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 The Archive of American Television Presents and Entertainment One is "Evening Primrose," an episode of ABC Stage '67 originally broadcast on November 16th, 1966 and never repeated. Based on a short story by John Collier, the musical was written by James Goldman with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. According to The New York Times, the DVD release is the "holy grail for Sondheim completists" who previously had to make due with bootleg copies or visit The Paley Center for Media to see the musical. Although broadcast in color, only black and white copies are known to exist. A "newly discovered" 16mm copy was used for the remastered DVD release, which also includes color test footage of star Anthony Perkins, a video interview with director Paul Bogart, an audio interview with co-star Chamian Carr and a booklet written by Sondheim and Jane Klain of the Paley Center for Media.
Also out today, from Timeless Media Group, is The Deputy - The Complete Series. Henry Fonda starred in the half-hour western, which ran for two seasons on NBC from 1959 to 1961 and produced 76 episodes. A "best of" release came out in October of 2008 and select episodes were included in a western compilation set earlier this month. Other releases out today include On the Road With Charles Kuralt Set 3, Tonight - 4 Decades of The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson and The Twilight Zone - Fan Favorites. Finally, Alpha Video has two new single disc DVDs available today, each with four episodes: Sheriff Of Cochise, Volume 4 and Topper, Volume 3.