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Doc Savage finally comes to DVD

Posted by at 6:34 pm Monday, March 23, 2009 in Announcements, Movies/TV/Radio, News
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Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze — for better or worse — is officially available on DVD finally.

The 1975 movie, staring Ron Ely as Doc Savage, used to be available in authorized VHS and LaserDisc formats, but only bootleg versions have been available on DVD.

But you won’t find the new DVD release on Best Buy shelves, or any other store’s for that matter.

The film will be available through Time Warner’s new print-on-demand service, which opens the Warner Bros. film archive for purchase from the Warner Archive Collection online store only.

The Man of Bronze, as well as all of the other 154 currently available films, can be purchased as a DVD for $19.95 starting today. (Some films also can be purchased as a download copy for $14.95, but Doc Savage currently doesn’t appear to be one of them.)

From the description, the store appears to be offering the widescreen version of The Man of Bronze, rather than the pan-and-scan version that’s often seen on TV.

So (in my mind at least) the debate begins… Buy a copy just to have it in my collection (and replace the so-so quality bootleg version) or not?

Update: So after a few hours of internal debate, I did it. I ordered the DVD last night. (I also discovered that shipping is free.) When it comes it, I’ll let you know about it.

– William