Wow, it has been almost 2 years since we had our first hint
that Universal was planning on releasing Amazing Stories
to DVD: the so-called "UniBook," a hard-to-obtain booklet released to certain retailers about all the Universal TV-to-DVD titles the studio was planning on bringing out.
A quick recap of that brochure: there were 41 titles listed (you can see them all in one of our news posts
), may with full-page (or double-page) layouts, all being "announced" as coming to DVD. Universal has done good with it, because they've gotten 78% of those named shows out onto DVD...and it will go up to 83% in 91 days! Yes, since then the only titles not yet released on DVD are Centennial, McHale's Navy, Marcus Welby M.D., Ironside, Coach
(finally releasing on June 13th), It Takes A Thief, Dragnet
(2003 version with Ed O'Neill...a DVD was announced and then cancelled), The Bionic Woman
are keeping Jamie Sommers and her buddy Steve Austin off the schedule in Region 1)...and Amazing Stories
Originally, back in July 2004, a large press release was issued by the studio, and as we reported
at the time, an 11/2/2004 release date was "casually" mentioned in there for Amazing Stories
. But that date was not a "formal announcement," per the studio, and we had to update that report at the bottom later on with the bad news that Universal informed us it would not be out until at least 2005. Obviously it never did, even though there were indications that it might
. Still, 2005 came and went, with no official word from Universal. Here at TVShowsOnDVD, we weren't holding our breath.
Now we can all exhale in joy this morning! We have JUST gotten the official word, direct from the studio, that Amazing Stories - The Complete 1st Season is scheduled for July 18th, 2006
. Steven Spielberg's Emmy-winning series will arrive in a 4-DVD (all single-sided discs) set, packaged as a fold-out "digipak" in an outer sleeve. Running time is 11 hours 23 minutes for what ought to be 24 episodes (and some standout guests in many of these):
- "Ghost Train" (try to spot Amy Irving and Drew Barrymore)
- "The Main Attraction"
- "Alamo Jobe"
- "Mummy, Daddy" (Bronson Pinchot)
- "The Mission" (Kevin Costner, Kiefer Sutherland, Anthony LaPaglia)
- "The Amazing Falsworth" (Gregory Hines, Richard Masur)
- "Fine Tuning" (Matthew Laborteaux, Milton Berle, Don S. Davis)
- "Mr. Magic" (Sid Caesar)
- "Guilt Trip" (Dom DeLuise, Loni Anderson, Michael DeLuise, Gordon Jump, Charles Nelson Reilly, Charles Durning)
- "Remote Control Man" (Lou Ferrigno as "Hulk," Gary Coleman as "Arnold," Dirk Benedict as "Face," Barbara Billingsley as "June Cleaver," Ed McMahon, Richard Simmons, LaWanda Page, Lyle Alzado, Kristian Alfonso)
- "Santa '85" (Pat Hingle)
- "Vanessa in the Garden" (Sondra Locke, Beau Bridges, Harvey Keitel)
- "The Sitter" (Seth Green)
- "No Day at the Beach" (Charlie Sheen, Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini)
- "One For the Road" (Joe Pantoliano, James Cromwell)
- "Gather Ye Acorns" (Mark Hamill, Forest Whitaker)
- "Boo!" (Bruce Davison, Robert Picardo)
- "Dorothy and Ben" (Lane Smith)
- "Mirror, Mirror" (Sam Waterston, Tim Robbins, Helen Shaver, Dick Cavett)
- "Secret Cinema" (Griffen Dunne, Paul Bartel, Mary Woronov)
- "Hell Toupee" (James Avery)
- "The Doll" (John Lithgow)
- "One For the Books"
- "Grandpa's Ghost" (Andrew McCarthy)
Don't forget that "The Mission" is a 1-hour story, while the rest are half-hour in length. "No Day At The Beach" will be presented on DVD in black-and-white, which is how it originally aired (the rest were in color). Video aspect ratio is the original 1.33:1 "full frame," and audio is in English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound! English and Spanish subtitles will also be provided. Cost is $49.98 SRP. Stay tuned for the box art and any extras that hopefully come with this (hey, we deserve 'em for waiting so patiently!).