One of the most requested of classic television programs has finally made its way to DVD according to TVShowsOnDVD.com: Highway Patrol, starring Broderick Crawford as the doggedly determined supercop Chief Dan Matthews, protector of the Granola State’s highways and bi-ways for four years from 1955-59…some twenty years before Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada started to straddle motorcycles. The first season set, consisting of thirty-nine episodes on eleven discs, has already been released as part of Amazon.com’s MOD (manufacture-on-demand) MGM Limited Edition Collection. (These thirty-nine episodes have also been available for viewing on Hulu and Fancast for quite a while now.) TSOD’s David Lambert is enthusiastically touting what a bargain this set is (as of this writing, the e-tailer is selling it for $44.99, which is a bit of a break from the SRP tariff of $59.99) but I may hold off on this one for a bit. (Lambert’s position on this reminds me of the old joke about the kid who gets a room full of manure for Christmas—“I just know there’s a pony in there somewhere!”)
Timeless Media Group is saddling up a second season of the classic TV oater Wagon Train this November 23rd with a ten-disc collector’s tin that will feature all thirty-eight episodes from the show’s sophomore year. I still haven’t gotten around to purchasing the first season yet but should providence smile on me in a couple of weeks in the form of an Amazon gift certificate (yeah, it’s birthday time again) I might entertain thoughts about adding this to the dusty TDOY archives. I was over at Timeless’ website yesterday looking for some info and found that they’re already selling Season 2 of The Virginian (in split-season sets…though maybe we’ll luck out and Timeless will do it in a collector’s tin like Season Numero Uno)…and at first I thought—“Boy, they sure kept that news under wraps.” But in taking the WABAC to March of this year I learned that TDOY cub reporter Larry Shell had mentioned seeing the Virginian sets at Sam’s—I just apparently forgot about it.
I got an e-mail alert yesterday from TSOD that The Patty Duke Show: The Complete Third Season coming next week (August 24—and yes, I did pre-order this baby, which means the entire series run will have a seat of honor on the TV-on-DVD shelves at Rancho Yesteryear) will contain a pair of bodacious extras: first up, the 1999 reunion movie The Patty Duke Show: Still Rockin’ in Brooklyn Heights. I forget (curse this fogged memory!) who it was that told me to keep my distance from this wallow in nostalgia but you know I’m going to have to watch it. (It’s like a car wreck…you can’t look away.) Those public service announcements featuring what remains of the Duke Show cast that I talked about here will also be included in the collection.
Shout! Factory released the fifth season of Father Knows Best through their online store’s Shout! Select program yesterday…and apparently there are a couple more episodes of Robert Young’s 1961-62 comedy drama Window on
I have a sneaking suspicion that this box set—Scooby Doo Where are You?: The Complete Series—is going to end up in the hands of hobbyfan at The Land of Whatever. Just a hunch. For those of you also interested, “the Limited Edition Mystery Machine Package” hits the streets November 9th and will contain all forty-one episodes of the Saturday morning animated fave.
Finally, an announcement that addresses the speculation as to when MPI is going to release Here’s Lucy: Season 4 to DVD…which looks as if it will be sometime next year in the first quarter of 2011. I’ll say this for MPI—they really have made these sets amazingly affordable; I’ve bought the first three seasons at Amazon and I don’t think I paid more than $20 apiece. The blurb also mentions briefly talk about the third season of The Lucy Show—but the news about that release is murky at best.