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TV Shows on DVD ruined by music replacement or cuts/edits: Restoring them back to original state (a project) (Update: The Andy Griffith Show: Season 3 DONE) — Page 2

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Hunter had a lot of music replacements in syndication and the DVDs, including reusing season 1's opening for season 2 for no real reason (the theme was the same, the scenes changed). Most of the music changes are understandable and nothing absolutely major, except for the two-parter in season 1 where McCall becomes a singer. The edits on that one are downright painful.
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Every Stephen J. Cannell show except The A-Team has the licensed music eradicated, right down to omitting entire episodes.

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Kikuchiyo said:

Hunter had a lot of music replacements in syndication and the DVDs, including reusing season 1's opening for season 2 for no real reason (the theme was the same, the scenes changed). Most of the music changes are understandable and nothing absolutely major, except for the two-parter in season 1 where McCall becomes a singer. The edits on that one are downright painful.

 

Hunter is one of my favorite shows too. Too bad I don't have any episodes from the original airings, or otherwise, this would be another one I'd be doing in a heartbeat. I have both the 3 seasons released by Anchor Bay and the complete series released by Mill Creek.

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Only Fool and Horses has loads of music replacements, most of the time trimming the scene altogether, including one of the best scenes in the series.

There is hope though as UK music licencing laws are slightly different, and was the reason The Young Ones got out completely unscathed on the more recent DVD release.

 

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I finally received The Birds of Prey from WB Shop, and aside from the music issue (which I will be taking care of), the episodes are non-anamorphic widescreen (I recall them airing this way too originally...black bars on the top and bottom). Should I keep the episodes like this, or should I make them anamorphic instead?

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Tomorrow, I will start seeding season 3 of Married...With Children on Demonoid. For now, here's a preview...episode 1, with the theme music restored and the original Columbia Pictures Television logo at the end:

 

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=ZGE3FCV6

 

Hope you enjoy it...

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Another update: The Birds of Prey is completely done and ready to go. It was an easier project with only 13 episodes (14 including the unaired pilot). The episodes were widescreen, but non-anamorphic. I've remedied that in this project. The music replacement was worse than I thought. The way the reviews made it seem, it was only the theme and the last song from the last episode that was replaced. Not the case at all. Although, there were quite a few songs still intact. Luckily, the show's score is still intact. It breaks down like this:

Pilot was completely intact. No problems whatsoever, audio-wise.

Episodes 2, 4 and 11 had all songs intact except the theme.

Episode 5 had all songs replaced except the last song before the credits.

The rest of the episodes had every song replaced. It gets even more interesting, though. Somewhere along the way, WB screwed up the audio completely on episodes 7-10, and the audio ended up being mono instead of stereo. I had to replace the entire audio with broadcast versions, which were stereo.

The unaired pilot had the score changed to what was used on the show. The songs were also replaced (no surprise there). Originally, the pilot didn't have a set score ready, and they ended up using the score from another source. That source was Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. The unaired pilot is easy enough to access, so I was able to change that too.

I kept the menus and everything the same, and I even changed the menu music to Aimee Allen's Revolution.

All in all, a successful project, and another step in making things right again with TV shows...

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I've uploaded Married...With Children season 3 (with Love and Marriage restored) and Birds of Prey: The Complete Series (with all original music restored and video converted from non-anamorphic widescreen to anamorphic widescreen) on Multiupload. Anyone who's interested in the links, just reply or PM me, and I'll give you the links from there.

 

I've come across a bit of a setback with season 4 of Married...With Children. I'm missing some of the original end credits sequences (the DVDs for seasons 4-11 has the end credits altered to remove the credit for Love and Marriage). I do have everything needed for season 5, though, so I might skip ahead to that one for now. If anyone can help me on season 4, it would be much appreciated.

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Here's another one: Mister Ed. Season 1 has syndicated versions for 8 of the episodes, but here's where things get interesting: Hulu has seasons 1 and 2 up on their site, and 7 of the 8 episodes that were cut on the DVD are presented uncut on the site. Unfortunately, "The Aunt" is still the syndicated, 22 minute version. Would be nice to get that one uncut somehow, but hell, 7 out of 8 is a huge help nonetheless...

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I've heard tell that all of "Life On Mars" (US) has had all the 70s licensed music replaced with its generic cousins.  But never fear, online TV Rips are here (which I hope means the proper music is all intact).

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Daria got most of the music got replaced for the DVD. 'Is It College Yet?" also was put on the DVD set as the 'edited-for-time' version. I have been meaning to watch this, but not with a generic score.

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nocomments87 said:

Kikuchiyo said:

Hunter had a lot of music replacements in syndication and the DVDs, including reusing season 1's opening for season 2 for no real reason (the theme was the same, the scenes changed). Most of the music changes are understandable and nothing absolutely major, except for the two-parter in season 1 where McCall becomes a singer. The edits on that one are downright painful.

 

Hunter is one of my favorite shows too. Too bad I don't have any episodes from the original airings, or otherwise, this would be another one I'd be doing in a heartbeat. I have both the 3 seasons released by Anchor Bay and the complete series released by Mill Creek.

 

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nocomments87 said:

Kikuchiyo said:

Hunter had a lot of music replacements in syndication and the DVDs, including reusing season 1's opening for season 2 for no real reason (the theme was the same, the scenes changed). Most of the music changes are understandable and nothing absolutely major, except for the two-parter in season 1 where McCall becomes a singer. The edits on that one are downright painful.

 

Hunter is one of my favorite shows too. Too bad I don't have any episodes from the original airings, or otherwise, this would be another one I'd be doing in a heartbeat. I have both the 3 seasons released by Anchor Bay and the complete series released by Mill Creek.

What they did to Hunter during the first and second season were unforgiveable, it was like Miami Vice without the music, just killed the show on DVD.

