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 Posted:   Feb 25, 2021 - 3:51 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Kino Lorber have announced that they are preparing a Blu-ray release of Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974-1975). Currently, the release is expected to arrive on the marker in October.

After several high-profile newspapers fire him for his difficult attitude, investigative journalist Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin) finds a job following the police beat for a small Las Vegas publication. When Carl discovers a series of dead showgirls drained of blood with bite marks on their necks, the police hesitate to take the case any further, and his boss (Simon Oakland) wants nothing to do with the story, leading Carl to believe there may be a real vampire prowling the city streets. NEW 2K MASTERS.

https://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=28227

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2021 - 3:55 PM   
 By:   dragon53   (Member)

I have the dvd set. I would be interested in the bluray set if it has a lot of special features.

 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2021 - 7:33 PM   
 By:   Warlok   (Member)

Same here. Excellent. There are legitimate criticisms of the series compared to the film pedigrees, but some great stuff was still produced. The Night Stalker is to modern sci-fi/fantasy horror as Columbo is to detectives and murder mysteries. The impact & import of it is considerable.

 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2021 - 8:14 PM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

Same here. Excellent. There are legitimate criticisms of the series compared to the film pedigrees, but some great stuff was still produced. The Night Stalker is to modern sci-fi/fantasy horror as Columbo is to detectives and murder mysteries. The impact & import of it is considerable.

Well said. cool I'm very interested in the quality of the Blu Ray video. The standard def video is atrocious.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2021 - 3:52 PM   
 By:   dragon53   (Member)

I think KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER should have been a tv movie, as originally intended, because the "Monster of the Week" was difficult to come up with and write a different monster every week.

Also, it should have been based at a national newspaper (i.e. THE NATIONAL ENQUIRER, USA TODAY, etc.), which would have given it a national or international setting instead of Chicago---a monster attacking Chicago every week
undermined the show's credibility. A national newspaper would have allowed Kolchak to be a reporter who was assigned to investigate bizarre murders, etc. and would have had more appealing settings such as New York, Washington, DC, Area 51, Roswell, New Mexico, London, etc. For example, Kolchak travels to Romania to investigate
the origin of vampire Janos Skorzeny from the original tv movie

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2021 - 5:12 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

The standard def video is atrocious.

Looks fine to me.

 
 Posted:   Feb 27, 2021 - 9:29 AM   
 By:   Warlok   (Member)

I think KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER should have been a tv movie, as originally intended, because the "Monster of the Week" was difficult to come up with and write a different monster every week.

Also, it should have been based at a national newspaper (i.e. THE NATIONAL ENQUIRER, USA TODAY, etc.), which would have given it a national or international setting instead of Chicago---a monster attacking Chicago every week
undermined the show's credibility. A national newspaper would have allowed Kolchak to be a reporter who was assigned to investigate bizarre murders, etc. and would have had more appealing settings such as New York, Washington, DC, Area 51, Roswell, New Mexico, London, etc. For example, Kolchak travels to Romania to investigate
the origin of vampire Janos Skorzeny from the original tv movie


I agree, although I am still floored that network people greenlit a series but gave a starvation-wage budget to it. Were that not the case, a locale-spanning yarn might have been part of the mix.

I *still* would have loved to have seen a series of ghastly murders over multiple episodes, where Kolchak slowly uncovers the truth of a totally human 'monster' - a gangster - utilizing supernatural backgrounds to disguise his own base crimes. One person was the real target, others were just dressing to suggest a distractional mythology. The hard-nosed Kolchak, with his experience dealing with the political and real hard life, could have had a great reveal/confrontational moment with the gangster.

"You know... I've seen a lot of strange things in my years. Stuff so remarkably fantastic that you'd never believe the nightmare was anything more than a feverish dream of a man terminally starved of sleep. But you prove the rule. You make all those dark fairytales possible. As real as glistening steel."

"You're an old testament man if I ever saw one. And I hope you think hard about that. And if you don't quite get it now... well, it'll come to ya."

And as a fitting denouement, when the gangster is sitting alone in jail, his victim's spirit comes back to exact a gruesome revenge. The End.

 
 Posted:   Feb 27, 2021 - 9:31 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

The standard def video is atrocious.

Looks fine to me.


Looks muddy, dark, out of focus. Basically like watching a movie thru a dirty window.

 
 Posted:   Feb 27, 2021 - 9:36 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

I think KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER should have been a tv movie, as originally intended, because the "Monster of the Week" was difficult to come up with and write a different monster every week.

Also, it should have been based at a national newspaper (i.e. THE NATIONAL ENQUIRER, USA TODAY, etc.), which would have given it a national or international setting instead of Chicago---a monster attacking Chicago every week
undermined the show's credibility. A national newspaper would have allowed Kolchak to be a reporter who was assigned to investigate bizarre murders, etc. and would have had more appealing settings such as New York, Washington, DC, Area 51, Roswell, New Mexico, London, etc. For example, Kolchak travels to Romania to investigate
the origin of vampire Janos Skorzeny from the original tv movie


I agree, although I am still floored that network people greenlit a series but gave a starvation-wage budget to it. Were that not the case, a locale-spanning yarn might have been part of the mix.

