Earlier today Amazon listed the first season
of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
for release on July 25
, and now we have the press releasing announcing Anchor Bay's acquisition of the series.
TROY, MI - IDT Entertainment's Anchor Bay Entertainment announced today the acquisition of one of the most requested classic TV shows, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. The popular super spy series will be released on DVD by Anchor Bay Entertainment in July of 2006. The sharply-packaged release will feature bonus materials and be supported by a multi-level marketing campaign.
"Anchor Bay Entertainment is pleased to add this unique television classic to our TV on DVD library," commented Ted Green, CEO of Anchor Bay Entertainment. "Our company has excelled within this genre and this title will be no exception. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. has been consistently one of the top requested TV titles to-date and we look forward to offering our customers this award-winning series on DVD."
With a cool mix of girls, gadgets and guns, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was conceived as television's take on the successful James Bond films. The slick series was rooted in the cultural climate of the swinging '60s and created a national craze for its stylish stars and hip humor. Conceived by Dr. Kildare producer Norman Felton, with initial support and assistance from Bond author Ian Fleming, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. introduced audiences to Napoleon Solo (Robert Vaughn) and his Russian partner Ilya Kuryakin (David McCallum), secret agents for the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.). Their weekly fight against the evil organization THRUSH gained a cult-like popularity, particularly among young viewers who began buying up toys, books and lunch boxes based on the show. It became so successful it saw a spin-off in The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. in 1966. Various episodes of the original series were used in feature films, but the original shows are what stand as the epitome of international men of mystery chic.
Anchor Bay Entertainment is a recognized name in home entertainment. The company offers an expansive selection of award-winning, notable theatrical films including "Time Bandits" and "Halloween," classic television programming such as "Roseanne," "3rd Rock from the Sun," "Three's Company," "Highlander" and much of the Stephen J. Cannell library, traditional children's fare featuring the ever-popular Thomas & Friends collection and Mister Rogers Neighborhood, the impressive Manga anime line and chart-topping fitness titles including the "Crunch" and "For Dummies" series. Anchor Bay Entertainment is aggressively developing a wide range of original programs and concepts in addition to licensing existing brands and films.
Anchor Bay Entertainment is a subsidiary of IDT Entertainment. IDT Entertainment is a vertically integrated entertainment company that develops, produces, and distributes proprietary and licensed entertainment content.