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13th Jun '18 12:35:32 PM ViperAcidZX
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* For a long time, the only way to experience ''VideoGame/MetalWolfChaos'', a Japan-only Xbox game by Creator/FromSoftware about the 47th President of the United States taking on a military coup armed lead by his running man armed with a mini-mecha and red-hot American justice that was deemed "too American to be released in America", became one of the most sought after original Xbox games and prices drastically increasing over time, with prices going upwards of hundreds of dollars on auction and online retailers. In 2016, Devolver Digital has expressed interest in localizing the game overseas, and in 2018, this came to pass as they and General Arcade are presenting a remastered version of the game through digital distribution for Xbox One, [=PlayStation=] 4, and PC via Steam and GOG.
12th Jun '18 8:14:56 AM TangyMango
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* ''Series/StepByStep'' only had one single DVD release by Warner Bros., which went out of stock. It did air in the morning on ABC Family until the channel dropped the show from its schedule when TheNewTens start to roll in. The Hub acquired syndication rights to the show in 2012, but dropped it after its change to Discovery Family in 2014. Finally, Hulu signed a contract with ABC to stream a few programs from its TGIF library (the Miller-Boyett library--''Series/FamilyMatters'', ''Series/FullHouse'', and ''Series/PerfectStrangers'', ''Series/HanginWithMrCooper'', ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'', ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' and ''Series/HomeImprovement''), and ''Step by Step'' came along with them. Finally, after a few months, you can purchase the episodes on iTunes.

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* ''Series/StepByStep'' only had one single DVD release by Warner Bros., which went out of stock. It did air in the morning on ABC Family until the channel dropped the show from its schedule when TheNewTens start to roll in. The Hub acquired syndication rights to the show in 2012, but dropped it after its change to Discovery Family in 2014. Finally, Years later, Hulu signed a contract with ABC to stream a few programs from its TGIF library (the Miller-Boyett library--''Series/FamilyMatters'', ''Series/FullHouse'', and ''Series/PerfectStrangers'', ''Series/HanginWithMrCooper'', ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'', ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' and ''Series/HomeImprovement''), and ''Step by Step'' came along with them. Finally, after a few months, you can purchase in 2018, [[https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B07D55J8P9/tvshowsondvd0d-20 the episodes on iTunes.show's first season]] was released through the Warner Archive, meaning that more DVD releases and digital prints are very likely.
12th Jun '18 8:07:52 AM TangyMango
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* ''Series/StepByStep'' only had one single DVD release by Warner Bros., which went out of stock. It did air in the morning on ABC Family until the channel dropped the show from its schedule when TheNewTens start to roll in. The Hub acquired syndication rights to the show in 2012, but dropped it after its change to Discovery Family in 2014. Finally, Hulu signed a contract with ABC to stream a few programs from its TGIF library (the Miller-Boyett library--''Series/FamilyMatters'', ''Series/FullHouse'', and ''Series/PerfectStrangers'', ''Series/HanginWithMrCooper'', ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'', ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' and ''Series/HomeImprovement''), and ''Step by Step'' came along with them. But that doesn't mean that the episodes are on other digital retailers or getting future DVD releases.


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* ''Series/StepByStep'' only had one single DVD release by Warner Bros., which went out of stock. It did air in the morning on ABC Family until the channel dropped the show from its schedule when TheNewTens start to roll in. The Hub acquired syndication rights to the show in 2012, but dropped it after its change to Discovery Family in 2014. Finally, Hulu signed a contract with ABC to stream a few programs from its TGIF library (the Miller-Boyett library--''Series/FamilyMatters'', ''Series/FullHouse'', and ''Series/PerfectStrangers'', ''Series/HanginWithMrCooper'', ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'', ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' and ''Series/HomeImprovement''), and ''Step by Step'' came along with them. Finally, after a few months, you can purchase the episodes on iTunes.
