TVShowsOnDVD.com has a teaser announcement up that the classic television western The Virginian, a huge hit for NBC from 1962-71, is rumored to headed to DVD soon. The background details are still sketchy at press time, but if I were to have a dog in this fight I’d say it sounds like Timeless Media Video will release this one, having put many of NBC-Universal’s oaters on disc (the upcoming Wagon Train, Tales of Wells Fargo and
The TV series was inspired by the three movie adaptations (1914, 1929—the version that cemented Gary Cooper’s stardom—and 1946, with TDOY icon Joel McCrea in the titular role) of the famous 1902 novel by Owen Wister. The television version premiered over NBC on
Laura at Laura’s Miscelleanous Musings offers up a few recollections of the series; I’d tell you mine only I have to confess that much of the ninety-minute adult western (of which radio Gunsmoke producer Norm Macdonnell served as executive producer from 1965-71) appears to have been filed away in a file cabinet located in the dim recesses of my memory. The only thing I do remember about the show was its unforgettable opening theme, composed by Percy Faith (Ennio Morricone was responsible for the program’s 1970-71 opening music). I can say with absolute certainty that the last Virginian episode I watched was “It Tolls for Three” (11/21/62); a friend of mine was kind enough to send me a copy many moons back because this outing not only stars TDOY icon Lee Marvin but was written and directed by another TDOY icon, Sam Fuller. RTV does proffer the series reruns for broadcast but as I mentioned previously, WSB-TV DT in
I don’t know precisely how Timeless is going to do the box set; the IMDb commenter says the company has acquired all nine seasons of the show so I would hope this would mean season sets. If this is made so, Scott C. of World O’Crap fame will want to get a copy of season three, which contains “We’ve Lost a Train” (04/21/65), the pilot for TV’s Laredo.