In September, Sesame Workshop stated that they were considering the possibility of releasing "classic" Sesame Street material on DVD. Sesame Workshop said they wanted to release a DVD with "classic" Sesame Street material at some point in time, but they said not to expect anything anytime soon due to (as they said) necessary development time, many legalities and several other organizational issues that would need to be addressed first.
I've contacting Sesame Workshop about the issue of "classic" Sesame Street on DVD, and I've been waiting for some development or further information on the potential project. I am happy to say that there is now a light at the end of the tunnel. Recently I received the following response from Sesame Workshop on the issue:
So there you go; that says it all! The first DVD box set of "classic" Sesame Street material should be release (if all goes as planned) in October, 2006 (just less than five-months). There are no further details on the set available at this time, but I'll be sure to keep you all updated as more information is reviled on this exciting upcoming release.
Thank you for your inquiry. We are planning to release a "Sesame Street Nostalgia Box Set", however this is something that will not happen until October '06.
In the meantime, we released a boxed set of The Electric Company in February '06, and there are plans for a second volume of The Electric Company as well.
Sony Wonder is our domestic licensee for audio and home video products. I would encourage you to visit their website (http://www.sonywonder.com/) where you can peruse titles and purchase products. There are various (25th, 30th, and 35th) anniversary editions available, which feature classic clips, as well as some "best of" titles, which feature specific characters.
I hope that this has been helpful. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any further questions, comments, or concerns.