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.
According to the website TVShowsonDVD, Visual Entertainment Inc. has the rights to the show and is planning to have the complete set out by the end of the year on DVD:
…One of these is for USA and Canadian DVD sets of the legendary ’70s show starring Leonard Nimoy, In Search Of…, which he took up following his roles on the original Star Trek as “Spock,” his addition to Mission: Impossible as “Paris,” and his return to playing “Spock” on Star Trek: The Animated Series. Nimoy narrated the program through 146 episodes which examined the scientific, the supernatural, the historical, and the mythical. Topics included “Ancient Aviators,” “The Bermuda Triangle,” “Bigfoot,” “Killer Bees,” “Martians,” “Nazi Plunder,” “Amelia Earhart,” “Dracula,” “UFOs,” “Inca Treasures” and “The Magic of Stonehenge”…and those are just examples from the first season out of six! VEI informed me today that they have licensed the North American rights to the complete series of the program, with the only issue being that a pair of episodes have not been fully cleared from a legal standpoint for home video release. One of these episodes is “In Search of… Lee Harvey Oswald,” concerning the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy: the famous Zapruder film of the actual shooting would require separate clearance, which VEI is going to look into but – as the deal for the show itself has just been completed! – cannot guarantee yet that they’ll be able to affordably do. Time will tell. VEI hopes to have the title out before this year is over, but it’s too early to set a solid timeline on it, of course. Even if we have to wait until next year, it’s GREAT to know that this highly-wanted program is finally on its way to home video. Want to get even MORE excited about this item? VEI is in talks with Leonard Nimoy to participate in bonus material for the DVDs, which hopefully would include “recent updates” to the topics of each installment, considering that knowledge would have grown in the past 4 decades for much of this. We’re VERY excited over here, and we know you are, too! It may be quite a while before we have any, but stay tuned for updates as further developments occur.