2014 finds the geek community achieving a small triumph in home media with the release of the 1966 Batman television series. The Wonder Years is also finally making it’s way to our homes. Another great victory.
But there are a number of series that are still MIA as well as a few films (or versions there of) that still haven’t seen the light of day. Some of them to the point that it’s kind of infuriating. So I did a little digging and came up with this list and hopefully a little bit of a status update.
Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair
Originally, Kill Bill was one big long epic with additional anime scenes and the black and white violence was in glorious bloody colour. It was presented at Cannes in 2006 and that was the last of it. Tarantino promised it would eventually come to DVD along with a ton of extras. So far, nothing. There doesn’t seem to be any real reason for the delay. Mirmax’s sale by Disney might have hampered it but surely we should have seen it on shelves by now. Kill Bill is probably my favourite of Tarantino’s work and it’d be interesting to see it as it was originally supposed to presented.
The Muppet Show Seasons 4 & 5
This is painful due to the fact that seasons 1 – 3 are readily available and reasonably priced on DVD. I can understand it taking a while (all the celebrity appearances and music clearances that need to be sorted out can take time) but season 3 hit in 2008. And even with low sales, this was before the recent Muppet renaissance. With all of the Muppet films getting re-releases and the renewed popularity of the franchise, why has the last of the series not been released? Or the entire thing collected in a fancy Blu-ray box set?
Let It Be
The documentary made during the making of The Beatles last album and their final roof top performance. I’ve never seen it but I’m interested. I really want to see it. I’ve heard different reviews but the thing is, this is kind of an important piece of music history and it should be available. Apparently the owners of it think otherwise.
The Tick Season 3
Anyone who has seen The Tick animated series knows how great it is. We got seasons 1 and 2 on DVD but that was it, probably due to low sales. But those bastards in the UK got it. How is that fair? And while we’re at it, can we get the episodes that were unreleased from the first two seasons?
Spencer For Hire
A well written detective serial, how could you not love Spencer (played by Robert Urich) and his bad ass sidekick Hawk (Avery Brooks at his coolest)? Unfortunately due to my age, I caught on late when it was in very limited syndication. In the grand scheme of things I’m probably one of the rare few of my age group that is clamouring for this. Now I can understand not putting it out in home media but why not throw it on Netflix?
Now I pose the question to you loyal readers: What series and movies need a release? Please leave your ideas in the comments section below.
If you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!