Wow that certainly was a long post, but very interesting!
I’ve read it twice to try and take in everything you’ve mentioned but will probably need to read it a couple of times more!
Your knowledge is incredibly impressive - certainly far greater than mine, and arguably the most comprehensive I’ve come across to date (and you’re up against some stuff competition!)
I’m not opposed to tackling credits differences, as my goal is to get the most accurate recreations of the series original broadcast. One thought though, which might be complete rubbish… Is there a chance the original UK broadcasts differed to those in the US? I.e. Could the credit difference be due to this?
I’ll leave these differences to one side for now, as I’m interested to read your (and other readers) thoughts on that.
Back to the more significant changes…
Currently I have the VHS release with the complete Jumpin’ Jack Flash scene, but unfortunately it has macrovision and I have no means of getting a decent quality capture onto the PC. Shame as the tape playback seems to be of a high quality for VHS.
I have an off air recording of the Cheeseburger in Paradise and Dedicated follower of fashion sections of the relevant episodes but again, not a perfect solution as the quality is average at best. If you have recordings of these scenes that were made with a NICAM VCR (or any other digital device) I would be VERY interested in seeing if we could sort something out.
Finally, the missing pre-credit teasers can be recreated using audio from the DVD releases of season 3,and the season 2 teasers that a kind person from this site has already shared. The video can be taken from the episodes themselves, unless there are any cases where the teaser contains footage not used in the actual episode.
This task is on my to do list, but will take some time to complete, so I am reluctant to tackle it just yet, as sods law they’d release a US set with them all intact just after I finish!!!
Onto Knight Rider…
I have a very promising lead for obtaining the last two stereo tracks I need for season 4 (Knight of the Juggernaut and Burial Ground). Not sure if they’ll actually surface, but watch this space…
The 2 parters on the Blu-ray have indeed been changed via a disc exchange programme, as with the A-team set. That gives you all of the 2 parters uncut.
Again, I’m interested in tackling credits differences, but it’s way beyond my knowledge to spot the differences! Depending (as already said) on people’s opinions on credits differences, if you feel you have the desire (and patience!) I’m happy to do the editing where possible, but would need to know the following:
A) The episode name and details of the part that differs.
B) If the sound / video exists in another episode, then the name of that episode.
To be honest, cases where the credits are over a part of the episode itself are unlikely to be fixable by taking from another source, without a drop in picture quality, and then I really have to weigh up if it’s worth it. If it’s a case of adding one in, it might be possible if the font can be matched, but airbrushing one out that shouldn’t be there is a different matter!
Look forward to hearing your thoughts