DVD Tuesday: Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp; Maverick

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 Film Chest is Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp – Complete Special Collector’s Edition, a 3-disc set featuring all 17 episodes of the Saturday morning live-action ABC series that ran from 1970 to 1972. The set also includes a 1999 documentary titled “I Create Lancelot Link,” new interviews with producer Allan Sandler and musical director Bob Emenegger, and new footage of the Lancelot the chimpanzee who “starred” as Lancelot Link, who is living in retirement at The Wildlife Waystation in Los Angeles. The organization will receive some of the proceeds from sales of the set.

Here’s a preview:

Back in 2006, Image Entertainment released its own collection of Lancelot Link episodes; reviews at Amazon.com are not kind. Unfortunately, it appears Amazon has confused the old release with this new one. The bulk of the reviews for the new set are, in fact, for the old one.

Also out today from Warner Bros. Home Video is Maverick – The Complete 1st Season, containing all 27 episodes from the 1957-1958 season.


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