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.
It’s the first Tuesday of May and today from Shout! Factory, for the first time in any home video format, comes Marcus Welby, M.D. – Season One. The popular medical drama starring Robert Young began as a made-for-TV movie broadcast on ABC in March of 1969 and a weekly series premiered in September of that year. It would remain on the air for seven seasons and 169 episodes, ending its run in July of 1969. This set includes the original pilot telefilm and all 26 episodes broadcast during the 1969-1970 season.
Also available today, from MPI Home Video, are a pair of Honeymooners specials starring Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows and Jane Kean. ABC broadcast four hour-long Honeymooners specials between 1976 and 1978 and the two out today are “The Honeymooners: Second Honeymoon” (originally broadcast February 2nd, 1976) and “The Honeymooners: Valentine Special” (originally broadcast February 13th, 1978). I believe this is the first time either of these specials has been made available. The other two specials, including the very last Honeymooners production, which aired on December 10th, 1978, may find their way to DVD at a later date.
BBC Video is releasing three Doctor Who serials today: Doctor Who: The Curse of Peladon (story #61), Doctor Who: The Monster of Peladon (story #73) and Doctor Who: The Masque of Mandragora (story #86). The first two star Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor while the third stars Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor. Finally, Acorn Media Group is releasing On the Road With Charles Kuralt: Set 2, containing 18 episodes made up of between three and five “On the Road” segments, which were originally broadcast as part of The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite between 1967 and 1980. The first set was released in October of 2009; a third set comes out in October of this year.