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Pre-Order Sesame Street Old School Volume 3 (1979-1984) coming to DVD 11/6

Discussion in 'Sesame Merchandise' started by BigBirdABCDEFGH, Sep 5, 2012.

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  1. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    I would love to see The Count in rarely-seen street scenes, sketches, outtakes and behind the scenes footage for the Old School Vol. 3 DVD.
    I haven't seen many behind the scenes videos and outtakes featuring The Count but it will be a great treat in tribute to Jerry Nelson.
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  2. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I wonder if the text on the press release will end up being the text on the back of the packaging. It seems that was the case with the second volume.

    It's interesting that this press release only mentions two of the plots but not any of the inserts, whether part of the main programs or as bonus features. Early press releases for the first one mentioned many of the bonus sketches, press releases for the second one mentioned two segments ("What's the Name of That Song?", which was part of episode 666, and "Telephone Rock", which was a bonus clip), in addition to listing some guest stars (both ones who appear in the episodes and bonus clips) and some of the characters who were around during the 1974-1979 period.

    But this one only mentions the plots for the episodes where they go to Puerto Rico and where Gordon and Snuffy race in the New York Marathon. No mention of guest stars, inserts, and no mention of characters who were introduced or exclusive to the early 1980s (well, besides mentioning Elmo).
  3. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    It's not so much a press release as it is a product description.
  4. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    This year every DVD release or rerelease (except for "Best of Friends) was promoted with a comic strip called "Sesame Bits". I wonder if there'll be one for this release. It'd be interesting to see a comic strip with Forgetful Jones or the Two-Headed Monster (or Dr. Nobel Price or Aristotle). Maybe even "imaginary" Mr. Snuffleupagus. Too bad they weren't doing the "Sesame Bits" comics when the first Old School came out, it'd be cool to see a comic where green Oscar meets orange Oscar (by the early 1980s I don't think anybody looks different enough from their current incarnations, at least not in a way that can be illustrated).

    Actually, for the past decade (even as VHS was heading out the door but not entirely extinct) the majority of Sesame Street releases had been 40-60 minutes long (not counting bonus material). And this year there have been three releases (Elmo's World: Favorite Things, Elmo's Magic Numbers, and Best of Friends) that were over two hours long each. Of course many of the old 30-minute-long releases from the VHS era remain on DVD without any bonus features or extra video releases.
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  5. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    While the previous two releases contained some episodes where Muppet Wiki had tracked down Noggin edits, this will be the first Old School release where we don't know what Noggin edited at all. Who knows, maybe Noggin edited out rare characters like Aristotle or Deena and Pearl (after all, Noggin did edit some street scenes).

    The season 11 premiere includes a rendition of Happy Birthday. I'll be surprised if that's not edited. I wonder if it can easily be edited out (they very well could put a short replacement insert in it's spot if it would otherwise look like a weird edit). If anything else in these episodes needs to be edited for any reason and they add in segments then I hope the replacement skits include rare characters from this period (if they're not in the bonus clips). Looking over the episodes at Muppet Wiki over and over in the past three days, it seems a lot of rare characters don't appear in these episodes. We do get Michael Earl's Forgetful Jones, but not his Snuffy, and no Dr. Nobel Price, Shivers the Penguin, Bruno the Trashman, Deena and Pearl, Biff and Sully, Countess, Ferlinghetti Donnizetti, Leslie Mostly, or Aristotle. I won't be surprised if we don't get all of these characters, but it would be disapointing if none of them appear on this set at all.
  6. Hayley B

    Hayley B Active Member

    This would be the most years when I came around and started watching Sesame Street.

    I wonder if they will include that episode where they were trying to tell Big Bird that Mr.Hooper died?

    Though, I don't remember Mr.Hooper. I remember the guy that took over his store while he was in the hospital, I think. Ending up taking over his store.
  7. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I think it's the whole hysteria about the fact they had one film about inner city kids playing in an abandoned construction site. I don't remember exactly what episode that was on, though. Like I said, I like vol 1, but vol 2 gets a LOT more play for me. But it really feels like SW was actually reading those hilariously stupid comments on amazon.com about well out of print Sesame Street videos. It's like, "I played this only released in the mid-80's VHS for my 1 year old, because as we all know they have an imprint and can understand the complexity of television programs, and he didn't pay attention to it. So I'm blaming it on the fact the clothing is dated. Also, I had to change his diaper and got some on my thumb. It's the video's fault." :rolleyes: The disclaimer is for those kinds of parents.

