Welcome to my
site on “Home Improvement,” the one-of-a-kind family sitcom
which aired on ABC for eight seasons from September 17, 1991 to May 25, 1999. Use the links above to visit a specific section of this site. For a description of the series click here.
March 13, 2007 – Season 6 is coming to DVD on May 15th and at a much lower price. You can preorder the 3-disc set for just $17.49 from Amazon.com. You can also read the press release for more information at UltimateDisney.com.
August 28, 2006 – UltimateDisney.com has revealed that the Complete Fifth Season of our beloved “Home Improvement” will be coming to DVD on November 14th. A look at the cover art appears above, while Amazon.com is now accepting preorders at $27.99, 30% off the list price.
March 16, 2006 – Thanks to UltimateDisney.com, we have a look at the Complete Fourth Season DVD’s cover. They also inform us that the 3-disc Season 4 set will be released on June 6th and will include an exciting new bonus feature: a never-before-seen blooper reel. You can now preorder the Season 4 DVD at Amazon.com for 30% off.
March 2, 2006 – UltimateDisney.com reports that the first three seasons of “Home Improvement” DVDs will undergo temporary price reductions in late May, to coincide with Father’s Day and the release of The Complete Fourth Season. No date or details have yet been set, but we’ll likely see Season 4 of “Home Improvement” released near the end of May or the beginning of June. Be sure to keep visiting UltimateDisney.com to get fast, accurate news and detailed reviews on “Home Improvement” DVDs.
July 23, 2005 – According to UltimateDisney.com and Amazon, the Complete Third Season of “Home Improvement” will be released to DVD on November 22, 2005. The 3-disc set will contain all 25 episodes from the 1993-94 season and is priced $10 cheaper than the first two seasons. You can preorder Home Improvement: The Complete Third Season for just $27.99 from Amazon.com.
June 4, 2005 – The Complete Second Season comes to DVD on Tuesday! Preorder now or read UltimateDisney.com’s 2-page review.
May 13, 2005 – Home Improvement: The Complete Second Season comes to DVD next month. Unfortunately, it sounds like the only bonus feature will be “Loose Screws Part 2”, another reel of highlights from the season like what was on Season 1. Meanwhile, Ultimate Disney has cover art for Season 3, which they say is probably coming out on DVD by the end of the year.
February 22, 2005 – Disney has announced that the Second Season “Home Improvement” DVD will be released on June 7, 2005. Amazon.com has the 3-disc set up for preorder at 30% off. You can see the planned cover art above. There aren’t any details about special features yet.
November 20, 2004 – At last, the first season of “Home Improvement” comes to DVD on Tuesday! You can buy it from Amazon.com for 30% off and get free shipping. UltimateDisney.com has posted a 2-page review of the DVD.
September 14, 2004 – The “Home Improvement” Complete First Season DVD artwork has been released by Disney, and can be seen above. If that picture of Tim looks familiar, it’s the same one used on my mock Season 1 art (scroll down to see). Wilson’s on the spine. The DVD’s audio commentaries will feature “Home Improvement” co-creators/executive producers Carmen Finestra and David McFadzean. You can preorder the 3-disc Season 1 DVD set at Amazon.com, where it is 30% off and free to ship.
August 18, 2004 – It is official now! Disney has announced that the first “Home Improvement” DVD season set will be released on November 23. The 3-disc set will contain all 24 Season One episodes, plus audio commentaries from the show’s creators and “Loose Screws”, a compilation of the show’s funniest moments. Suggested retail price is $49.99, but you can now pre-order it from Amazon.com for just $34.99 (30% off) and free shipping. UltimateDisney.com has posted the press release on the long-awaited “Home Improvement” DVD here.
May 28, 2004 – Finally, the news we’ve all been waiting for. “Home Improvement” is coming to DVD…in season sets! Season 1 is scheduled for November 30, 2004. More information is available at UltimateDisney.com. More details at they come in!
December 30, 2003 – Yes, the sad news you may have heard about is unfortunately true. Earl Hindman, who for eight seasons played the wise and mysterious neighbor Wilson Wilson on “Home Improvement”, passed away Monday, December 29 at a hospital in Stamford, Connecticut at the age of 61. Hindman died of lung cancer.
Put “Home Improvement” on DVD!
Surely, the studio that’s putting out season sets of “Felicity” can do the same for their all-time top-rated show, right?
