Fans of April Dancer, rejoice. Stefanie Powers tweeted a few days ago that The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. was going to be released on DVD through the Warner Archive Collection, a manufacture-on-demand/made-to-order DVD service. The 29 episodes, originally broadcast on NBC during the 1966-1967 season, are now available for purchase in two four-disc sets costing $39.95 each. Or save $20 and order both sets for $59.95.
No bonus features are mentioned in the listings for the sets but the combined running time is 1450 minutes, which comes out to 29 fifty-minute episodes. Unfortunately, Warner Archive only ships to the United States, but TVShowsOnDVD.com reports that eventually the series will also be made available through Amazon.com's CreateSpace manufacture-on-demand service, which ships internationally.
Most of the episodes were available for viewing several years ago through AOL's now defunct In2TV website and the video was quite crisp and clear, so despite a generic notice that the episodes have not been remastered or restored, I'm hopeful that the quality will be quite good. Here are links to the two separate sets and the combined :
- The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.: The Complete Series, Part 1
- The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.: The Complete Series, Part 2
- The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.: The Complete Pack
The release of The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. only two months after the Warner Archive Collection released Man from Atlantis means two "popular obscurities" are now available on DVD. As I mentioned, episodes of The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. could be viewed online only a few years ago and the series was seen in syndication on TNT in the 1990s, so it isn't all that obscure. But this is still its first official release on any format and I'm sure there are many fans eager to see the series again. I've yet to order anything from the Warner Archive Collection yet, but The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. might force me to take the plunge.