I *still* would have loved to have seen a series of ghastly murders over multiple episodes, where Kolchak slowly uncovers the truth of a totally human 'monster' - a gangster - utilizing supernatural backgrounds to disguise his own base crimes. One person was the real target, others were just dressing to suggest a distractional mythology. The hard-nosed Kolchak, with his experience dealing with the political and real hard life, could have had a great reveal/confrontational moment with the gangster.

"You know... I've seen a lot of strange things in my years. Stuff so remarkably fantastic that you'd never believe the nightmare was anything more than a feverish dream of a man terminally starved of sleep. But you prove the rule. You make all those dark fairytales possible. As real as glistening steel."

"You're an old testament man if I ever saw one. And I hope you think hard about that. And if you don't quite get it now... well, it'll come to ya."

And as a fitting denouement, when the gangster is sitting alone in jail, his victim's spirit comes back to exact a gruesome revenge. The End.


Well that wasn't the premise of the series. Sounds like you wanted Scooby Doo. That would've been a huge disappointment. I love the supernatural feel of the series and each episode ends as a mystery. No self respecting publication would put their name on a series about voodoo, zombies, vampires and aliens. That wouldn't be good for business.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 27, 2021 - 1:01 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

The standard def video is atrocious.

Looks fine to me.


Looks muddy, dark, out of focus. Basically like watching a movie thru a dirty window.


Have you considered glasses? Or if you wear them, getting a new prescription or cleaning them?

 
 Posted:   Feb 27, 2021 - 2:13 PM   
 By:   Warlok   (Member)

I think KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER should have been a tv movie, as originally intended, because the "Monster of the Week" was difficult to come up with and write a different monster every week.

Also, it should have been based at a national newspaper (i.e. THE NATIONAL ENQUIRER, USA TODAY, etc.), which would have given it a national or international setting instead of Chicago---a monster attacking Chicago every week
undermined the show's credibility. A national newspaper would have allowed Kolchak to be a reporter who was assigned to investigate bizarre murders, etc. and would have had more appealing settings such as New York, Washington, DC, Area 51, Roswell, New Mexico, London, etc. For example, Kolchak travels to Romania to investigate
the origin of vampire Janos Skorzeny from the original tv movie


I agree, although I am still floored that network people greenlit a series but gave a starvation-wage budget to it. Were that not the case, a locale-spanning yarn might have been part of the mix.

I *still* would have loved to have seen a series of ghastly murders over multiple episodes, where Kolchak slowly uncovers the truth of a totally human 'monster' - a gangster - utilizing supernatural backgrounds to disguise his own base crimes. One person was the real target, others were just dressing to suggest a distractional mythology. The hard-nosed Kolchak, with his experience dealing with the political and real hard life, could have had a great reveal/confrontational moment with the gangster.

"You know... I've seen a lot of strange things in my years. Stuff so remarkably fantastic that you'd never believe the nightmare was anything more than a feverish dream of a man terminally starved of sleep. But you prove the rule. You make all those dark fairytales possible. As real as glistening steel."

"You're an old testament man if I ever saw one. And I hope you think hard about that. And if you don't quite get it now... well, it'll come to ya."

And as a fitting denouement, when the gangster is sitting alone in jail, his victim's spirit comes back to exact a gruesome revenge. The End.


Well that wasn't the premise of the series. Sounds like you wanted Scooby Doo. That would've been a huge disappointment. I love the supernatural feel of the series and each episode ends as a mystery. No self respecting publication would put their name on a series about voodoo, zombies, vampires and aliens. That wouldn't be good for business.


What are you talking about? Such a tale as I proposed was a finite episode story, maybe 2 or 3 shows. Darren McGavin's gripe with the series was it was indeed a monster-of-the-week feature. This breaks that up. And it also builds upon Kolchak's investigative instincts. It would have been different, and a good contrast to the night-stalking.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 27, 2021 - 2:24 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

Same here. Excellent. There are legitimate criticisms of the series compared to the film pedigrees, but some great stuff was still produced. The Night Stalker is to modern sci-fi/fantasy horror as Columbo is to detectives and murder mysteries. The impact & import of it is considerable.

I'm looking forward to the series blu-ray. I've been watching the show on MeTV, but it would be great to see an uncut, cleaned up edition. I love McGavin, and loved him as Kolchak.

If anyone is interested, check out this book by Night Stalker showrunner, Cy Chermak. He passed earlier this month and wrote about his time on the show. He writes about behind-the-scenes battles he had on some the other shows he worked on, including dealing with McGavin on Night Stalker. It's not flattering to McGavin.

https://www.amazon.com/Show-Runner-Insiders-Successful-Production/dp/0998866318

Greg Espinoza

 
 Posted:   Feb 28, 2021 - 7:14 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

The standard def video is atrocious.

Looks fine to me.


Looks muddy, dark, out of focus. Basically like watching a movie thru a dirty window.


Have you considered glasses? Or if you wear them, getting a new prescription or cleaning them?


Any rate hoping the Blu Ray video is much improved!

 
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