U.N.C.L.E. boxed at last
Last year, DVD provider Anchor Bay announced it was releasing the classic action series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Star Robert Vaughn recorded four hours of supplimentary materlal. And then, they got a nasty letter from Warner Bros. saying "no way, José."
The two companies reached for their lawyers and had a showdown. And now, Warner Bros. won. It seems that in addition to having the teevee rerun syndication rights (their Turner division got it when they bought bits and pieces of MGM), they got the home video rights as well. All that material Vaughn recorded? Gone with the wind.
But in a few weeks Vaughn will be teaming up with his old partner David McCallum to record brand-new DVD extras. Oddly enough, American Vaughn has been working in Britain filming his AMC/BBC series Hustle, while British-born McCallum has been in the States filming NCIS.
The first box set is expected to be out by Christmas… unless one of the lawyers gets a clever idea.