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SHOUT! Factory DVD Request: "Dream On: The Complete Series" (1 Viewer)


Mar 11, 2023
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Dear Brian Ward,

I have a proposal for SHOUT! Factory: to make a deal with NBC Universal Television Studios for SHOUT! Factory to issue and release, for the first time EVER on DVD, "Dream On: The Complete Series," a loving showcase of all 120 half-hour episodes of the hit 1990-1996 sitcom "Dream On" 100% Complete, 100% Uncut, AND 100% Unedited, just the way that each episode originally aired on the HBO Television Network, each one lovingly sourced from the original HBO Television Network Prints.

Created by John Landis (best known for directing such hit films since the '70s as "Animal House," "Trading Places" and "An American Werewolf in London" to name but a few examples), "Dream On" enjoyed a successful 8-season, 6-year run on HBO from July 8, 1990 - March 27, 1996; the show focused on Martin Tupper (Brian Benben), a recently divorced 32-year-old New York City Book editor who, in the Pilot episode, tried everything he humanly could--to no avail--to win back his wife, Judith (Wendie Malick), a Psychologist with whom he had an 11-year-old son, Jeremy (Chris Demetral), to whom Martin & Judith shared Joint Custody after their Divorce became Final.

Upon the encouragement of his best friend, Eddie Charles (Dorien Wilson), a local New York City TV Talk Show Host, Martin began dating again, and over the course of the next 8 seasons had numerous FuckMates (pardon my French for using Profanity) all the while still in love with Judith and heartbroken over her leaving and divorcing him.

Other Principal Characters included Toby Pedalbee (Denny Dillon), Martin's secretary at the Whitestone Publishing Company; and Gibby Fiske (Michael McKean), an Australian immigrant who at the start of the 2nd season in 1991 purchased Whitestone from the unseen Marilyn Whitestone, widow of the likewise unseen character Lou Whitestone.

John Landis conceived and created the idea for "Dream On" based on the idea he had of using Black-and-White Film Clips for his lead character's thought patterns; he soon afterwards hired the future creators of TV's "Friends," Marta Kauffman, David Crane & Kevin Bright to write a Pilot Script for him and serve as series showrunners.

Soon after the Pilot was written, John Landis pitched the concept to execs at Universal Studios Television (John having had a film/TV development deal), which soon bought the concept and jointly distributed the show with HBO for the next 8 seasons and 6 years.

During its 8-season run, a plethora's worth of guest actors appeared pre-fame on "Dream On," among them future TV "Friends" Matthew Perry & Courteney Cox in 2 separate Season 3 episodes ("To the Moon, Alex!" and "Come and Knock On Our Door," respectively, both of which I personally have on VHS courtesy of Columbia House Home Entertainment via its Re-TV Library), Salma Hayek (Season 3's "Domestic Bliss"), and future "Frasier" actor David Hyde Pierce (Season 3's "The Guilty Party"), along with plenty of Tits and Ass in between.

As of this writing, only Seasons 1 and 2 (consisting of 14 episodes each, including the Hour-Long Season 2 debut "The Second Greatest Story Ever Told" guest-starring David Bowie, Eva Gabor & Mimi Rogers to name a few, split into 2 parts in Syndication) are available on DVD courtesy of Universal Studios Home Entertainment, but with SHOUT! Factory's help, Brian, I PERSONALLY believe that THAT can change.

At the end of Season 5 in 1994, Marta Kauffman, David Crane & Kevin Bright left "Dream On" to concentrate on their new project, "Friends."

At the start of Season 8 in January 1996, Martin & Judith (after her seemingly perfect husband, Dr. Richard Stone, died of Kidney Failure at the end of Season 5) rekindled their romance--culminating in their re-marriage and wedding at the end of the Hour-Long Series Finale (split into 2 parts) telecast on HBO on March 27, 1996, with both their character's immediate families in attendance at the wedding.

Tentatively, Brian, SHOUT! Factory shall issue and release "Dream On: The Complete Series" on DVD on Tuesday, September 5, 2023 at a cost of ONLY $59.99 wherever DVDs are sold in a 15-disc DVD Box Set.

Danny Holly


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Senior HTF Member
Dec 1, 1999
Gulf Coast
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Tony D.
I have the old and awful dvd set of whatever they included.

Was a great show.


Senior HTF Member
Apr 2, 2004
Kentucky, USA
While I appreciate your enthusiasm, Danny, I think it has about a snowball's chance of being released "in a 15-disc set at $59.99".

Rather than posting an 'open letter' to Shout! on the HTF (where they surely won't be reading it), you should write to them directly, and, it has to be said, with a lot more brevity than your post here. Keep it to the point... no need to explain the show to them. Also, it might be wise to avoid using the phrase "tits and ass", if for not other reason, to convey a bit of professionalism.

If it weren't for the aforementioned "R-rated content" and the more limited public recognition of having only been a pay-cable show before pay-cable shows were considered 'prestige' programming, a complete series project of this type would perhaps be more up the alley of a more expensive Time-Life or Kino Lorber release.

If it sounds like I'm against you, trust me, I'm not. I'd like to see the remaining seasons released about as much as anybody else. I'm just trying to keep my expectations to a more realistic level.
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