Seinfeld dvd episodes edited?

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  1. Justin Bauer

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    Does anyone know if the episodes on the DVDs will be the original airings or the edited ones that run in syndication.

    I am tired of watching these episodes with 5 secs here and there cut out for no real reason.
     
  2. Scott_F_S

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    Well, there is a real reason, to squeeze in another commercial or two.

    But to answer your question, they should be the original, uncut episodes. That's pretty much the way all TV on DVD is being released.
     
  3. Jeff Jacobson

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    But there are some exceptions. Family Guy volume 1 has edited episodes. Kung Fu has the top and bottom of the image chopped off.
     
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    In a perfect world I would agree with you, and maybe since the show is only 15 yrs old (I can't believe it's that old already), chances are good that we'll be getting complete, uncut episodes. However, I must point out that older shows have been released edited here and there, either for politically correct reasons (Jonny Quest), or because the master source they used was the syndicated versions of the shows (Lost In Space, Sanford and Son, Soap...just a few examples of TV shows on DVD missing some scenes).
     
  5. David Lambert

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    With Jerry personally involved, and with so much scrutiny on this title, I would be surprised if there was any edits that they tried to slip past the fans.


    Not to say it couldn't happen, because it could. But I think we're talking about Star-Trek-levels of rabid fandom here, so the studio ought to watch their step on this one.
     
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    Johnny Quest was edited for political correctness on the DVD's?

    Wouldnt it be mostly adults who grew up with the series purchasing it at the $50 Price tag?

    I would think the fans would want the un-edited versions they grew up with if available.

    Sort of like the Disney treasures and Song of the South.

    I can see if they are playing on tv or whatever where many kids have access.

    But, for the high price of some of these DVD sets which adults are paying, these should be in their proper forms if available.
     
  7. Mike Williams

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    I would certainly think we'll be getting complete, unedited episodes, precisely as they ran first run. My only concern is whether we'll be getting the Puerto Rican Day Parade episode, where Kramer accidently sets the Puerto Rican flag on fire and then throws it on the ground and stomps on it to put the fire out. The episode was extremely controversial and has never aired other than it's first run. I wonder if it will make it on the DVD.
     
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    Really? That would be a shame as that has never been a problem in the UK showings. I have seen this episode loads of times and is very funny.
     
  9. Mark_Johnson

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    No, it has been aired many times since then. Even the part with the stomping of the flag. After other networks got rights for syndication, they started showing it in its original form. It was just NBC that decided to shelve it after the controversy. They play it on UPN and TBS all the time.
     
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    I hope they are edited!
    The only reason I've been buying the Friends DVDs is because almost every episode has extended/deleted scenes.

    I assume that these are the original final edits before being cut down for timing reasons.

    I remember during the last season of Seinfeld, in some interview or other, it was mentioned that Seinfeld episodes sometimes ran up to 10 minutes too long before being edited down.

    If I were running things I'd've made the DVD edit and stored it in a hermetically sealed box and then cut it down to the aired version for the network.

    Obviously the worst case scenario is that they all drag as much as the finale, but I think that's a case of the network telling them to cram in every single second. I would imagine that a normal DVD edit of that episode would have been trimmed for boredom, but still have a few more bits in it than the syndicated version.

    Certainly the aired version could have been turned into a three-parter for syndication. The fact that it's two episodes in syndication really makes it much more watchable. "It's not that bad" is what I find myself saying when re-watching the finale in syndication.

    So here's to 32 minutes Seinfeld episodes on the DVD!

    Who's with me?
     
  11. Ryan Wishton

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    Misha,

    Not that kind of editing.

    We are talking about how the episodes originally aired on the network.

    In other words, we dont want hacked down syndication episodes and all of our episodes cut due to political correctness. Most of us are adults and we dont need to be told by others (If it's the MPAA or whatever) what we should be paying for and seeing. I mean it's not like were talking about hardcore porn for example. Unless this was a deleted scene. lol.

    We want them as how they originally aired on NBC.

    The kinds of scenes you are talking about should only be made available as extras.

    No one is expecting 45 minute and 1 hour episodes for every single one.

    We only expect these to be the episodes we remember watching back when they were on the network.
     
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    Only NBC said they would never play the Puerto Rican day episode again, it would be up to the syndicated stations after if they chose to run it. I've seen that episode in my area a few times since in reruns.
    I would like to see a finale with more witnesses on the stand. I'm sure they put everyone on the stand and chose what were among the best, but there must have been more.
     
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    I remember reading that Newman's first appearance in the series was just a voice over by someone other than Wayne Knight. For syndication they had Knight redub those lines. (I haven't seen this episode myself, so I don't even know if that is true.)

    I wonder how they'll handle that? Two different audio tracks?
     
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    It was originally Larry David doing the voice of Newman.

    The redubbed version with Wayne will probably be on the dvd for consistency purposes.
     
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    Well, there was the episode where Jerry's girlfriend walked around naked.[​IMG]
    But then Jerry walked around naked.[​IMG]
     
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    The first appearance of Frank Costanza was a different actor as well. His name is John Randolph. The episode was "The Handicapped Spot". The scenes with Frank were later reshot with Jerry Stiller for syndication.
     
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    Columbia TriStar pulled "The Puerto Rican Day" from the syndication rotation for about four and a half years. NBC may not have aired it in repeats that summer but they didn't have anything to do with the syndication schedule. Some local affiliates may have decided not to run it after it was put back in the rotation.

    I am certain in will be in the DVD release.

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,67058,00.html
     
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    They still play the first episode with another actor as Jerry's dad. Also, was that 1st Newman voice over where he threatens to commit suicide and you hear him yell at Kramer from outside?
     
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    I don't understand the flag controversy. He sets it on fire by accident, and Kramer being Kramer, tries to put it out the fastest way possible. And then if I remember right, he gets into trouble in the episode for doing it. So it's not exactly a disrespectful flag burning.


    Didn't know that either.

    I wasn't old enough to start watching the show until the last two seasons, but I've since seen every episode many, many times thanks to syndication. I can't wait to see the originally aired episodes.
     
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    Didn't they change Kramer's name after the pilot? Maybe I got that idea from the script book. I think they've dubbed over the name Kramer. Although wasn't there a flashback episode from when Kramer moved in and the name on his mailbox was the name from the pilot. I've confused myself now.
     

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