TV shows most rare on DVD

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If you can think of any out of production TV DVD sets lets hear it.

I will start with seasons 4, and 5 of Charles in Charge. Amazon MOD exclusives that didn’t last very long. Very, very rare.

Also Pink Lady and Jeff the complete series. When I bought a decent used copy years ago (2009) the price hovered around $40. now it is seemingly impossible to find on E-Bay.

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  1. The one that comes to memory for me, in terms of going OOP ultra fast was the final season release of Sgt Preston. Critics Choice was releasing the season sets, and S1 and S2 were not hard to pick up initially (although all seasons are now OOP), but that last season release seemed to come and go at lightning speed.

    Gary "I'm telling you, those went really quick and became impossible to find after a very short time" O.

  2. I know that Steve Canyon took forever to come out on DVD (in 3 volumes for a one season show), not sure if it is OOP now, but it was pretty damn rare, and production history was very interesting.

  3. I don't know why WB made Last Of The Summer Wine so expensive, each vintage collection was about $30-35 I think. Are You Being Served?, Keeping Up Appearances, and As Time Goes By were all around $20 each. I guess WB knew a lot of people/fans wanted this series badly and that were willing to pay the big price tag to get it.

  4. BobO’Link

    Zorro – The 50s Disney series

    I'm sure I've missed some in my collection…

    Zorro was one of the most frustrating releases. I Disney have that out for an hour and a half. I was ready and snagged a set, but their damned Vault Releases were always far too limited.

  5. ScottRE

    Zorro was one of the most frustrating releases. I Disney have that out for an hour and a half. I was ready and snagged a set, but their damned Vault Releases were always far too limited.

    That's how they justify charging a premium. Take content people want, make it available for a limited time at a rate that is less than the demand for it. Apparently, they decided that if it worked for the most popular animated features, they should try it for TV.

  6. BobO’Link

    Several Filmation Saturday Live Action series (were from BCI before they folded): Secrets of Isis, Ark II, Space Academy, and Jason of Star Command – that set was going for ~$20 and I kept stalling picking it up. It suddenly went OOP and both the set and individual releases of those series are $50-$200 (on a good day) with the set going for $200-$500!?!

    You have probably heard me say this before but when I picked all of those up that you mentioned I remember thinking "These will never be available again I should pick up a second copy of each of them" When I was thinking about doing it I still remember the price hovering around $6.30 each from Deepdiscount. Apparently that was too rich for my blood, and I didn't bite.:eek:

  7. Walt Disney Treasures Dr. Syn: The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh went out of print very quickly after its November 11. 2018 release date and now goes for obscene aftermarket prices. I was lucky enough to pre-order two copies, but Disney should have anticipated the demand for this release better or even reissued it.

  8. The first season of "Here Come the Brides." After seeing several episodes on Antenna TV, I looked into buying the series. The second season is still easily acquirable from Shout, but the first season which was released by Sony/Columbia is long oop and commanding insane prices. I asked Shout if it had any plans on putting out the first season or perhaps even a complete series set, and I was told no. I find that a little strange as I'm sure there are people like me who won't buy a second season set if I can't reasonably buy the first. Anyway, I figured that season one must have been acquired by Mill Creek and that sooner or later I would find it dirt cheap in a Walmart dump bin. Several years later that still hasn't happened. This must be pay back for me acquiring the Dr. Syn and Zorro sets during the thirty seconds that they were available (and I just started another rewatch of Zorro – that is a show that is endlessly rewatchable for me).

    I picked up the Anchor Bay Hercules season 1 set a few months ago after purchasing the complete Universal set of the series. I only paid ten dollars for it which I think is a reasonable sum for the made-for-tv pilot films.

  9. ScottRE

    Moonlighting goes for outrageous prices. That's a series I'd love to go back and get, but not at $155 for season 4….

    Desperately want Blu-rays for this one. My all time favorite show.

  10. Arthur Powell

    The first season of "Here Come the Brides."

    I found a sealed copy of season 1 in a Florida video store five years ago and paid $20 for it. Knew then it was rare and picked it up as a blind buy. It's an enjoyable family show. It's over $100 at most used sites.
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    The first five seasons of Silk Stalkings released by Anchor Bay are rare and can go for $100 per season at times. Season 5 is currently listed for $149 to $225 on Amazon Marketplace.
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    Mill Creek's Hunter Complete Series is also in the $225 range used. I bought mine new from Sam's Club ten years ago.
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  11. BobO’Link

    The OOP ADV release of Hercules The Legendary Journeys – S1 is the only place I know of to get the 3 telefilms that preceded the series. Universal chose not to include them in their reprint of S1 and have yet to do an individual release. You *need* those films as they set up several regular characters and some situations referred to in the regular series. Prices fluctuate on this one but is often available in reasonably priced used copies.

