Every Tuesday I take a look at obscure and/or classic television programs, specials, miniseries or made-for-TV movies being released on DVD. For the record I consider anything broadcast prior to 1980 to be classic or else there wouldn’t be much to discuss. The releases referred to in these posts are encoded for Region 1 use in the United States and Canada.
It’s the last Tuesday of March and there are only a few releases of note for fans of classic television. From E1 Entertainment comes The Abbott & Costello Show – The Complete Series Collector’s Edition, containing all 52 episodes of the syndicated 1952-1954 sitcom. Both seasons of the show were released individually in 2006 and I believe this new collection is those season sets with new packaging and a few new bonus features, namely a new 44-page commemorative booklet and a 1978 television special titled “Hey, Abbott!” hosted by Milton Berle. The remaining bonus features — interviews and home movies — were also found on the season sets. A review can be found at Sitcoms Online.
Also out today, from Shout! Factory, is Rhoda: Season Two, with all 24 episodes from the 1975-1976 season. The Season One release was a disaster, with questionable video and quality quality plus numerous edited episodes. Read the Sitcoms Online review of the Season One set for more information. Thankfully, it seems the Season Two set contains both unedited and better quality episodes. Reviews can be found at Sitcoms Online and DVD Talk.