Mayberry Mondays up for Monday. My nephew Davis is supposed to be around here this weekend to amuse the ‘rents and I with his child antics, but if I can steal away to my bedroom office MM might happen (and it’s a good one, too—“Howard, the Swinger”). I regretfully have already broken a promise I made to the good people at Outspoken & Freckled, Once Upon a Screen and Paula’s Cinema Club to participate in their 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon—but in my defense the date I was supposed to submit something completely slipped my mind. If things aren’t too hectic next week, I’ll try to whip something up in the lab…but the entries in that ‘thon have been so first-rate I’m not sure if there’s anything left to write about.
Also hitting the streets on that same May 7 date will be the eighth season of venerable TV oater Gunsmoke—and even though Season 8 will follow the split-season practice (which has marked the Gunsmoke releases since Season 2), CBS-Paramount will make Volumes 1 and 2 available on the same day, as they have done with other shows like Bonanza and The Untouchables, for instance. Both volumes are priced at $49.98
haven’t been as quick to dip into this pond only because I recorded most of the
black-and-white hour-long Gunsmokes when I still had Encore
Westerns; I still plan to purchase the sets but they’re kind of a low priority
right now and I’ve had to be a little conservative when it comes to putting
things in my shopping cart. I was
fortunate to find both volumes of Gunsmoke’s sixth season (the last
year the show was a half-hour) at Amazon Marketplace for a very good price, not
to mention the two volumes that make up The Untouchables’ fourth and final
season…so I’ll have to taper off the TV-on- DVD
purchases for a bit.
In other boob tube western news, Timeless Media Video/Shout! Factory will wrap up their releases of The Gene Autry Show with the fifth and final season release this May 21st. The set, which will contain all thirteen color episodes from Gene’s final TV year, will be a 2-disc package priced at $14.97
became available this past February 5 courtesy of the Warner Archive. This underrated series, which starred The Fugitive’s David Janssen for a two season run, was long lobbied for by many crime and mystery buffs…and even though it is MOD it’s great to have it available. The Archive is selling this set—a 6-disc package containing the second season’s 22 episodes—for $49.95
Warner Archive also has news that the fourth season of TV chestnut The F.B.I. will be available next Tuesday (February 26) in a single set…which will come as a bit of a surprise since the first three seasons were done as split-season releases. (Update: the initial report that this would be a single set was erroneous...more here.) All twenty-six episodes of the show that made J. Edgar Hoover a happy cross-dresser at a
SRP price of $49.95—it’s a Christmas
miracle, boys and girls.
a June 11 release in store for Tom & Jerry: Golden Collection, Volume 2—a two-disc collection of 42 theatrical shorts (priced at $26.99
the DVD—it will be available also on
Blu-ray, too) featuring the famous cat-and-mouse team. There is, however, a bit of controversy that
has cropped up in that two of Thomas and Gerald’s animated adventures will not
be included on the set—Mouse Cleaning
(1948) and Casanova Cat (1951)—because
of some admittedly non-PC content. You
can read all about it here at TSOD; I
will reserve comment only to say I don’t agree with Warner Home Video’s
decision but since I didn’t plan on buying the set (I like Tom & Jerry, but
it’s not something I have to have) I really don’t have a dog in the fight
(sorry about the pun, by the way).
to MOD DVD this week (February 19). The Saturday morning TDOY fave first surfaced as “Yogi’s Ark Lark” (09/16/72) on ABC’s Saturday Superstar Movie in 1972; an admittedly preachy ecological tale that features Yogi, Boo-Boo and the rest of the cartoon heroes of my youth tooling around in a flying ark looking for a place free of pollution. Hanna-Barbera turned this pilot into a full-blown series in the fall of ’73, with much of the same sledgehammer learning-lessons content (even as a kid, I thought the hypocrisy of a bear who used to filch picnic baskets lecturing kids was a bit much)—be that as it may, I watched the show religiously because…well, look at the cast of characters: it’s like my childhood passing before my very eyes. (Why do you think I always rooted for the Yogi Yahooeys on Laff-a-Lympics?) All fifteen episodes and the “Ark Lark” pilot are available in a two-disc set that sells for $29.95
A few other TV-on-
releases that might be of interest to the TDOY
it will be released on March 12 (price is $14.98
SRP). That’s the same day the company is going to bring the 1981 TV-movie reunion The Return of the Beverly Hillbillies
to DVD (priced at $14.99 SRP)—which
I never bothered to watch because…well, without Irene Ryan there really wasn’t
much point, was there? (I must confess
that I did see the 1993 Beverly Hillbillies movie—though I watched it in a
moment of “there’s-nothing-on” cable weakness—and ask only that you not judge
Finally, TSOD has the poop on the Time-Life release of China Beach: The Complete Series—a 21-disc collection (priced at $199.95) containing all 62 episodes of the cult 1988-92 series. A little out of our jurisdiction here at TDOY, but I admire the work that went into putting it together since negotiating the music rights were a real bear.