Ah, but Sony did license before. Their Muppet Show discs and the first season of What's Happening were Time-Life exclusives before they were released in stores. Nothing happened there, nor with Paramount and the first season of The Odd Couple.
Like it or not, there is a fanbase for this show (it doesn't include me) and it does make sense for Time Life to release something that is bound to sell for them. If you're a fan, it certainly seems like it'll be a nice release.
As soon I read the news at TV Shows On DVD, I had to laugh because I knew there would be outrage among the "I only like old shows" crowd.
They can, I suppose. But I'm old enough to know that once you begin catering to a lower common denominator there's usually no turning back. This holds true for other things besides consumables, by the way.
I think lowest common denominator would be more along the lines of releasing a series set of Fear Factor or American Idol. The Real Ghostbusters release is catering to a niche just like Get Smart and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. sets did. It's just a niche that you're not interested in.
Not entirely true, in my case. If it had been a critcally acclaimed drama or comedy from the 90s that many fans clamor for but has never been released I'd think "Oh well, not my cup of tea, but I'm happy for them. Maybe next time it'll be 'Thriller'". But this...this is not good.
I guess it's because people have looked at Time Life (after only two series releases) as the oasis in the desert of the classic TV and this release isn't giving them that so they're not happy. Like I said before, I think Time Life is looking to sell shows that have a fanbase and they don't care if the show is from the 1960's or the 1980's but alot of people see them as only catering to golden age series.
Man, too bad there doesn't seem to be an online T.H.E. CAT Community that Time-Life could excite someday.
On the other hand, the very idea of an online T.H.E. CAT Community sort of scares me a little...
Anyway, I now predict the inevitable R1 DVD release of THE CLIFFWOOD AVENUE KIDS: THE COMPLETE SERIES from Time-Life in 2009! Followed by WHEELIE AND THE CHOPPER BUNCH: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION in 2010! Wheeee!
I like cartoons that I watched too, at least up until I was 8 when I outgrew them. Still, my Time-Life hopes weren't really for the COMPLETE MIGHTY HERCULES! Or BIG WORLD OF LITTLE ADAM, THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION. I have stupid cartoons I liked from my childhood, the same as everyone else. But considering the wonderful job TL did with 2 beloved 60s cult classics, my expectations were a bit higher. And although the "Real Ghostbusters" community may be excited, I can tell you that the entire Crusader Rabbit community is up in arms.