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    Does anyone know if a DVD release in other countries is now possible?

    We're thinking of doing a petition asking for a French release of the DVDs but we'd like to make sure that this is actually possible from a legal standpoint.

    Any thoughts?



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    Hi Tyno,

    This sounds like a great idea! You know I asked Fabulous Films for at least the S1 re-release with the original French and Spanish language tracks and Spanish subtitles, but it turned out they were copyrighted to other companies who created these tracks.

    Now, I wish I could answer your question about music rights and distribution/publishing rights, but I'm afraid I can't. I tried looking at the German and French Amazon sites and the French Fnac site for some relevant comments on the issue, but I got no definite answers.

    (P.S. Isn't it stupid that the French Amazon doesn't tell us the S1 release has not just Spanish but also French language tracks? I know there's still the technical regional compatibility issue, but they should at least update their site!)

    At least now I know that a S1 release was announced by Kinowelt in Germany for December 2005 with this cover (below). It was said to include interviews, "B-roll" (unused secondary shots) and a set tour with Frankie, but it was cancelled, for the same music rights issues: "postponed indefinitely".

    Michael Geidel from Kinowelt, on November 28, 2005:
    http://www.cinefacts.de/Forum/144111...fel-1-a-3.html
    Leider hat sich das Rechteproblem noch nicht lösen lassen und wir mussten den Titel zu unserem großen Bedauern erst einmal auf unbestimmte Zeit verschieben. Ja, es hat mit den Musikrechten zu tun. Tut mir leid.
    Viele Grüße,
    Michael Geidel
    And on the Fnac site, a commenter in June 2012 quotes a friend from Fox Pathé Europe telling him it's indeed a music rights problem, which makes a release so expensive it will probably never see the light of day, and this may be the "final word" on the issue.

    http://video.fnac.com/a1365021/Malco...visinternautes
    Problème de droits
    En effet, l'excellentissime série MALCOLM ne devrait jamais voir le jour... Le problème est que dès la saison 2 de nombreux morceaux de musique ont été utilisés sans aucunes autorisations et ce tout au long des saisons suivantes... Lors de la diffusion TV, les droits d'auteurs sont reversés comme pour un passage en radio mais pour la commercialisation d'un support enregistré il faut l'autorisation écrite contre arrangement financier des différents ayant droits, et pour le coup ça coûterait bien trop cher à la Fox... donc aucun intérêt pour eux de la sortir en DVD si ça doit leur couter plus cher que ça ne leur rapporterai... voilà le fin mot de l'histoire... Source provenant d'un ami commercial chez Fox Pathé Europa...
    At any rate, good luck with your petition - if someone can get the lowdown on the rights issue.

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    This is exactly why I need to make sure a release is indeed possible. There's no point of doing a petition if there is no possible way it's going to happen. If we make a petition, we need to make it clear that a release is indeed possible.

    I've made a bit of research myself and, like you, I didn't find anything 100% conclusive.

    As you know, the release of MITM DVDs is impossible due to the music licensing for the DVD release, which was not negociated when the episodes first aired. Fine. But then, what can explain that Fabulous Films, which appears to be a small British company, is successfully releasing the entire series with the original soundtrack?

    It would seem that the law regarding music copyright is different in the UK. That's the only valid explanation I can come up with.
    This Wikipedia article states clearly that
    in the UK and elsewhere, with the exception of the US, there is apparently no legal prohibition to the combination of audio and visual images and no explicit statutory right for the collection of synch royalties.
    However, there is no further information on the synchronization royalties legislation in France or in the UK, for that matter.

    What would be useful is to find out if the legislation in France is similar to the one in the UK, which would mean that a DVD release with the original soundtrack is indeed possible. Of course, I guess that the studio would need to pay for the rights of the French dubbing and possibly pay for the creation of subtitles as well. But on paper, if the legislation is similar, it would be possible.

    I would add that indeed, the release of the first series was planned in 2005 in Germany and was cancelled, but the release of the whole series was announced in France in 2009 and never happened as well.

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    My Season 4 set arrived today, and I'm incredibly dissapointed with it. Not only are the TV PG logos present on EVERY episode (they were bearable at first, but this is just taking the Michael!) the episodes themselves are FIELD BLENDED, which is very bad for videophiles such as myself!
    Basically, what this means is that the source material, which was interlaced has been de-interlaced using the 'field blend' technique, which combines overlapping fields in to one frame. This might be fixable if someone has enough time on their hands to do a manual conversion.

    For those who aren't sure what I'm talking about, here is a screenshot from the DVD episode "Family Reunion":

    http://oi49.tinypic.com/vnz87p.jpg

    For a commercial DVD, this sort of stuff really is not on, considering all DVD players and PC software is equipped with the appropriate deinterlacing tools. Nothing gets to me more than field blending.

