J.D. at Radiator Heaven will fete director John Carpenter with a blogathon that will run from October 3-9 and because I had the foresight to hang onto at least one Carpenter flick during the Great eBay DVD Purge of 2006, that’s the one I’ll tackle. (Of course, there are plenty of fine films to choose from, and Netflix operators are standing by.)
Timeless Media Group is announcing a new TV-on-DVD release entitled NBC Western TV Legends—which, according to TVShowsOnDVD.com, will be released on October 19th. The single disc collection will contain the first episodes of The Virginian (“The Executioners” [
When I received this e-mail notice yesterday, TSOD announced that the collection would consist of pilots—something that they have since backtracked on, because I knew right off the bat that the Laredo pilot was a Virginian episode entitled “We’ve Lost a Train” (04/21/65) and that wasn’t mentioned as being on the disc. The Virginian’s pilot was also not among on the DVD’s contents, either—originally, the character was conceived as more of a “dandy” rather than the black-vested guy we’ve come to know and played by James Drury. Here’s the pilot’s intro on YouTube (they won’t let me embed this sucker).