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‘Company’ coming to DVD

Ritter sitcom gets home release

The first season of “Three’s Company” will be released on DVD Nov. 11, with a portion of proceeds being donated to United Cerebral Palsy in memory of star John Ritter.

Anchor Bay will release the 1970s ABC sitcom, which brought Ritter to fame, through a deal with rights holder DLT Entertainment. Pact also calls for Anchor Bay to release subsequent seasons of the series.

“We thought it appropriate to do this (give the donation), since John was so closely involved with UCP for many years,” DLT Entertainment VP Don Taffner Jr. said.

Although plans for the release were in the works prior to Ritter’s recent death, the quick turnaround will not allow the companies to include many, if any, bonus features on the first-season DVD.

DLT made a business out of transforming British TV show formats into U.S. series such as “Three’s Company,” which was based on the English series “Man About the House,” and “Too Close for Comfort,” which was based on “Keep It in the Family.”

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