I’m thrilled to see this announcement by Warner Bros. and Shout! Factory.
Shout! Factory will be the exclusive media company to distribute Max Headroom and The Norm Show DVDs for home entertainment releases in the United States and Canada. … Production has begun to develop a wide range of bonus content for Max Headroom: The Complete Series DVD box set, as well as re-transferring the episodes from the original elements to provide the highest picture quality.
Apparently they’re aiming for release in August. According to an employee on the Shout forums, this is a major step forward in building a relationship with Warner:
WB’s always been wary about third-party licensing, so right now, we’re just focusing on making this relationship a good one and developing the best possible sets we can. I grew up loving Max Headroom, so hopefully, I can turn in a good product and give WB a good reason to give us more titles.
Shout does some great, fan-friendly sets with lots of extras, and they are good at supporting cult favorites like The Middleman. They also recently announced another of my 80s TV loves, Tales of the Gold Monkey, due out June 8. To give an idea of their packaging, that one will include a new half-hour making of featurette including two major actors, episode commentaries, image galleries, and a 24-page booklet. Six DVDs for a list price of $50 is a pretty good deal, I think, especially since you can preorder it now at 30% off. I don’t know how much Max Headroom will be, but I’m buying it!