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Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by Robert Crawford, Sep 18, 2019.
The whole "Hallmark detested these shows and destroyed the masters" thing is pre-internet, though.
Well folks, Amazon is back to their usual p—-ing contest with Warner.
I carted a copy (using the provided link on this thread) yesterday with a release date of Oct 7th. Today it shows up as “Currently Unavailable”.
The deal was made in 1995 and the Internet was around then. I know because that was the first year my Dad let me use it in his office.
This is unlike the Universal fire, which was criminal negligence but never proven to be deliberate. Hallmark wasn't the only non-fan* because apparently the news was greeted with schadenfreude in some quarters of the animation industry (read: insider-inclusive Facebook groups years after the fact). Still, they hampered the ability of anyone entitled to money to get any money out of the shows. Why was there never a lawsuit over it? What else did they destroy?
*Happy now, Animaniacs? If WB ever has trouble remastering you in HD because someone pinched pennies at the expense of negatives (Spielberg forbid), don't come crying to me.
I guess what I meant to say, then, was this was before the internet was mainstream.
As for why Hallmark did some of the things they did, it helps to know that while they were syndicating these shows outside of the USA, they were flagrantly not paying any royalties to those entitled to receive them (namely, the writers).
There was a lawsuit (filed by the WGA), and the WGA won, mainly on the strength of the printed and videotaped evidence I supplied to Russell Bates (who had a personal interest in prevailing).
I saw that too. I’m just going to order from Warner. I’ve had enough. Fuck Amazon.
I hate to say it, but I'm starting to like eBay better now that they let you buy stuff without an account.
Great news! I'm so glad Warner decided for a physical media release. For a while there, I was worried that it would be streaming only.
I wonder if the Blu-ray will include this restoration doc as an extra...
Anyone know if anything is up with this title? I didn't see it listed on the Warner site now, and at amazon they said shipping might take up to 4 weeks.
One would hope that would be the very least they could include! Given all the film trims, etc. that seem to have been discovered (as covered in that documentary) I would hope they'd really push the boat out a little farther than that and include some deleted and/or behind the scenes film. Given the state of TVonDVD (and blu-ray) these days, though, we should probably keep our expectations far below what we got, for instance, on Battlestar Galactica.
Amazon has that same estimate for all new WAC titles due to ongoing "issues" that they don't wish to disclose. It's nothing out of the ordinary.
Amazon said my copy would arrive on the 10th. On the 10th, they said it would arrive between Oct 31-Nov 17. Then it arrived on Sunday, Oct 13. Haven’t watched it but it is here.