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We're Dyin' for 'The Fugitive'

We want ''The Fugitive''on DVD now -- Why the 1960s series is so worthy of a disc

We want ''The Fugitive''on DVD now

And Richard Kimble thought the one-armed man was elusive — try getting even a hint of when we might see The Fugitive's original 1960s run on DVD. The TV show's old-school brand of suspense is still addictive: David Janssen's kicked-dog delivery as Kimble, Barry Morse's anal-retentive relentlessness as Lieutenant Gerard, and that torturous succession of semi-intentionally seriocomic near-captures. Alas, when Harrison Ford's feature-film version hit theaters 13 years ago this month, we were pre-DVD, or we undoubtedly would have seen a tie-in release of the show. Just think of the bonus opportunities: commentary from surviving cast and crew, maybe a documentary on the show's parallels to the infamous Sam Sheppard murder case. ''The series was actually based on Les Misérables, '' says Morse, 88, sounding game for an audio track or two. ''But it was before the musical, so that comparison wasn't often drawn.'' With Tim Daly's 2000-01 CBS revival so lukewarmly received that its cliff-hanger ending was never resolved, putting the original on disc doesn't seem to be a top priority for current rights-holder Paramount. ''It's under discussion, but there's no date set for it yet,'' says a studio exec. Until then, The Fugitive continues to top our Most Wanted list.

Originally posted Aug 11, 2006 Published in issue #891-892 Aug 18, 2006 Order article reprints