There’s also confirmation on the Hawaii Five-O box set that will be released by CBS-Paramount a week earlier (April 21st); a six-disc collection containing all twenty-four episodes of the crime drama’s sixth season—including one of my very favorites, “Draw Me a Killer” (09/11/73), in which this homicidal psycho (and let’s face it—on Five-O, there were rarely any other kinds) is killing off people who resemble the villains of a popular comic strip. McGarrett’s long-suffering lackey, Danny Williams, is drawn into the strip in an effort to flush this crazy out, but complications ensue when Mr. Funny Papers Fan runs into a girl who’s a dead ringer for the strip’s heroine. (I was ten years old when I saw this episode—can you believe my parents let me watch this sort of thing and yet frowned on my sitting with them during All in the Family?)
One last announcement deals with the re-release of one of my Saturday morning childhood favorites, Land of the Lost: The Complete Series. This collection, originally released by Rhino in December 2005 (and OOP for quite sometime), will feature all of the episodes from the 1974-77 Sid & Marty Krofft adventure show…a series that did some serious damage to my young psyche as a tad, particularly with those friggin’ Sleestaks. The reason for the show’s re-release is that Hollywood, clearly bereft of anything resembling a novel idea, is putting together a feature film version that will star—I kid you not—Will “Isn’t it amazing how I can stretch a thin SNL sketch premise into a two-hour feature film and be paid rather handsomely for the privilege?” Ferrell. (Oh, sister Kat is going to run to the googolplex when this turkey comes out.) David Lambert also mentions that the 1991 update of this series has yet to be released on disc—I can’t quite help him there, since I don’t recall having watched it…I think I discovered the pleasures of sleeping in Saturdays by that time.