4th Jun '18 11:33:08 PM KYCubbie
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* ''Series/FamilyMatters'' qualified for this for almost a decade until they finally released the first season on DVD. A second season was released in February 2012, more than two years after the first season was issued, giving hope to fans that the remaining seven seasons will eventually be released.
* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' got Seasons 1-4 (of six) out on DVD, then got stalled...by music rights for the last two seasons. When it originally got made, the amount of licensed songs used was relatively small, but increased during the course of its run. As Warner cleared music rights, fans ended up having to wait six years for a fifth season DVD, and 11 more months for the last season.
* In the early 1980s, ABC had a late-night sketch show called ''Fridays'' that was meant to rake in the same success that NBC had with ''Saturday Night Live''. When it first premiered, it got flak for being a shrill, unfunny clone of ''SNL'', but when ''SNL'' hit the wall in the early 1980s due to bad writing, a mediocre new cast, and the incompetence of new showrunner, Jean Doumanian, ''Fridays'' was revered as the new, edgy sketch show with a crazy young cast of comedians and a lot of new sketch ideas not even ''SNL'' would think to do (to name a few: a Bob Hope/Bing Crosby "Road To..." movie that takes place in an El Salvadoran torture chamber[[note]]with a catchy, yet {{Anvilicious}} song about how the American government set up their relations with El Salvador so that way Reagan can instigate another Vietnam War[[/note]], a sketch about a human couple dining at a restaurant catering to zombies, a variety show starring ultra-conservative televangelists, a spaghetti Western about the creationism vs. evolution argument, a Creator/MarxBrothers-esque take on the Iranian revolution, and a 17-minute ''Rocky Horror Picture Show'' parody that mocked UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan's inaugaration). Naturally, ABC at the time [[ExecutiveMeddling felt this was all inappropriate and confusing]], so a lot of sketches got cut in reruns, the show was moved to midnight from its cushy 11:30 spot and ratings dropped. After an unsuccessful stint as a primetime sketch show, ''Fridays'' was canned. It did air EditedForSyndication in the 1980s on the cable channel USA, but those reruns were gone just as quickly as they premiered. Home video and DVD release was impossible as Larry David and Michael Richards refused to sign for it, and the only way for people to see ''Fridays'' was either on the videos they taped the episodes on in the early 1980s or seeing clips of sketches on YouTube. Creator/ShoutFactory [[http://splitsider.com/2013/08/fridays-is-finally-out-on-dvd/ has finally saved Fridays from obscurity by releasing it on DVD]], though it's a "Best Of" collection featuring a selection of memorable episodes. Hulu Plus also has this series, under the "Shout Factory" channel.

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* ''Series/FamilyMatters'' qualified for this for almost a decade until they finally released the first season on DVD. A second season was released in February 2012, more than two years after the first season was issued, giving hope to fans that the remaining seven seasons will would eventually be released.
released. Fans would get their wish, although it was slow-walked, with Season 3 not released until February 2013 and Season 4 in February 2014, and no releases at all in 2015... before the five remaining seasons were released at different times in 2016.
* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' got Seasons 1-4 (of six) out on DVD, then got stalled... by music rights for the last two seasons. When it originally got made, the amount of licensed songs used was relatively small, but increased during the course of its run. As Warner cleared music rights, fans ended up having to wait six years for a fifth season DVD, and 11 more months for the last season.
