Well I'm certainly glad to learn that the ROD SERLING'S NIGHT GALLERY - THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON DVD COLLECTION
is placing so very high on Amazon's
sales ranking (placing 56
) for a number of reasons the most significant being that more "serious
" genre material holds considerable weight with the buying public out there a healthy trend that I hope continues...but observing what's still generally being made available at present this optimism is somewhat specious and suspect I'm sad to say.
We still have online information web services like TV Shows on DVD
that positively rhapsodize over the company announcements that stuff like THE FLINTSTONES
, TOP CAT
as if they're impending releases were an actual boon to mankind!
So much for some of the public's (questionable) taste.
From the point-of-view of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
this will (hopefully) open the doorway for DVD
releases of valuable and generally inacessible tv properties in the company's studio vaults like ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS
1960-62), BORIS KARLOFF'S THRILLER
1960-62), THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR
1964-65) and KOLCHAK THE NIGHT STALKER
1974-75) in addition to the second and third seasons of NIGHT GALLERY
From the standpoint of 20th Century-Fox Home Entertainment
this confirms what I've said all along that both VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA
1964-68) and THE TIME TUNNEL
1966-67) also have the selfsame potential to be sleeper mega-hits as well if only Fox
itself would (finally) see the light...and hopefully soon now!
Very much like THE TWILIGHT ZONE
1959-64), THE OUTER LIMITS
1963-65) and THE INVADERS
1967-68) neither Irwin Allen
1960s SF tv series has the overtly "fannish
" attraction and appeal that in large part accounts for the popularities of LOST IN SPACE
1965-68) or STAR TREK
1966-69) but among the SF
community at large they do indeed have immense interest beyond their own immediate fan bases.
I'll cite a very apt example of this not intending to take potshots at or disparaging any of the other Irwin Allen
1960s tv franchises.
A local downtown DVD
retailer who is older than I am and with whom I talk to extensively about (naturally) the films and tv series that're generally being made available well knows my frustration about no real plans being made for either VOYAGE
and THE TIME TUNNEL
as potential tv properties for DVD
release in the discernable future while LOST IN SPACE
was selected first.
At the mere mention of LOST IN SPACE
he winced and said to me, "Jeff I've never been able to watch that show!
When I spoke specifically of VOYAGE
and THE TIME TUNNEL
he smiled and enthusiastically said, "I wouldn't mind seeing those two made available on DVD myself
Strictly speaking I'd personally want to see all the Irwin Allen
tv franchises released on high-quality DVD
collections and to its credit according to Peter Staddon
, Senior Vice President in Charge of Marketing Research for 20th Century-Fox Home Entertainment
the LOST IN SPACE - THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON DVD COLLECTION
" but all
tv series would do well in their own right with the buying public out there not just LOST IN SPACE
so come 2005
let's see some real movement and commitment on the part of Fox
with the other SF
tv series as well.
Incidently the selfsame downtown retailer also told me that a week doesn't go by when someone isn't asking about a possible DVD
release of THE INVADERS
In reference to the online DVD
information and media participants on this particular discussion forum who undoubtedly have actual contact with the major DVD
distribution companies I've repeatedly implored them to specifically contact Paramount Pictures-Viacom International Television
to make inquiries about THE INVADERS
as a potential DVD
release and its current status as a tv syndication property and apparently none of them here has bothered to do so. It makes me feel as though I'm communicating in an absolute vacuum!
Well the struggle for quality tv series DVD
releases goes on!