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.
The big news today is Thriller: The Complete Series from Image Entertainment. The set contains all 67 episodes of the series, originally broadcast between September 1960 and April 1962, on 14 discs. Also included are more than two dozen audio commentaries and some 30 hours of “isolated music & effects tracks” featuring music from Jerry Goldsmith and Morton Stevens, plus a promotional film intended for sponsors, promotional spots for specific episodes and two galleries of promotional/production photographs. Reviews can be found at TVShowsOnDVD.com, DVD Savant, Home Theater Forum and DVD Verdict. A preview of the set is available at Cinefantastique.
Also out today, from Infinity Entertainment Group, is The Judy Garland Show: Volume 5, with two more episodes of the 1963-1964 CBS variety show. I haven’t been able to determine which two episodes are in this volume but guest stars include Jayne Meadows, Steve Allen and Mel Torme. Finally, you can buy made-for-TV movie Deliver Us from Evil, starring George Kennedy and Jan-Michael Vincent, from Warner Archive. It was originally aired on ABC on September 11th, 1973, and follows a group of men who find a wounded skyjacker loaded with $600,000 and, after killing him, begin fighting over the money.