Thursday, October 7, 2010
Fantastic "Voyage" and other TV-on-DVD news
As such, I was a little disappernted to learn yesterday that the Factory’s release of Mister Ed: The Complete Fourth Season—which, according to TVShowsOnDVD.com, is due out in November—will also be under the Select program. I guess this means that the previous three seasons didn’t sell as well as the Factory had hoped—though you can’t say I didn’t do my part (and I might point out, did so at the risk of being mocked by my sister Debbie, who laughed out loud when she saw the sets sitting on my coffee table). (It’s a good thing The Patty Duke Show only ran for three seasons, otherwise Patty and Cathy would be prostituting themselves in the same Select fashion as our favorite television equine.)
Fox Home Entertainment is announcing that they’re letting the final shoe drop with the release of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Season Four, Volume 2 on December 21st, allowing fans of the show to finally complete their collection of the iconic science-fiction series that has come to be known as a prime example of “television Velveeta.” The first release of Voyage to DVD was back in February 2006, which means it took Fox just a smidge longer than the show’s actual broadcast run to get the entire series on disc—still, any time a studio manages to complete something like this is cause for celebration. Perhaps you could take a look and see if there are any other shows (*cough* The Big Valley *cough*) that could benefit from this sort of diligence, Fox.
Meanwhile, CBS DVD-Paramount keeps chugging along with a pair of announcements for the release of two classic TV shows’ fourth season releases: The Lucy Show, which hasn’t even seen its third season hit the streets yet (but will this November 30th), is scheduled for a March 15, 2011 release, and Mannix, which has been penciled in for January 4th of next year. (This information, it should be pointed out, isn’t necessarily set in stone.)
I’m Dickens…He’s Fenster is finally on track for release next year—and while the company with the rights to the show, TV Time Machine Productions, is going to commit the cardinal DVD sin of releasing the series in split season form (Volumes 1 and 2) they will be releasing all thirty-two episodes on disc. (They had previously toyed with the idea of a “Best of” DVD, something to which the show’s fans apparently objected strenuously.) The particulars on these releases can be found at TSOD and will apparently feature a lot of bells and whistles…which is copacetic with me, though I’d be perfectly happy with just some nice copies of the shows.
There’s going to be a slew of TV-related DVD product invading Rancho Yesteryear soon—I found myself flush with a little cash and went hog wild in grabbing up some discs that I had been wanting for sometime. I found a great bargain over at Hamilton Books—the box set collection of Homicide: Life on the Street that contains all 122 episodes of the series plus the 2000 “reunion” TV-movie and the three Law & Order crossover episodes, which the previous single season collections did not have. Thirty-five discs for $59.95…an incredible deal, to say the least.
I also noticed while ordering the eighth and ninth series of the Britcom ‘Allo ‘Allo! at Amazon.co.uk that two of R-K-O’s Falcon films (The Falcon Takes Over and The Falcon’s Brother) and The Saint's Double Trouble are being released on Region 2 by a company called Odeon Entertainment Ltd.—the release date for these movies is next Monday (October 11th), so if you’re interesting in starting up a collection I thought I’d pass that along.