A CLASSIC UNCORKED - FINALLY!
Beginning with latest information, oldest status information at the bottom.
May 17, 2013:
USA: season 3 official release (remastered picture; 2 box sets).
Release details will be presented shortly.
May 13, 2013:
The FSK (German motion picture rating system organization) issued the age rating certificate for the German season 3 DVD release to WARNER HOME VIDEO Germany with a rating of 12 years on 04/22/2013.
The DVD release date will be announced shortly.
April 18, 2013:
Season 3 will be released both in the USA and in Germany in 2013. There are still some technical issues to be resolved. No definite release date has been scheduled yet, but WHV is aiming for a release early this summer. As soon as more details are available, we will publish them here.
February 22, 2013:
The picture remastering of season 3 is near completion according to the WARNER ARCHIVE COLLECTION. The box set will be released as an MOD edition in the USA in 2013. An exact release date will be scheduled in the near future.
For other regions, no update can be given at this time. However, we do expect to hear details from WARNER BROS. Entertainment (Germany) in the next few weeks and will keep you posted here.
July 23, 2012:
The WARNER ARCHIVE COLLECTION asks for some more patience concerning the season 3 release date. The season will definitely be released as an MOD edition in the USA. Due to the extensive picture remastering, an exact release date cannot be given at this time.
In the meantime, however, WARNER BROS. offers many season 3 episodes on Amazon Instant Video in their original U.S. version. These videos are not remastered and can be downloaded only by people using a U.S. IP address and with a U.S. residence and credit card.
With WARNER HOME VIDEO's current product policy for older shows and due to unsatisfactory sales of seasons 1 and 2 in total, a season 3 box release with regularly pressed discs has become rather unlikely on the German speaking market unfortunately. However, according to WHV Marketing Director KAI UWE MARNER (06/25/2012), season 3 is likely to be released as an MOD edition (manufactured on demand - burnt discs); this seems also possible for later seasons. In a conversation with DFCF President THOMAS J. PUCHER, the Marketing Director said that, compared to an MOD edition in the USA, which includes the original audio only, an MOD edition in the German speaking market is much more difficult from a technical point of view as the current MOD versions are only compatible with the DVD-5 format, which is not suitable for a second audio layer and, hence, would only allow for the German audio to be put on. The release will make sense only as soon as an MOD edition compatible with the DVD-9 format can be produced.
This means for the German speaking market:
- Season 3 will not be released before it is released in the USA.
The DFCF welcomes this decision in the interest of remastered picture quality, which the German speaking market will profit from also.
- Waiting for the technical improvements to create a DVD-9 compatible MOD edition will enable the MOD edition to be fully equipped with both German and English audio layers.
The DFCF informed WHV that, in the interest of choosing between the German dubbing and the original English audio, further delays are not welcome, but acceptable. The DFCF emphasized the importance of both audio layers for the markets in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
- The MOD release will result in a higher price per box compared to "usual" retail sales since each DVD box will be individually manufactured for a very limited target group.
March 26, 2012:
The WARNER ARCHIVE COLLECTION informed DFCF Editorial Assistant TOM TAGLIENTE about the current remastering process of season 3:
"[...] The process involved in preparing this series for release is far more complex than most, and therefore requires more time than we would have hoped. LORIMAR did not make any protection elements on most episodes, hence our colleagues have to go back to the original negatives of every episode as they are all being preserved and restored. It is unlikely that there will be any 'news' for quite some time until this work is completed [...] and we think the improvement in quality is worth waiting for. This is a case where no news is good news. We thank you for your patience and support."
"Falcon Crest DVD Release Campaign" on Facebook:
Click the "Like" button on the Facebook page to help convince WARNER BROS. to speed up the release of the remaining seasons (3 through 9).
The campaign was started by TOM TAGLIENTE in the USA and is supported by DFCF President THOMAS J. PUCHER on behalf of www.falconcrest.org.
In addition to the Facebook campaign, you may send an e-mail to the DFCF at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please specify if you are interested in the release of a particular year or all remaining seasons and let us know if your name and e-mail address may be passed on to WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT for the purpose of proving the high demand for future DVD releases.
Nov 7, 2011:
According to the WARNER ARCHIVE COLLECTION, the delay in the season 3 DVD release is caused by the current remastering process. Season 3 will be the first release with remastered picture quality.
