July 2017: 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.

Support Television Obscurities

The big news in July 2017 was the release of short-lived Coronet Blue (CBS, 1967) on DVD. All 13 episodes of the obscure drama are now available for anyone to watch. Recent obscurity Emerald City (NBC, 2017) was also released on DVD last month (and Blu-ray, for high definition fans).

DVD/Blu-ray Releases

Coronet Blue: The Complete Series (TV Series, Kino Lorber, DVD)
Coronet Blue is a true obscurity, one few people ever expected to see released on DVD. Frank Converse starred as an amnesiac searching for his identity. First announced in January 1965, the series didn’t debut until May 1967. CBS only aired 11 of the 13 produced episodes. An interview with creator Larry Cohen is included as a bonus feature.

Emerald City: The Complete Series (TV Series, Universal, DVD + Blu-ray)
NBC announced this 10-episode limited series based on L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz books in 2013. The network then cancelled the project before a single episode had been filmed. But NBC changed its mind. Emerald City ultimately premiered in January 2017 to low ratings. Bonus features include deleted scenes and a documentary on the making of the series.

Front Page Detective (TV Episodes, Alpha Video, DVD)w
Alpha Video released four episodes of this crime series in June, but I failed to notice. It on the DuMont network for 46 episode from July 1951 to November 1953. Edmund Lowe starred as a newspaper columnist who worked with the police to solve mysteries. Manufacture-on-demand.

Alpha Video also released Lost TV of the 50s, Volume 4 in June. It features twp episodes of Robert Montgomery Presents. Manufacture-on-demand.

DVD/Blu-ray News

VEI has revealed cover art for its complete collection of Angie on DVD. The sitcom starring Donna Pescow ran for 36 episodes on ABC from February 1979 to September 1980. VEI announced its plans to offer the series on DVD back in May 2015 but has yet to issue a release date (TVShowsOnDVD.com).

Firefly will receive a special 15th anniversary Blu-ray release on September 19th. It’s unclear whether the set will include any new bonus features (TVShowsOnDVD.com).

Streaming

There were no streaming additions last month.


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


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