Many thanks to Soap scholar (what the heck, he’s earned the title by now) Jeff K. for calling our attention to the fact that Sony is reportedly going to release Season 2 of Benson through its manufacture-on-demand service next month. After my flameout yesterday over the Lionsgate/Hunger Games/Oxfam baloney, it seemed only right that I give equal time to a potential solution to the screening of those hard-to-find Soap videos.
From what I understand, MOD is basically print-on-demand for video properties, the legal equivalent of your buddy burning you a copy of a program or film on their computer. No packaging, but you at least have a chance to see media that otherwise would be lost to the ages.
Naturally our thoughts here turn to all of those little lost Soap gems, especially the compilation episodes. As all media seems to be moving toward online distribution, this actually makes a great deal of sense. This could even be an opportunity for Sony to go back and release the full-versions of the Soap episodes (as opposed to the truncated syndication episodes they released on DVD) without incurring much in the way of additional cost.
I’ll buy the first round of Hoop-De-Ha if this actually gets off the ground…