I’ve written about the Warner Archive, a manufacture-on-demand program offered by Warner Bros. in which films otherwise unavailable on DVD can be ordered, burned to a DVD-R and shipped to customers, on several occasion in the past. Although it primarily contains theatrical releases, there have been a few dozen made-for-TV movies and television miniseries released since the Warner Archived launched in March 2009.
I haven’t kept up to date on these releases for the simple fact that I found the Warner Archive website incredibly difficult to navigate. Today, however, I discovered that there is a section of the website just for made-for-TV movies/miniseries, which I believe is a fairly recent development.
I don’t know how often new releases are added to the Warner Archive, but the latest batch came out this past Tuesday (May 18th). Included were several made-for-TV movies: Cry Rape (1973), Friendships, Secrets, Lies, Strange New World (1975), Zuma Beach (1978), Champions, A Love Story (1979), Secrets and Lies (1979), Shattered Innocence (1988) and Terror in the Mall (1998). Strange New World was the third and final attempt to bring Gene Roddenberry’s story of a devastated Earth to television, although Roddenberry wasn’t actually involved in this one. The first two were released on DVD through the Warner Archive last year.
Most of the made-for-TV movies cost $19.99; a miniseries like The Awakening Land costs a bit more, $24.95. You can purchase these titles at the Warner Archive itself or through Amazon.com, among other online retailers. In the future I’ll try to report on new television releases from the Warner Archive.