Thursday, October 14, 2010
…and now here’s something we hope you really (don’t) like
There’ve been a number of classic television on DVD announcements pasted up at TVShowsOnDVD.com, and I’m going to warn you off the bat that this first one has got me a little steamed. According to TSOD, Classic Media is going to be releasing the fifth and final season of Rocky and Bullwinkle—the 1961-62 entity telecast in prime time and known as The Bullwinkle Show—on January 11th of next year.
Wait for it…
s part of a honkin’ big box set entitled 100% Complete Bull—and if there’s a more apropos title for what Classic Media is doing to the people who’ve already collected the first four seasons individually without resorting to the kind of language I try to avoid on a family blog, I’m hard pressed to come up with one. Because Classic Media has yet to make known as to whether Season Five will be made available as a stand-alone set so that the people who’ve already invested the time and money to purchase the previous seasons don’t have to start digging under the couch cushions to buy this pricey new collection. The SRP for this 18-disc set is $99.98, or as The Great One himself might say provided he didn’t choke on his words afterwards, “a mere bag of shells.”
the first mention of this set on TSOD, David “Complete fealty to my corporate masters” Lambert remarked: “Fans who have been picking up this show season-by-season are still waiting for the fifth and final season of the program, and we DO expect it to be coming out individually.” I wish I could believe that, but because no further mention was made of this in the follow-up announcement I have a strong suspicion—call it a premonition, call it my Spidey Sense—that the company is going to demand its customers drop their socks and grab their you-know-what’s. To me, that’s the frustrating thing about this DVD industry—they whine about how people won’t support these releases, but the disconnect is that they don’t seem too concerned about screwing people over in order to make more money. Yes, yes, I can hear someone out there saying “Well, that’s the way capitalism works and if you don’t like it why don’t you go back to Commieland where you came from.” (I’d just like to state, once again for the record, that I dislike you intensely, Person Who Is Saying That.)
another example of what I’m talking about—Shokus Video has acquired the rights to release the short-lived CBS-TV sitcom Angel (1960-61), which they obtained from the estate of Jess Oppenheimer from Jess’ son Gregg. If you’re not familiar with the show (or are confusing it with that Buffy the Vampire Slayer spin-off that ran on The WB from 1999-2004), it was a half-hour series starring an actress named Annie Fargé in the titular role as a French immigrant newly wed to an American architect played by Marshall “Daktari” Thompson. Angel, being a “furriner,” must struggle to adapt to American ways and culture…and as is our mantra here at TDOY, the wacky complications ensue.
Volume 2’s release is right around the corner this December 14th—so now I have something to put on my Christmas list. In addition, CBS Paramount has confirmed that the tenth season of Hawaii Five-O will be released on the same day. TSOD further reports that the company has finally delivered the skinny on what will be on their announced The Andy Griffith Show: 50th Anniversary—The Best of Mayberry collection (a 3-DVD set) to be released December 21st. It will contain seventeen of the “best” episodes of the classic sitcom—plus the Danny Thomas Show pilot (“Danny Meets Andy Griffith”) and the 1986 TV-movie reunion, Return to Mayberry. I have to tell you, I have an interest in this set only because the Thomas pilot and Return movie were previously only available on the “Complete Series” collection that CBS-Paramount released in May 2007 as a reward to those customers who already bought the season-by-season releases (there I go being cynical again). And it’s fairly reasonably priced (the SRP is $24.99…$22.49 at Amazon.com) so if I’ve got two nickels to rub together by that time I might invest in it.
November 4th—and if the famous television equine were around today I’ll bet he’d whinny: “This Shout! Select program really sucks, Wilburrrr…” (The 4-DVD set will contain twenty-six episodes, including the classic ones with Mae West and Leo Durocher.) Also from Shout! Factory (though thankfully not Select)—All in the Family: The Complete Eighth Season, which is scheduled to be released on January 11th; a 3-DVD set with all twenty-four episodes from season numero ocho.
Josie & the Pussycats in Outer Space is a go, with a release date of October 19th (next Tuesday). The Archive will also release to MOD Goober and the Ghost Chasers (or as we used to refer to it around my house as a kid, “the poor man’s Scooby-Doo”) and The Funky Phantom (“Hey! Daws Butler is recycling his Snagglepuss voice!”) on October 26th, five days before Halloween. They’re currently offering these as pre-order specials for $20.96 apiece and while TSOD seemed to receive this news with the joy of having discovered penicillin, I’ll just be nonchalant and say: “It is what it is.”