IN PARALLEL WITH the release of Survivors series one on DVD in 2003, DD Video issued the first series on PAL VHS - the third time in ten years that series one had been made available on sell-through video.
The videos were issued as three VHS double-packs, with each cassette containing two episodes (and the sixth and final tape offering the concluding three episodes of the series).
The double-packs were made available individually, and also as a box-set of six cassettes (in a plain-black cardboard container).
By 2003, interest in the sell-through video format was already fast waning, and this third VHS release for Survivors first series was inevitably overshadowed by the parallel DVD release (which was accompanied by a full-colour booklet and a range of special features; neither of which the video release offered).
By the following year, when series two of Survivors was released on DVD, there was no parallel VHS release - confirmation of how modest the previous year's VHS sales had been. DD Video's re-release of the first series on VHS brought to an the decade-long life of Survivors on retail video.
Like the original series one VHS release (by BBC Worldwide) and the first series one re-release (by Sovereign Video), copies of the series one DD Video release regularly appear on online auction sites - although the DD Video release is the rarest of the three.
Cite this web page
Cross, R. (2021). 'The DD Video re-release,' [online] Survivors: A World Away, 31 January. Available at: https://www.survivors-mad-dog.org.uk/a-world-away/Basics_DDHE_VHS.php. Accessed on: 26 May 2022.
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