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Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by Adam T, May 2, 2003.
I was checking the A&E Home Video site and I noticed this little note in the description.
Well, that's too bad. I've always regretted not watching this series, and was happy that the DVD set would be an ideal opportunity to catch up. If there's an episode missing I'll be passing on this, especially as the price isn't as reasonable as similar sets from companies like Fox, and it doesn't offer much in the way of bonus materials (only one or two commentary tracks, IIRC).
My guess is that there's a rights problem with the episode, possibly a disgruntled contributor, or an unclearable music track.
Incidentally, I think the episode's title is I'll be Watching You.
So, are any A&E TV sets complete these days? This is getting ridiculous. No sale, plain and simple.
I'm not buying either. And I would otherwise.
Anyone know why this ep isn't included? IMDB and Epguides.com give no indication there's anything remarkable about it and I can't imagine how the rights would get seperated from the rest of the series.
The price is another strike. It's $100 instead of the $60 which seems to be the standard. This is too high, IMHO. This isn't the X-Files or Star Trek where you have hordes of people who will snap it up no matter how it's priced. An $80 MSRP like Xena is the most it could get away with, IMHO.
No, I don't know why it's missing.
But let's explore what we DO know. Let's start with the synopsis (courtesy of TVTome.com, who refers to the episode by the title I understand is proper, "I'll Be Watching You"):
Hmmm..."Jack-of-all-trades": maybe there's legal hassles with Bruce Campbell!
Seriously, and jokes aside: could there be an issue with one of the guest stars? Some rights hassle with part of the soundtrack (any musical numbers in this episode?). Anything in there ring a bell along these lines?
I have never watched the show, but I must admit this has gotten me curious!
Per the imdb, the guest stars were Casey Biggs, Karen Austin, Mark Hicks, Tuesday Knight, Jason Rainwater and Scott Williamson.
I doubt Casey was the problem as he was on DS9 and X-Files and they've had no problems releqsing those.
Karen Austin also was on DS9 and a bunch of other shows that had no problem getting to DVD.
Mark Hicks is primarily a stuntman, so it seems unlikely he'd be a prima donna about acting.
Tuesday Knight was in X-Files and a bunch of smaller stuff. She doesn't seem a likely candidate to hold out either.
Jason Rainwater hasn't been in much. He's not in anythign altely, so it's not like he has a professional reputation to maintain. Could be him.
Scott Williamson also has an extensive guest-starring history, so probably not him either.
I can't find a soundtrack listing, but I would assume if a musician held out for money they'd just find a reasonably-priced alternate song. So either it was Jason Rainwater, one of the other actors held out for the same amount of money they got for X-Files and Star Trek or it's something else entirely.
Lets not punish A&E for something that is most likely not their fault. Give them credit even mentioning that that episode wasn't included! There's plenty of publishers out there that wouldn't have.
Strong agreement here, Mark!
Well, it's not like people wouldn't have noticed.
Don't know if anyone else knows, but it seems the episode "I'll be missing you" has music by the Police and it seems sting or whoever owns the rights wanted a lot for the song that was used.
Can't they replace the music? I checked allmusic.com and it seems the song has been covered plenty. If you can't get the rights to a song, don't you normally see if you can find a cover?
F###### music issues again, arrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Someday I am thinking that DVD release rights will be negotiated when the show is filmed.
That would solve the musical rights issues from the start!
Blu, that's already begun. But it's too late for older shows made previous to the TV-on-DVD era.