According to discussion on the webboard, GNP are giving serious consideration to having the “Xtended” versions of the series VII episodes as the standard on the next DVD. Nothing’s official yet, but according to our sources you can expect mention of it in tomorrow’s DVD update.
What do you think of this? I’m not sure. I think the Xtended versions come off really badly – not because of the material that’s kept in, but because of the way the laughter track was removed. It’s not pleasant watching the actors leave pauses inbetween lines for laughter that doesn’t show up, and I hope that if this rumour is indeed true, a laughter track is added back to the episodes. That said, some good material is in the longer versions, so maybe it wouldn’t be such a bad thing. But should they be kept as broadcast? Or as Doug originally wanted them? It’s a tricky one.
Yes, this was a gag. A wheeze. A joke. Sorry, folks. Solks. The idea of this post was that it would be a red herring, that you’d all immediately twig that it was a gag, and thus think that the movie script was real. Ironic, then, that more of you were conned by this! Including Mister Ellard himself. Hurrah. Anyway, you can read more about it here. Hope you enjoyed it, anyway.