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They’re going to have to make a difficult decision with the pricing on the release of Batman on DVD – do they go high and run the risk of people choosing not to buy it, or go low and maximize sales?
Let’s comparison shop. There’s 120 episodes. How much are other classic / cult TV series charging?
The Wild Wild West had 104 episodes, and its box set list price is 100 bucks (and used to be a lot higher), but currently discounted to $50. That’s 96 cents an episode, 48 discounted.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was 105 episodes, and its box set lists at Two hundred dollars, currently discounted to $140. or $1.90 / 75¢ an episode.
Get Smart had 138 episodes, and its box set is $125, marked down to $79 - 90 ¢/57¢ per episode
And Star Trek (Tos) had only 80 episodes and it’s getting 140 dollars, marked down to $75 – $1.75 /93¢ per episode.
The Twilight Zone had a whopping 156 episodes (including a »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
The 1960s superhero series is a perennial favourite, and after years of legal wrangling, it will finally be available as a box set for the first time. Kapow!
In an age where half-remembered TV shows are routinely repackaged as "classic" box sets, it has always seemed odd that Adam West's Batman – a star-stuffed superhero series that ran for three seasons between 1966 and 1968 – has never been available on DVD, or even VHS. The news that a complete box set of the campest incarnation of the Caped Crusader would finally be released later this year broke in suitably eccentric fashion: Conan O'Brien, the former Simpsons writer and long-standing late-night talkshow host, tweeted about it on Wednesday. (Warner Bros Entertainment subsequently confirmed O'Brien's announcement, but offered up no further details.)
What took so long? Batman may have been able to deal with the Penguin and his avian-themed henchmen with a well-placed "kapow! »
- Graeme Virtue
It was never even released to VHS, let alone as any sort of shiny disc, but the wait is now finally over. The 1960s Batman TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward will be released as a box set by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment sometime during 2014. Kapow! Boff! Zwap!Conan O'Brien broke the news via Twitter which was later confirmed by the studio. "Very excited," quoth batfan O'Brien. He posted a picture of himself with the iconic '60s Batmobile, observing that "the seat smells like Adam West". Hardly rare or forgotten thanks to ubiquitous syndication all over the world, it nevertheless seems incredible that the Adam West Batman has never been available to own before - with the single exception of the 1966 film spin-off.The reasons stem from a tortuous rights and clearances situation: a puzzle so fiendish it's worthy of The Riddler himself (as long as he's played by Frank Gorshin, »
Conan O'Brien, whose show Conan is shot on the Warner Bros. lot, announced today that Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the original 1966 Batman series on DVD later this year. Take a look at the late-night talk show host's tweet, which includes a photo of him with the original Batmobile.
— Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) January 15, 2014
Although it isn't the most conventional way to announce a highly-anticipated DVD set like this, Conan O'Brien does have somewhat of a history with the legendary franchise. He lent his voice to talk show host David Endocrine in the animated adventure Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 last year.
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