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 Shout! Factory is Rhoda – Season Four, with all 24 episodes from the 1977-1978 season. But you won’t find this release in stores. The previous three seasons were given traditional releases by Shout! but low sales likely forced the company to shift Season Four to its Shout! Select program, meaning the set will only be available through the Shout! Factory Store (although copies will likely soon pop up on Amazon and eBay as well). Not being able to pick up the set in stores and watch it right away may be frustrating but waiting a few days is a small price to pay for getting the episodes out on DVD.
Also out today, from Warner Home Video, is the 1968 Peanuts special He’s Your Dog, Charlie Brown (Deluxe Edition). You can also get this special as part of the Peanuts: 1960′s Collection, but this individual release also includes a 1980 special called “Life is A Circus, Charlie Brown” which I believe has never been issued on DVD before.