Thanks to all you good people out in YesteryearLand who were concerned about the weeds that were starting to grow wild around the old blog. I know the last time I posted (early Sunday a.m.) it sounded like I was at Death’s door but that was not at all the case (it was more like me ringing Death’s doorbell and running like hell). From time to time, I wrestle with nasty bouts of insomnia and this weekend found me a contender for the heavyweight belt…then for the rest of the week I concentrated on a project I’m working on for Radio Spirits (and a piece for their blog, which will post tomorrow around 8am). And while I was not doing that, I was trying out my trick-or-treat costume—I’m going as a slug this year. (Naturally, I had to get into character. I hope this creative excuse passes muster with ClassicBecky, by the way.)
True Classics—she found the Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends: The Complete Series DVD box set online for eighteen bucks, and further inquiries yielded the information that it was available from a seller at Amazon.com. Now, I had already purchased all the previous sets (that’s what we used to do back in the day), but I wanted another one because I had planned to give it to my niece Rachel as a Christmas present, since she often watches my sets when she’s a-visitin’. I thought the Amazon price was one of those “too-good-to-be-true” type things…and I wasn’t too disappointed when I got an e-mail Wednesday telling me they had cancelled the order because the item “was out of stock.” Using my Amazon-to-English dictionary, this translates to “This bozo probably didn’t have the merchandise in the first place.” This is, naturally, not my first time dealing with the wankertude that is “Earth’s Biggest Selection”…though I think it might be karmic payback for the time I was able to buy the first season of Room 222 for $10.99.
I’ve found another “too-good-to-be-true” deal at the online behemoth: another seller has the Underdog: The Complete Series collection for twenty bucks. I have placed an order, but remain cautiously optimistic. If this one gets cancelled, I’ll know the fix is in.
The Headless Horseman, a 1922 silent feature starring Will Rogers in an adaptation of Washington Irving’s famous horror story. Purchase this DVD before Monday (October 22) and you’ll get it for half-off ($7.49)—this is the complete version of the movie, and also includes a hilarious (and timely, what with Halloween and all) Harold Lloyd short, Haunted Spooks (1920). I’ve only seen a handful of
Rogers’ silent shorts,
like Jus’ Passin’ Through (1923;
available on VCI’s Becoming Charley Chase set) and Big Moments from Little Pictures (1924), so this is going to be a
real treat for me. (I almost—almost—succumbed
to getting an additional DVD, the 1924 feature You’d Be Surprised starring Raymond Griffith…but talked myself out
of it—perhaps another day.)
Got some good news this week that two of my best blogging buddies, Toby at Inner Toob and Stacia at She Blogged by Night, are now receiving Me-TV in their households; the other morning, since I was wide awake and couldn’t sleep, I sent Stacia a heads-up on Twitter that one of her favorite thespians, James Best, was the guest on a rerun of Combat! And so she provided me proof…
…that she now receives the channel, though like a few other individuals I know its hours of operation are limited (I think it runs on one of her local stations when they have nothing else to program).
Speaking of my BBFF…I don’t know if you’ve gone a-visitin’ to SBBN of late but when she and her hub returned from their fabulous honeymoon excursion in Vegas over the Labor Day weekend, she learned that the wankers employing her (Evil Paraquats, Ltd.) had unceremoniously given her the sack. Actually, it went sort of like this:
STACIA: Who’s there?
PARAQUATS: Not you anymore.
So if you have a spare shekel or two, why not consider dropping it into her tip jar so we can continue to enjoy
the kind of quality
programming you expect from public television the keen insights she brings
to both classic and non-classic cinema, as well as Neil Diamond…the man and his
TVShowsOnDVD.com has had a few classic TV-on-DVD announcements up this past week, and the biggest and best news is that the previously announced “best of” Sea Hunt and Bat Masterson collections are going to expand a bit: TGG is going to release the first two seasons of Masterson and all four seasons of Sea Hunt (let the Royal Huntation Society meeting come to order!) sometime in late November (the pre-order listings at Amazon say November 6th, but TSOD contacted the company and they say this information is incorrect). There’s no word on when the third season of Masterson will be released, but the pre-order pricing on each of these sets ($16.95 SRP, $11.87 at the e-tailer) make it one hell of a deal to pass up.
the second volume of Season 8 will be released to stores on January 15th. A four-disc set that according to the running time (772 minutes) will contain fifteen episodes, there’s no price listed at the TSOD blurb but since the first volume of Season 8 is priced at Amazon.com at $35.99, I’m sure the second volume will provide equal sticker shock. And companies who put out classic TV shows on disc wonder why their sales are so sluggish—I suppose offering fifteen episodes for around forty bucks never enters into the equation.
released the fourth season of the classic TV oater Cheyenne this past Tuesday, and you might want to sit down for this—it’s not a split season set. This is probably because at that point in its broadcast history, the series’ star, Clint Walker, went on strike and was temporarily replaced by Ty Hardin as Bronco Layne…who later got his own series in Bronco, and the two shows alternated in that time slot for the rest of the season. So there were only thirteen episodes of Cheyenne telecast that fourth season…but honest to my grandma, I would not have been surprised in the least if they had put seven episodes in one volume and the remaining on another. It’s a MOD (manufactured on demand) collection, so the set will run you $39.95 because these people simply have no shame.
a single disc set of telecasts from The Jerry Lewis Show, and another single disc of episodes from The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp. Infinity Entertainment had the rights to Lewis’ 1967-69 NBC variety hour, and released thirteen shows on disc back in 2009…the only problem was, they didn’t want to pony up for the music rights so they edited the darn things with a chainsaw and also monkeyed around with the original credits of the series by substituting their own. (And then they registered dismay when the set didn’t sell at all well. Quelle amazement!) So I guess Inception has the rights now, and while I can certainly understand the “best of” release of the show I can’t for the life of me figure out why they’ve been so slow in putting the second season of Earp out (they re-released the inaugural season in 2011). (My theory is that they are suffering from the DVD version of agoraphobia…they literally are in fear of issuing Season 2 on disc.)