Shout! Factory has been the virtual warehouse for a corner of almost everyone’s nostalgia, whether it be John Carpenter classics or great ’50s comedy. And now… we get Ralph Hinkley coming back, hopefully in remastered versions so we can all enjoy The Greatest American Hero (and also The Greatest American Heroine).
He’s not alone — the distributor struck a deal with Stephen J. Cannell’s estate for access to more than 20 series and movies from the venerable producer. In that almost 900 hours of content, there are cult classics such as Stingray and Jeff Goldblum in Tenspeed and Brownshoe.
“Many Stephen J. Cannell series have already proven to be immensely popular with viewers and fans over the years. We’re incredibly excited to bring these memorable series through Shout’s distribution channels. There are a lot of untapped opportunities to distribute this content through digital, streaming, transactional outlets and emerging entertainment platforms. As we’re aggressively expanding our content offerings of quality series and movies, this deal exemplifies the type of major acquisitions we plan to pursue actively.”– Shout! Factory founders Bob Emmer and Garson Foos
It also has one of the greatest television theme songs of all time.
There’s been a lot of talk over the years of a remake, but so far it hasn’t happened. Maybe with a boost from Shout! Factory, the interest could be stirred again. I don’t know. But I’d love to see it happen. For now, I’d just really like a blu-ray edition of the series.