    If the next season is released like this, I think I'll just stick with my BBC 2 recordings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mass5160 View Post
    My Season 4 set arrived today, and I'm incredibly dissapointed with it. Not only are the TV PG logos present on EVERY episode (they were bearable at first, but this is just taking the Michael!) the episodes themselves are FIELD BLENDED, which is very bad for videophiles such as myself!
    Basically, what this means is that the source material, which was interlaced has been de-interlaced using the 'field blend' technique, which combines overlapping fields in to one frame. This might be fixable if someone has enough time on their hands to do a manual conversion.

    For those who aren't sure what I'm talking about, here is a screenshot from the DVD episode "Family Reunion":

    http://oi49.tinypic.com/vnz87p.jpg

    For a commercial DVD, this sort of stuff really is not on, considering all DVD players and PC software is equipped with the appropriate deinterlacing tools. Nothing gets to me more than field blending.

    If the next season is released like this, I think I'll just stick with my BBC 2 recordings.
    Oh dear, they really should stay faithful to the source material. I hope they give us a Blu-ray release after everything is released, but they'd have to go to the original film masters to give us a proper HD progressive picture. Malcolm deserves better than this!

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    Well, Mass, this sounds like bad news to me!

    I don't consider myself a videophile or a technofreak, but I like carefully presented and restored source material, and this sounds extremely erratic, like, we have a couple of Netflix versions, and some other sources, let's slap them together and we have a product.

    Another disadvantage is that, generally speaking, the existing DVD versions tend to stick around, because, as the sources get older and become less interesting to market, reissues tend to be straight DVD copies with just perhaps a new, trendier looking sleeve, but no new scans, improved sound or extras. So no subtitles for the hearing-impaired, no interviews etc.

    I just got Season 2, which I'm satisfied with on the whole, because the widescreen does look great to me and opens up the excellent, panoramic cinematography, but I did notice the TV logo on the first episode, and the "Stills Gallery" (all of which we have on our site), which has two stills per episode at most, presented in the wrong order, and some episodes missing - that is, of episodes which have stills, because some don't have stills, for which Fabulous is not to blame.

    It's a real pity, sloppiness where we could have, not I'd say definitive collections, but at least consistently well and completely presented source material.

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    I just got my Season 4 set and went through a few episodes. It's not nearly as bad as I was expecting. Sometimes when the camera moves the video is slightly jerky, but since this show is 23.97 fps, it's not really that noticeable (to me, at least).
    I remember when I bought the last few seasons of Home Improvement. That show was shot on video, so it's supposed to look "live", but they screwed something up on them and several episodes felt like they were in slow motion. That's what I was expecting with this set, but these episodes are still completely watchable, in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregmasciola View Post
    I just got my Season 4 set and went through a few episodes. It's not nearly as bad as I was expecting. Sometimes when the camera moves the video is slightly jerky, but since this show is 23.97 fps, it's not really that noticeable (to me, at least).
    I remember when I bought the last few seasons of Home Improvement. That show was shot on video, so it's supposed to look "live", but they screwed something up on them and several episodes felt like they were in slow motion. That's what I was expecting with this set, but these episodes are still completely watchable, in my opinion.
    Good to hear that, Greg!

    I reckon as fans, we want things to be as perfect as they can, because the series is dear to us, and we happen to know lots of things about it that would escape the general viewer.

    Sometimes I believe we (including me) are nitpicking. I'm really glad we have them now as they are, at long last, in widescreen and with good image and sound. There's always room for improvement, and I do miss subtitles, nice extras and some more attention to production details. I think it's also matter of less than huge investments the company can afford, otherwise we would have subtitles, higher image resolution without interlacing etc.

    That's why S2 I think has a stills gallery, because there was some room left on the fourth disc, while the others could be squeezed onto 3 discs. They're just trying to economize, which is something a smallish enterprise has to do I guess.

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    http://www.filmwerk.co.uk/2013/02/03...ason-3-review/

    Season 3
    Four star-review by Lauren Cracknell


    It can often be said that the third season of a long running show is usually when it hits its peak and this is certainly true of Malcolm in the Middle. And when you have an award winning episode starring Susan Sarandon, Bradley Whitford, Christina Ricci and Heidi Klum you know you are in the hay day [sic, heyday] years of a show.

    We’re back with the same familiarity of characters, who have come into their own and the writing is just spot on. Whilst the show has become comfortable in what it is, it has not yet become complacent.

