I’m Dickens He’s Fenster DVD Update

In December 2008, a website was launched to help promote a campaign to bring I’m Dickens, He’s Fenster to DVD, lead by its creator, Leonard Stern. Earlier this week TVShowsOnDVD.com posted a press release announcing that interviews with both Stern and director Norman Abbott were filmed last year. Here’s the pertinent paragraph from the press release:

On-camera interviews with I’m Dickens, He’s Fenster creator Leonard Stern (Get Smart, The Honeymooners) and director Norman Abbott (Leave it to Beaver, The Munsters) will be featured on a special I’m Dickens, He’s Fenster tribute DVD to be released later this year, honoring the rarely-seen brilliantly reviewed comedy TV series that aired on the ABC television network from 1962-63. These interviews, and other material, will be in addition to the episode content, which is still in the planning stages (and will be announced once it’s finalized). The episodes that will be featured on this special tribute DVD are the complete versions of each (twenty-six minutes long), and have been pristinely remastered.

Note the phrase “tribute DVD,” which could suggest that this will not be a complete series release. That is total conjecture on my part, and the press release states that “episode content” is “still in the planning stages.” We will just have to wait until the official announcement is made.


5 Comments

  • Rick says:

    Yes, I was thinking the same thoughts- It sounded like all of the episodes may not be included or available? Perhaps some of the episodes are in poor shape? It did not state that ALL of the episodes will be included either. It may have just not been worded clearly. Hopefully, all will be included, but time will tell.

  • Barry I. Grauman says:

    Leonard Stern not only created the show, he produced it {“Heyday Productions”} as well. ABC Films initially syndicated the program when its 32 episodes entered syndication in the fall of 1963. Eventually, “ABC Films” became “Worldvision Enterprises” after the network was forced to divest itself of its TV library [and syndicated division] by the Justice Department in 1971, and they continued to distribute the series through the ’80s, when it apparently “fell off the radar”. Today, the rights are currently under CBS/Paramount’s jurisdiction [after a series of mergers and acquisitions], and the master copies of all 32 episodes ARE sitting in a vault somewhere. The question is, DOES CBS/Paramount consider the show “profitable” enough to remaster those episodes, as it’ll cost a small fortune to do so. “Who cares about an obscure black and sitcom most people don’t even KNOW about?”, their short-sighted executives might argue. “Better to release another season of ‘GARY UNMARRIED’- at least people know THAT one, and it’s cheaper to ship out!”.

  • Barry I. Grauman says:

    Beg pardon, the above remark SHOULD have read, “obscure black and white sitcom most people don’t even know about”……

  • Fenster says:

    hey! Danke für den guten Post. :) – kann man mit Fortsetzung rechnen? Ciao – Christine.

  • Barry I. Grauman says:

    The entire series is scheduled to be released, in two volumes [16 episodes apiece] in early 2011.

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