Oct 10, 2011:
According to WARNER BROS. Entertainment (Germany), contrary to previous expectations, the Burbank headquarters did not schedule the season 3 DVDs for the German speaking markets for 2012 - despite the German division's interest in the release.
In a conversation with DFCF President THOMAS J. PUCHER, WHV Marketing Director KAI UWE MARNER regretted this development; the reasons given by the Burbank headquarters are more important other projects and limited production capacity for older shows. It was discussed if this means the discontinuation of the release. WARNER HOME VIDEO, however, stated that this is not the case. The DVD release of "Falcon Crest" is still on the agenda. Contrary to other old shows, whose DVD release was completely abolished due to weak sales (e.g. "Knots Landing"), "Falcon Crest" has not been removed from WARNER HOME VIDEO's range of products.
An early 2013 release is now aimed for.
Aug 1, 2011:
According to the WARNER ARCHIVE COLLECTION, the MOD box set release of season 3 in the USA is scheduled for spring 2012.
March 25, 2011:
SOUL MEDIA postpones the season 3 release in Denmark, Norway and Sweden for the time being because the current market statistics do not offer a reliable prognosis for sufficient sales. According to the management, this does not mean a definite stop of the DVD release; just no definite release has been scheduled yet.
According to KAI UWE MARNER, Marketing Director Non-Theatrical & Catalogue of WARNER BROS. Entertainment (Germany), chances are good for a 2012 release of the season 3 box set in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. A specific release date will not be announced earlier than in the second half of 2011 though.
The WARNER BROS. headquarters in Burbank, CA suggested that all fans, who are interested in the continuation of the DVD release, leave an entry on the WARNER ARCHIVE COLLECTION's Facebook website: www.facebook.com/warnerarchive
Dec 4, 2010:
SOUL MEDIA postpones the season 3 release in Denmark, Norway and Sweden to the second half of 2011. The exact release date will be scheduled not until the end of the first quarter of 2011.
Nov 12, 2010:
Germany, Austria and Switzerland: season 2 official release (box set).
WARNER BROS. (Spain) decided not to release future seasons in Spain at this time because of the weak sales of the season 2 DVD box set. The decision is not final and might be changed if the sales for season 2 in Spain increase significantly.
Nov 1, 2010:
The season 2 release in the Germany, Austria and Switzerland was postponed to Nov 19, 2010.
Oct 5, 2010:
WARNER BROS. (Spain) abolishes its previous plans for a kiosk edition.
Sept 21, 2010:
USA: season 2 official release (MOD box set).
Sept 9, 2010:
The season 2 MOD release in the USA was postponed to Sept 21, 2010.
Sept 7, 2010:
The season 2 MOD release in the USA was postponed to Sept 14, 2010.
Aug 31, 2010:
The season 2 MOD release in the USA was postponed to Sept 7, 2010. It will not be available in Canada.
Aug 26, 2010:
Australia: season 1 official release (box set).
Aug 24, 2010:
WARNER BROS. will release season 2 as an MOD edition in region 1 (USA and Canada) beginning Aug 31, 2010. It will be available exclusively through the Warner Bros. Online Store as discs on demand. MOD means that these DVDs are burnt (manufactured on demand), not pressed.
The packaging might differ from the European editions.
July 19, 2010:
SOUL MEDIA postpones the season 3 release in Denmark, Norway and Sweden to the first quarter of 2011.
They meanwhile purchased the rights to release all seasons in the Nordic countries.
June 7, 2010:
The season 2 release in Germany, Austria and Switzerland is now scheduled for Nov 12, 2010 according to KAI UWE MARNER, Marketing Director Non-Theatrical & Catalogue of WARNER BROS. Entertainment (Germany). Rescheduling was necessary due to a delay in getting access to the German audio.
April 20, 2010:
USA and Canada: season 1 official release (box set).
SOUL MEDIA intends to release season 3 in the Nordic countries in the last quarter of 2010.
April 7, 2010:
Sweden: season 2 official release (box set).
Feb 22, 2010:
The season 2 release in Germany, Austria and Switzerland is now scheduled for August 2010 according to SALLY LINDENBLATT, Product Manager TV Products of WARNER BROS. Entertainment (Germany).
In Spain, PLANETA DeAGOSTINI will release a kiosk collection under license from WARNER HOME VIDEO (besides the seasonal box sets). It will be distributed exclusively in kiosks in Spain. Each amaray contains four episodes. The exact date for the beginning of the weekly release will be announced soon.
