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Fraggle DVD coming this summer in the US

Discussion in 'Fraggle Rock' started by Phillip, Jun 18, 2004.

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Let HIT know how much would you would pay for a 24-episode Fraggle season box set.

Poll closed Sep 16, 2004.
  1. I'd pay up to $39 per box set

    39 vote(s)
    39.4%
  2. I'd pay up to $59 per box set

    35 vote(s)
    35.4%
  3. I'd pay $79 or higher for a box set

    20 vote(s)
    20.2%
  4. I wouldn't buy a box set at any price

    5 vote(s)
    5.1%
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  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    As the rumors have been discussed over the past few weeks, it is true that HIT is testing the market with a two-episode Fraggle DVD. The DVD will include episode 1 "Beginnings" and episode 3 "Let the Water Run".

    More two-episode discs are likely or if the sales are good enough, a season box set is possible down the road. Find out the details and then vote in the above poll to let us know what you think about this release.

    http://www.muppetcentral.com/news/2004/061804.shtml

    Also, this story was released yesterday which will likely have a direct reflection on Fraggle sales, Wal-Mart is cutting shelf space for home entertainment products, specifically children's DVD's and videos. This counts for 42% of HIT's total sales. The below article estimates that Wal-Mart could return up to 3 million HIT video products.
    HIT blow as Wal-Mart cuts space for products

    By Tim Burt in London
    Published: June 17 2004 22:25 | Last Updated: June 17 2004 22:25

    Wal-Mart, the US mass market retailer, on Thursday told HIT Entertainment that it was cutting shelf space for home entertainment products - a mainstay of HIT's sales - sending shares in the UK animation group down 28.3 per cent.

    HIT shares fell 83p to 210p after the animation group behind Bob the Builder and Barney the Dinosaur issued its first profits warning.

    Wal-Mart's decision is also expected to affect other producers of children's videos including Walt Disney, Sony Pictures and Warner Brothers.

    HIT said profits for the year ending July 31 would be 15 to 20 per cent below expectations following the move, which could see Wal-Mart return 3m unsold videos or six months' stock to the British company.

    Industry analysts had previously forecast pre-tax profits of £40.7m ($74m) for the current financial year, compared with £39.7m last time.

    HIT refused to confirm Wal-Mart was the retailer at the centre of the profits warning. But it admitted the issue would "have a negative impact on current trading and returns".

    Rob Lawes, chief executive, said: "Despite this disappointing development, HIT remains a highly profitable company with one of the strongest portfolios of young children's properties and a strong home entertainment release schedule in the months ahead."

    The setback follows a concerted drive by HIT to increase its presence in the US, which already accounts for 60 per cent of its total sales.

    Earlier this month the company confirmed plans to take a stake in a new digital channel aimed at pre-school children. The company also secured global distribution rights recently for Henson Family Classics - part of the Jim Henson Company from which HIT was formed in the late 1980s.

    The reduction in shelf space at Wal-Mart will affect HIT's home entertainment division, accounting for 42 per cent of total sales.

    Officials warned there was little visibility on the impact for sales and profits in the next financial year.

    The company is expected to set aside an unquantified provision for unsold home entertainment products.

    Analysts said that, at worst, on Thursday's warning would wipe £8m off this year's profits. But uncertainty would continue during the next 12 months until Wal-Mart clarified its plans.

    http://news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1087373088517
  2. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Active Member

    HIT also does Barney?? EGADS! The connection I've always feared!!

    heh heh...

    I'd pay a big price for a complete episode dvd box set no doubt, but if you're talking about one dvd per season, the first option of the poll isn't bad at all.
  3. I just recieved this e-mail from HIT Entertainment!

    :smirk: :excited: July Baby!!!! At Walmart!!!!
    Tyler
  4. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    What do you think of the episode choices for the DVD, "Beginnings" and "Let the Water Run"? Interesting that they skipped over episode 2, "Wembley and the Gorgs".
  5. I like the choice but they should have done 1-3 not just 1 and 3! I'm excited to see the cover art!
  6. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Active Member

    Cool! I know I'm buying in hopes that more will be oncoming!
  7. Foodie

    Foodie Active Member

    I'd prefer that they were in order but maybe they felt that the gorgs were to un-refined in that episode so they decided to hold off on releasing it. Ma looks awful in the first 13 episodes.

    So, is Wal*Mart the only place carrying this particular DVD?
    :smirk:

    Nick
  8. Wembley

    Wembley Member

    Don't worry. If anyone wants, I can pick up copies at WM and ship 'em out to the non-us folks, or to anyone who'se walmart does not stock them. I live near a Super Walmart and they have a huge area full of HIT stuff.

    -Rick
  9. BabyBeanBunny

    BabyBeanBunny New Member

    Sweet Mercy! They should just go with a DVD season, but just one DVD at a time, it would be great! Hurray!!!

    But I hope it'll be available in Canada. I'm still rather disappointed that I can't get the remaining Muppet Show Discs.
  10. Boober_Gorg

    Boober_Gorg Active Member

    That couldn't be the reason. The Gorgs look the same in both episodes 2 and 3. ;)
  11. scarecroe

    scarecroe Active Member

  12. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Apparently some at HIT have seen it. But it's great to have it linked to this discussion so more folks can be reminded of the demand. It's wonderful to see more than 26,000 signatures. That speaks volumes. Hopefully we will eventually see all 96 episodes released in four box sets, even if it takes a few two-episode releases to convince HIT of the demand.
  13. Sir Didymus

    Sir Didymus New Member

    Oh i am so thankful they are releasing a Fraggle Dvd! I don't care if it only has 2 episodes, I'm just glad my dream has come true!!

    Dance your cares away!

    Didymus
  14. McFraggle

    McFraggle Active Member

    Me too, it's a lot better than paying $15+ for a 10-year-old used VHS.
  15. janicegroupie

    janicegroupie New Member

    I have to agree with you guys. Any Fraggle dvd is better than nothing. I am totally excited that it is really coming out and can not wait to own it! :excited:
  16. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Active Member

    SAME HERE!!! Dance your cares away down at FRAGGLE FREAK'IN ROCK!!!! *wooping and howlering* :excited:
  17. Foodie

    Foodie Active Member

    It's been a while, were the gorgs in #3?
    :smirk:

    Nick
  18. Boober_Gorg

    Boober_Gorg Active Member

    Yes indeed.

    MA: Sire, tell your son what our royal ancestor King Gorg the Great used to say.
    PA: He would say ... "There is always water!"
    JUNIOR: Oh, right. There is always water!
  19. AndyL

    AndyL New Member

    I'd certainly pay a good amount for a boxed set. It would be worth it to have every episode at my fingertips like that.

    However, I'd be considerably less enthused about buying some kind of piece-meal "Best Of" collection. To me, the whole point of being able to buy a series on dvd is to have the whole thing from start to finish. I certainly wouldn't be able to afford the whole series at $13-$17 per two episode disk! ($624-$816!!!)

    A quick look at HIT's web-site does not encourage me. It looks to me like they tend to pick out the few they think people will remember best and forget the rest. I don't see any boxed sets on their web site. Somebody please tell me I'm wrong.

    I'm planning on buying this first one as soon as it comes out, It'll be great to see the Fraggles in nice DVD quality.... but I really, really hope it's followed up by a boxed set, otherwise I don't think I'll have the money or patience to buy the whole lot of them. Pity.
  20. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Active Member

    Hey, didn't Jerry Nelson and Karen Prell sign that petition as well?? Anybody writing directly to HIT? I think I am going to write to them and link back to this thread. I want them to see this all for sure so we can HOPEFULLY get the full series in chronological order on DVD.


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