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WKRP on DVD ... or is it?

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WKRP on DVD ... or is it?

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Wed Apr 11, 2007 10:31 am

The reviews are in and it would appear to be as bad as anyone would have imagined.

Most original music replaced.
Entire scenes deleted.
Some episodes are the 22-minute syndicated versions.
Even Jennifer's doorbell chime has been replaced!

BOO!

I will NOT be buying this and neither should you.

More here.
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Postby bluethedog » Wed Apr 11, 2007 10:38 am

Oh man, even the "Patton" echo for Carlson's kid.

That is fucking harsh.
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Postby supaunknown » Wed Apr 11, 2007 10:55 am

Tough call for Fox - either pay thru the nose for the original song rights and then charge a mint per dvd set, or cut corners and keep the cost down hoping that more people will buy the generic version. I wonder how much market research they did before deciding which route to go? Seems like there would be a market for BOTH versions - one boutique / one bargain.
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Postby bluethedog » Wed Apr 11, 2007 11:16 am

Hey Wags I just read the 2nd link. The blogger talks about being corrected that the first song played by Fever was not Layla but was a Ted Nugent song.

Uh, I sure as hell remember it being Layla. I could be wrong; do they sound similar? I would have seen the original broadcast and wonder if they replaced Layla with the Nugent song sometime after that (and are now replacing the Nugent song with something even cheaper).

I got time, I'll google it and see if I can find anything.
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Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Wed Apr 11, 2007 12:56 pm

bluethedog wrote:Hey Wags I just read the 2nd link. The blogger talks about being corrected that the first song played by Fever was not Layla but was a Ted Nugent song.

That would make more sense, frankly, but I don't honestly remember.

supaunknown wrote:Seems like there would be a market for BOTH versions - one boutique / one bargain.

Damn straight.
I actually understand the difficulties and costs involved in securing the music rights for some of this stuff, so I'd willingly pay a somewhat exorbitant fee for the original, uncut, unedited episodes.
$100 or so for the real deal seems reasonable to me.
As it stands, I like the show enough (and my wife barely knows it) that I'll likely Netflix it, but I'm really loathe to actually purchase this thing because A) I hate to encourage such practices and B) there's always the chance they'll do it right in the future and I hate buying things twice (I'm looking at you, two completely different Who's Next reissues with different bonus cuts released within a couple years of each other!)
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Postby mrak » Wed Apr 11, 2007 4:24 pm

Wow. It's even worse than I was expecting.

'KRP was the first TV show I can ever remember that incorporated "real" rock and pop music (i.e., songs I knew and recognized by musicians I'd heard of and recognized) into it.

It gave the show's setting a certain credibility (though not exactly realism!)

Even as I kid, I noticed that most TV shows (unlike movies) used rock/pop music I wasn't familiar with, or sometimes used recordings of songs I knew, but not by the artists that made them famous.

This DVD release sounds like an absolute disaster.

Don't miss this link-within-Wags'-link (it was broken in the blog page, here's a fixed version):

http://members.allstream.net/~jacjud/wkrpmusic.html
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Postby aaronetc » Wed Apr 11, 2007 5:42 pm

Prof. Wagstaff wrote:there's always the chance they'll do it right in the future


I know a couple people who work in the old-TV-on-DVD biz, and they indicate that the chances of this are essentially zero.
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Postby mrak » Wed Apr 11, 2007 5:54 pm

aaronetc wrote:
Prof. Wagstaff wrote:there's always the chance they'll do it right in the future


I know a couple people who work in the old-TV-on-DVD biz, and they indicate that the chances of this are essentially zero.

After this debacle, I would estimate the chances of Fox releasing even a severely compromised second-season DVD set to be about the same.
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