* In the early 1980s, ABC had a late-night sketch show called ''Fridays'' that was meant to rake in the same success that NBC had with ''Saturday Night Live''. When it first premiered, it got flak for being a shrill, unfunny clone of ''SNL'', but when ''SNL'' hit the wall in the early 1980s due to bad writing, a mediocre new cast, and the incompetence of new showrunner, Jean Doumanian, ''Fridays'' was revered as the new, edgy sketch show with a crazy young cast of comedians and a lot of new sketch ideas not even ''SNL'' would think to do (to name a few: a Bob Hope/Bing Crosby "Road To..." movie that takes place in an El Salvadoran torture chamber[[note]]with a catchy, yet {{Anvilicious}} song about how the American government set up their relations with El Salvador so that way Reagan can instigate another Vietnam War[[/note]], a sketch about a human couple dining at a restaurant catering to zombies, a variety show starring ultra-conservative televangelists, a spaghetti Western about the creationism vs. evolution argument, a Creator/MarxBrothers-esque take on the Iranian revolution, and a 17-minute ''Rocky Horror Picture Show'' parody that mocked UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan's inaugaration).inauguration). Naturally, ABC at the time [[ExecutiveMeddling felt this was all inappropriate and confusing]], so a lot of sketches got cut in reruns, the show was moved to midnight from its cushy 11:30 spot and ratings dropped. After an unsuccessful stint as a primetime sketch show, ''Fridays'' was canned. It did air EditedForSyndication in the 1980s on the cable channel USA, but those reruns were gone just as quickly as they premiered. Home video and DVD release was impossible as Larry David and Michael Richards refused to sign for it, and the only way for people to see ''Fridays'' was either on the videos they taped the episodes on in the early 1980s or seeing clips of sketches on YouTube. Creator/ShoutFactory [[http://splitsider.com/2013/08/fridays-is-finally-out-on-dvd/ has finally saved Fridays from obscurity by releasing it on DVD]], though it's a "Best Of" collection featuring a selection of memorable episodes. Hulu Plus also has this series, under the "Shout Factory" channel.



* ''Series/HappyDays'': Slowly but surely for the first four seasons. The first season was issued in 2004, and it was nearly three years before Season 2 was released. Seasons 3 and 4 were issued during the next 18 months, but nothing since December 2008. Music licensing, slow sales ... no official word has been given as to what the hold up is for the remaining seven years.
* ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'' is a rather unusual case. People thought the classic Peter Marshall era was gone, victims of Creator/{{NBC}}'s wiping practices of the era (many other game shows suffered too); the only remnants known to be left were some scattered daytime and syndicated episodes on the trading circuit; the latter in particular. But in 2001, a search through an old LA-area warehouse (in an attempt to find the missing episodes of ''Series/DarkShadows'') found the motherlode- a staggering amount of Marshall episodes, estimated to be between 650 and ''3,000''. However, Creator/{{GSN}} only reran some of those eps from 2002 to 2003- and even then, it was mainly of the 1971-77 syndicated run (along with some of the 1968 primetime run, and ''one'' daytime episode, specifically one of the oddball ''Storybook Squares''- weeks where children and families would play the game, and the celebrities would be in costume as various historical or fairytale figures).

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* ''Series/HappyDays'': Slowly but surely for the first four seasons. The first season was issued in 2004, and it was nearly three years before Season 2 was released. Seasons 3 and 4 were issued during the next 18 months, but Season 5 wasn't issued until May 2014, and nothing has happened since Season 6 was issued in December 2008.of that year. Music licensing, slow sales ... no official word has been given as to what the hold up holdup is for the remaining seven five years.
* ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'' is a rather unusual case. People thought the classic Peter Marshall era was gone, victims of Creator/{{NBC}}'s wiping practices of the era (many other game shows suffered too); the only remnants known to be left were some scattered daytime and syndicated episodes on the trading circuit; the latter in particular. But in 2001, a search through an old LA-area warehouse (in an attempt to find the missing episodes of ''Series/DarkShadows'') found the motherlode- mother lode- a staggering amount of Marshall episodes, estimated to be between 650 and ''3,000''. However, Creator/{{GSN}} only reran some of those eps from 2002 to 2003- and even then, it was mainly of the 1971-77 syndicated run (along with some of the 1968 primetime run, and ''one'' daytime episode, specifically one of the oddball ''Storybook Squares''- weeks where children and families would play the game, and the celebrities would be in costume as various historical or fairytale figures).
