I don't know if you've been following this discussion on the MITM DVD releases on the board of http://www.amazon.co.uk, but it's been getting rather heated lately, due to some disgruntled and possibly vindictive customer or simply troll, who's been forewarning about seasons not even released yet! Fabulous Films (R. Walker is indeed the name of someone on the FF staff) appears to be threatening with legal action!
I can imagine that such comments can be seen as willfully and maliciously damaging. But I would never have thought that, let's say, a review of mine of a concert DVD which I think is lousy, because image quality is bad, the DVD sometimes freezes, or songs appear to have been cut, just like in between song banter, could lead to legal action!
What do you make of this? (some comments edited together down here)
1.0 out of 5 stars
I LOVE MITM! BITS CLUMSILY CUT OUT OF DVDS, 5 Jan 2013
By Lovely Andy "fatman88_2000"
This review is from: Malcolm In The Middle: The Complete Series 4 [DVD] (DVD)
Please be warned.
I love Malcolm in the middle but I purchased season 1 & 2 and so much content has been clumsily chopped out it's left the epsidoes muddled and in some cases jokes without punchlines and punchlines without set ups.
The picture is stretched to fit widescreen, it wasn't shot in widescreen so everyone looks flattened.
It's so sad, I was looking forwards to completing the collection but I've already wasted £40 on season 1 & 2, they won't be getting anymore of my money for such terribly handled DVD release.
If you can#t licence the music don't release the DVDs, or if you do DON'T CHARGE £20 a season!
I've not done any in depth analysis but after a very quick look at episode 2 an incredible amount has been cut, Hal by himself in the restaurant by himself ordering drinks and sharing his meal and having a good time with the toilet attendant. I'm assuming because they couldn't get the licence to whatever the song is in the background. Likewise Lois decided to try and get the kids to behave by smashing the TV, in the actual episode it has her laying out a sheet and getting prepped to smash the TV in front of the boys to a little tune. This has also been cut.Your post, in reply to an earlier post on 16 Jan 2013 14:03:16 GMT
Subtle Scrutinizer says:
I'm sorry, but your comments fall very wide of the mark.
Let's take the episode you mention, 'Red Dress' (S01E02). The scenes with Hal at the restaurant, and with the toilet attendant are both there. Running time of this episode on the original US (Fox) DVD release in 2002: 22:08 mins. Running time for the current UK (Fabulous Films) release in 2012: 22:09 mins. 22 mins. is also the running time given on the Internet Movie Database, incidentally.
And the reason the scene with Lois wielding a hammer in front of the TV is cut the way it is, is that it was a 'cliffhanger' edited to fit around a commercial break, which is where the screen goes black. It was like that on the original DVD.
Oh yes, and Malcolm was originally filmed in widescreen, and is presented that way here (albeit with some widescreen goofs, overlooked while they were filming it, so that's understandable even if it can be annoying), so if the image looks squashed, it depends on your TV or DVD player settings, not on the way it is presented on these DVDs.
They only thing I can imagine is that you have a very faulty copy, which should be returned in that case.
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2013 04:08:53 GMT
R. Walker says:
Hi Lovely Andy, i own Fabulous Films and I am currently getting your details from Amazon. Your reviews are totally incorrect, there is nothing edited , the music is original. Your reviews are defamatory and incorrect on all the seasons. They are damaging to our company. As soon as Amazon hand over your details expect legal action from us. We never take such troll action lightly ....I hope you find a good lawyer