Amerika TV series

Discussion in 'Alternate History Books and Media' started by lwhitehead, Feb 3, 2019.

  1. lwhitehead Well-Known Member

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    I was wondering if this Alt History TV mini series will ever be on official DVD collection?, with all the interviews and talk they had after each ep.

    Yes I know it's hokey series and it wasn't well thought out, but for some of use would like to have official DVD collection of it.


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  2. Sovereign12 Well-Known Member

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    Right now? Uhh. Crap! I think I'm lost.
    I'm surprised it has never been on Syfy or any other channel that I can recall.

    Just out of interest I looked on ebay.
    Someone is selling the VHS series starting at $225
    To bad I don't have a VCR anymore, besides the tape is probably at least partly degraded after thirty years.
     
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  3. lwhitehead Well-Known Member

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    Since ABC owns the rights to this series why hasn't it made into an official DVD collection, they must have the official tapes of it in there collection of old TV shows.

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  4. Marky Bunny Well-Known Member

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    It is on You-tube here is episode 1
     
  5. freivolk Well-Known Member

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    They propably donĀ“t want to remember anyone, that they made it.
     
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  6. lwhitehead Well-Known Member

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    Yes I watched the series on You Tube, so what is the official holdup on this series coming to DVD collection?.

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  7. Jack Brisco NWA Powerhouse

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    Probably that so many people hate it. Many years ago bought it in VHS. Just watched part of it. Watched parts of the original series in 1987. Just not realistic at all. As I remember, viewership for the first episode was good, then steadily trailed off.

    A historical note. For some reason, in the 1984-1986 time frame, a lot of people thought the Soviet Union would take over the United States. If you knew anything about the actual state of affairs in the world at that time, that was patently ridiculous. Biggest thing to come out of this time was the original Red Dawn. I watched it and cheered when the Russians got whacked. One notable book from this period was Warday, about the USA ten years after a limited nuclear war. Very thought-provoking. But by the time Amerika came out in early 1987, everyone had woken up, said, "The Soviets take US over? What a joke!", had a great laugh, and promptly dismissed the entire thing from their minds. Then late the next year we saw the Berlin Wall come down, the Warsaw Pact dissolve, and the end of the Soviet Union itself on i January 1992. What an amazing time that was.
     
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  8. Born in the USSA Well-Known Member

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    I think it should get a remake. If the Man in the High Castle can be an awesome tv show this series should get a fair shot.
     
  9. Jack Brisco NWA Powerhouse

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    Doubt that will happen. The Man in the High Castle has a great deal more going for it, plot-wise.
     
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  10. Born in the USSA Well-Known Member

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    Well I mean it obviously needs to be spruced up and filled out but they added all the Nazi characters when they adapted MitHC, so anything's possible
     
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  11. Grey Wolf Writer, Poet, Publisher, Cat-sitter

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    I think I tried watching this on Youtube and it was just appalling.

    On the other hand, I recently bought the DVD of Red Dawn and absolutely love it
     
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  12. Laqueesha The Right Honourable and Quasi-Learned Laq'

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    I saw bits of it on YT. It does come off as anachronistic to 2019 sensibilities, especially with the heroic Congressmen standing up to the Soviets until death.
     
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  13. Dave Howery laughs at your pain

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    Red Dawn, in spite of it's impossible background, at least had a lot of action in it. Amerika was just a long slog of 'people talking'...
     
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  14. Grey Wolf Writer, Poet, Publisher, Cat-sitter

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    Perhaps in Amerika the premise took precedence so I noticed it more and thought WTF, whereas in Red Dawn the premise was just the artifice to get into the situation the resistance had to be in, so it was ride-over-able because the film was then about that reality?
     
  15. Dave Howery laughs at your pain

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    pretty much... Red Dawn was all around the simple idea of 'American guerilla fighters vs. the occupying Soviet army', while Amerika was 'let's consider a Soviet occupation of the US with affects on culture, the economy, politics, and long term planning'... which was bound to be a turgid crawl in a mini-series...