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Rock bottom prices for Forever Knight dvds 
2nd-Feb-2010 06:10 pm
FK--grade A Schanke
All three seasons of Forever Knight can currently be found at Deep Discount for $11.98. Shipping is free.

Now there's no excuse not to own the sets.

Actually, now there's no excuse not to own an extra set (or all of them) to have handy for special fandom emergencies like say  brainwashing influencing potential new fans.

Remember when the sets had a SRP of $80?

snagged from sol_se 
Comments 
3rd-Feb-2010 07:36 am (UTC)
Oh, wow. I already own two sets each of seasons one and two for just that purpose -- my spare season one set is on loan as I type -- but perhaps it's time to double-up on season three at long last.

I don't know what to make of these discounts. It's not just FK; all TV DVDs seem to be dropping precipitously, and you can't re-sell for beans anymore. I received the complete six-season set plus made-for-TV movies of Doctor Quinn, Medicine Woman as a gift last month when Amazon dropped the price to ~$60 (I love my historical fiction). Perhaps we're very lucky, and this is a prelude to a slim set or blu-ray release?
9th-Feb-2010 01:53 am (UTC)
... perhaps it's time to double-up on season three at long last.

I thought the exact same. Unfortunately, I was a little late. The price is back up to $23.32. Still very reasonable considering what it used to be, but at the risk of sounding like a bad fan, I don't know if I'm willing to spend that on season 3.

LOL, I feel like I should do a Vachon vid or season 3 story in penance!

I don't know what to make of these discounts. It's not just FK; all TV DVDs seem to be dropping precipitously, and you can't re-sell for beans anymore...Perhaps we're very lucky, and this is a prelude to a slim set or blu-ray release?

I'm both excited at the possibilities and scared of the implications. A couple of years back Hercules: The Legendary Journeys was always, always on sale at the $11-$15 range. The series was loaded with extras! Video commentaries, featurettes, photo galleries, bios, costume and set design sketches! I was slowly collecting the seasons (I always was much more of a Hercules fan than Xena) but it got to the point where I started taking the series for granted. Then one day, Poof!, it was out of print and I still needed two more seasons. That was about three years ago. It was only within the last month that word of a slimmer re-release came out.

I guess this is a long winded way of saying that's it's not outside the realm of possibility that signs point to an eventual slim set collection of FK. However, I'm a bit hesitant to get too optimistic because of Sony Pictures' track record with their TV shows. Contemporary series fare pretty well with their DVD releases but their older series have rather ho-hum releases. It's probably due to less than stellar sales but I just don't get the impression that Sony tries all that hard.

I know a lot of us adopted a "beggars can't be choosers" mentality (myself included) but some of the work on the sets felt slapped together, e.g., season 2 promo pics on the season 1 set, the stock imagery for the season 3 sets. I understand that there were a lot of limitations when it came to producing the sets, but a little more care could have been undertaken in the construction of the sets. Some thought on simple things like the artwork and disc menus could have gone a long way.

The idea of Blu-Ray is intriguing. I know Highlander: The Series is currently being released on Blu-Ray. This articlehighlights some of the issues and roadblocks the series is seeing, especially where picture quality is concerned.

I hate being so negative but personally I get the feeling that Davis-Panzer puts more stock in Highlander than Sony does with FK. Plus, until Blu-Ray establishes itself more, which it's already well on its way to doing, I don't think Sony is willing to go through the expense for a genre show like FK.

However, if I remember correctly Ger mentioned in the "Killer Instinct" commentary that season 2 was filmed on 35mm. The way his and Jim Parriott's conversation was phrased, I got the impression that season 1 was on 16mm, and I think we can assume that the use of 35mm film carried over into season 3. The use of that film stock may play in FK's favor should it ever be considered for Blu-Ray. I think...I hope. :-)

I'd love to see a complete series set. Heck. Beauty and the Beast got one! Sony could totally go to town with the pretty, pretty Forever Knight box art.

9th-Feb-2010 06:39 am (UTC)
Season three is tough going in so many, many ways. No blame. But it is legitimate FK. Perhaps watching some third-season episodes on Crackle would be adequate penance? ;-)

>"However, I'm a bit hesitant to get too optimistic..."

Oh, don't worry. I have no expectations. I was here waiting all those years there were no professional VHS tapes released, and then no DVD sets and no hope of them, and then the worry that season one would be all we would get, and surely season three would never come...

If TPTB sell us more, perfect! If they do not, well. we'll manage. As we always have.

>"some of the work on the sets felt slapped together"

Yes. The interior and exterior design work on seasons two and three is inexcusably poor; they could have just imitated season one with better results. Season one has attractive menus, at least. The biggest issue, imo, is that the exterior packaging does not represent FK in a manner designed to sell it. FK is not 50% vampire horror; the packaging is 100% vampire horror. FK's audience is a mix of fans of historical fiction, police mystery, vampire horror, and some other niche genres; representing that on the packaging would have served them well, I'm confident. I wouldn't have purchased it if I hadn't known the series, based on that packaging.

>"I get the feeling that Davis-Panzer puts more stock in Highlander than Sony does with FK"

Speaking as a long-time HL and FK fan... duh. ;-) Davis-Panzer has proven over and over again that they are happy to sell myriad HL products. They send catalogues and telemarket to previous customers, in addition to their website. But HL is Davis-Panzer's bread-and-butter. FK is just one solitary chocolate sprinkle on Sony's cake, unfortunately.
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