Originally Posted by archiguy
This I don't understand. They've already got the episodes. Just package them up and issue a box-set. It doesn't need to contain a lot of extras, maybe a commentary or two, maybe a few deleted scenes. It couldn't possibly cost more than the revenue they'd gain by selling the box-sets. Heck, I'd probably buy several just for X-mas presents, and judging by some of the comments here I'm not alone. Without it, this terrific show will just.... disappear - out of sight, out of mind.
I will say this: at least you have the option to stream it.
What I hate is when studios tuck stuff away in the vaults where there are no means of any kind to watch it legally. Then they wonder why people pirate the stuff.
It's just as bad with "orphaned" shows, where the first season or two didn't well well, so they stop putting them out. That means we can't watch season 2 and on for "St. Elsewhere" or Season 4 and on for "Hill Street Blues" (Season 3 is streaming only) since they aren't being distributed through any other legal means (that I know of). Despite the fact that they stopped with season 4 on DVD, at least I can watch "NYPD Blue" online. Prior to that, there was no legal way to view Jimmy Smitz's final episodes.
It just kills me that the studios are willing to shove this stuff away instead of making a bulk deal with Amazon or Netflix to stream the stuff not out on disc relatively cheaply.