As if it weren't improbable enough that Bruce Campbell's short-lived TV series The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. is coming to DVD, now I hear that Bruce's other short-lived TV series, Jack of All Trades, is coming, too. Not to mention one of my favorite Saturday-morning cartoons when I was a kid. Simply amazing.
There was a time when I thought I'd never see any of these cult shows again, when I wondered if they even happened or if I'd somehow made them up. But now here they are, all digitally remastered and presented for our viewing pleasure on collectible, relatively permanent silver discs. It's like we're living in the future.
I swear, the way studios are mining their warehouses for potential DVD properties, it's not going to be too long before everything that ever aired on television or glowed on a movie screen will be available for purchase and rental. And I'm honestly not certain how I feel about that. It's pretty much a given that scarcity increases value, and we've all had the experience of seeing something we loved as a kid and finding that it utterly fails in our adult eyes. Maybe it would be better to let some of these old shows remain safely locked in our fading memories of childhood (or young adulthood, in the case of Brisco and Jack), venerated and beloved instead of revealed for the messes they really were.
On the other hand, I'm already setting aside the cash to buy The New Animated Adventures of Flash Gordon. Because where certain properties are concerned, I'm just like one of Pavlov's dogs listening to Big Ben at tea time. I only hope it's aged well...