Do we have any Pee-wee Herman fans out there? Well, get ready to scream real loud. Apparently, today’s secret word is “Blu-ray!”
Shout! Factory just announced plans to release Pee-wee’s Playhouse: The Complete Series, an eight-disc Blu-ray set. The box will include all 45 episodes, as well as Pee-wee’s Christmas Special—and everything has been newly remastered for Blu-ray. Hopefully, there will be a lengthy list of other special features (commentary, interviews, outtakes, or maybe a little “where are they now” retrospective?), but nothing has been announced just yet.
Still, this is one of those day-one purchases. Pee-wee’s Playhouse isn’t just a cult hit; it’s the winner of 22 Emmy awards. It’s also home to Jambi the Genie, Miss Yvonne, Cowboy Curtis (a very young Laurence Fishburne!), Reba the mail lady, Captain Carl, Magic Screen, Conky, Globey, Chairry, Pterri, Randy, and all the rest. Of course, it also has Paul Reubens, creator of the show and the title character.
A while back, someone gave me one of the DVD box sets. This was actually years before I had my son. Now, he’s the one that has it in regular rotation and it’s completely awesome. It’s perfect for all ages!
Pee-wee’s Playhouse: The Complete Series will be available starting October 21, 2014. If you’re not ready to fork over the $149.99 (MSRP), just say “Mecka-lecka hi, Mecka-hiney ho,” and order the four-disc Pee-wee’s Playhouse: Seasons One and Two DVD set, which will be released the same day.