    In this season Malcolm and Reese are that step further into adolescence and the ensuing situations that entails (girls’ boobs), Dewey remains just superb as a character and as a child comedic actor, and no, it’s not just his ears. This season particularly seems to explore Dewey’s utter rage about the bullying he has endured from his brothers over the years and despite being weird and potentially very stupid you can see the foreshadowing of Dewey becoming the most powerful of them all! If you want to actually start analysing human behaviour in what is a light-hearted comedy you could applaud the writers for their development of Dewey as he grows to realise the abuse he has faced whilst we know that next season he becomes a big brother himself.

    A major highlight for me in season 3 is what has been increasing from the beginning, Malcolm’s parents Lois (Jane Kaczmarek) and Hal (Bryan Cranston). They have hilarious dialogue and scenes to play with and any episode which focuses more on them is a joy to watch. What I came to realise of this season is that I am envious of the marriage they have, they are just so beautifully made for each other and despite having the horror of four boys are still madly in love (with a lot of sex!). Who wouldn’t want that for themselves.

    An unfortunate low point for me is Francis’ (Christopher Masterson) plot lines. The eldest son has never been my favourite but this season he abandons military school and runs away to some northern state to end up trapped in more or less the same situation. These scenes generally just left me cold. We’ll see how it goes next season but I get the feeling it is the part of the show that will always just be a bit blurgh.

    My favourite moment in the entire season though has to be when Bradley Whitford is talking about his porn addiction.

    If you enjoyed the first two seasons there is no question that you should add this to your collection. If you haven’t bothered with the first two this is definitely worth purchasing as a stand alone season.

    http://www.filmwerk.co.uk/2013/03/04...ddle-season-4/

    Season 4
    Five star-review (!) by Lauren Cracknell


    As you’ll remember if you’ve read my other reviews of Malcolm in the Middle season 1-3 I have been reminded reviewing these just how great this show is. And thankfully with season 4 there is no decline in the standard of writing and comedy. If anything this may well be my favourite season yet.

    I’m going to say this season hits such a chord with me because I just identified with it so much. Be it the use of Malcolm’s friend’s father to scare away Lois’ mother only because he is black (shout out to racist Gran here) to the classic episode where Lois imagines what it would be like if her boys were girls. Coming from a family of three girls I am well aware we are evil. Much more than a pack of four boys could ever be. As female Malcolm pointed out to Lois, we know how you think and we will use it against you.

    The introduction of a new youngest. Sure I may be the youngest child but damn you nieces and nephews for taking away being the youngest in the family. The season opens with Malcolm having been sulking all summer because he is a teenager and the world sucks (according to my mother I didn’t speak to her for a year when I was a teenager – personally I don’t remember this).

    As with the other 3 seasons there are a plethora of familiar faces and whilst there are a few less in this season they are still there; Hayden Panettiere crops up as an impressive nemesis for Malcolm (along with some impressively frizzy hair) and the appearance of Christopher Lloyd as Hal’s father cannot be faulted, mainly because I don’t think I could ever fault Christopher Lloyd. If you’re a TV geek you will notice (mainly because I have just pointed it out) the appearance of a character in the episode Future Malcolm; it is the same guy from Friends who Phoebe talks out of killing himself. Same actor but the very subtle reveal is that he mentions his job selling toner.

    I continue with Malcolm in the Middle to love Dewey, particularly his issues with dealing with the birth of the youngest child and his continued outsmarting of his older brothers. He is an evil mastermind and demonstrates this with his subtle manipulation of adults.

    Whilst last season I found Hal and Lois and their relationship were the stars for me, it is Hal (Bryan Cranston) who is the outstanding feature of the entire show. He is just hilarious, every episode with Hal focus makes me laugh. I must however give props to the writing around Hal and Lois, faced with a fifth child and financial [troubles] they somehow manage to portray real fears and anxiety with both comedy and real emotion. It was also nice to see this season a change in the relationships between Lois and Francis. The end of the season you’ll know what I am referring to.

    I again am looking forward to season 5, knowing that season 4 will be something I watch again and again. I just hope the next season doesn’t begin a decline in the quality.


    http://www.conukopia.com/index.php/d...s-3-dvd-review

    Season 3
    by Emma Ward


    Malcolm in the Middle is one of those series (of which there are seven to enjoy) that is so easy to watch that before you know it you have watched quite a few and missed the release deadline and find yourself writing a review a day late. It’s a bit like doing your homework in detention, except this is easy detention where you get to mess about because no teacher has turned up to supervise.

    In this third series of the highly enjoyable peek at the lives of Malcolm and his family we are treated to Reese (Justin Berfield) going to high school, Francis (Christopher Masterson) leaving Military School and running away to Alaska, and Dewey (Erik Per Sullivan) looking after the school hamster ‘Bernard’.

