There aren’t that many unsold television pilots available on DVD, unfortunately. Perhaps thirty that I’m aware of. Some are included as extras alongside feature films or television shows. For example, the State Fair (60th Anniversary Edition) DVD offers an unsold pilot from 1976 with Vera Miles, Mitch Vogel, Tim O’Connor and others. Likewise, the Blazing Saddles (30th Anniversary Special Edition) DVD has a 1975 sitcom pilot starring Louis Gossett Jr. The Time Tunnel – Volume Two includes both The Time Travelers, a 1976 telefilm that served as a pilot for a potential series, and the 2002 pilot for an updated version of The Time Tunnel that was never picked up. Finally, The Greatest American Hero – Season One includes the 1986 pilot for The Greatest American Heroine, a potential spin-off.
Several unsold pilots are also available on public domain DVD releases. Only a few days ago Timeless Media Group released a six-DVD set called The Classic TV Western Collection. Found on the sixth disc are several unsold pilots: “Johnny Moccasin” with Jody McCrea as a young man raised by Indians following the Civil War, “Night Rider,” which may or may not be a half-hour pilot for a proposed series starring Johnny Cash, “The Adventures of Rick O’Shay,” which looks to be a television version of the Stan Lynde comic strip, and something called “Story of the Star.”
Alpha Video (through Oldies.com) has released about twenty unsold pilots over the years. Included in Lost Crime Shows, Volume 1 (released March 25, 2008) are “The Shadow,” “Unsolved,” “Chicago 2-1-2” and “The Bogus Green.” Lost Crime Shows, Volume 2 includes episodes of Boston Blackie and Front Page Detective, plus three unsold pilots: “Alarm,” “Mandrake the Magician” and “Counterpoint.” Lost TV Comedy includes an episode of The Dennis Day Show alongside three unsold pilots: “Dadddy-O,” “Little Amy” and “Time Out for Ginger.” Lost TV Comedy of the 50s has four sitcom pilots: “Meet the O’Briens,” “The Joe E. Brown Show,” “Let’s Join Joanie,” and “Operation E.S.P.” And Here Comes Tobor And Other Lost Action Shows Of The 1950’s has four pilots: “Here Comes Tobor,” “Captain Fathom,” “Sea Divers” and “Counterspy.” Tales of Frankenstein includes a pilot of the same name and a bonus feature, Roger Corman’s The Terror.
If anyone knows of other unsold pilots commercially available on DVD, let me know.