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Old 10-28-2022, 09:24 PM   #41
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I wouldn't be surprised if this collection does have subtitles considering the amount of effort and attention they appear to have put into this release, judging by the little I've seen and heard as well as how extensive the extras are; this is equalling if not exceeding classic Doctor Who restoration and extras.

Those old DVD's are very variable in quality, I can't remember who released them, I know it wasn't Network, I got both the follow up Down Under series at the same time, which I never saw on broadcast and don't much like, I don't think I've ever watched most of those episodes, they just didn't have the same quality of script as the original, they don't make me laugh.

Somewhere in my house, I'll hopefully find them when I go into the attic for the Christmas decorations in Dec' - are a couple of Southern TV publicity photo cards; one showing Jon Pertwee in costume and the other out of costume, both signed by him, from what I remember they have a lot of STV blurb on the back of them about the series. My dad got me them in 1980, somehow. I'll post copies of them, if and when I find them.


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Yeah, those masters used on the DVDs were bordering on the unwatchable, some episodes appeared to be near enough monochrome; the colour was that poor on them.

I've noticed on both the Amazon listing and FF's website that English subtitles look to have been included, hope that's the case.
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Old 10-28-2022, 11:05 PM   #42
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Yeah, FF are notorious for not including subtitles with their boxsets so I was surprised to see them listed.

It's funny, although I remember watching WG as a child it wasn't til years later I even realised there were two separate series - the OG series and the NZ series. I remember seeing episodes where Barbara Windsor (The Saucy Nancy) would appear and then Worzel and Aunt Sally would be in New Zealand. Granada (my region) must have repeated the original series (I wasn't born when it was first aired ) during the '80s around the same time Channel 4 was showing the NZ series (?)

The DVDs really were appalling quality. I bought the box set around the early 00s and I think I managed to get through 4-5 eps before giving up.
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Old 10-30-2022, 07:06 AM   #43
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I remember that the original series was being repeated (on Channel 4, I think) on Sunday mornings in 1987. I donít know if they repeated all of them or how long they did it for. I vividly remember because I would have it on it the background every Sunday morning, half watching it while looking out of the window for my grandfatherís car to come and take me out for Sunday day trips.

I recall being surprised that it went on for so long, I think the New Zealand seriesí were first shown around Ď86/Ď87 (which I think I only maybe know from looking at the production dates on the DVDs about 20 years ago).

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Yeah, FF are notorious for not including subtitles with their boxsets so I was surprised to see them listed.

It's funny, although I remember watching WG as a child it wasn't til years later I even realised there were two separate series - the OG series and the NZ series. I remember seeing episodes where Barbara Windsor (The Saucy Nancy) would appear and then Worzel and Aunt Sally would be in New Zealand. Granada (my region) must have repeated the original series (I wasn't born when it was first aired ) during the '80s around the same time Channel 4 was showing the NZ series (?)

The DVDs really were appalling quality. I bought the box set around the early 00s and I think I managed to get through 4-5 eps before giving up.
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Old 10-30-2022, 09:22 AM   #44
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I remember that the original series was being repeated (on Channel 4, I think) on Sunday mornings in 1987.I donít know if they repeated all of them or how long they did it for. I vividly remember because I would have it on it the background every Sunday morning, half watching it while looking out of the window for my grandfatherís car to come and take me out for Sunday day trips.

I recall being surprised that it went on for so long, I think the New Zealand seriesí were first shown around Ď86/Ď87 (which I think I only maybe know from looking at the production dates on the DVDs about 20 years ago).
This makes sense. So Southern Television lost the rights which were bought by Channel 4 and they broadcast the earlier series' followed by 'Down Under'.

I should really read the book by Stuart Manning.
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Old 11-03-2022, 07:17 AM   #45
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It's back to its original pre-order price of £64.99 on Amazon.

There's been talk on Twitter (presumably by someone who's worked on this project) that if this box set sells well enough; 'Down Under' will follow in '23/'24.
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Old 11-03-2022, 11:31 AM   #46
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Fun fact:
Harvester only had the rights to use Worzel Gummidge in adverts and promo stuff etc for a limited period. They were still using lifesize cardboard Worzel's until the early 00s to welcome guests a decade later, but they didn't have the rights anymore and got into trouble over it
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Worzel put on his litigation head.

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This looks soooo good!
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Old 11-06-2022, 05:18 PM   #49
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It better also include The Christmas Special at this price or they can bugger off to Zoo Nealand
Several shots of the Christmas special (complete with fake snow and Christmas trees) can be glimpsed in Fabulous Filmís trailer above, so it looks like itís there.

Itíd certainly be an odd omission.
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Old 11-07-2022, 02:36 PM   #50
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This looks so brilliant! Iím shocked at how pristine, clean, clear, sharp and vibrant it looks. I was expecting an improvement but this is beyond anything I imagined, what a teaser.

Thanks for finding this, I had a look a week or two ago for a preview of the new HD restoration but couldnít find anything.

Iím going to have a very enjoyable December, will try so hard to limit myself to 1 episode a day, but itís going to be hard not to binge the whole lot over a couple of days.

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Looks like an amazing restoration.
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that shows a bit more on the restoration + a glimpse at special features.

Incidentally I was in touch with Fabulous Films and they very kindly replied to confirm that the Blu-ray is 25fps "as originally broadcast/intended".

I think this is going to be a fantastic release. Unfortunately it's been delayed a few weeks--now out 19th Dec.
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I thought it was very expensive initially for what it is but owning the DVD releases and knowing how poor those are and seeing this restoration Iíve actually come around. When you compare it with the Doctor Who releases itís not that much more than one of those season sets, although the episode count will be a bit lower but many of those had substantial work already completed for the DVD releases, so I think the restoration of these episodes has been much more extensive this time around.
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Incidentally I was in touch with Fabulous Films and they very kindly replied to confirm that the Blu-ray is 25fps "as originally broadcast/intended".

I think this is going to be a fantastic release. Unfortunately it's been delayed a few weeks--now out 19th Dec.
That's great news about the frame rate. I was a bit concerned when I noticed the clips they've uploaded were in 24fps.
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That's great news about the frame rate. I was a bit concerned when I noticed the clips they've uploaded were in 24fps.
I agree with you, and I'd managed to convince myself it was going to be 24fps which is why I asked FF.

Here's a clip from the episode "Very Good, Worzel", and it's definitely 25fps:
https://twitter.com/i/status/1592918411633643522

I take your point ProfX--some of the Doctor Who Blu-rays are 14 eps for £40-ish (and entirely standard def VT--no film). We're getting 30 eps + a special here for £65, and True HD.

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Bollocks! Now pushed back to 26/12.

This was an Xmas present as well.
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The ultimate horror...now presented in HD!

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Bollocks! Now pushed back to 26/12.

This was an Xmas present as well.
This was posted the other day on fabulous films facebook page

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I can hum the Heidi theme from memory. I remember the bad dubbing too
Talking of bad dubbing, who remembers Silas?
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