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CED Digest Vol. 2 No. 29  •  7/19/1997


Date: Sun, 13 Jul 1997 07:18:59 -0700 (PDT)
From: Jesse Skeen 
To: Tom Howe <>
Subject: Re: CED Digest Vol. 2 No. 28

Re: possible footage missing from some versions of "The Black Hole": This 
reminds me of the CED of "Escape to Witch Mountain"- an IMPORTANT scene 
looks to have been deliberately cut out! The only other place I've seen 
this movie was on network TV way back when; when the bad guys bring the 
kids to the big house and leave them in that big playroom with all the 
cool stuff, the brother starts playing his harmonica and makes some of 
the puppets and toys in the room dance telepathically; meanwhile the bad 
guys are watching this over hidden camera in a room full of video 
monitors and stuff (I specifically remember a large reel-to-reel machine 
in that scene). On the CED, the scene fades out right when the kid first 
picks up the harmonica, I assume the song he played had some copyright 
snafu that made them delete the whole scene. This renders a following 
scene completely senseless- the next day the kids are confronted about 
their magic powers and are told "Don't try to hide it, we saw all that 
playing around you were doing" (I forget the actual dialogue there.)
The way Disney does stuff nowadays, they'd probably take that scene out 
and deny it ever existed (like the altering the allegedly racist lyrics 
in Aladdin for the video release, and their Touchstone movie "The 
Program" had a major scene, the infamous "freeway scene" taken out in the 
middle of its theatrical release after someone was killed imitating it!)
As for the DVD thing again, I'm afraid that any problems with it will be 
brushed off like it's no big deal; if you read some old magazines 
describing CED's skipping problem I've seen a few comments like "this is 
only a minor annoyance, and this is still a great way to get your own 
video collection", in other words RCA paid us to keep our mouths shut 
about it! I had a letter published in Video magazine recently accusing 
them of doing something similar with DSS; someone had actually written "I 
did still see some motion artifacts but they were very subtle and I'm 
sure most people won't even notice them." Their big DVD article last 
issue was a major butt-kissing session; they even made a big deal about 
how great the built-in subtitle feature was, so you can watch a movie 
with the sound turned down when you have to keep the house quiet. Gee, 
what a revolutionary feature, I've never seen anything that can display 
what people are saying on the screen, ever. Oh yeah, except for those 
closed caption things, but otherwise this is totally new.
Sorry I'm rambling, I've been up all night!

From: "H-n-C" 
To: <>
Subject: saw a huge listing of LD's for sale in the current issue of Toy Shop
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 1997 19:40:09 -0500

check under the toybox section the guy had a bunch listed starting at $3! 
Hope that helps.
Stephen "Always tell the the truth, it's the easiest thing to
Cybershoppers CLICK HERE====>

Date: Sat, 19 Jul 1997 21:29:32 -0400
From: Jay Jones 

Need mechanical parts for SJT-400.  Any help would be appreciated.

Jay Jones


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