The Night Stalker

The now unbelievably cheesey Night Stalker (1972) was, for a time, the top-rated made-for-tv movie, with its tale of a wiseass reporter chasing down a vampire in Las Vegas. It birthed a series, which scifi.com and others report will soon be remade, with Stuart Townsend as Kolchak. Frank Spotnitz, of The X-Files fame, will produce.

3 replies on “The Night Stalker”

  1. chad says:

    Kolchak
    The two original movies are available on DVD, and SciFi periodically shows eight random episodes of the TV series. I’ve been recording them on TiVo and downloading via TiVoToGo, but maybe (please, oh please!) this new series will prompt them to release the entire original series on DVD.

    • Daemonik says:

      Re: Kolchak

      The two original movies are available on DVD, and SciFi periodically shows eight random episodes of the TV series. I’ve been recording them on TiVo and downloading via TiVoToGo, but maybe (please, oh please!) this new series will prompt them to release the entire original series on DVD.

      Sadly, most old shows are not being held back from DVD due to lack of demand but because their original creators didn’t forsee the need to secure the copyrights for much of the music included in them. Licensing that media today is usually prohibitively expensive even if you only heard a few seconds of a song.

      I’m not saying that this is the reason TNS isn’t on DVD yet but it is the reason you’ll never see ‘WKRP in Cincinnatti’ and many other shows.

      • scharkalvin says:

        Re: Kolchak

        The two original movies are available on DVD, and SciFi periodically shows eight random episodes of the TV series. I’ve been recording them on TiVo and downloading via TiVoToGo, but maybe (please, oh please!) this new series will prompt them to release the entire original series on DVD.

        Sadly, most old shows are not being held back from DVD due to lack of demand but because their original creators didn’t forsee the need to secure the copyrights for much of the music included in them. Licensing that media today is usually prohibitively expensive even if you only heard a few seconds of a song.

        I’m not saying that this is the reason TNS isn’t on DVD yet but it is the reason you’ll never see ‘WKRP in Cincinnatti’ and many other shows.

        This may explain why a few nights ago when one of the cable channels ran “smokey and the bandit” all of Jerry Reed’s
        songs were deleted from the broadcast. (which destroyed the movie IMHO).

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