4th Jun '18 11:24:07 PM KYCubbie
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* ''Series/MartialLaw'' suffered from this trope for more than a decade, with numerous fan petitions for one of Sammo Hung's defining performances to be made available on DVD. Hong Kong did get a partial Video CD release... of ''one episode'' in 2000 and nine more in 2005, out of a total of 44 (plus crossovers with ''Series/EarlyEdition'' and ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger''). The entire series, including the two crossover episodes, finally made it to DVD in the US and Canada in 2016.
4th Jun '18 1:33:48 PM Mario1995
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* ''Series/Car54WhereAreYou'' had some episodes released on VHS before the tapes went out of print. For years, various rights issues (Eupolis Productions, NBC and CBS all claim ownership) prevented a DVD release. Fortunately, Shanachie Entertainment's home video arm got the rights to release both seasons on DVD in 2011. What's more, they were given brand-new transfers from the original 35 mm film prints, allowing the series to enter the digital age smoothly.
25th May '18 7:40:56 PM thelivingtoad
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* Music/NeilYoung's first "Ditch Trilogy" album, ''Time Fades Away'', was released on vinyl and was for the longest time his only album that was never reprinted, due to poor mixing and Young's dislike for the album. His second "Ditch" album ''On the Beach'' was also out of print for a while, but that was re-released three decades later. He finally reissued ''Time Fades Away'' in the mid-2010s: First exclusively through his Pono music service, and then a [[http://pitchfork.com/news/67560-neil-young-reissuing-time-fades-away-tonights-the-night-on-the-beach-zuma/ full fledged vinyl reissue.]]
* The Dixie Dregs were an acclaimed Southern Rock and Jazz Fusion outfit from Florida founded by legendary guitarist Steve Morse. They released six studio albums between 1977 and 1982, and then disbanded. While their first three albums have been re-released on CD by Capricorn Records, their other three, done with Arista Records, hadn't seen print for a long time since the 1980s until 2015, when BGO in the UK reissued a 2 CD set of the Arista albums in one set.
* In 1977, Music/PaulMcCartney released the unusual album ''Thrillington'' under the psudeonym Percy "Thrills" Thrillington. It was orchestral and jazz reworking of his entire 1972 ''Music/{{RAM}}'' album, and it became a collector's item due to its unusualness and the relatively small printing of the LP relase. It wasn't legally available in CD form until the 2012 Deluxe Edition Box Set of ''RAM'' album.
7th May '18 1:31:58 AM Ezclee4050
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* Creator/AlfredHitchcock pulled ''Film/{{Vertigo}}'', ''Film/TheManWhoKnewTooMuch'' (the remake), ''Film/TheTroubleWithHarry'', ''Film/RearWindow'', and ''Theatre/{{Rope}}'' from legal circulation starting in the 1970s for reasons that were never made clear[[note]]Some say he did this in order to deliberately increase the films' value, while others claim it was in response to the rise of the UsefulNotes/NewHollywood era[[/note]]. Fans turned to the black market to watch them, unless Hitchcock's estate managed to destroy the distributor's print. ''Rear Window'' and ''Vertigo'' became especially valuable. After Hitchcock died, Creator/{{Universal}} bought distribution rights to these movies, and then gave each a long-awaited theatrical re-release. They also give them official home video releases on several formats.

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* Creator/AlfredHitchcock pulled ''Film/{{Vertigo}}'', ''Film/TheManWhoKnewTooMuch'' (the remake), ''Film/TheTroubleWithHarry'', ''Film/RearWindow'', and ''Theatre/{{Rope}}'' (the five films he completely controlled the rights to) from legal circulation starting in the 1970s for reasons that were never made clear[[note]]Some say he did this in order to deliberately increase the films' value, while others value so they could act as a ''de facto'' trust fund for his daughter Patricia and her family after he died. Others claim it was in response to the rise of the UsefulNotes/NewHollywood era[[/note]]. Fans turned to the black market to watch them, unless Hitchcock's estate managed to destroy the distributor's print. ''Rear Window'' and ''Vertigo'' became especially valuable. After Hitchcock died, Creator/{{Universal}} bought distribution rights to these movies, and then gave each a long-awaited theatrical re-release. They also give them official home video releases on several formats.
