I just finished watching the show on Antenna TV and I got angry all over again at what has happened with a possible DVD release of it. I hadn't seen it for awhile and I forgot what a great show it is. I remember watching it first run from the pilot on. Pardon the childish sounding diatribe, but I'm way tired of this music rights preventing release crap. I release everything is a business, but things have gotten ridiculous. Felix Unger hums a few bars of a song nobody even remembers and it has to be replaced due to rights problems. Are you freakin kidding me? Further Maude releases are unreleased due to music rights. What? Somebody is overcharging Sony for a tiny handful of songs heard during the entire run. Sunset Strip and Hawaiian Eye are held up cause some moron wants too much money for a bunch of nightclub covers of standards anyone under 70 doesn't even remember. I'm truly tired of it. We classic TV fans pay the price because owners to the rights of obsolete archiaic music are so greedy. That's just flat not right.
dont let it upset you too much. you will get most of the shows that you want. both sides will eventually work out deals, so that each can make some money.
we just saw this with the wonder years.
there may be a few holdouts with each show, but a 90% clearance rate is phenomenal.
there are many winners and a few losers.
the replacement of music is one thing, but the editing of the dialog is a whole other issue - at least for you guys with wkrp.
plus, most of these good shows stand fine without the music.
as long as the replacement makes sense.
any business model that puts a dollar worth to their song is a horrible failure, from a reality standpoint.
a realistic worth of the song is to ascertain how much said song can bring in.
if said song is in a mediocre tv show that is only gonna garner in some sales, the measure of the song's worth is based solely on that revenue.
the same song in a hit show that will make a lot more has more worth in that show.
a flat fee for a song is totally out of whack.
and i dont buy the argument for a second that it brings down the value of the song in other circles. that isnt how capitalism works.
the music rights holders also better take a stern look at just how important their song is to the worth of the show.
music is a rather small part of the overall picture. not miniscule, but certainly nowhere close to the video portion of it.
for example, one of the scenes that i posted from the wonder years was really neat, with kevin and winnie dancing to a very nice romantic song.
but the truth of the matter is that i could pick 100+ other songs that are equally romantic, and equally nice.
and to be honest, i would never know that the music had even been replaced, upon second watching.
so while i would prefer to keep the show totally original, the only real losers are the music holdouts.
the message that the wonder years displays is still the same, because of the writing, acting, etc.