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 MPI Home Video is something many people — myself included — never expected to see on DVD: My Living Doll – The Official Collection Volume One. For years, rumor had it that only a handful of episodes existed. The status guide I put together several years ago listed 9 episodes known to exist. Today, thanks to an extraordinary effort on the part of Chertok TV, eleven of the 26 episodes originally broadcast during the 1964-1965 are available on DVD. There are also a slew of bonus features, including a documentary featurette, alternate opening credits, sponsor commercials, an episode of The Bob Cummings Show and more. The only review I have found so far is at Sitcoms Online. TVShowsOnDVD.com reports that Chertok TV has high hopes for a second volume should additional episodes be uncovered. Keep your fingers crossed.
Also out today, from Shout! Factory, is Kojak – Season 3, with all 24 episodes from the 1975-1976 season. Shout! has already announced that Season 4 will be released on May 1st. And finally, from Film Chest, comes People Are Funny – Season 1, with 16 episodes presumably from the 1954-1955 season. Although Amazon.com and TVShowsOnDVD.com refer to this as “Season 1,” the box art does not. Like That Show with Joan Rivers, which Film Chest released on DVD earlier this year, episodes of People Are Funny (16, to be exact) can be seen at Hulu.com for free.