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The Rockford Files - what a great show

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by tomhayes, Oct 7, 2006.

  1. johnb3049

    johnb3049 New Member

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    That’s really helpful, thanks.

    Apart from changes to the pilot, are the rest of the episodes the same versions on the blu ray as they are on the DVDs?

    I’m interested to know if either version has the original non-syndicated versions of the episodes.

    Thanks
     
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  2. yesstiles

    yesstiles Senior Member

    Wonderful show and Garner was superlative. One of the 10 best tv shows ever.

    Although anyone who got knocked unconscious as often as Jim Rockford would have had Parkinson's by Season 2 haha.
     
  3. Spaghettiows

    Spaghettiows Forum Resident

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    Yeah, if you've ever read the old Philip Marlowe books and short stories, he gets knocked out by either a hit to the back of the head or a loaded drink in every story. Rockford, I am sure, took a good deal of inspiration from Marlowe. In fact Garner played Philip Marlowe in a movie in the 60s.
     
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  4. Zen Hammer

    Zen Hammer Member

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    I've been enjoying watching the show as I heard about when I was growing up but just never got round to watching it. It's available here in Australia for free streaming via a commercial tv stations which is also showing it on weekday afternoons. I think the plots are always that amazing (Colombo is maybe better in that way) but all the great characters and location work is a joy. He's also a bit different, single, hangs out with his Dad, lives in a caravan but not a real nerdy weirdo. Great show!
     
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  5. geoffr

    geoffr Forum Resident

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    “Life is like a red Ford, Jimmy.” His dad always had great advice.
     
  6. Great series. Just wish the Blu-rays used the Original negatives and aired versions vs. the syndicated for some of the episodes. Some of the Blu’ s look really good others less so.
     
  7. Scooterpiety

    Scooterpiety Current operator of the Freedonia peanut stand

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    Oregon
    Rockford was on at 9PM followed by Quincy at 10 on NBC in the late '70s; My best friend and I always had a big bag of Taco flavored Doritos and a couple of 32 ounce glass bottles of Coke ready every week!
     
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  8. pdenny

    pdenny 19-Year SHTV Participation Trophy Recipient

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    Original series streaming on Peacock. Noice!!
     
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  9. Ilusndweller

    Ilusndweller S.H.M.F.=>Reely kewl.

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    I like the opening theme song.

     
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  10. pdenny

    pdenny 19-Year SHTV Participation Trophy Recipient

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  11. Yawndave

    Yawndave Forum Resident

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    It's a Mike Post theme, doncha know. ;)

    edit: rats, ninja'd!
     
  12. Ilusndweller

    Ilusndweller S.H.M.F.=>Reely kewl.

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  13. Scooterpiety

    Scooterpiety Current operator of the Freedonia peanut stand

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    Oregon
    Not only did they have no rapport or chemistry, but Robert Donley's characterization of Rocky was much different from Beery's.
    Donley's Rocky was a schemer, more caustic and dishonest. I didn't like his portrayal at all.
     
  14. groundharp

    groundharp Maybe your friends think I'm just a stranger

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    Well, I haven't seen (AFAIK) the Rockford pilot, but I kind of like the description of Robert Donley's characterization. Having a more caustic, dishonest father would nicely explain why someone like Jim Rockford grew up to become a con man.
     
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  15. artfromtex

    artfromtex Honky Tonkin' Metal-Head

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    Sound logic. But, Beery was just so lovable.
     
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