I remember when the DVD boxed set of UFO came out. I couldn’t wait to watch it. Not only that, I couldn’t wait to show my friends. Unfortunately, I did both at the same time…bringing the DVD into the office to show them during lunch. What a mistake. The series I thought was so unbelievably cool when I was a kid turned out to be an inane bore. UFO looked slick and Barry Gray’s score was still incredible, but everything else sucked — the acting was leaden, the writing was terrible, and the direction was limp. The Onion reports on someone who had the same sad experience when the DVD of LAND OF THE LOST didn’t live up to his childhood memories.
I was pleased to discover, however, that KOLCHAK THE NIGHT STALKER was every bit as good as I remembered it to be… though obviously cheap looking by today’s production standards, which is true when watching any old classics (from STAR TREK to THE ROCKFORD FILES, GUNSMOKE to MAN FROM UNCLE). Mark Evanier, though, can’t get past the el-cheapo production values when he watches HAWAII FIVE-O.
It’s great that so many old classics are coming out on DVD…but how many will live up to our fond memories and changed expectations?