You may get your “Sanford and Son” and “Married…with Children” season sets…but this is about “Home Improvement” – THE family sitcom of the ’90s. Need I remind Disney and you the reader of how popular this show was…
1991-92: Ranked 5th among All TV Programs (4th among non-news programs), First Season
1992-93: Ranked 3rd among All TV Programs (2nd among non-news programs), Second Season; Forces “Seinfeld” to move to Thursday nights because it OWNS Wednesdays
1993-94: The #1 Non-News Program in the Nation, 2nd only to “60 Minutes”, Third Season;
1994-95: Ranked 3rd among all TV Programs, Fourth Season;
1995-96: Ranked 7th among all TV programs, 5th-highest sitcom, Fifth Season;
1996-97: Ranked 9th among all TV programs, 7th-highest sitcom, Sixth Season;
1997-98: Ranked 11th among all TV programs, 6th-highest sitcom, Seventh Season;
1998-99; Ranked 10th among all TV programs, 5th-highest sitcom, 8th & Final Season;
I’m not making this stuff up…check the records! More of the DVD-buying public watched the first five seasons of “Home Improvement” than any other TV show in those years.
Currently, it’s among the 20 most-watched Syndicated TV programs.
What’s the hold up, Disney? Put “Home Improvement” on DVD…IN COMPLETE SEASON SETS!
Maybe in time for Christmas? After all, wouldn’t it be wonderful to unwrap this among the presents underneath the tree…
Finally, I’ve updated the Home Improvement Store, with links to buy various books, CDs, and DVDs related to the show and its cast members.
March 4, 2003 – Word from Tim himself is that both Public Enemy and StarChild are still in various stages of development. In addition, it appears that The Santa Clause 3 is only in planning stages, unlike the Father Knows Best film, which seems a-go. Still no air date set for the Retrospective and no release date set for the Home Improvement DVD(s). As for the rest of the cast, you may wonder:
Patricia Richardson (Jill) can be seen 9 PM Sunday nights on Lifetime’s drama “Strong Medicine.” Earl Hindman (Wilson) has recently been playing Julius Caesar in the Shakespeare play in New York City. Richard Karn (Al Borland) can be seen regularly as the host of “Family Feud” which runs in syndication. Debbe Dunning (Heidi) had a role in Now You Know, a comedy marking the writing/directing debut of Kevin Smith film regular Jeff Anderson. Zachery Ty Bryan (who’s apparently dropped the “Ty”) appeared in an episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” last fall. His television brother, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, also made a fall TV appearance, on “Smallville.” And Taran (Noah) Smith, who played the Taylors’ youngest son Mark, is apparently happily married now.
Meanwhile, Tim Allen has plans to star in Paramount’s film remake of television’s “Father Knows Best”, in the title role. Also, Tim is close to penning a new 2-film deal with Disney, which is expected to include a Santa Clause 3 film, to arrive in theaters possibly next year. Read more about this.
No update on the “Home Improvement” DVD situation, except that many fans have been voicing their desire for complete season sets, rather than selected episodes in a “Best Of” disc. Hopefully, Disney will reconsider their release strategy.
January 26, 2003 – Friday night in California, Tim Allen, Richard Karn, and Debbe Dunning were on hand to tape “The User’s Guide to Home Improvement”, a special retrospective of our favorite show for ABC. The special is scheduled to air during either Februrary or May sweeps and contains a mix of questions and answers, reflections, and clips from the show. During the night, HI‘s executive producer Carmen Finestra confirmed that a DVD with the ten best “Home Improvement” episodes would be coming at some point in the near future. While any “Home Improvement” on DVD is more than welcome, let’s hope that this is just a market-test to preceed complete season sets, like most other TV shows are receiving from studios. Of course, it’s a bit disappointing to only have 10 episodes on DVD…and who determines which are the best?
January 4, 2003 – Happy New Year! Word is that Disney is planning to release just ten episodes of “Home Improvement” to DVD in the near future. I recommend e-mailing Disney’s marketing department ([email protected]) and letting them know you would prefer complete Season Sets. Seems odd that BVHE would even consider releasing anything other than season sets, with TV seasons selling as well on DVD as they are now (The Simpsons, X-Files, Mad About You Disney’s own Sports Night, etc.). In more positive news, the “Home Improvement” retrospective is tentatively scheduled to tape on January 24, and to air on ABC on February 20th. Richard Karn and Debbe Dunning are expected to join Tim Allen for the taping. Tickets are not yet available.
Check out TVTome.com, where you can rate “Home Improvement” episodes and read synopses of all the episodes, and see what episodes are the most beloved.
November 4, 2002 – Tim Allen’s new film, The Santa Clause 2 opened #1 at the box-offices this weekend, earning $29 million and handily defeating competition I Spy. With regards to the Home Improvement Retrospective that was supposed to be taped today, that has been pushed back to January, to most likely air in May. For more info and tickets, visit tvtickets.com.
