Friday, December 18, 2009

FlashForward coming to DVD 23 February 2010

ABC and Disney are releasing the first 10 episodes of FlashForward, the TV series based on my novel of the same name, on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 (Region 1 DVDs, wide-screen). Included:
  1. No More Good Days
  2. White To Play
  3. 137 Sekunden
  4. Black Swan
  5. Gimme Some Truth
  6. Scary Monsters and Super Creeps
  7. The Gift
  8. Playing Cards with Coyote
  9. Believe
  10. A561984
Just in time for your own catch-up marathon before the series returns to broadcast TV on Thursday, March 4, 2010.
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At December 18, 2009 9:59 PM , Blogger Jonathan Ball said...

Why aren't they waiting until the first season is complete before releasing the DVD set?

At December 18, 2009 10:03 PM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

It's common now to release shows in half-season groups, to get them out faster; remember, shows have to compete with unauthorized downloads, and that means getting shows out on DVD quickly. Also, in our case, we want people to catch up before the show returns in March. (Most of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA was released in half-season sets, too, as just one example.)

At December 18, 2009 11:05 PM , Blogger Zafri Mollon said...

Is the show available on itunes? Seems like a good alternative.

At December 18, 2009 11:06 PM , Blogger Dwight Williams said...

Galactica pretty much set that particular DVD release standard, if memory serves...?

At December 18, 2009 11:20 PM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Dwight, for newer shows, yes. But I think the first to start doing that were the older Irwin Allen Shows, starting with the second season of LOST IN SPACE. :)

Zafri, yes, I believe the shows are available (legitimately) on iTunes, Hulu, and through ABC's own site.

At December 19, 2009 9:15 AM , Blogger K. W. Ramsey said...

Any plans to release on Blu-Ray? Now that I have a Blu-Ray player I like to buy all my movies and such in that format. It makes a real difference. I have Firefly on both Blu-Ray and DVD and the difference between them is astounding. (Yes, I'm a huge Firefly fan, even have a Blue Sun t-shirt)

At December 19, 2009 9:16 AM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

I totally agree with you about Blu-ray, K.W. I'm sure the series will eventually be out in Blu-ray, but I haven't heard if the February 23 release will also be available in that format.

At December 19, 2009 12:25 PM , Blogger Jonathan Ball said...

That makes sense. Apologies for my lack of DVD knowledge, I don't really watch any TV dramas, except for FlashForward, which I watch on the ABC site (as I have no TV service -- I cancelled it when I found myself watching TV instead of writing). So it will be good to see the show in high quality on DVD. I keep meaning to catch up on some of these other supposedly great dramas, on DVD, but nothing kills your writing like an unwatched TV series on DVD....

At December 21, 2009 10:08 AM , Blogger Jillian said...

Will they be releasing the whole season as a set later on? The problem I have with half-season sets is that they charge you the same price as a full season (or only $5 less) and you have to pay it twice.

At December 21, 2009 10:22 AM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

I honestly don't know, Jillian. But they did NOT do what you described with, for instance, Battlestar Galactica. List price for the first FlashForward set is US$29.55, and, of course, many retailers will sell for less.


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