Fans of In Search of… have been through a whirlwind of emotions over the years. First, there was the realization that the series would never get a release, the feelings of dejection after hundreds of letters and emails sent by fans to various companies were rejected without much explanation, then the happiness of a few months ago when it was announced that Visual Entertainment Inc. would be releasing the series, and finally, the puzzlement when Amazon pulled the product from their website for seemingly no reason at all just days before the big shipping date. Well, after all of that, the highly anticipated 21-disc box set of the hit paranormal/mystery documentary series that ran from 1976-1982, hosted and narrated by Leonard Nimoy, finally started to ship out last week, and like many fans, I got mine for Christmas. I did not know what to expect from V.E.I since I had never purchased a product of theirs and am always skeptical of these companies that mass-produce DVDs of old television shows. More often than not, releases are nothing but a rush-job capitalizing on the wants of die-hard fans, without paying much attention to detail or quality. Thankfully, though, due to a release of this magnitude, V.E.I stepped up to the plate with a very pleasing In Search Of… box set.
Well, this just made my day! As I wrote about two years ago when I first started this blog, I was a big fan of the 1970′s Leonard Nimoy-hosted show (with initial pilots hosted by Rod Serling before his unfortunate death) titled In Search Of…, where, in each episode, he tackled various mysteries and enigmas of our world, ranging from science fiction and the paranormal with the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, ghosts and hauntings, to even more historical topics such as the strange deaths of famous people, like John F. Kennedy, Amelia Earhart, and Marilyn Monroe. The list of fantastic shows produced and topics examined between 1976 and 1982 is endless, and nothing that I watched ever seemed to disappoint. When I was little, I remember the re-runs airing on late Friday afternoons in the 1990′s and early 2000′s on the History Channel and A & E, and then one day, inexplicably, they vanished from all scheduling, never to be seen again, except on Youtube, where you can view many different clips now. Numerous people, including myself, have sent emails to different networks and companies asking for a DVD set of some kind to be released because the interest seemed to be there. However, I had lost hope a long time ago, and stopped checking their IMDB page for any new information, where there are scammers regularly offering to sell complete sets at exorbitant prices. Then, this morning, I just happened to take a look, and lo and behold, it appears that In Search Of… is finally getting that release we have all been waiting for.