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.
Out today from Mill Creek Entertainment is Wanted: Dead or Alive – Season Two, with all 32 black-and-white episodes from the 1959-1960 season of this Steve McQueen western. The series ran for three seasons, all of which were released on DVD by BCI in 2007 (they are now out of print). New Line released the first season in 2005. Mill Creek released a complete series collection in August of last year along with a re-release of the first season and will likely re-release the third and final season later this year. I’m not sure why anyone would want to buy the Mill Creek re-releases individually when the complete series is available relatively cheaply, but if you only want the second season on DVD, now you can get it.
Speaking of Westerns, you may or may not be able to find Timeless Media Group’s The Virginian – Season 1, Part 1 and/or The Virginian – Season 1, Part 2 at Sam’s Club. According to TVShowsOnDVD.com, both sets were due to be released today but were later pulled in favor of The Virginian – Complete First Season on 10 DVDs – Limited Edition Embossed Collector’s Tin!, which comes out on May 25th. Apparently, Timeless routinely offers exclusives to Sam’s Clubs and/or Costco and posters at the Home Theater Forum are reporting that they’re also finding Season Two in half-season sets, despite absolutely no news about it being available.
Finally, from Mill Creek Entertainment comes Tenspeed & Brown Shoe – The Complete Series. The show ran on ABC from January to June of 1980, so technically it does not fit my pre-1979 requirement for these weekly posts. But only 14 episodes were produced, so it is a bit of an obscurity, and I’m not sure anyone expected to ever see it on DVD (except perhaps Stephen J. Cannell, who created it).