    Though, I will say, there are legitimately kid's cartoon DVD's where the commentary is for adults. Typically, these are DVD's only older fans would buy (I.e. Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Team)


    Yeah. Now they're sooooo generous, they have a whole HOUR on a DVD! 10 bucks for an hour's worth of footage, because kids have no attention span. :) And I had to buy "Sing Yourself Sillier at the Movies" on VHS just to see Watermelons and Cheese. But the Telly and Oscar framing devices were brilliant, so I can't really complain about that. Only reason to get one of those is for the original framing storyline. Still... they could fit at least 2 or 3 classic VHS ports to DVD. Too bad Genius was the only one that did that.
  8. Muppet fan 123

    Muppet fan 123 Well-Known Member

    I can't wait for this! The Old School's are great DVD's, but I'm kinda annoyed the last DVD only had a few episodes on it from 1978-79, I think it was...can't remember.
    This one at least has a whole bunch more years on it, which means more episodes
    YAAAAAAYYY!
  9. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    I know it sounds cynical but I still lean towards the theory they didn't want children to notice that there was life before the cash monster, so to speak. ;)
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  10. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    All of the Old School releases have only one episode from each season.
  11. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Don't I know it. It seems either completely intentional, or out of fear of angry letters from very dim people. If it's one thing no one wants, it's letters from barely literate people who get upset over anything trivial. But that's what you have to deal with as a children's TV producer. As much bullhonkey those disclaimers are, you have to admit, it's a preemptive covering their buns in case some idiot gets overly offended by something and blames SW for dumping their kids in front of a DVD.
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  12. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    I do get that there's always at least one viewer that gets offended. I just don't like that the disclaimer was framed as some sort of responsible surgeon general warning when it's really ultimately a matter of taste and opinion. I find that rather irresponsible.
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  13. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Under that logic though, then ALL older series released on DVD would have to have similar disclaimers so as not to offend any viewers:

    Rocky and Bullwinkle featured stereotypical Native Americans, Asians, and other ethnic groups.
    Hogan's Heroes had Nazis and regular references to Hitler.
    M*A*S*H had rape jokes and stereotyped Koreans.
    Leave it to Beaver talked about God.
    Seinfeld took a swipe at everybody and everything.

    But then again, I know there's been cases with classic Looney Tunes released on DVD where Whoopi Goldberg had to make a disclaimer about the portrayal of blacks in some cartoons.
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  14. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    I honestly have no problem with those kinds of disclaimers. There are logical, historical reasons behind them. I saw none with the Sesame Street Old School disclaimers, lol.
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  15. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    The weird thing about the disclaimers: The only way to see them is to buy the DVDs (or perhaps see all the news reports that make a big deal out of them). The "disclaimers" only appear in the introductions to the first episodes in both sets. The so-called disclaimers don't even appear on the packaging. I would think that's the more important place to put a disclaimer, so one can see before buying (as opposed to buying and then watching a disclaimer and getting an "oops" feeling).

    I am kind of surprised that there was no such disclaimer on the 40th anniversary set.
  16. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I don't believe the 40 Years of Sunny Days set was specifically marketed at adults for nostalgic purposes quite in the same manner the Old School sets were.
  17. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    It's in Spanish, so it probably won't be. Only the English lyrics are copyrighted, not the melody.
  18. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Butt covering. I still think it was useless. If they said something to the extent of "these are for collectors, and your child might not be as interested in them as you are," it probably would have worked better. They say something in a rather roundabout way that translates into "kids are extremely fragile, and anything and everything in this DVD might turn them into a serial killer because kids have extremely specific Rain-man-esque needs that you never had to grow up perfect." I think the intention was more along the lines of "if you pop this in the DVD player expecting your newborn-2 year old kid to sit down quietly so you can completely stop supervising him/her for an hour, and they run around the house breaking stuff, it's not OUR fault."

    I swear, even the SW staff finds it bull. Seems the opening of the first episode of the second set manages to sarcastically deal with it, having the typewriter guy roll his eyes and give a "oh PLEASE" look.
  19. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    It would be funny if for this set, if they need disclaimers, they just put it in plain text, with Elmo reading the text in voice-over, as if to say, "Enjoy Elmo's voice here, because you'll hardly see him in this collection. And when you do, Elmo won't sound like this!"
  20. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Boy, if the Old School sets are going to continue, I'm RULLY going to be looking forward to a Volume 4 set, because that would cover 1984-1989, which is my personal favorite little era of the show. A Volume 5 set covering 1989-1994 would also hit close to home for me, because that's the SST I was introduced to, and that's the one I grew up and learned with those first few years of my life, but then again, 1992/1993 is considered the end of the "Old School" era.


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