The Highs and the Lows20 Mar, 2009 By: Thomas K. Arnold
I just finished writing an article for Home Media Magazine and The Hollywood Reporter about Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's elegant new Norman Lear Collection, a big TV DVD salute honoring the groundbreaking TV producer that's coming to stores June 9, just in time for Father's Day. The 19-disc set contains complete first-season sets of seven groundbreaking TV shows Lear created, including All in the Family, Sanford and Son and The Jeffersons, plus two discs containing more than six hours of bonus materials, including all-new interviews, documentaries and featurettes. It strikes me as ironic that these high-end gift sets appear to be weathering the recession quite well. While new release DVD spending is down about 13% and total disc spending is down 8%, according to Home Media Magazine market research, studios continue to get inventive and rely on fan power to sell special collections like this one and, of course, Warner's wonderful new Woodstock Ultimate Collectors Edition. Check out my story.