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.
This past Sunday (November 20th), Amazon.com started selling Kukla, Fran and Ollie – The First Episodes: 1949-54<, a 2-disc set containing twenty episodes of the classic children's program that will not be available in stores. Why was it released on a Sunday? It was Fran Allison's birthday. According to an article in The Chicago Sun-Times, the set was put together from “80 episodes hand-selected by Tillstrom that were transferred to videotape before his death in 1985.” The set was produced by Mark Milano, webmaster of Kukla.tv, in collaboration with the Burr Tillstrom Copyright Trust and the Chicago History Museum (where the set can be purchased).
Here’s a list of the episodes included:
12/5/49 Salute To Television
9/8/49 Screen Test
9/26/49 Madame Ooglepuss Loses Her Wig
10/6/49 Ice Cream – with Dave Garroway
11/30/49 Kukla Kiddish
12/20/49 Making A Christmas Tree Stand
12/28/49 Hansel and Gretel
Bonus: Homecoming – with Gene Rayburn (excerpt)
Disc Two6/28/50 Puppetry Festival
11/3/50 As You Like It
12/20/50 Winter Carnival
11/26/51 First 15 Minute Show
12/5/51 Guppies Gavotte
12/12/51 Fran Practices Christmas Singing
4/22/52 June Lockhart
5/2/52 Leaving New York
10/12/52 Fifth Birthday
1/3/54 Miss VUHF
2/21/54 “The Mikado” Dress Rehearsal
Bonus: Sweet William (excerpt) Bonus: “Here We Are” (excerpt)
Another exclusive release out today is The Six Million Dollar Man: The Complete Collection from Time-Life. It can only be purchased at the Time-Life website (Canadians can purchase it here). Included are over 17 hours of bonus features (although a blooper reel mentioned in press releases is not on the set according to TVShowsOnDVD.com). Reviews can be found at DVD File and DVD Town.