There are some that argue that many individuals aren’t interested in collecting an entire series on DVD, and are perfectly satisfied with a few “representative” episodes—and as far as I’m concerned, that’s peachy keen with me. It’s just that in the case of McHale, to get the entire first season (thirty-six episodes) you’d really only need to spend a few simolians extra. This is what I like to refer to as Sullivan’s Theorem—named after my dear departed grandfather, John J. Sullivan (or “Papa Jack” as we called him)—which states that “It only costs a few extra bucks to go first class.” (One of his favorite pronouncements, along with “Never buy retail.”) But Mill Creek and Shout! are stressing that these releases are for those counting their pennies…and it could be argued that if you’ve seen one episode of Navy you’ve pretty much seen them all. (As my good chum Jason Togyer once remarked: “Apparently they [have] some sort of a scheme they [have] to get past Ol' Leadbottom ... hijinks [are] involved.”)
The other programs which have “volunteered” for this promotion include Punky Brewster (and at the risk of offending what I am certain are a multitude of Punky fans out in the blogosphere—is anyone honestly buying these?), Swamp Thing, Men Behaving Badly (the American version, not the classic Britcom) and Ironside. I have to admit that the Ironside news troubles me a bit because I can’t seem to shake this feeling Shout! Factory is closing down the curtain on this one after only two season releases (season two was released in October of 2007 and there’s been no news of a third season follow-up). Fortunately for fans, I sold both of my sets on eBay some time back, so despite the delay I think Ironside 3 is just around the corner. Like Navy, these four other sets will be released on the same date and at the same price—Ironside, because of its hour-long format, will feature the show’s pilot and five additional episodes.