When I lay in bed at night dreaming of old TV and wishing for shows to be released, I always assumed that this wishes drifted up into the ether and mixed with birthday wishes; coalesced and eventually fell as warm spring rain. Not anymore though, because at some point in the last decade, Shout Factory must have installed some sort of TV DVD wish catcher and they have been using this technology to rapidly move through the backlog of shows that I have always wanted to see again. This week they released the very awesome and of requested adventure show, Tales of the Gold Monkey. I will not gush about the show more then needed… You can learn more about the show and my high opinion of it in my Tales of the Gold Monkey Podcast.
Now that I got that out of the way lets talk about the DVD:
In a backwater corner of the South Pacific a young American adventurer and his ragtag group of friends become involved in death defying hi-jinx, transporting people-on-the-run in a well-worn Grumman Goose seaplane. Set in 1938, this series captures the ambiance and character of a mysterious romantic era. Broadcast by ABC in 1982, this series became a massive hit following the success of Indiana Jones’s Raiders of the Lost Ark. Fabulous Films proudly present the complete series for your entertainment pleasure, here finally on DVD!
The DVD set which is dedicated to the late great Jeff Mackay has the complete run of the series on it, which is itself is a major accomplishment. But they didn’t stop at a simple episode release, Shout Factory also includes:
The Original Double Length Pilot Episode
Brand New 36 Minute “Making of” Documentary featuring Stephen Collins (Jack Cutter), Caitlin O’Heaney (Sarah Stickney White), writer-producer Tom Greene and Harvey Laidman (one of the directors for the series).
Series synopsis and biographies
Character Sarah Stickney White’s original costume gallery
24-page collector’s booklet
All of it gravy on a great show that was killed well before it should have been. Now though, thanks to Shout Factory, the Tales can be told again and again. So if you want to watch some quality adventure TV this summer, drop by and pick up a copy from Shout Factory today.
Great news for classic adventure TV fans, Shout Factory just announced that Tales of the Gold Monkey the Complete Series will be released on June 8, 2010. Here is the full scoop:
“Get ready to take on a thrill-ride to a backwater corner of the South Pacific as Tales of the Gold Monkey The Complete Series comes to DVD for the first time in North America on June 8, 2010 from Fabulous Films, distributed by Shout! Factory. Fans can relive the adventures of this much loved television show in a 6-DVD collectible box set featuring all 20 action-packed episodes, original pilot episode, a treasure trove of DVD bonus content, a special collector’s booklet and more! The collectible Tales of the Gold Monkey The Complete Series DVD box set is priced to own at $49.97.
Created by Don Bellisario and starring Stephen Collins (Private Practice, 7th Heaven), Caitlin O’Heaney (The Charmings), Roddy McDowall (Planet of the Apes), Jeff Mackay (JAG), Tales of the Gold Monkey aired on ABC in early 80’s and became a popular hit following the success of the Indiana Jones films. Set in 1938, this adventure series captures the ambience and character of a mysterious romantic era and chronicles a young American adventurer Jake Cutter (Stephen Collins) and his ragtag group of friends as they become involved involved in death-defying hi-jinx, transporting people-on-the-run in a well-worn Grumman Goose seaplane.”
The DVD Box set will include Extensive DVD Bonus Content:
* Original Double Length Pilot Episode
* Brand New 36 Minute “Making of” Documentary featuring Stephen Collins (Jack Cutter), Caitlin O’Heaney (Sarah Stickney White), writer-producer Tom Greene and Harvey Laidman (one of the directors for the series).
* Audio commentaries
* Photo gallery
* Series synopsis and biographies
* Character Sarah Stickney White’s original costume gallery
* Artifacts gallery
* 24-page collector’s booklet
Welcome to the Retroist Tales of the Gold Monkey Podcast. This week on the show, I talk about what should have been a smash TV show, “Tales of the Gold Monkey.” After telling you a story about the show, I moved onto the facts. I talk about the development, the plot, the cast and its influence on other shows. List fans rejoice! Metagirl is here to lay out another great top 5 list for all you list fans.
The above art was again provided by Artist/Illustrator Christopher Tupa. To see more of Christopher’s work, drop by his website at http://www.ctupa.com.
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One of my favorite short lived shows was the Stephen Collin’s vehicle, “Tales of the Gold Monkey”. I am also a fan of the adventures movies and serials of the 1930s, so it was no surprise to me that I would like it. This ad, while showing elements of 80s print design sensibilities, still seemed to me to have a 1930s/1940s vibe.