Mill Creek Entertainment has announced that on July 15th
they will re-release the first two seasons of Diff'rent Strokes
, starring Conrad Bain (Maude
) and Gary Coleman (The Kid with the Broken Halo
), on DVD. They will be available separately for $9.98 SRP each, or together as a combo package for $14.98 SRP. Amazon has pre-order listings up right now for the first season set
and also the two-season combo pack
, but no entry quite yet for MCE's second season re-release.
Last summer, Mill Creek Entertainment struck a deal with Sony
to acquire the TV-on-DVD rights for certain shows, including this one...but ONLY for the seasons and episodes which have previously been made available on DVD in the past (by Sony, or by any other studio that Sony licensed the show to in the past). For Diff'rent Strokes
, that means Seasons 1-4, out of the 8 total which were produced for broadcast. Mill Creek currently has no rights to the seasons and episodes that are not already on DVD.
These new low-cost re-releases are not targeted at those who already own the previous releases, but rather at the masses who may have missed those older DVD titles (or just couldn't afford them in the first place), or at new fans who never had a chance to pick up the show on DVD before. We join you in hoping that the Mill Creek sales prove that there are enough fans out there for this classic show to finally get the rest of the show's run released on DVD.