July 2018: The Month in Home Media

The Month in Home Media highlights short-lived or rare TV shows released on DVD or Blu-ray in the United States during the previous month.

One season wonder The Powers of Matthew Star (NBC, 1982-1983) came out on DVD in July. So did four recent short-lived FOX TV shows: Second Chance (2016), Pitch (2016), Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life (2016), and Son Of Zorn (2016-2017).

DVD/Blu-ray Releases

Highlight of the Month: The Powers of Matthew Star

Peter Barton stars as Matthew Star, an alien prince sent to Earth after his home planet is invaded. Matthew has special powers but otherwise looks like a regular teenager. Louis Gossett, Jr. co-stars as Matthew’s guardian, Walt Shepherd. At first, Matthew attends high school, where he had a girlfriend played by Amy Steel. Halfway through the season, the show shifted gears, gave Matthew additional powers, and abandoned the high school setting in favor of weekly adventures. NBC aired 22 episodes during the 1982-1983 season.

Support Television Obscurities and purchase The Powers of Matthew Star from Amazon.

Other Releases

Second Chance
Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life
Son Of Zorn
-Hawkeye And The Last of The Mohicans, Volume 9 [Alpha Video]
-Captain Z-Ro, Volume 3 [Alpha Video]
-Captain Z-Ro, Volume 4 [Alpha Video]


As I reported earlier, the 1957 NBC sitcom Blondie is coming to DVD on September 18th from ClassicFlix. All 26 episodes have been newly transferred from the original 36mm film elements. If you pre-order from the ClassicFlix Shop, your DVD set will be autographed by Stuffy Singer, who played Alexander on the show.

According to VideoETA, Television’s Lost Classics Volume 2 has a new release date: October 9th. Available on DVD and Blu-ray, it includes four unsold pilots: “Case of the Sure Thing” (CBS, 1951) with Reed Hadley; “Cool and Lam” (Unaired, 1958), with Billy Pearson and Benay Venuta; “The Life of Riley” (Unaired, 1948) with Lon Chaney, Jr.; and “Nero Wolfe” (Unaired, 1959) with Kurt Kasznar and William Shatner.

(Television’s Lost Classics, Volume 1 is still scheduled for release on September 11th. It includes a pair of hour-long dramas starring John Cassavetes.)

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