26th Apr '18 3:59:42 AM GrafVonTirol
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** ''[[VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam and Max Hit the Road]]''. Outside of its CD-ROM re-release in 1995, the game did not receive another re-release (except in Europe) due to [=LucasArts=] dropping the license for ''Sam and Max'' games. Not even on Steam or Good Old Games (GOG chose to put the Telltale series on their service instead). The only way to play it was to buy a used copy, or to [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil illegally download it]]...until October 2014, when, thanks to a fresh new deal with Creator/{{Disney}} (who owns the entire [=LucasArts=] catalog per their ownership of Lucasfilm), GOG.com made the game available yet again.
** ''[[VideoGame/ZakMcKrackenAndTheAlienMindbenders Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders]]'' was, for the longest time, only ever released on floppy - with the exception of a super-rare [[NoExportForYou Japan-only]] FM-TOWNS VGA port. This was until March 2015, when it was finally released on GOG - and the best part is, it includes not only the DOS version, ''but the FM-TOWNS port as well!''

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** ''[[VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam and Max Hit the Road]]''.''VideoGame/SamAndMaxHitTheRoad''. Outside of its CD-ROM re-release in 1995, the game did not receive another re-release (except in Europe) due to [=LucasArts=] dropping the license for ''Sam and Max'' games. Not even on Steam or Good Old Games (GOG chose to put the Telltale series on their service instead). The only way to play it was to buy a used copy, or to [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil illegally download it]]...until October 2014, when, thanks to a fresh new deal with Creator/{{Disney}} (who owns the entire [=LucasArts=] catalog per their ownership of Lucasfilm), GOG.com made the game available yet again.
** ''[[VideoGame/ZakMcKrackenAndTheAlienMindbenders Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders]]'' ''VideoGame/ZakMcKrackenAndTheAlienMindbenders'' was, for the longest time, only ever released on floppy - with the exception of a super-rare [[NoExportForYou Japan-only]] FM-TOWNS VGA port. This was until March 2015, when it was finally released on GOG - and the best part is, it includes not only the DOS version, ''but the FM-TOWNS port as well!''
22nd Apr '18 9:21:44 PM nombretomado
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* Several studios, such as Creator/{{MGM}}, Creator/{{Universal}} and Creator/WarnerBros, have established "Archive Series" or "Vault Series" to release burn-on-demand DVD-Rs of older movies and television shows that aren't cost-effective to put out as regular releases but for which there is demand among old-film aficionados and fans of various actors, actresses and directors involved with said shows. Two examples: the 1979 Peter Sellers version of ''ThePrisonerOfZenda'' and the 1977 Marty Feldman/Ann-Margret spoof ''The Last Remake of Beau Geste'' are available through Universal's "Vault Series". (These releases most often are on DVD-Rs which some drives may have problems with, but nowadays unless you have a cheaper brand dvd player you shouldn't have a problem.)

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* Several studios, such as Creator/{{MGM}}, Creator/{{Universal}} and Creator/WarnerBros, have established "Archive Series" or "Vault Series" to release burn-on-demand DVD-Rs of older movies and television shows that aren't cost-effective to put out as regular releases but for which there is demand among old-film aficionados and fans of various actors, actresses and directors involved with said shows. Two examples: the 1979 Peter Sellers version of ''ThePrisonerOfZenda'' ''Film/ThePrisonerOfZenda'' and the 1977 Marty Feldman/Ann-Margret spoof ''The Last Remake of Beau Geste'' are available through Universal's "Vault Series". (These releases most often are on DVD-Rs which some drives may have problems with, but nowadays unless you have a cheaper brand dvd player you shouldn't have a problem.)
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