Because I very much wanted to watch the conclusion of the Ken Burns documentary The Dust Bowl last night on public television, I made the decision to postpone this week’s Mayberry Mondays feature…and for that, I apologize. My plans to start working on it Sunday came to a grinding halt when my favorite nephew came over for a little while to amuse the ‘rents and myself…and then when I went back to it Monday morning a few distractions (multiple errands trips, mostly) pretty much signaled that it just wasn’t going to get done.
due out in March (the release date has yet to be finalized) and season number seven of Virginian scheduled for February 5th. If you get INSP on your cable system, you’re probably aware that the family-religious channel added The Virginian to their program lineup in the fall…and in honor of this acquisition, they held a contest in which they gave away DVD copies of seasons 1-6 plus the ninth season, The Men from Shiloh, to one lucky winner.
Suffice it to say, I was not that winner—but here’s the interesting part. They actually e-mailed me to inform me I was not the winner. And it wasn’t a “nyaah nyaah, you loser” missive, it was simply a nicely-expressed regret that I didn’t win. I don’t think I’ve ever had that courtesy extended to me before. The e-mail also informed me that they were holding another giveaway, in which the prize of all nine seasons of The Waltons would be awarded to a lucky person. I didn’t win that one, either—and once again, they graciously informed me as such. The latest contest offers a chance to win all those Matlock DVDs that have been released (since INSP has started showing the Andy Griffith legal drama in the mornings), and because I entered that one I expect to get another “sorry you lost, old sock” e-mail soon.
will release the second volume of its seventh season of Gunsmoke on the same day Timeless/Shout! is having the
Shiloh ranch hands saddle
up (February 5). It’s a five-disc
collection containing the remaining seventeen episodes from the western series’
first hour-long season, but the TVShowsOnDVD.com
announcement doesn’t mention any pricing (my guess is it will be the same as
Volume 1, which will be released December 11).
A week later (February 12), the company brings out Season 5 of Bonanza
in two volumes…or you can purchase both at the same time in a shrinkwrapped
bundle. Volume 1 contains the first
eighteen episodes from season cinco; volume 2 the remaining sixteen.
which Inception Media will finally make available for fans of the 1955-61 Hugh O’Brien series on March 12th. The five-disc set, which has a $24.98 SRP price, will contain all thirty-nine episodes of the program’s sophomore year. A meaner person might point out that Earp devotees have been waiting since 2009 for this to get released…so I’m glad I didn’t disappoint you.
hints very strongly about a sixth season release of Alfred Hitchcock Presents “coming soon.” Very encouraging news. And for those of you who ponied up the scratch for CBS-Paramount’s The Fugitive: The Complete Series (The Most Wanted Edition), TSOD has information about how to replace the defective discs that have apparently plagued a few consumers. (I’m not saying a word.)
announced that they will be releasing to MOD (manufactured on demand) the 1972-73 sitcom Bridget Loves Bernie on December 4th, in a five-disc set (priced at $39.99 SRP) and containing all twenty-four episodes. For those of you too young to remember the show, Bridget Loves Bernie’s premise had an Irish Catholic teacher (Meredith Baxter) married to a Jewish cab driver (David Birney), with the plots stemming from the culture clash between Bridge’s wealthy parents (David Doyle, Audra Lindley) and Bernie’s not-quite-so-wealthy folks (Harold J. Stone, Bibi Osterwald). Ned Glass was also a series regular (as Bernie’s Uncle Moe), as was Robert Sampson, who played the priest brother of Bridget.
