It’s amazing what you can find on DVD nowadays… you can own the complete series of DUSTY’S TRAIL, all 21 abysmal half-hour episodes of the 1973 syndicated sitcom starring Bob Denver, for just $10 ($4.99 for the 17 episode set plus $4.99 for a seperately released DVD with the first four episodes).
DUSTY’S TRAIL was a frontier rip-off of GILLIGAN’S ISLAND, about a wagon train lost in the west. Forrest Tucker took on the "Skipper" role while Denver basically played Gilligan all over again. They even had a wealthy guy and his wife, a showgirl and.. well, you get the picture. Sherwood Schwartz, the creator/exec producer of GILLIGAN, was the comedic mastermind behind this one as well.
Being a TV geek, I can’t get over the idea that I can own an entire series, even a crappy one, for ten bucks. The mind boggles at what other complete packages of short-lived, obscure series might show up on DVD.
Already I own on DVD the complete series of NERO WOLFE, the original STAR TREK, the British series COUPLING and KAVANAGH QC… as well as seasons of ALL IN THE FAMILY, GREATEST AMERICAN HERO, CRIME STORY, THE SHIELD, UFO, NIP/TUCK, SEINFELD, MARY TYLER MOORE, SPACE 1999, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, SOPRANOS, DEADWOOD, BOOMTOWN, I SPY, MONK, SLIDERS, COLUMBO, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, DICK VAN DYKE SHOW, and MAGNUM PI. Granted, those shows cost more than $10, but still… I own them. For a guy who has every TV Guide that’s come into his hands since 1970, this is a big deal.
Now if you will excuse me, I have to go light some candles and kneel in front of my poster of Heather Locklear.