DVD Tuesday: Buck Rogers; Kojak; Mannix

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 Universal Home Video is Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Season One, a 6-disc set containing all 21 episodes from the 1979-1980 season (including three two-hour episodes that were each split into two one-hour episodes for syndication). What makes this release a bit puzzling is the fact that Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: The Complete Epic Series — which also included the 11 episodes from the revamped second season of the show — was released on DVD back in 2004 and is still in print. In fact, it is currently available at Amazon.com for less than the new Season One set. Are there really fans of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century who loathed the second season enough to avoid buying the complete series, hoping that one day just the first season would be available? If so, I guess today is an exciting and wonderful day.

Also out today, from Paramount Home Video is Mannix: The 6th Season, a 6-disc set containing all 24 episodes from the 1972-1973 season. Mannix ran for a total of eight seasons, so there are only two left to be released on DVD. Finally, from Shout! Factory comes Kojak: The Complete Movie Collection, a 4-disc set containing the original pilot telefilm (“The Marcus-Nelson Murders,” originally broadcast on March 8th, 1973) as well as the seven reunion movies broadcast between 1985 and 1990. Interestingly, this set is being released despite the fact that only two of Kojak‘s six seasons have been released on DVD so far (the third season will be out in March). Usually, the reunion movies are only released after the entire series makes it to DVD.

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