‘Back nine’ Glee DVD to be sold, but no extras

Glee fans and fellow Gleeks, listen up. Fox has revealed that on Sept. 14, when it issues Glee – The Complete 1st Season on DVD and high-def Blu-ray, it also will be issuing a separate DVD featuring only the “back nine” episodes from spring. It’s doing this for the many people who already purchased last fall’s first 13 episodes as Glee — Season 1, Volume 1: Road to Sectionals, which went on sale last December.

One hitch — well, two. First, as with last fall’s 13 episodes, the spring’s nine episodes only will come in the DVD format, with no Blu-ray. More importantly, if you ask me, is that the spring episodes on DVD, unlike the fall episodes sold separately already, will have no — count ’em — extra features.

That won’t matter when it comes to the extras that were featured on the fall season’s DVD, which will be reprised on The Complete 1st Season set. But it will matter with such new extras for the full-season set as Glee Music Video, Glee Music Jukebox, Glee Sing-Along Karaoke, Staying in Step With Glee, Sue’s Corner, Behind the Scenes of ‘The Power of Madonna,’ Making of a Showstopper and Bite Their Style: Dress Like Your Favorite Gleek.

If you already bought the first 13 episodes, what do you do? Well, the best you can do, if you want it all, is to use Fox’s offer of a $10 Glee-bate (rebate) for those who already bought the first set when you buy The Complete 1st Season. Of its 22 episodes, you’ll get 13 that you already have, but you’ll also get the new extras that you don’t have.

That’s not quite a wash, since The Complete 1st Season retails for $20 more on DVD than the upcoming “back nine” set. But at least you’ll get all those extra features. Are they worth an extra $10 and the trouble you must go to to get your rebate? That’s your question to answer.

One other big difference in this complex marketing setup: When Glee’s first 13 episodes hit DVD last December, it was soon after the show’s fall season finale. There was almost no waiting. But the wait will be over three months between Glee’s spring season finale on June 8 and the DVD and Blu-ray release of its entire first season, including the spring back nine, on Sept. 14.

I suspect that wait is because Glee will be showing all summer on Fox in reruns (7 p.m. CST Thursdays). When those shows have run their course, then they’ll all go on sale.

Makes sense — unless, like me, you want them for your home video collection now.

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