More news…new Discussion Board is now up and running: HI Zone Forum, though empty and to be formatted and spruced up soon. Still other news, if you missed A & E’s one-hour “TVography” special on HI, it will be re-airing at Midnight EST. Or you can buy it on video for $19.95 from AandE.com’s store. Finally, Jonathan Taylor Thomas will be appearing in November 19’s episode of “Smallville”. Don’t miss it.
October 20, 2002 – I don’t know if you can take two great news items within a week, but there is more information to support a release of “Home Improvement” on DVD next year. Lori MacPherson, the VP of brand marketing for Disney’s Buena Vista Home Entertainment Department is quoted in a Video Store Magazine article about the popularity of Television shows on the DVD format. Ms. MacPherson says, Once we see how the actual sales go [referring to the first wave of BV television releases, this November’s Sports Night, Felicity and Time & Again], well start planning the next wave of releases. We have a lot of great properties to choose from, including Home Improvement [emphasis added] and The Golden Girls. We also have Miramax as part of the family, and they recently acquired The Osbournes.
ARCHIVE – Click here for all past News Updates (from November 1999 to October 2002) – Santa receives G rating, HI coming to DVD?; Official Santa 2 website launched; Tim films come to DVD; Tim’s in Big Trouble, as his official website is launched; 2002 New Year’s greeting, Joe Somebody flops; Joe Somebody official site opens, Tim drops out of the Cat in the Hat; Joe Somebody trailer; Santa Clause 2 ready to start production plus an update on Tim’s projects; Big Trouble delayed & other Fall movie news; Big Trouble site up and running, new Monsters Inc. trailer; Big Trouble receives a PG13 rating; Big Trouble release date announced; New status update on Tim’s films; New Big Trouble content: pictures and a page; New section: Ultimate Guide to Disney DVD; Latest on Tim’s upcoming films; New Galaxy Quest sound clips added; New Year’s update; Christmas wishes and news update on The Santa Clause 2; Toy Story DVDs burn up sales charts, Tim at the Grinch premiere; Update on comprehensive TS2 page; Video event of the year–Toy Story and Toy Story 2 arrive on DVD to rave reviews; HI Zone Store completely updated; Kenny Rogers’ song from the HI series finale “We’ve Got It All” finally available to download; Galactic sales numbers for Buzz Lightyear, plus Universal hopes to move forward with Tim Allen as Cat in the Hat; Buzz Lightyear comes to video and DVD; Tim Allen to star in The Santa Clause…Part Two; Toy Story DVD update; Toy Story & Toy Story 2 DVD announcement; Tim Allen wins Best Actor at Saturn Awards; Toy Story 2 VHS announced; Information on Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins starring Tim Allen; Jonathan Taylor Thomas’ Speedway Junky; Tim Allen is in Big Trouble; My brief Galaxy Quest DVD review; May 1 update; New section: Everything You Wanted to Know about Toy Story 2, video and DVD to come this October; New poster store and Cletis Tout news; Details on video and DVD for new Buzz Lightyear movie plus Toy Story 2 MTV Award nominations; Hopeless Disney DVD cause; GQ coming soon to video, what about TS2; Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards coverage; JTT to guest-star on Ally McBeal; Two more praise-filled DVD reviews for GQ; Another positive GQ DVD review, Tim recovers; Galaxy Quest rave DVD review, Debbe Dunning’s new movie, Tim on Comedy Central, Kids’ Choice Awards contest, Toy Story 2 comes up empty at awards, Tim Allen’s latest film, Cletis Tout; Toy Story 2 and the awards scene; Galaxy Quest up for 10 Saturn Awards, Toy Story 2 also gets two nominations; Time to vote for Nick’s Kids Choice Awards; Specifics on the Toy Story Collector’s Edition DVDs, Toy Story 2 at the Nick Kids’ Choice Awards; GQ DVD a best-seller, good news from Disney on Toy Story DVDs, new Buzz Lightyear TV cartoon; Galaxy Quest available to pre-order on video and DVD; TNT Rough Cut Awards and Tim article; Lyrics to Toy Story songs finished but having problems with that TS2 Desktop Theme; Dreamworks announces Galaxy Quest DVD release; introducing the new download center and DVD pages; Jim Varney (Ernest,
voice of Slinky in Toy Story movies) passes away at age 50; Jonathan Taylor Thomas’ Tonight Show appearance and Showtime movie; Toy Story DVD contest details; New Gold Collection video of Toy Story now available; Toy Story will come to DVD; New pages finished; Huge New Year’s Update; Tim Allen’s latest project…
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