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 first week of April and there are no releases of interest for fans of classic television. The earliest season set out today is the fourth season of Simon & Simon, broadcast during the 1984-1985 season. But there have been a lot of recent announcements through TVShowsOnDVD.com, chief among them the news that both The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman will finally be coming to DVD courtesy of Universal Studios Home Entertainment, perhaps in conjunction with Time-Life. Nothing definitive has been announced but all signs point to uncut, remastered episodes with bonus features, with a release date of Fall 2010 or perhaps sometime in 2011. A bit more information is available at Kenneth Johnson’s website.
Other announcements include the unreleased 1953 I Love Lucy movie and other “rarities” in a single DVD; the movie and other features were originally released as part of the complete series in in 2007; an abridged version of Irwin Allen’s 1978 The Return of Captain Nemo miniseries through Warner Archive; the third season of The Patty Duke Show and the fifth season of Adam-12.
And look forward to an abundance of classic and even relatively rare/obscure releases later this month.