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Old 05-14-2005, 06:47 PM   #1
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Default Good news. Season 2 dvd IS complete and uncut

There are no cut episodes on the MFM season 2 dvd.

As posted earlier on another thread, I have viewed the 4 episodes which RHINO stated to be "..shorter syndicated" versions.. because "the original masters could not be located".

Happily,upon viewing, no footage is missing.

RHINO must have used the time-compressed prints from the 1984-94 syndication run. These prints have been time-compressed to allow stations to run more commercials, but no scenes have been cut.

I am speculating that when RHINO timed these episodes and found that they ran shorter than the others, they assumed that it was because they had missing scenes,not that they had been time compressed.

This is why they printed the disclaimer.

It is unfortunate that their statements resulted in confusion about the content of the shows.

Hopefully, this will serve to set the record straight.
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Old 05-14-2005, 07:24 PM   #2
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What the hell's time compressed?
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Basically it involves using a computer to very subtly speed up the film. It is most noticable during the opening and closing credits when the music runs slightly faster than normal.

I am by no means an expert at explaining how it works. I might have read somewhere that the film may be speeded up more during certain transitional scenes,like a establishing shot or landscape. Every little bit helps,apparently, and close to 2 minutes can be compressed off a tv show by using this method.

This is as much as I know about the subject.
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You know, you're right! The Munsters Season 2 opening credits on TV Land are subtly sped-up. I guess it does save time!
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Having said how good it is to have all the footage intact, it should be noted that there are technical glitches in some episodes.

I have not watched all 38 shows,but so far, I can report that there is triangular distortion in the tag scene of Martin's Favorite Martian and the picture has vertical shaking in several spots in the Miss Pringle episode.
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The Munsters Season 1 DVD doesn't have any of that. But there are a lot of minor white and black "snowflakes", 1 film crack, and a slight sound glitch. But the overall quality of a 40 year show is superb!

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But back to MFM, is the Season 2 DVD in color or B&W?
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MFM season 2 is in Black and White.

I think, for some strange reason, Amazon.com advertised it as being in color.
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Default One of the devices that...

...can compress any TV show or movie is called a 'Lexicon'. It can electronically compress a 26 minute TV episode into 22 minutes by "speeding" up the picture without audio distortion (and that's why everything sounds "a bit faster"). At the same time, the device can also "expand" any movie by slowing the picture down (again, without any noticeable distortion- but it looks AND sounds "a bit slower")...so if a movie runs, say, 90 minutes, it can be "expanded" to 100 minutes to fit a two-hour time period (with commercials, of course!).

As for "MY FAVORITE MARTIAN" being in black & white during its first two seaons (1963-'65), keep in mind that CBS did NOT telecast any shows in color during that period. When the network began a partial schedule of color telecasts in September 1965, "MY FAVORITE MARTIAN" was one of the network's few filmed series to "convert" to color for its third (and final) season. Even "GUNSMOKE" didn't start filming their color episodes until a year later (in 1966)!
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There is an error on back of the season 2 DVD case. "Never Trust A Naked Martian" is NOT one of the time compressed episodes. "The Great Brain Robbery", not mentioned on the case as one of the time compressed episodes, IS in fact time compressed. At least the four time compressed shows are all together on the same side of a disc. Episodes 1, 4, 6, and 8 on disc 1 side A are the four time compressed shows in this DVD set.
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Thank you for noting the error that RHINO made.

Then those 4 episodes (1,4,6 and 8) on disc 1 side A are the ones that were time compressed for syndication. However, they do not appear to be missing any footage, correct? It is just that the rate of the film had been speeded up to allow time for an extra commericial when shown in syndication.
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I watched those four episodes and I didn't notice anything irregular where something might be cut. So yes I think it's safe to say that these are complete shows time compressed down to 22 1/2 minutes. It's slightly noticeable, the dialog and music goes a little faster than normal. I have seen other shows where syndicated versions were time compressed down to 24 minutes, and 1 1/2 minutes of the episode is cut. But that doesn't appear to be the case here.

I read early this year that MPI was going to release the 3rd season DVD. Haven't heard a thing about it since then. I wonder what the reason is for the delay?

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