Some shows are brilliant, but never find their audience. They get cancelled. Then people see them on re-runs or rent the DVDs and find out what they’re missing. Suddenly, it’s a runaway success. Look at Firefly and Futurama: both resurrected from the dead because of their popularity on DVD.
But then there are other shows, shows that were brilliant but were cancelled. They never get a release on DVD. Or worse still, they do get released on DVD and no one buys them. Look at what happened to Airwolf: season one finally got released on DVD and no bugger bought it: in fact, it only sold 20% of the total amount sold of the first season of Miami Vice, which is going to be this year’s big summer blockbuster. It’s a crying shame.
On the other hand, heaven knows what a 2007 big screen version of Airwolf would have looked like.