Monday, January 21, 2008

Well, he USED to be my favorite martian…

I’ve spoken about DVD Price Search in the past, a nifty website that allows you to do a bit of comparison shopping on the price of DVDs at online stores, and while I try to make it one of my first stops in the morning when I sign on, computer-wise, I don’t always remember to do so. I do, however, make it a definite on Mondays and Thursdays, because they usually have a heads-up as to what upcoming releases have been added to their database and the prices of which at selected online stores.

So, I’m surfing through Price Search earlier this a.m., and I find this little nugget of information—which, needless to say, has made me a mite cranky and the forecast is for continued crankiness throughout the rest of the day:

My Favorite Martian: The Complete Third Season

If you’re wary of clicking on this link, let me give you the news. This release—due out February 5, 2008—is the same one that I ponied up sixty-eight simolians (that includes s&h) for back in November. (It’s now priced at at $33.99, American.)

Why would I do such a thing, you may be asking, when I could have waited until February 2008 and purchased the third season for far cheaper? Because I made the financially stupid mistake of listening to Peter Greenwood, a representative for Chertok Television, who posted the news about the Australian release of Martian over at the Home Theater Forum, and responded—to a query as to whether the set would be released in a less expensive set here in the U.S.—“I’m afraid not.” Greenwood whined that he was sorry about the set being so expensive but it was produced for the smaller Australian market, and it had a lot of really nifty extras, and the inflated price tag was necessary to justify the costs of same, blah blah blah. To cut to the chase on this one, the son of a bitch lied his ass off.

Now, I’m not one of those individuals who demands extras on every friggin’ DVD I buy. Sure, they’re nice to have, but I realize that with a lot of the releases I purchase—the majority of which are either classic films or vintage television—most of the people who participated or assisted in cranking them out have long left this world. I’m betting many would enjoy a MFM set with an archival interview featuring star Ray Walston (this is not, by the way, on the Season 3 set—I’m just using this as an example) but really, what the hell is he going to tell me that I don’t already know? “In the end, it was a paycheck.” Gee-minently…I sure didn’t see that coming.

In conclusion, I simply must chalk this up to “lessons learned.” I trusted someone who works in television, ferchrissake, which employs more weasels than you can shake a stick at, if that’s your idea of a good time. Cue the wryly ironic Who song.


Anonymous said...


I had NO Idea at that time the set would be sold for anything less...if I had then I would have told everyone to hold off buying the set.

This deal was struck by Umbrella Ent,they kept in in the dark about it.

For that I'm very sorry.. I would never ever dream of hurting fans.

Best wishes and sorry.

Peter Greenwood.

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

Yeah, but you're being disingenuous here, Pete. You were going to send me a gratis copy of the My Favorite Martian soundtrack CD as retribution for this royal screwing-over from you and your company.

and here it is, December...and that CD still hasn't made it to my mailbox...I even issued a brief reminder in June 2008:

So, this whole Martian thing is pretty much a moot point now. I trusted you and Umbrella Entertainment, both of you ended up dicking me over...and we've now moved on. Little late for the mea culpas, my friend.