October 23 saw the introduction of Alice: The Complete Second Season, a 3-disc set (priced at $29.95) containing all twenty-four episodes of the Linda Lavin sitcom (based on the 1974 film Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore) that ran on CBS from 1976 to 1985…though it seemed a lot longer. I probably don’t have much room to poke fun at that, since I did watch the show (but then again, I did a lot of things in my youth of which I’m not particularly proud) but when I purchased Warner Home Video’s “Television Favorites” disc of Alice in 2006 (a single disc collection containing six episodes) and watched it, I sort of wondered out loud: “Man, I really had a lot of free time on my hands back then, huh?” Well, I don’t say this to disparage fans of the series from buying it—I think it was Jaime Weinman who once observed that every TV show deserved to have its day in the digital versatile disc sun.
last week on November 13, as a matter of fact) was Hawkins: The Complete TV Movie Collection, a 4–disc set containing all eight episodes of the 1973-74 legal drama starring James Stewart. Hawkins’ short run is explained by the fact that it was one of two features (the other was a TV version of Shaft, which has already been released by Warner Archive) that alternated on CBS’ The New Tuesday Night Movies. Despite favorable critical buzz (the show was kind of a precursor to Matlock) and a Golden Globe Award (for Best Actor in a Television Drama Series) for Jimmy, Hawkins never really caught on with viewers in the same fashion as The NBC Mystery Movie franchise. (The fact that it alternated with Shaft, with both series kind of serving two sets of audiences, may have had something to do with that.)
also released on that same day (November 13) the second season of the 1977-81 family comedy-drama Eight is Enough…and because split-season sets are the gifts that keep on giving, he said in his usual smartass fashion, Eight’s sophomore year is available in Volume 1 (with 14 episodes) and 2 (the remaining 12). Both volume are priced at $29.95 SRP each, but you can save a little scratch if you buy both of them Bonanza-style (that will only run you $49.95 SRP).
Lou Lumenick has posted an interview with Warner Home Video’s George Feltenstein at his column at the New York Post; the company is getting ready to introduce a MOD Blu-ray line of products. He also mentions that the company has updated prints of The Greatest Cable Channel Known to Mankind™ library acquisitions like Skyscraper Souls and The Falcon in Hollywood, so they will hopefully be making their way to MOD DVD soon. But here’s the part that perked up my ears:
“We get a lot of requests for the Dr. Kildare TV series with Richard Chamberlain, but we could never clear the music because we couldn't find the cue sheets,'' Feltenstein says. “Now we have, and it will probably be out next year -- along with all of the Dr. Kildare movies, of course.”
A TDOY reader in
e-mailed me back in March 2009 to see if
I had a source for the Dr. Kildare shows but I wasn’t able
to be of much help. So maybe this will
be the answer after her nearly three-year wait. Dallas,
will be released on December 11th.
A few other brief announcements before the music plays us out:
to DVD on January 1st…though the price on this is MIA. The fact that they couldn’t get Larry Hagman in on this one will kind of give you an idea of what to expect; I watched it when it first aired (I’m a masochist, what can I say) and found it a disappointing experience even though it was great to see Hayden Rorke one last time. Caveat emptor.
Timeless Shout Video has also announced the upcoming release of a box set entitled The Loretta Young Show: The Best of the Complete Series, 100th Birthday Edition…which will hit the streets on February 12th. It’s a 17-disc set (here a pre-order listing at Amazon.com), but the TSOD announcement doesn’t mention how many episodes it will contain; the long running anthology series (1953-61) has already seen two previous season releases (season one in 2006, season two in 2007) and a “best of” seasons three and four in 2010…so I’m a little concerned this might just be a repackaging, I just don’t have all the available info.
on January 15th of the New Year. TSOD says the DVD contains 240 minutes of material, which would seem to suggest that there will be four shows in all—featuring the TV debut of Barbra Streisand, moments from Broadway legends Ethel Merman and Dorothy Loudon…and according to the press release, “the launch of one of Carol Burnett's most memorable characters: the "frumpy" washerwoman!” Sounds like a nice way to collect some of these shows without having to go the Carol Burnett Collection route; the DVD is priced at $14.98 SRP.
Okay, I hope to have some additional stuff up this week…but this will kind of give you an idea of how I’m occupying my time—I bought the Classic Media box set Underdog: The Complete Series from an Amazon Marketplace dealer a week or so back, and kind of fell down laughing when I saw this: