This and that: Frost-Nixon interviews and “Studio One” coming to DVD; Disney pics on TCM in Dec.

FrostnixonJust in time to capitalize on “Frost/Nixon’s” arrival in theaters, the real deal is being released on DVD.

Liberation Entertainment has cut a deal with David Frost’s David Paradine Television banner for North American homevid rights to the 28 hours of interviews that Frost conducted with the former prez in 1977. The first volume, to be released Dec. 2 (three days before the Frank Langella/Michael Sheen pic opens), will focus on the meatiest Watergate-centric material. Hard to believe now but Frost had to cobble together an ad-hoc network of stations, syndication style, to carry the programs, and he had trouble recruiting advertisers at first….

…Ask and ye shall receive. I’ve been agitating in this space for someone to compile whatever remains of early TV’s dramatic anthology series, so that these legendary programs and perfs can be appreciated by those of us who were born to late to catch them the first time around. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation’s Archive of American Television project has heard my plea.

The Archive has teamed with homevid distrib Koch Vision to release a DVD set next month featuring 17 Studioone digitally remastered “Studio One” episodes, including the famed 1954 production of Reginald Rose’s “Twelve Angry Men” and all kinds of bonus retrospective features. The “Studio One” set will be the first release under the newly minted “Archive of American Television Presents” banner, which promises to deliver the goods for us TV geeks.

The “Studio One” set also includes two episodes penned by Rod Serling (1954’s “The Strike” and 1956’s “The Arena”), segs starring Art Carney (1953’s “Confessions of a Nervous Man”) and Jack Lemmon (1949’s “June Moon”). Can’t wait….

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