I've got the 36 half hours of The Banana Splits & Friends show transferred to DVD if anyone's interested. Word was that the masters to the original Adventure Hour shows either are not available or could not be reconstructed to satisfactory levels so the plans for Hanna Barbera to release the series were scrapped. My copies are from Teletoon Retro as Boomerang kept shuffling their schedule and it was hard to be able to catch the show at any consistent time. There are a few flaws in the film that Teletoon Retro continues to air and as a result, the shows don't look quite as clean as what Boomerang airs...we have to take what we can get in some cases. I'd love to see the full hour-long shows as the syndicated package took very little from season two aside from the 3 or 4 "Micro
Ventures" they did, and of course the rest of the "Danger Isnald" serial movie. To quote Mike & The Mechanics, all we need is a miracle...
WB most likely does own the rights to the Pac-Man series because it has aired on Boomerang, and the series is available on Xbox Live Marketplace. The only things that really should stand in the way is the licensing fee to Namco-Bandai for Pac-Man, and of course, sales projections based on the demand for such a series to be on DVD.
The rights to Saturday Supercade, last I knew was a chaotic issue seeing how all the properties represented in that one program are split up amongst different rights holders.
Agreed, but unless I miss my guess, one of the properties' copyright owners for Saturday Supercade is Nintendo. Nonetheless, I think they, meaning all of the copyrighted owners of each property in the program, need to get together with executives from Warner Home Video to discuss clearances, possible agreements and some sort of payment plan to each of the video games' property owners to have Saturday Supercade released on DVD. It's a long shot, but if all involving parties get together and talk, it'll be helpful in terms of possibly getting the program released on DVD.
But would there be a demand for it? I mean, the only characters from that show who have any name value are Donkey Kong, DK Jr, and maybe Q-Bert, but trying to sell people on Kangaroo, Space Ace, and Pitfall would be difficult to do, and the fact that most people who have seen the show only have negative reviews makes it even harder.