Universal Home Entertainment will release the entire series run on DVD on June 8th, just a few days before the big screen remake from director Joe Carnahan hits the screens.
Just look at it! It's the shape of the freakin' 'A-Team' van, quite possibly the coolest van in the history of vans. If Universal would be willing to sell just the box, I would gladly buy it just so I can store my bootleg 'Spaced' DVDs in it.
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I've been waiting for this for years, and judging by comments left at the site here, many of you readers have been waiting too: Stingray, the NBC drama series that ran in the mid 80s, is officially coming to DVD in December! The news was posted on Stephen J. Cannell's web site.
Now, I should say that the show is being released by VEI in Canada in December, but luckily our friends to the north make shiny DVDs that also work on our machines down here. Thank you friends to the north!
Stingray starred Nick Mancuso as a mysterious loner who helped people out of jams. He didn't ask for money, only that the people he helped do him a favor somewhere down the line. There were only 23 episodes of the show (plus the pilot movie), so I would assume the entire series will be released in one set. At least I hope so.
No, not the wacky talk show version on The Cartoon Network. I'm talking about the original cartoon that aired in the mid-60s.
Space Ghost and Dino Boy will be released on July 17. And since this is one of those "it's not official yet but it's definitely happening" deals, no details about extras or features have been announced yet, but expect something in the next week or so.
I remember watching Space Ghost when I was a kid, the repeats not the original (I'm not that old), but I remember the show as being teamed up with another superhero named Frankenstein, Jr. Anyone else remember that? I distinctly remember the deep-voiced announcer saying, "Space Ghost!...And Frankenstein, Jr...Jr...Jr," the word echoing for a few seconds. Was this maybe two Hanna-Barbera shows being repackaged for the 70s?
Here's an odd little tidbit I didn't know. The first season of The Odd Couple that was released earlier this year was not released by Paramount. It was actually released by Time-Life (they also did that cool Get Smart set). But now the first season is going to be released again.
Paramount has announced that they too will release the first season of the show on April 24. TVShowsonDVD says that the set will probably be the exact same set as the one released by Time-Life, but there's no official word on it yet.
I'm still waiting for season two to be released! As I've said before, the first season of the show is rather lackluster to me. It's not that funny, and it has a different apartment set and wasn't filmed in front of a live audience. The later seasons are much better, as I think any fan or even crew member on the show would tell you.
Ah, the web is such a wonderful place, isn't it? There's just so many places to find the littlest pieces of information, it's a wonder that people can get any work done... ever.
But that's what's great about my job; I and my fellow Squadders get to use our finely-honed time-wasting skills to dig up links to TV-related stories that we think you folks would like to read. Of course, we go to the same big sites that everyone else goes to: Yahoo, IMDb, TVGuide, Google News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, YouTube, etc. But there are other sites we like to read that have become reliable sources of information; some of them are blogs and some of them aren't. Here is a list of our favorites; just put this little gift under the Festivus pole and open when needed.
(Oh, and we were thinking of mentioning our buddy Wil Wheaton's blog... but you all are probably reading it already.)
The short-lived Meredith Baxter and David Birney CBS show (yup, they later got married in real life and she became Baxter-Birney) is coming to DVD on September 5. It will be a three DVD set.
It was a rather daring comedy at the time because it was about a Jewish cab driver who falls in love with a Catholic schoolteacher. I don't know if I understood any of that in 1972, but I remember liking this show a lot for some reason, so I think I'm going to get the DVDs.
First it looked like The Man From U.N.C.L.E., the 60s spy spoof show starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, was coming to DVD this year. Then TVShowsonDVD reported that it wasn't coming after all. Now it looks like Amazon has the first season set listed as coming in July, but the DVD site called Anchor Bay and found out that it's still not coming after all, and might not come until 2007.
Though you might be in luck if you live in Australia...
- The first season of Superboy
- The first volume of Krypto
- The direct-to-video Brainiac Attacks cartoon
- Seasons 3 and 4 of The Adventures Of Superman
- The second season of Justice League
- Volume 3 of Superman: The
- The third season of Lois and Clark
- A special DVD set that will contain the first season Smallville, the first season of Lois and Clark, and the first season of The Animated Series.
Sure, some might go for Syd's wigs or clothing, but I want one of the Rambaldi artifacts! Or, if I can't have one of those, maybe one of Marshall's gadgets.
TVShowsOnDVD.com is reporting that the recently canceled CBS sci-fi show Threshold is coming to DVD, maybe even quicker than anyone thought.
Threshold - constantly overlooked in favor of Invasion but usually liked by those who gave it a chance - was canceled by CBS after 9 episodes. There were 13 episodes produced (and a 14th ep in the planning), so it will be good to see those unaired episodes in the DVD set as well.
Now let's hope they do the same thing with Eyes and Suface.
Every year around this time, tvshowsondvd.com lists the shows that are going to come out on DVD during the year, or at least the ones that are planned to come out. The list this year is the most impressive yet, with several series that I know many people have been waiting for, including:
- The Wild, Wild West
- Kate and Allie
- Star Trek: The Animated Series
- Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea
- Tomorrow (with Tom Snyder)
- The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.
- The Flash
- Hawaii Five-0
That's just a partial list. Check out the whole thing here.
[via Lee Goldberg]
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