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 Timeless Media Group is TV Western Classics, a 6-DVD set containing an unknown number of episodes from the following shows: The Deputy, The Tall Man, Cimarron City, The Restless Gun, Frontier Doctor and Shotgun Slade. Most, if not all, of these shows have already had some sort of DVD release, be it a “best of” collection, complete series or individual season set. I don’t know if any of these episodes are new to DVD. Timeless is also releasing The Virginian – Complete First Season Limited Edition Embossed Collector’s Tin!, which includes all 30 episodes from the 1962-1963 season. All of these episodes are already available on DVD in two half-season sets from Timeless, released this past March. This limited edition embossed collector’s tin, however, contains a bonus disc featuring interviews with series star James Drury as well as cast members Gary Clark and Roberta Shore, plus Robert Fuller and Peter Brown.
In related DVD news, Mill Creek Entertainment will be releasing Prime Time Crime: The Stephen J. Cannell Collection in July 27th, with 54 episodes from 13 different programs produced by Cannell. I mention this because the set will include the complete runs of four short-lived Cannell shows: UNSUB (8 Episodes, 1989), Broken Badges (7 Episodes, 1990-1991), Palace Guard (9 Episodes, 1991) and Missing Persons (18 Episodes, 1993-1994). Admittedly, none of these programs were on the air before 1980. But they are short-lived. And who thought they’d ever make their way to DVD?