February 2016: The Month in Home Media

The Month in Home Media is a monthly column highlighting short-lived or rare television series, specials, miniseries or made-for-TV movies released on DVD or Blu-ray during the previous month, as well as recent additions to streaming services like Warner Archive Instant. The releases discussed in this column are encoded for Region 1 use in the United States and Canada. The Month in Home Media is published on the first Thursday of each month.

There wasn’t much going on last month. February 2016 saw two DVD releases that might be of interest to fans of short-lived, classic TV shows: The Brady Kids (ABC, 1972-1973) and an Alpha Video collection of four public domain TV mystery episodes from the late 1940s and early 1950s, including an episode of KTLA’s Armchair Detective from 1949.

DVD/Blu-ray Releases

The Brady Kids (TV Series, CBS/Paramount, DVD)
This animated spin-off of The Brady Bunch ran for 22 episodes over the course of two seasons on ABC. The first 17 episodes aired during the 1972-1973 season while the remaining five episodes aired during the start of the 1973-1974 season. Two episodes were previously released as part of The Brady Bunch complete series set back in 2007.

Rare TV Mystery Classics (TV Episodes, Alpha Video, DVD)
This single-disc release includes four public domain half-hours: the 1951 pilot for a proposed British TV series about Sherlock Holmes, starring John Longden; an episode of KTLA’s Armchair Detective from 1949; an episode of DuMont’s Front Page Detective from 1951; and an episode of Four-Star Playhouse from 1954 that served as a pilot for NBC’s 1957-1958 Meet McGraw series. Manufacture-on-demand.

DVD/Blu-ray News

Shout! Factory will release Cop Rock on DVD on May 16th. The infamous ABC musical police drama ran for just 11 episodes during the 1990-1991 season and soon you’ll be able to own them all. The 3-disc set will also include new interviews with creator Steven Bochco and members of the cast (TVShowsOnDVD.com).

Streaming

There were no streaming additions of interest last month.

Hit the comments with any news about upcoming DVD/Blu-ray releases or additions to streaming services.


1 Comment

  • Patrick McNamara says:

    I’d love to see the Saturday Morning Preview with the Brady Kids again, but it may no longer exist.

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