Release: Max Headroom Complete Series DVD

Shout! Factory released Max Headroom: The Complete Series on DVD on Aug. 10, 2010. The TV show is in a collectible 5-DVD box set with 3D lenticular exterior packaging, including all 14 episodes as well as a payload of exclusive bonus features, all for a suggested retail price of $49.97.

The landmark 1980s television satire explored the television industry through the unique view of a science-fiction lens, featuring quirky visuals and adventurous, timely plotlines. One of the first TV series aimed at the video/computer generation, Max Headroom, starring Matt Frewer, W. Morgan Sheppard, Jeffrey Tambor and Amanda Pays, found instant fan support from the moment it debuted on ABC as a mid-season replacement in 1987, and instantly attracted a cult following. It returned in the fall and ran for several more months until 1988.

With its fast-paced irreverence and witty writing, the TV show delved into all aspects of the television business, from political advertising to televangelism, news coverage and the ratings game – all laced with a cynically comic edge. And Max, the first computer-enhanced celebrity, was the undisputed star of the innovative but short-lived series.

As is its method, Shout! Factory equipped the set with an impressive array of newly produced supplements:

  • “Live On Network 23: The Story of Max Headroom with co-creators/directors Annabel Jankel and Rocky Morton, co-creator George Stone, executive producer Peter Wagg, producer Brian Frankish and writers Steve Roberts and Michael Cassutt sharing their stories
  • “Looking Back at the Futurediscussion with Amanda Pays, Jeffrey Tambor, Concetta Tomei and Chris Young, moderated by Max Headroom superfan and creator of The Middleman Javier Grillo-Marxuach.
  • “The Big-Time Blanks” with Morgan Sheppard and Concetta Tomei reflecting on Max Headroom and the friendship that has endured over the 20+ years since the series’ cancellation.
  • “The Science Behind the Fiction with co-creator George Stone revealing his own philosophies and technology’s role in the creation of Max Headroom.
  • “Producing Dystopia” in which producer Brian Frankish recounts the chaotic and rewarding task of producing a series set 20 Minutes into the Future.
  • “The Writers Remember” with executive story editor Steve Roberts and story editor Michael Cassutt sharing their stories of writing for the world’s first computer-generated TV star.


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.