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.
Out today from Shout! Factory is Mister Ed – The Complete 4th Season, with all 26 episodes from the 1963-1964 season. This is a Shout! Select exclusive so you can only purchase it online at the Shout! Factory Store (at least until copies pop up for sale on eBay and Amazon). The Warner Archive has a new release out today as well that you can only purchase online: Classic TV Christmas Collection, a four-disc set containing ten Christmas episodes from shows like Dr. Kildare, Welcome Back, Kotter and The Courtship of Eddie’s Father (plus several new shows from the 1980s and 1990s).
Also out today, from Paramount Home Video, is Perry Mason: Season Five, Volume 2, with the final 15 episodes from the 1961-1962 season. Image Entertainment is releasing The Twilight Zone: Season 2 on Blu-ray today. Reviews can be found at the Home Theater Forum and DVD File. The third season has a release date of February 2011. Another Blu-ray release out today, this one from Classic Media, is Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol: Collector’s Edition, the 1962 NBC Christmas special that predated The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo. The special collector’s edition includes both Blu-ray and DVD versions of the special, which has been released on VHS and DVD multiple times over the past fifteen years.
Finally, Warner Home Entertainment is releasing (or re-releasing) the Peanuts Deluxe Holiday Collection – Ultimate Collector’s Edition. It includes “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (plus “It’s Magic, Charlie Brown,” “It’s Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown” and an installment of This is America, Charlie Brown as bonus features). You get both Blu-ray and DVD versions of the three main specials while the bonus features are DVD only, I believe. If you only want the three main specials on Blu-ray, you can purchase them in the “regular” Deluxe Holiday Collection or individually. What makes the ultimate collector’s edition ultimate? It also includes a snowglobe and window clings. Amazon.com has combined reviews for both Blu-ray editions and an earlier DVD edition from 2008, which personally I find confusing.