Longtime TVShowsOnDVD readers will remember back in May 2004, when we spoke about
the so-called "Uni-book," a nicely bound promotional book that talked about Universal Studios and their new "TV to DVD initiative" (up until that point, the studio wasn't really participating in the TV-DVD genre, despite owning many highly-desired properties). The book listed, briefly or in great detail, background info about 41 classic shows that Universal has the rights to, and intended to release on DVD. At this point there are still 5 of these which have never had any sort of release on DVD, including the final one in the book: the classic mini-series Centennial
The 1978 production, based on James Michener's novel, starred a huge cast including the likes of Michael Ansara, William Atherton, Raymond Burr, Barbara Carrera, Richard Chamberlain, Robert Conrad, Richard Crenna, Timothy Dalton, Chad Everett, Sharon Gless, Andy Griffith, Mark Harmon, Gregory Harrison, David Janssen, Alex Karras, Brian Keith, Sally Kellerman, A. Martinez, Donald Pleasence, Lynn Redgrave, Dennis Weaver, Robert Vaughn, Anthony Zerbe and Stephanie Zimbalist. Fans have certainly been waiting to add this title to their DVD collection, and now we have the scoop on when you can do just that!
Our very reliable industry sources tell us that Universal has leaked info that this 12-part miniseries will come to DVD at last on July 8th
. There is a high level of confidence about that, although with this much lead time it is of course subject to change. The first and last episode in the series were each three hours long, with the others in between were two hours each, so this can probably be expected to come as a 7-disc set (assuming all discs are single-sided), with room for extras (if the studio decides to include any).
This is still a while off, but pencil it in on your calendar and put a few bucks aside for it. And stay tuned; we'll keep you posted with any further developments, just as soon as we find out more!