Things I Hate About TV: DVD release dates
No, it's not another lamentation about those overlooked shows that really do deserve a DVD set, but just can't seem to get them. I've grown accustomed to having Bob's weekly DVD release post arrive like a slap in the face as Beggars and Choosers is not on it, again. Instead, this is about those shows that do get their DVD set, but are late for no good reason at all. At least, not one that I can come up with.
I started thinking about it last week as I was talking with a friend and we were watching the Hellboy/Chuck promo. She commented that she really should start watching Chuck. In full agreement, I quickly pointed her to the Chuck page on Hulu. But wait, there are only three episodes available on Hulu. I guessed that it must be because they don't want streaming to cannibalize DVD sales. So I headed to Amazon. Chuck isn't out on DVD until September 16th. What the hell?
Where is the logic in that? Season two starts on September 29th. So, theoretically, if a new viewer did want to get caught up with the show they have 13 days in September to do it. Not unthinkable, but September does bring with it school, and the ramping up of other programming. Instead of, I don't know, all frickin' summer maybe?
The episodes are available from Amazon Unbox and iTunes, so why not DVD? I realize that there is some lead time for the creation of the DVDs, but man, how long ago did Chuck stop production? Those better be some crazy good extras.
Of course, Chuck isn't the only series getting that treatment. It's the one that made me think, "Damn, that's annoying." The one that got me to typing was Saving Grace. If you'll recall from Bob's post, season one came out this week, the day after the season two premiere. Good grief; is it really so unthinkable that having the show available during the hiatus might be good exposure?
The only reason I can think of for the ridiculous delay is that they want to take advantage of the promotion for the new season to get people interested in the DVD. Frankly, I don't buy that idea. The set can be available for the entirety of the hiatus and still be plugged with the premiere press.
Heck, if the studios want to be greedy, I'd even prefer the old double release gambit to this current system. You know the one, release the no frills package first, then the super-duper chromium cover with the bonus disk later. As much as that annoys me, it's preferable.
Is it just me? Am I completely off my nut thinking that the summer, when things are slow, might be a good time to be in the Chuck DVD business? Maybe the DVD creation process should kick off when production begins so June and July become the big DVD months. And once again, I want my Beggars and Choosers DVD.