It was so bad I purchased a german VHS tape of the 2 parter the snow queen not that I understand badly dubbed german but all the music is original as show on tv so you get McCall singing and all the other original songs intact, I tried my poor attempts at editing to the dvd version but the time difference from tape to DVD to redub it just wouldn't work.

The only original episodes I Own in good quality with original music are the Shooter Episode and Wanted Dead or Alive that I taped and converted to DVD some time ago.

I also have some rather poorer quality episodes on tape I traded around 5 years ago of selected episodes from the 1st and second season but the picture quality is not great.

Would love for some fan edits of this show.

 

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This topic really went dark.

“Anakin had those qualities so rarely seen, exuding an unmistakable confidence and yet still able to touch one’s heart in simply knowing how he was so flawed… wounded.”

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Would be great to have Wallace and Gromit The Wrong Trousers in HD with the original soundtrack

"In the original aring of the film; Gromit's birthday card plays "Happy Birthday to You" as it is associated with birthdays in Britain, Australia and North America. But when the film was released on DVD by Warner Home Video in 2000, and by Dreamworks Home Entertainment SKG in 2005, this was replaced with 'For He's a Jolly Good Fellow' to avoid copyright infringements. Also removed for the DVD (again for reasons of copyright) are two specific songs from the penguin's radio replaced with random Hammond organ music. The particular pieces removed are "Happy Talk" from the musical South Pacific and "(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window?", along with Wallace's humming of it the subsequent morning. "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" was left intact though. In addition, Gromit's TV at breakfast no longer plays the Open University theme. However the original soundtrack can still be heard in the background of the commentary track of the DVD release. In the 2009 HD version of the film, Julian Nott's soundtrack appears to have been remixed or rerecorded."

From Wikipedia

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The original soundtrack for The Wrong Trousers is on the original U.S. DVD (the Fox release with the green cover), but the film is slowed down by 4%. I believe that's the only DVD release to have the original music, I have the original UK DVD release but I can't remember if all the music is there.

The original music can also be sourced from laserdisc, and that version would have uncompressed PCM audio.

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Thanks TServo2049 for the info

Did not know about that dvd but seems to be hard to find

after my original post i stumbled on this streaming version which has the original music, its 64kb stereo mp3 but sounds good enough for me so im going to try and sync that with the hd video

http://onlineshortfilms.net/watch/wallace-and-gromit-in-the-wrong-trousers-video_f4749ca87.html

downloaded it with downloadhelper in firefox then ripped the audio with vlc for anyone who wants to do the same thing

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Doctor M said:

I think one of the really sad ones is Northern Exposure.

Some really interesting music was unapologetically replaced.  Be nice to see that restored some how.

Amen. There is a fellow in Canada who sold DVD-r captures containing full music. It was apparently syndicated on his local tv long ago without any edits. The disc set was priced @ $150 last time I hunted him down. I was hoping they would have been liberated by now, but no-go.:(

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Necromancer time!

This looks legit: http://wonderyearsdvds.com/

A picture is worth a thousand words. Post 102 is worth more.

I’m late to the party, but I think this is the best song. Enjoy!

—Teams Jetrell Fo 1, Jetrell Fo 2, and Jetrell Fo 3

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That looks to me like they just scanned and didn't do any of the post grading, TylerDurden389.

A picture is worth a thousand words. Post 102 is worth more.

I’m late to the party, but I think this is the best song. Enjoy!

—Teams Jetrell Fo 1, Jetrell Fo 2, and Jetrell Fo 3

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AntcuFaalb said:

That looks to me like they just scanned and didn't do any of the post grading, TylerDurden389.

 I don't understand.

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TylerDurden389 said:

AntcuFaalb said:

That looks to me like they just scanned and didn't do any of the post grading, TylerDurden389.

 I don't understand.

I'm assuming that the show was shot on film and I'm guessing that those heavily-blue-tinted shots were done in post-production to a video master in preparation for broadcast and that this was not done when the film was scanned in preparation for a home video release.

A picture is worth a thousand words. Post 102 is worth more.

I’m late to the party, but I think this is the best song. Enjoy!

—Teams Jetrell Fo 1, Jetrell Fo 2, and Jetrell Fo 3

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AntcuFaalb said:

TylerDurden389 said:

AntcuFaalb said:

That looks to me like they just scanned and didn't do any of the post grading, TylerDurden389.

 I don't understand.

I'm assuming that the show was shot on film and I'm guessing that those heavily-blue-tinted shots were done in post-production to a video master in preparation for broadcast and that this was not done when the film was scanned in preparation for a home video release.

 Ah ok. I got it. You're probably right, and quite frankly I hope you are, but there's been a lot of debate from me with others about whether or not Vice was shot on film. Considering it's budget AND it's notoriety, I'm pretty much convinced it was. However, people have told me it's possible it wasn't. The aspect ratio debate is the reason for this. "Where are the widescreen prints?" is the point that gets argued the most. There was an HD broadcast of the pilot some time ago, but the supposed "widescreen" was just them cropping to fill in the sides. I've checked the footage on youtube and compared.

However, some have told me that it's possible the show was shot on film WITH a 4:3 AR. I really, really hope they're wrong. This is one tv show that would benefit immensely from a widescreen presentation.

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One of the last episodes of Vicar of Dibley had music altered - I recorded it off TV here in NZ but accidentally cut the end off. I then downloaded a torrent of a broadcast from another country (possibly UK but I can't say for sure) and the music was different in one particular scene (NZ broadcast had Keane's "Somewhere Only We Know" and the overseas one was a different song that I didn't recognise).

I ended up buying the UK DVDs and they match the NZ broadcast, but I still don't know which song is "correct" (ie. which was present for the original UK broadcast).