    Malcolm (Frankie Muniz) is a genius who attends special classes much to his disdain. He often talks directly to camera giving us an insight into his thoughts of the family which are generally negative.

    The first episode sees the family on holiday in a houseboat with Malcolm's best friend Stevie and his parents. Malcolm’s parents, Hal (the ever excellent Bryan Cranston) and Lois (Jane Kaczmarek) try to keep their boys in check whilst with Stevie’s and his parents, but it is Stevie’s parents who cause more problems.

    Future delights for the observer of this probably truer to life than you would care to admit family include Malcolm getting a girlfriend, much to his parents' disdain; the aforementioned ‘Bernard’ being freed by Dewey to save him from the school bully and Lois taking dance lessons.

    Francis’ stories often run parallel to the main families; during the “Christmas” episode he is packed off to visit Lois’ mother, Ida (played with panache by Cloris Leachman). Ida is a grumpy, lonely old woman who appears to hate everyone. She has a jaded view of the world and does not welcome Francis into her home. They bicker constantly, but eventually part with a grudging respect for each other.

    There are some marvellous deviations into surreal places. At one point Hal is looking after the boys alone and has an assortment of consciences telling him what to do, these manifest themselves as himself in ever smaller guises until he is surrounded by mini Hals berating his parenting skills.

    Malcolm in the Middle is a consistently funny series. The situations the family find themselves in may be outlandish but there always seems to be a grain of reality. Anyone with siblings will appreciate the abject rivalry between the brothers, but when needed, they will join forces against their parents; Malcolm being the brains, Reese the brawn and Dewey the sweet angelic one.

    Guest stars in this series include, Tom Green, Heidi Klum, Christina Ricci and Colin Ferguson.

    http://www.conukopia.com/index.php/d...s-4-dvd-review

    Season 4
    by Emma Ward


    Here we go again with season four of this excellent sitcom. If you are new to Malcolm in the Middle let me introduce you to the family. Malcolm (Frankie Muniz) is the genius son and brother in a fraught American family. He is frequently the instigator of plans to make life better for himself and his brothers in a continual war with their parents. Malcolm’s intelligence is also often used to get the family out of tricky situations.

    Dewey (Erik Per Sullivan) is the youngest and probably wisest brother. He can turn on the charm when puppy dog eyes are required or speak reason to his panicking father. Reese (Justin Berfield) is the second eldest and least understood brother; he occupies a world of his own where simple things amuse him. He is both tormentor and occasional saviour to his younger brothers.

    Francis (Christopher Masterson) is the eldest of the four brothers. He was sent to military school after causing his parents many, many problems. He ran away from military school and worked for a time in Alaska until he again ran away. This season sees him grow up quite dramatically.

    Finally Malcolm’s parents Lois (Jane Kaczmarek) and Hal (Bryan Cranston). Lois is forced to rule over her family with an iron fist, she should be awarded medals and honours for keeping any kind of order amongst her unruly brood. Hal often behaves like another child. He is at times competitive and at others pathetic, he will reluctantly back his wife up when disciplining the boys but let them get away with most things when she is not around.

    So the scene is set for the fourth instalment of adventures for Malcolm and his family. We are treated to a trip to the Zoo where Malcolm and Dewey are almost eaten by tigers; Malcolm begins high school where he ends up humiliated by his mother in front of the whole school; we meet Hal's extended family in an episode which guest stars Christpher Lloyd who puts in a tour de force performance as Hal's dad.

    It is very difficult to find fault with this series, if anything I would say this series is better than the previous one, particularly with Francis’ storyline. Francis is generally away from his family apart from several visits each season. This year sees him down on his luck having recently married Piama (Emy Coligado) and being out of work. He meets Otto (Kenneth Mars) and Gretchen (Meagen Fay) who just happen to run a ranch and just happen to need a manager.

    The ranch is badly run and the employees take advantage of the overly generous Otto. Francis, who has gradually matured somewhat over the last two series does not take advantage and becomes a competent manager who looks out for Otto.

    It is this development of the characters that makes Malcolm in the Middle such an enjoyable show. Another good example is Malcolm himself; he is now taking an interest in girls and goes through a couple of relationships as he begins to find his way around these strange creatures. He also goes through various emotions; he becomes quite depressed in the first episode and tries to think before he speaks in another, initially enjoying other people’s reactions but eventually ending up becoming quite stressed and getting an ulcer.

    Lois surprises the family with an unexpected pregnancy this year which will no doubt cause some upset. It also means that actor Jane Kaczmarek does not have to continually hide her real baby bump behind cushions and assorted pieces of furniture.

    Whilst I would not generally associate with a family like this I am always interested to see where they will go and what they will do next. I look forward to seeing how they cope in the future.
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