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 E1 Entertainment is Ellery Queen Mysteries, which collects all 22 episodes of the 1975-1976 NBC mystery series starring Tim Hutton and David Wayne. Also included is the pilot telefilm, broadcast in March 1975, that launched the series as well as an interview with series co-creator William Link. A DVD Town review calls the interview “pretty average” but raves about the “Ellery Queen Mysteries Reference Guide” that comes with the set.
Also out today, from A&E Home Video, is Rich Man, Poor Man: The Complete Collection. The set includes two complete miniseries: Rich Man, Poor Man and Rich Man, Poor Man Book II, both of which aired on ABC in 1976. Rich Man, Poor Man was released on VHS in the early 1990s and both miniseries have been available on DVD internationally for several years. This is the first DVD release for Region 1, however. I believe the only bonus feature is a commentary for the first installment of Rich Man, Poor Man featuring Peter Strauss and television historian David Bianculli.
Shout! Factory is releasing Rhoda: Volume One today, although I’m not sure why. The inexpensive one-disc volume includes six episodes; according to the Shout! Factory website the episodes are the first six from Season Two. Finally, out today are four new one-disc releases from Alpha Video, each featuring four episodes: Adventures Of Robin Hood, Volume 22, Lights Out, Volume 8, Public Defender, Volume 5, Sheriff Of Cochise, Volume 2 and Sheriff Of Cochise, Volume 3 .