    If I remember correctly the disc count went down and the compression rate went up with the re-release of both Hercules and Xenia so the older release – which I have of both – is preferable to the new release even if cheaper and more readily available

  12. Both of the original Laugh-In's can run up into the $200 range. I picked up vol. 1 back in either 2003 or 2004 after I saw an NBC special that had a segment about his series. It wasn't until a few years ago that I finally got vol. 2 for Christmas I believe.

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  13. ScottRE

    Zorro was one of the most frustrating releases. I Disney have that out for an hour and a half. I was ready and snagged a set, but their damned Vault Releases were always far too limited.

    Disney Vault and limited time availability is ending with Disney+ streaming but probably won't mean more physical releases

    https://screenrant.com/disney-plus-vault-end-physical-media-streaming/amp/

    https://www.digitalspy.com/movies/a26762554/disney-streaming-service-vault-back-catalogue-included/

  14. A number of kids shows are hard to find, particularly Sid & Marty Krofft shows like Bugaloos and Lidsville. The Complete Series of the Lone Ranger was only offered in a limited edition and is relatively rare.

  15. Beastmaster complete series

    The original release individual season sets were OOP they then released a complete series which if I recall correctly from TvShowsonDVD was recalled as the rights had lapsed – but some pre-orders did get out with high re-sale values – then released in individual season sets again by another distributor which are now OOP too

  16. JoeDoakes

    A number of kids shows are hard to find, particularly Sid & Marty Krofft shows like Bugaloos and Lidsville. The Complete Series of the Lone Ranger was only offered in a limited edition and is relatively rare.

    This is best version to get of Pufnstuf to get, I have the Vivendi Entertainment from 2011 and it lacks all of the features from the 2004 Rhino release.

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  17. darkrock17

    This is best version to get of Pufnstuf to get, I have the Vivendi Entertainment from 2011 and it lacks all of the features from the 2004 Rhino release.

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    The Rhino set has a Jack Wild interview. The Vivendi set has a segment from The Krofft Super Star Hour with a bumper from "The Bay City Rollers Show."

  18. Mark Y

    The Rhino set has a Jack Wild interview. The Vivendi set has a segment from The Krofft Super Star Hour with a bumper from "The Bay City Rollers Show."

    Rhino's set has interviews with just about everyone from the series, a pilot to a series called Irving, and some TV Land TV spots as well. Vivendi's release gave us an un-released segment of Horror Hotel and then of all things, a link to download a coloring book.

  19. This really good TV movie is pretty expensive now
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    It isn't the best first run syndicated fantasy series, but worth owning if are into these types of shows
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    Pink Lady and Jeff is super cheesy, feels awkward and clunky. But Pink Lady themselves are so cute and charming it almost makes up for this train wreck. Well that and the music. Blondie's "Shayla" is probably the stand out for me.
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  20. Bryan^H

    Uh oh, looks like this has become unavailable too

    Just about all those 1990s syndicated scifi / genre tv show season sets released by Alliance back in 2010-2012 are already out of print. Apparently Alliance was gobbled up by eOne back in early 2013, where eOne has gradually been exiting the licensing + dvd/bluray market since then.

    Nowadays eOne is more interested in original productions and less on licensing, such as buying up Mark Gordon's production studio and making him head of eOne's tv/film productions.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Gordon

  21. I'm really surprised how quickly so many of these sets have gone OOP. If I can boast a little bit, I own the majority of the shows mention here so far. Most I bought used for less than half of the retail price. There are some, like Laugh-In, that I didn't care for and sold off for peanuts! I'm not sure how many people are paying the triple digit sums for these shows.

    Here is a follow up question:

    What's the most you've paid for a used copy of a single season of a TV series?

  22. BobO’Link

    Another I was waffling on that went OOP and skyrocketed in price (was ~$15 season one day and $60+ the next).

    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World

    Seasons 2 & 3 are over $200 each right now with used copies going for $60-$100 minimum.

    Not quite the same but these are available in SD downloads from Amazon for .99 each.

  23. darkrock17

    Both of the original Laugh-In's can run up into the $200 range. I picked up vol. 1 back in either 2003 or 2004 after I saw an NBC special that had a segment about this series. It wasn't until a few years ago that I finally got vol. 2 for Christmas I believe.

    I can't believe, now that the whole series is available, in a boxed set or separately, that these still would command a high price. The only reason one would keep these editions is for the "joke wall" packaging and one of the interview segments (with Hal Erickson) that isn't included in the current editions. (He wrote the Laugh-In book "From Beautiful Downtown Burbank." ) Some might also enjoy the menu screens and the booklets with show history and notes.

    Otherwise, all of the episodes are edited from 3-6 minutes from the ones on the complete series set.

    Blimpoy06

    I own the majority of the shows mention here so far. Most I bought used for less than half of the retail price. There are some, like Laugh-In, that I didn't care for and sold off for peanuts!

    Sacré bleu!

