At the end of January we reported
that Arts Alliance America, which has then since changed their company name to Virgil Films & Entertainment, had plans to bring Charles In Charge - Season 4
to DVD as an Amazon exclusive. And that is indeed happening, on March 24th
...but not in the way we originally expected.
Rather than a traditionally-manufactured DVD release, Virgil Ent. and Amazon are collaborating to make the fourth season set available as part of Amazon's "CreateSpace" program of DVD-R releases. We originally wrote a story
discussing CreateSpace last August, when Nickelodeon and Paramount made such titles available as Doug, Rocko's Modern Life, Danny Phantom, Hey Arnold!
At the time we explained how this works: "they wait until an order comes in, then burn the product onto DVD-Rs...assemble the product in a standard DVD case and ship it off to you.
" We further noted our site policy regarding these DVD-R releases was that "since these are burn-on-demand items, and not standard releases, we will not be covering them among our regular items here at TVShowsOnDVD.
" But now, we're going to change things just a bit.
Starting with Charles In Charge - Season 4
, we're going to go ahead and begin including selected CreateSpace (or other DVD-R) titles at our site with release listings, as we would for any regularly manufactured release. We've already added one
yesterday for this particular title. We'll go back and add selected titles that were previously made available, too, especially the most popular Nickelodeon ones mentioned last August. We'll have to have the final say about which ones do and do not get included, of course.
In those release listings, we'll note that "This is a DVD-R release and may not be compatible with all players
," so there's no confusion on the part of our readers. What about news posts to explain that? Well, for this particular release of Charles In Charge - Season 4
, since there's a "story" behind it (that we've been telling you here), we've given it a write-up in our news section. For the vast majority of future releases of TV-on-DVD-R product, though, we won't cover it as part of the TVShowsOnDVD News. However, if there's a compelling reason to do so, then of course we will. We expect it to be more rare, though.
This is how we're going to be moving forward with coverage during the expansion of DVD-R titles in this field. We'll continue to keep an eye on it, and make adjustments as necessary. For now, here's the package art, Amazon link (see the "button" graphic below the packaging), and Virgil's press release for Charles In Charge - Season 4
For Immediate ReleaseVIRGIL FILMS & ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES
THE ANTICIPATED DVD RELEASE OF
CHARLES IN CHARGE: SEASON 4
AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY ON AMAZON.COM
VIA THE CREATESPACE DISC ON DEMAND SERVICE
Scott Baio, Willie Aames and Nicole Eggert Fans Can Order
The Fourth Season on DVD March 24, 2009
New York, NY (March 17, 2009) - Charles and The Powell family are back as Scott Baio, Willie Aames, Nicole Eggert, Josie Davis and Ellen Travolta make a triumphant return to DVD by popular demand. Virgil Films & Entertainment has announced today the DVD debut of "Charles in Charge: Season Four
" is exclusively available on Amazon.com using CreateSpace Disc on Demand technology, where DVDs are manufactured only after customers place an order. This marks the first exclusive DVD distribution deal between Virgil Films & Entertainment and CreateSpace, part of the Amazon.com group of companies. Avid fans of the very popular 80's sitcom can begin pre-order now of the 6-disc DVD set in order to receive by March 24th for a suggested retail price of $29.95 at Amazon.com.
Audiences nationwide can relive their memories of America's favorite college student, "Charles" (Scott Baio) as the live-in babysitter and his friend "Buddy" (Willie Aames) as they get in and out of trouble. Season 4 includes Mr. Walter Powell ("James T. Callahan), Mrs. Powell (Sandra Kerns), Jamie Powell (Nicole Eggert), Sarah Powell (Josie Davis), Adam Powell (Alexander Polisky), Lillian (Ellen Travolta) and many others.
"We're excited to make this DVD available to millions of fans through the largest online retailer in the world" says Joe Amodei, President of Virgil Films & Entertainment.
"Charles in Charge: Season 4
" - Synopsis
SCOTT BAIO IS BACK with SEASON FOUR of CHARLES IN CHARGE
. In one of the most beloved sitcoms of the '80s, Scott Baio stars as Charles, a live-in helper for the Powell kids. In Season Four, Charles juggles the responsibilities of being a college student and taking care of the family he loves. Not to mention Charles and his friend Buddy get a little girl-crazy - which makes for some laugh-out-loud moments. Season Four is a must-own classic for any CHARLES IN CHARGE
Virgil Films & Entertainment has previously released "Charles in Charge
" Seasons Two and Season Three, and now customers can pre-order their DVD copy of Charles in Charge Season Four
for their collection online at www.amazon.com.
About Virgil Films & Entertainment
Virgil Films & Entertainment, formerly Arts Alliance America, was founded in 2003 as Hart Sharp Video by Joe Amodei to develop, acquire, market and distribute DVD product in the theatrical feature film, documentaries, special interest and sports categories. The company has built partnerships with Sundance Channel Home Entertainment, ESPN, MLB Productions, Bombo Sports and Entertainment, TV Guide and NESN and other high profile entertainment brands since their inception. Upcoming releases from Virgil Films & Entertainment include "The Caller" starring Academy Award nominee Frank Langella, the second season of the legendary "The Donna Reed Show
," and the cult-classic children's series "The Mysterious Cities of Gold