This Is Great News indeed that this series is finally getting a DVD release. Also am hoping that these episodes, and whatever other material have been restored ( would be great to see the ABC David Hamilton preview for Casting The Runes on this release, as would make a fine extra) to the best possible quality, depending on the budget of course.
Have seen that Amazon.co.uk has slated this release for the 23rd of March, can pre-order from the product page:
I don't think it was ever officially on the schedules really. Amazon and a few others seemed to jump the gun at announcing it before it was actually slated for release. In that case, it's fairly predictable that it would be "withdrawn" again. A shame but I daresay it will come out eventually.
Funnily enough, I remember the ABC episodes as being very atmospheric as much as the later Thames ones (which is really a different series in all but name). It would be good if some more of those turned up although I can't see that Canal + would be very amenable to a DVD release (any more so than they are with any other ABC programmes, that is)!
Post by Peter Stirling on Mar 26, 2009 10:35:33 GMT
It may not always help, but I think the moral here is -when obscure releases are announced, always do the pre-order, and get people to click the website so that when the bean counters look at the figures it encourages them to actually release the stuff and not tease us.
IIRC I too think the ABC version was more atmospeheric and had better production values .The Thames versions were a bit shoddy in the production dept with hammy acting- with one exception -Sweeney Todd with Freddie Jones. A wonderful black comedy is how I remember it with a great hinged barber's chair that dropped the customers to their doom.