So, TOS announces today (that’s today! Not two weeks ago!) that Series III comes out in France on September 13th – new menus, re-mastered eps (particuarly pointless when it comes to Series III, but never mind – I’ve gone on about it long enough) and missing the odd extra like the commentaries and raw model footage. Presumably sales have held up despite Series 1’s “All his mates were French”.
The other interesting bit of DVD news is regarding Beat The Geek – Play lists the release as exempt from classification, and this was confirmed by Andrew on the Webboard – “We only got final word on that a week ago. Yep, DVD games are exempt… There WAS, for a long time, pressure to finish early enough for classification – even though we’d questioned whether it was needed. I think we finally got the news, of all ways, when the cover art came through!”
It does highlight some weird gaps in the classification system. There is a similar one with regards to commentaries – they don’t have to be submitted to the BBFC, and indeed the Red Dwarf ones aren’t. However recently, some Tomorrow People DVDs had to be recalled – because the swearing on the commentaries was not suitable for the classification.
On first glance, this appears to just be dumb. But it costs for DVDs to be classified by the BBFC – costs that are easily met by oufits like 2 | entertain, but hurt slightly for smaller distributors. Maybe it’s a good idea that every single bit of content doesn’t have to be classified, and companies are left to self-regulate slightly more – a term that I usually loathe, mainly because there’s always some companies that can’t be trusted – but here might just lead to more and better DVD releases for everyone. After all, it’s not like recalls aren’t enforced if companies take the piss.
Enough waffling. Beat The Geek should also have a preview at DJ, much like the DVD doccos in the last couple of years. Whether it’s simply some footage of it, or something rather more interactive, remains to be seem. Actually, we haven’t mentioned much of what’s coming up at DJ – there’s the Smeg Or No Smeg competition (DO YOU SEE IT’S LIKE DEAL OR NO DEAL), and also… karaoke. I’d enter it myself, but for some reason I seem to be under the impression that I have some self-dignity. Hmmm.
…Was that spun out into a decent article? Yeah, I think that scrapes it. Well done, John.