice. Was it really necessary to do that? Not a deal breaker, but a slight disappointment.

CONCLUSION: Pretty close to how it originally aired, with some light butchering. It is probably worth springing for the Amazon Prime membership. I'm just happy as hell to be seeing these episodes in high quality and some segments that I haven't seen since the show originally aired, like the buried gold treasure.
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Has anyone heard anything about Unsolved being available outside of the US? I can't believe I don't get to watch it. :-(
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CONS:

1. They edited out Robert Stack telling viewers to call 1-800-876-5353 and completely took the number off the screen, basically wiping that number and the ending of some episodes out of existence. Major Bummer!

2. They replaced the original announcer at the very beginning with a younger new announcer. It sounds cheesy and lame compared to the original guy with the deep voice. Was it really necessary to do that? Not a deal breaker, but a slight disappointment.

CONCLUSION: Pretty close to how it originally aired, with some light butchering. It is probably worth springing for the Amazon Prime membership. I'm just happy as hell to be seeing these episodes in high quality and some segments that I haven't seen since the show originally aired, like the buried gold treasure.
My guess is that the phone number is not functional. They haven't used it for years (at least in syndication) so I'm assuming they don't want or can't take messages there. Also, since they have Unsolved.com they don't need the phone number. I agree it would have been cool and iconic to hear, though.

I wonder if the original voice-over guy has some copyright on the disclaimer. They didn't use him on Lifetime and they didn't use him now, so it makes me think there is a reason they can't. I love the original disclaimer. I'll get over this version but the original voice guy did have an awesome sound.

So far I have been nothing but impressed with the redone versions. This is great stuff!
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Has anyone heard anything about Unsolved being available outside of the US? I can't believe I don't get to watch it. :-(
They said it was coming and so far they have been true to their word on everything else, so I'm sure it's just a matter of time. They probably need to finalize all the legal stuff.

I hope it comes to your area soon!
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Regarding the original voice over guy who did the, "This program is about Unsolved Mysteries..." and why they replaced him: I'm not 100% sure, but I think he was an employee of NBC and not UM directly. Once the show left NBC I think those intros were eliminated altogether, no? I'm of the opinion that the network recorded those intros themselves and tacked them on to the beginning. If that were the case, then it would make sense that they can't use them now since they technically never belonged to UM in the first place. Just a thought.
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I've even noticed things that aren't on the bootleg DVD'S (or by proxy The Lifetime reruns) I always knew that Lifetime cut stuff, but never realized how much.

The Dottie Caylor segment is a good example, they have interviews towards the end completely cut from the Farina version, but also The Lifetime version as well.
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I'm mostly interested in seeing what episode instantly jumps out at me as "yes I watched this one as a kid"

I watched the show fairly religiously, but I was also quite young (born in 79) so haven't yet come across an episode where I can instantly recall watching it in it's original form as a child, but know it's only a matter of time.
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Regarding the original voice over guy who did the, "This program is about Unsolved Mysteries..." and why they replaced him: I'm not 100% sure, but I think he was an employee of NBC and not UM directly. Once the show left NBC I think those intros were eliminated altogether, no? I'm of the opinion that the network recorded those intros themselves and tacked them on to the beginning. If that were the case, then it would make sense that they can't use them now since they technically never belonged to UM in the first place. Just a thought.
Your theory makes sense. You could be right.
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I'm mostly interested in seeing what episode instantly jumps out at me as "yes I watched this one as a kid"

I watched the show fairly religiously, but I was also quite young (born in 79) so haven't yet come across an episode where I can instantly recall watching it in it's original form as a child, but know it's only a matter of time.

I'm the same age and was a religious watcher. The one that jumps out at me is the Queen Mary episode. I just watched it a few minutes ago. The ghosts and the footprints popping up out of nowhere...wow...I totally remember that. I haven't seen this episode for 25+ years. This is one creepy episode.
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Haven't posted in a long time, but I am elated that we finally have the original Unsolved Mysteries back to enjoy over and over again.

One little nitpick I noticed on the Dexter Stefonek episode. They end the episode before they describe what the killer's truck looked like, I remembered this part because I have it recorded off of Lifetime. It seemed like a weird edit to me, but I could be wrong.

I'm just happy we can watch these episodes again!
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I'm mostly interested in seeing what episode instantly jumps out at me as "yes I watched this one as a kid"

I watched the show fairly religiously, but I was also quite young (born in 79) so haven't yet come across an episode where I can instantly recall watching it in it's original form as a child, but know it's only a matter of time.
I was born in 79 as well. The one that jumped out at me right away from when I first watched as a 10 year old was Friends till the End. The scene at the beginning with the boys laying on the tracks freaked me out as a little kid for a long time.
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