  24. Blimpoy06

    What's the most you've paid for a used copy of a single season of a TV series?

    Well to remedy my one mistake I am buying sealed copies of the live action Filmation library on E-Bay. Make no mistake, those sealed copies of Ark II, The Secrets of Isis, etc. never sell for $200 or above. In fact I got a mint sealed copy of The Secrets of Isis (with Best Buy sticker still on it) for $78.

  25. mark27b

    It Takes A Thief (Robert Wagner) complete series boxset is now OOP and asking prices of $250 upwards

    Yes, It Takes A Thief complete series has become quite pricey due to it's OOP status. Count me among those who was late to the party acquiring this, a few months ago I purchased a used set in very good condition on ebay, paid $200 for it. But I'm glad I bought it because I'm really enjoying the episodes, they are presented uncut on the DVD's which makes it all the better. If the set would have edited episodes I probably wouldn't have bought it.

  26. Gary OS

    The one that comes to memory for me, in terms of going OOP ultra fast was the final season release of Sgt Preston. Critics Choice was releasing the season sets, and S1 and S2 were not hard to pick up initially (although all seasons are now OOP), but that last season release seemed to come and go at lightning speed.

    Gary "I'm telling you, those went really quick and became impossible to find after a very short time" O.

    I have season 3 . Some of the prints used for certain episodes were of very poor quality. A few years after the Critics choice DVDs went out of print , another company reissued seasons I and 2 , but not 3 ,probably because good quality prints were difficult to locate .

  27. darkrock17

    This series is quite rare and can be very, very expensive as well if you are able to find it.

    Gatchaman
    aka (Battle Of The Planets and G-Force Guardians Of Space)

    It's so rare I've never even heard of it!

  28. BobO’Link

    Doogie Howser M.D. – I'd passed on a couple of B1G1 free sales on this one one winter thinking "I'll pick it up later." It went OOP before spring hit. Somewhat expensive now – depending. I was able to snag used copies of S1 & S2 for under $10 each but S3 & S4 seem to hover in the $35-$99 area.

    Several Filmation Saturday Live Action series (were from BCI before they folded): Secrets of Isis, Ark II, Space Academy, and Jason of Star Command – that set was going for ~$20 and I kept stalling picking it up. It suddenly went OOP and both the set and individual releases of those series are $50-$200 (on a good day) with the set going for $200-$500!?!

    The OOP ADV release of Hercules The Legendary Journeys – S1 is the only place I know of to get the 3 telefilms that preceded the series. Universal chose not to include them in their reprint of S1 and have yet to do an individual release. You *need* those films as they set up several regular characters and some situations referred to in the regular series. Prices fluctuate on this one but is often available in reasonably priced used copies.

    Two's Company – (Elaine Stritch and Donald Sinden) R1 from Acorn Media. A UK series. OOP but can still be found used at reasonable prices.

    Several of the US/R1 releases of Last of the Summer Wine look to be or are OOP and some command rather steep prices. Vintage 1977, Vintage 1979, Vintage 1997, Vintage 1995, Vintage 1997, Vintage 1988/89, Vintage 82/83, Vintage 1998 (this one is stupidly expensive), Christmas Specials 1978-1982, Holiday Specials 1986-1989, maybe more.

    Black Books – R1 release of UK series. All three seasons.

    Monty Python's Flying Circus – R1 Megasets and individual releases.

    Jeeves & Wooster – R1 complete series and individual seasons.

    UFO – (UK Gerry Anderson series) Although there's rumor of a BR of this one coming.

    The Prisoner – I believe all versions of this one are OOP.

    Secret Agent AKA Danger Man – Complete series and individual seasons/sets.

    'Allo 'Allo! – All R1 releases.

    My Hero – R1 and R2 releases – all seasons OOP.

    Fresh Fields – R1 Set 1 & Set 2.

    Rising Damp – R1 of all seasons.

    Rise and Fall of Reginald Perrin – Complete series R1.

    Roy Clarke's Open All Hours – Complete series R1.

    One Foot in the Grave – All R1 releases.

    Yeah… lots and lots of the R1 UK series are OOP. I know I have more US releases that are OOP but don't have my inventory list with me (I'm at work). I'll check when I get home.

    I have the UFO Blu-ray set from Amazon UK. I believe it’s region free but I’ll have to recheck.

  29. Hunter

    mark27b

    I bought the German ones last year

    Nice looking complete set. 42 disc count vs. 28 from Mill Creek. I was trying to see if any of the post series reunion movies were on the set. It didn't look like it, but then again, I don't read German.

  30. One other thing to note with the Hunter German sets, which I have: The series has the original popular music on it that was used in the earlier seasons versus the US set, that had all replacement music.

  31. Profit (the short run Adrian Pasdar series from 1996) has been OOP for quite some time (it was released in 2005). Price fluctuates on Amazon. Usually it's quite high, there's at least one used copy on Amazon around $35 shipped right now.

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