A reality is that there are a lot of other television shows that also have some sort of legal or technical issues that are preventing them from being put out onto home video. Those shows have their own fans, and we're not the only ones who are writing the studios to see their favorite show on DVDs! This is why everyone's participation is so very important.
The good news is that "Cold Case" is viewed by more people than most of the other shows being campaigned for. This is why we hope everyone joins this effort to let the studios know we're interested in Cold Case DVDs. We have the numbers to be successful--we just need people to participate.
And the other nice thing about the campaign is that you only need to write *four* postcards to the studios! What could be easier??
Q: How do we know if they aren't already planning to release Cold Case on DVD and we just don't know about it?
A: Great question! For starters, look at that tab above that says "DVDs". Notice how its greyed out and you can't click on it?? (Just kidding!)
To begin with, a formal announcement would be made from TimeWarner (Warner Brothers' parent company) in a press release. You can search TimeWarner's newsroom here: http://www.timewarner.com/corp/newsroom
Try keywords such as "Cold Case" or "DVD release". You'll find news about Cold Case and other DVDs being released, but no news about Cold Case DVDs coming out. As Cold Case is one of their higher-rated shows without DVDs, this would be very newsworthy and you'd come across that info from many sources (not just TimeWarner) if and when this happens.
You can't see the show on the website for the same reason it's not available on DVD: music licensing. When the show first premiered, the TV shows on DVD phnomenon was still just beginning. No one knew that people would be interested.
The use of music in shows and moviescan becostly. Some shows (Grey's Anatomy, for example) can afford the music because they can negotiate lower rates by either using music from the studio's own record label or using contemporary music (often from bands you've never heard of) that isn't as cost-prohibitive because the music artist gets to promote his new album on TV.
Cold Case uses very recognizable era-appropriate music that is simply more expensive. Now that they know the show is successful and people want it on DVD, I'm sure home video is factored into the licensing agreement. But that still leaves first and second seasons. To pay an additional licensing fee may simply be too cost-prohibitive.
This is why Wonder Years also isn't available on DVD.
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