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David Wain tells us: The State DVD is on!

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 20th 2009 6:07PM
MTV's The State DVD Get ready to utter the biggest "At last!" since NBC put the Knight Rider remake out of its long and winding misery.

TV Shows on DVD reported MTV's official announcement earlier this morning that the entire sketch comedy series will hit store shelves on July 14th. That was followed by a trailer release of the DVD on The State's official site. It's going to have full commentary from the cast, four interview features on the troupe's origins and the show's many catchphrases, some unaired sketches and outtakes. It sounds like this five disc set will be chocked full of Stately goodness. You'll want to do a lot more than just dip your balls in it. Please keep those things to yourself.

Founding State member, writer and Role Models director David Wain was nice enough to give us his first interview (via IM, no less). He talked about the work that went in to getting things to this stage, why the announcement first appeared on cast member Joe Lo Truglio's site and what he and the rest of his crew hope to accomplish with their DVD.

DG: First off, how are you and the rest of the group doing with this news? On the one hand, it must be exciting because it's such a long time coming, but there must be some apprehensiveness because it's been announced so many times before.

Writer, director, actor David WainDW: Well we've actually been working with the MTV Home Video people all along going back several years on this now. There's been every hold-up imaginable, and there were definitely points where we were in the dark about what was going on, but now this is the real deal.

DG: So if you don't mind me asking, what makes this time the real thing?

DW: Let me put it this way. They're putting out a press release today. They have the Paramount publicity team going full force. They're putting the final touches on the actual product, and they've for the first time announced a hard release date (July 14th). Of course, I suppose anything could happen and they'd flake again but it seems highly unlikely now.

DG: Well congrats. It sounds like the world would have to end for the thing not to hit the shelves now.

DW: Which is not out of the realm of possibility, especially what with the Watergate mess.

DG: Ha! So regarding this most recent announcement, why did Joe Lo Truglio have the announcement on his site first?

DW: Because someone forgot to tell him to keep his mouth shut till today!

DG: Oh, I see. How long has everybody known about it?

DW: Like I said we've been planning this along with MTV so it wasn't like they came down on high and said here's what's going on. It's definitely been a team effort. But we locked down the exact date right around when Joe blogged it out and ruined the big surprise - nice going JoeLo! Of course I'm kidding, he has several great qualities.

DG: So how intensive will the press tour for this be? Any big appearances we can look forward to?

DW: I think it's TBD. I know that there will be a lot of publicity surrounding the launch of Michael and Michael's new show on Comedy Central, and hopefully we'll also be doing some good State related stuff - but it's a question of schedules mainly. We had great shows/panels at the San Francisco Sketchfest in January, which was cool because it was the first time all eleven of us were on stage together performing new material in many, many years.

The State reunites at San Francisco's Sketchfest

DG: It sounds like you and other members of the cast really never broke up with Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant doing some many movies and Reno 911! and you and Michael and Michael doing Stella for so long and I also remember Joe Truglio and Ken Marino putting together a pilot for Comedy Central awhile back.

DW: Yes and there have been probably a hundred projects over the years where different configurations of State members have collaborated. Many didn't see the light of day, but many did.

DG: What [do] you [and] the rest of the troupe hope to accomplish by the release of this new DVD, other than sales, of course?

DW: Really we just want to get the DVD out there so we can stop fielding questions about it. The two questions I've been asked more than any other over the last ten years is "why hasn't it come out?" and "when will it come out?" Finally there might be a new topic to discuss with the fans! Truthfully we don't have financial participation in this DVD. Our interest is 100% to get it out there and into the hands of the fans.

DG: Nice answer, what do you hope that new topic will be?

DW: I'm hoping the new topic will be "When is there gonna be a DVD of your award winning critically acclaimed hysterical web series Wainy Days?" And I'll probably answer them by saying, "There are five new episodes premiering May 7th and a DVD is in the works." ... We'll be doing a Wainy Days Live show in [New York City], May 7th at 92YTribeca.

What about the new season of Children's Hospital as well?

DW: Yes that's happening. Stay tuned for news on that.

DG: Going back [to] about constantly fielding questions and not having any money in this DVD, how does it feel to have so many people still craving something you did more than a decade ago? That must at least make up for all the time and effort you and everyone else have put into this.

DW: It does feel good. I feel like most of what I've done over the years has underperformed financially but somehow lasted in (selected) people's brains for years. I'd much rather have that [than] be super rich but have all my work forgotten. Or then again...well, either way. Both would be good.

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Are we done reviewing Kings now? It was on, what happened, Mr. G?

April 21 2009 at 2:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I've waited years for this,,, and this is not the first time I have read this. I have gotten excited one too many times.

I will believe it when I see it.

April 21 2009 at 8:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I never watched The State, but I sure did love Stella. I wish Wain would produce more off-the-wall stuff like that for TV or movies.

April 20 2009 at 10:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wondering if the original audio will be used. The few eps I've been able to download on the XBox had horrible dubbing and replacement tracks for the music they couldn't license...

April 20 2009 at 9:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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