Old TV Shows, Aging DVD Medium, Classic Stuff from Shout! Factory

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Old TV Shows, Aging DVD Medium, Classic Stuff from Shout! Factory


Amarante, Joe, New Haven Register (New Haven, CT)


Everyone knows that DVDs and Blu-Ray discs are dead, or at least mortally wounded. If you're like me, you find it's too much work to find a disc on a shelf, walk over to the DVD player, put it in, change your remotes over to the DVD input and then undo the process when you're done.

Maybe you just let the DVD spin around inside the machine for weeks afterward because you left it in there when the movie was over.

I know, it's pathetic. But that's what the broadband Internet has done to us. If it's not on our phone, tablet, DVR, live on cable or On Demand, we're not interested.

Which partly explains the multiyear plunge in DVD sales and increase in streaming services.

But someone's still buying DVDs from Target, Costco or online -- with the colorful jewel-case and plastic packaging that stands up neatly on a shelf. We're guessing collectors make up the majority of sales these days, since you don't just shut down your collector mojo because of changing times.

While DVD collections made fine gifts for several years, they're questionable now -- unless you know the recipient still uses DVDs regularly.

Having said all that, several great old shows came out this year on DVD, which probably still makes the most sense for most folks who want to own a complete series.

And distributor Shout! Factory has the coolest titles for baby boomers and younger folks who want to immerse themselves in classic TV from the 1950s through 1980s. Here's a list of some favorites that came out this year:

- I never loved Steven Bochco's "NYPD Blue," partly because I was so enthralled with its predecessor, "Hill Street Blues." The 1980s NBC 10 p.m. anchor drama that starred Daniel J. Travanti, Veronica Hamel, Bruce Weitz and Betty Thomas blazed trails for TV dramas with style, skill and heart. The complete set comes with 34 DVDs featuring all 144 episodes, plus bonus materials. Cost will run you between $125 and $200.

- If you're a fan of Bob Newhart's dry, heady humor and enjoy a good stammer, then the complete version of his 1970s classic series "The Bob Newhart Show" will be a keeper. …

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