I had dinner with a friend who was dating someone in the marketing dept for Time Life. She told me (they were both at the dinner) that the demand for the first set of Muppet Show discs was so strong Time Life was seriously considering releasing the rest. This was about 2 months ago.
Nice to see it's coming true
I've received % off emails from Time Life on almost a weekly basis since ordering my first set. I have no doubt there will be a deal on the second. I hope there is a benefit to buying them all at once as there was with the first 10.
I wonder if we'll eventually see the whole series.
Well, I dunno about the extra 5 volumes in the Time-Life set anymore. They're still not listing them at their site...
...but any day now (perhaps today even), you will start to see press release info from Columbia TriStar about...
...a 9/3 release from Col/TS of "The Best Of The Muppet Show" Volumes 1 and 2 on DVD!! Yep, they are **IDENTICAL** to the Time-Life releases! Elton John, etc. on the first disc, Mark Hamill/Star Wars on the second!
No price info yet, but the fact that these will be in stores has gotta be good news, right? I just wish they were seasonal sets instead of the same old thing.
The box designs look approximately the same, perhaps a tad "cleaned up" but I would have to get my own box covers to compare hard and find a real difference. Same pictures on the box in the same layout. I hope they took off the VHS references, at least!
I sent a note to Gord, so hopefully a TVShowsOnDVD listing will be pretty quick.
Also on 9/3 from Col/TS is a Muppet-related DVD called "Kermit's Swamp Years". I just have a title, date, menu shot, and nothing else, so I can't explain any more than that...sorry!
Well, I'm sure the DVD cases will no longer say VHS on the back
CTS is probably just acting as a distro for the discs since Time-Life holds the video rights. Now I'm doubting we'll see more till they ship V.10
Video rights can be a little tricky. Time-Life may only have a license to release a few volumes through mail-order only. So theoretically Columbia/TriStar could gain commercial video rights to release the series. Meaning that the show would be available in stores to a larger portion of the public.
It's the same as I Love Lucy. CBS didn't sign over all video rights to Columbia House. They were just granted a license to release a few mail order volumes, and now CBS/Paramount will be using their commericial video rights to release the series in stores.