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.
I didn’t post about last week’s new DVD releases so I’ll run through them quickly: All in the Family – The Complete Seventh Season (Shout! Factory), Gunsmoke: Fourth Season, Volume One (Paramount Home Video) and The Mary Tyler Moore Show: The Complete Seventh Season (20th Century Fox). Note that apparently some sets of The Mary Tyler Moore Show: The Complete Seventh Season are missing the “final curtain call” scene that was only included in the original broadcast of the final episode See this TVShowsOnDVD.com article for information on getting a replacement disc.
Out this week, from Timeless Media Group, is Johnny Staccato – The Complete Series, with with all 27 episodes from the 1959-1960 season. The NBC drama starred John Cassavetes as a jazz pianist who moonlighted as a private eye. The premiere episode was released on DVD in 2006 but this is the first time the entire series has been commercially released. Also out today, from Shout! Factory, is Marcus Welby, M.D. – Season Two/strong>, with all 24 episodes from the 1970-1971 season.
I’d also like to mention a few announcements made over the past few weeks:
- I’m Dickens, He’s Fenster will be released on DVD in 2011 by TV Time Machine Productions in two volumes, each with 16 remastered episodes and bonus features. Read more at TVShowsOnDVD.com.
- Select episodes of the 1960-1961 CBS sitcom Angel, which starred Annie FargÃ©, are available on DVD through Shokus Video, with more coming in November. Note that these are on DVD-R. Read more at TVShowsOnDVD.com.
- Both installments of “Legends of the Superheroes,” two specials that aired on NBC in January of 1979, will be available for purchase through the Warner Archive later this month. I wrote about the specials in January of 2009 and never expected to see them released on DVD. And with recently uncovered outtakes. Read more at TVShowsOnDVD.com.