For next Christmas, please release the following DVDs:
1. The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh.
2. The Six Million Dollar Man, first season.
3. The 1971 animated version of A Christmas Carol, with Scrooge voiced by Alistair Sims.
The interesting thing to me is that if you search, you’ll see that all three of these works are eagerly sought after. When Amazon announced a DVD of The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh a few years back, it shot up to the top ten DVDs ordered within a day and there are 114 reviews of it despite the later cancellation of the DVD, all from people desperate for a DVD edition of it. VHS copies of The Scarecrow and Christmas Carol routinely go for good money on eBay.
It’s one of the odd things about the market for releases of older popular culture into new formats, that some of the most demanded items are hard to come by for reasons that are often obscure or unknown. The Six Million Dollar Man (which is available in Europen on DVD, I believe) might be tied up in the possibility of a film remake, or maybe it’s Lee Majors negotiating with the studio. The Scarecrow? Who knows what’s going on with that: there’s about eight different theories out there. The 1971 Christmas Carol was an amazing piece of work: frightening, distinctive animation that’s pretty unforgettable if you happened to see it back when it first aired.
Oh, well. At least The Point is available on DVD. I had expected to add that to my wishlist of unavailable, obscure but memorable popular culture from ye olden days.