Posted ByLL on February 12, 2004 at 14:36:05:
In Reply to: Complete Jack Benny Program on DVD? posted byAndy F. on February 12, 2004 at 12:50:08:
: Does anyone know when the day will come that I can buy the complete run of "The Jack Benny Program" on DVD? What's the holdup?
Well, MCA owns part of the series, so it's up to them to release what they have. They did the 10-tape set with two episodes each. However, without going into the details of copyright ownership, they don't own the whole series. This is why companies like Shokus Video are able to offer some episodes. Remember, we're talking about over 200 episodes of the TV series.
Also, copies of the shows are not always easy to come by. It requires working with archives or museums, and sometimes a good bit of money is involved. If the anticipated market for the product doesn't justify the cost, then chances are it won't happen. Not saying that it wouldn't sell, but it depends on the viewpoint of the person doing the deal, who may not fully recognize the ongoing popularity and potential of Jack Benny.