Back in May we told you
that Shout! Factory had - finally! - made plans to release Rhoda - Season 5: The Final Season
on DVD. The plans at the time were for the title to be available everywhere on August 15th. Now, however, Shout!'s online store has updated their pre-order listing for the title to say this:
It has come to our attention that a number of episodes on our release of Rhoda: The Final Season were created from masters that make the viewing experience less than ideal. To correct this issue, we are going back to the vault to find better masters to use for this set. To allow for the extra time needed to complete this process, the national street date of this release has been pushed back to October 17, 2017.
With the delay (meant to give customers a better experience, so this is a positive thing in the end!), Shout! Factory is also providing a new bonus item with the set:
- "Carlton Your Doorman" (1980) - The Animated Pilot Episode For A Proposed Rhoda Spinoff Series
Fred Wolf (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles
) was involved in the production of that animated pilot, and Lorenzo Music - who played Carlton in the live-action Rhoda
series - voiced the main character (he would go on to be renowned for voicing Garfield in the popular Garfield and Friends
cartoon series, among other work).
For any customers who might have received their set early and experienced drop-outs or skipping, or for those who continue to get their pre-orders on time but with the discs full of issues, Shout! has emailed their pre-order customers and told them that when the corrected set becomes available, "we will be shipping replacement discs to everyone who pre-ordered this set from our website.
" So no action should need to be taken on your part.
Our thanks to all the readers who emailed us about this, including Jackson Burnett and John Corbett. As of this writing, Amazon's pre-order listing doesn't reflect the changed date, but we expect that to be updated soon!