The Good Darren: The fondly remembered, 1840s-set Riverboat: The Complete Series starred Darren McGavin as the ambitious jack-of-all-trades who wins a 100-foot boat called the “Enterprise” in a poker game and tries his luck at having it turn a profit for him. Joining him (at least for part of the first season) are pilot Burt Reynolds and crew member William D. Gordon, as the stern wheeler churned up and down the Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio Rivers finding western adventure and drama wherever it landed. The NBC show ran from 1959 to 1961, and also starred John Mitchum, Michael McGreevey, Dick Wessel, Noah Beery, Jr. and Bart Patton.
Guests included Aldo Ray, Louis Hayward, William Bendix, Robert Vaughn, Vera Miles, Debra Paget, Mercedes McCambridge, Clu Gulager, Lee Van Cleef and Jan Sterling. All 44 episodes of the show are available in this six-disc set. The title is from Timeless Media, who will soon reportedly announce DVD releases for Yancy Derringer with Jock Mahoney and Peter Gunn with Craig Stevens.
From West Virginee They Came To Stay In Sunny Californi-ay: Come and meet the family known as The Real McCoys: Complete Season 1. This surprise hitcom starred triple Oscar winner Walter Brennan as Grandpappy Amos McCoy, a curmudgeonly senior who takes his family along with him when he moves from their West Virginia homestead to the San Fernando Valley in Southern California. The cast also includes Richard Crenna as grandson Luke, Kathy Nolan as Luke’s new wife and Tony Martinez as musically gifted farmhand Peppino. The show ran for five seasons on ABC beginning in 1957, then moved to CBS for its final season. All 39 episodes from the debut season are in this five-disc set.
Jackie Oh!!: CBS aired a remake of the spooky 1940s flick The Spiral Staircase in 1975. Jacqueline Bisset plays the woman who’s been struck mute since losing her husband and son in a house fire, takes doctor-ordered rest in the country at her ancestral family mansion, now operated by her uncle (Christopher Plummer) as a psychological institute. Unfortunately, a serial stalker of disabled women has singled out the sanitarium for prey, and when a storm plunges the building into darkness, the terror mounts. Sam Wanamaker, John Phillip Law, Mildred Dunnock, Gayle Hunnicutt also star in this Warner Archives release.
Snow Job: From the writers of Lost and Tron: Legacy comes Once Upon A Time: The Complete First Season, an unusual, often unsettling look at look at fairy tales. The show is set in the tiny hamlet of Storybrooke, Maine, a town with an unusual past; it seems that its residents are storybook characters long under a curse placed by an evil queen on the eve of Snow White’s marriage to Prince Charming. Bounty hunter Ginnifer Goodwin tips to Storybrooke’s secret when she learns that she is, in fact, the daughter of Snow White and only she can break the spell. Josh Dallas, Lana Parrilla, Jennifer Morrison and Robert Carlyle as Rumpelstiltsken co-star. This five-disc set includes 22 episodes from its initial season.
Hi-Yoooooo!: An installment in the PBS “American Masters” series, Johnny Carson: King of Late Night, offers a revealing look at the private man who made America laugh for 30 years while hosting “The Tonight Show” on NBC. An impressive array of Carson admirers offer anecdotes, from fellow late night hosts like Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Arsenio Hall, Joan Rivers, and David Letterman to regular guests such as Mel Brooks, David Steinberg, Jerry Seinfeld, Garry Shandling and Drew Carey. Fantastic archival footage, photos and film of Carson away from the show help round out this absorbing portrait of an international entertainment icon.
Hamptons In: Many years after her family was ruined in her youth, a young woman under the alias of Emily Thorn (Emily Van Camp) moves back to the Hamptons and vows to take vengeance against the clan that destroyed hers, making her primary target matriarch Victoria Grayson (Madeline Stowe). Set against the lavish backdrop of the wealthy community, Revenge: The Complete First Season also stars Henry Czerny and Christa B. Allen and is on a 22-episode, five-disc set.
Steely Dan: The “Dan” in the animated show Dan vs.: The Complete First Season is a cantankerous fellow who hates on pretty much everyone. Chris, Dan’s best friend, tries to make sure his pal stays out of trouble—not an easy task, considering Dan can’t stay out of fighting with or ranting about telemarketers, the Wolf Man, ninjas, Canada, and a Shakespearean Dinner Theater, just to rattle off a few. Curtis Armstrong, Dave Foley and Paget Brewster provide the voices in this irreverent show, offered in this three-disc, 22-episode collection.