Artwork improvements for season 1 DVDs in region 1:
For details, see the press release (02/22/2010) [*.pdf].
Jan 26, 2010:
Denmark and Norway: season 2 official DVD release (box sets).
www.falconcrest.org intensifies cooperation with WARNER HOME VIDEO, particularly for the improvement of the season 1 DVD box set for the release in region 1:
For details, see the press release (01/26/2010) [*.pdf].
Jan 19, 2010:
SOUL MEDIA informs the DFCF that the Swedish release of season 2 will be delayed due to the change of distribution companies in the Swedish market; the release is now scheduled for April 7, 2010.
The releases in Denmark and Norway will take place as scheduled: Jan 26, 2010.
Dec 17, 2009:
The season 1 official release in the USA and Canada is announced for April 20, 2010.
Oct 20, 2009:
Spain: season 2 official release (box set).
Oct 15, 2009:
SOUL MEDIA informs the DFCF the Nordic release of season 2 is finally scheduled for Jan 26, 2010 now.
Oct 5, 2009:
According to DIANA BEILER from WARNER BROS. Entertainment, a definite date for the season 2 release in Germany, Austria and Switzerland has not been scheduled yet because the availability of the German audio still has to be cleared.
Sept 14, 2009:
SOUL MEDIA informs the DFCF the Nordic release of season 2 was rescheduled to the first quarter of 2010 because there has been a delay in WARNER BROS.' providing the masters.
Aug 26, 2009:
Contrary to previous information, no release date for season 1 for the markets in the U.K. and Ireland has been set according to WARNER BROS. (U.K.).
Aug 19, 2009:
SOUL MEDIA informs the DFCF the Nordic release of season 2 was scheduled for Oct 19, 2009.
Aug 17, 2009:
WARNER BROS. (Spain) informs the DFCF season 2 will be released in Spain Oct 20, 2009.
SOUL MEDIA intends to release season 2 in the Nordic countries towards the end of October 2009.
June 18, 2009:
In an e-mail, SOUL MEDIA, the Scandinavian distributor for "Falcon Crest", informs DFCF President THOMAS J. PUCHER about the latest news:
Season 2 will be released in Denmark, Norway and Sweden in October 2009.
According to DIANA BEILER from WARNER BROS. Entertainment, the season 2 release in Germany, Austria and Switzerland is loosely scheduled for 2010.
May 8, 2009:
Germany, Austria and Switzerland: season 1 official release (box set).
April 24, 2009:
Denmark and Norway: season 1 official release (box sets).
April 22, 2009:
Sweden: season 1 official release (box set).
April 21, 2009:
Spain: season 1 official release (box set).
March 18, 2009:
The season 1 release for Spain was scheduled for April 21, 2009.
March 17, 2009:
The season 1 release for Sweden was scheduled for April 23, 2009.
Feb 23, 2009, 02:10 PM (CET):
In a phone conversation, DIANA BEILER informs DFCF President THOMAS J. PUCHER about the latest news:
For technical reasons, the season 1 release in Germany had to be rescheduled; it will be released finally on May 8, 2009.
Jan 26, 2009, 10:20 AM (CET):
In a phone conversation, DIANA BEILER informs DFCF President THOMAS J. PUCHER about the latest news:
Due to the overwhelming success of "Falcon Crest" particularly in Europe, the DVD release of season 1 will take place in region 2 only at this time, beginning in Germany on April 3. The next release will take place in Spain shortly after that. The release in the United Kingdom is roughly scheduled later in 2009; WARNER BROS. (U.K.) has not decided on the exact release date for their domestic market yet.
WARNER BROS. has not made a final decision yet if and when there will be a region 1 (USA & territories, Canada, Bermuda) release.
There are plans to release the following seasons on DVD also. The final decision, however, depends on the sales figures per quarter of the year, which each foreign WARNER BROS. branch has to report to the studio headquarters in Burbank, CA / USA. So it is highly important that as many fans as possible buy the season 1 DVDs as soon as possible to secure a release of the later seasons.
Current status of the technical details.
Jan 16, 2009, 08:54 AM (CET):
DIANA BEILER, Marketing Manager TV Products of WARNER BROS. Entertainment, Hamburg / Germany, informs the DFCF Board of Directors in an e-mail that season 1 will be released on DVD towards the end of April 2009. No bonus material will be included.