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 Posted:   Oct 23, 2013 - 3:11 AM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

Hi guys,

Sorry I know this isn't a question about the music per se and is therefore strictly in the wrong board. But it is connected with the album release and the album's notes at least.

The notes tell me the original mini-series was 2 x 2-hour episodes.

Were the episodes really 2-hours long, or were they 90-minutes long in a two hour slot filled out by adverts?

In other words ... is there really a whole hour missing in the commonly available 3-hour concatenated version?

Cheers

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 23, 2013 - 3:18 AM   
 By:   daj3674   (Member)

I remember seeing the original aired episodes and I have the 2 DVD set whish runs at a combined 184 minutes and I can see no cuts in the dvd version .

I think the actual length of each episode is slightly over 1 hours 30 minutes, so i think the 2 hours per episode is a little over the top.

I presume therefore that the remaining unaccounted time is indeed for advertisements.

I read on IMdb that Reggie Nalder (Mr Barlow), was disappointed that further scenes featuring Mr Barlow were cut and never made it into the finished series.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 23, 2013 - 5:55 AM   
 By:   joec   (Member)

the miniseries without commercials runs a full 184 minutes

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 23, 2013 - 6:35 AM   
 By:   jwb   (Member)

I remember seeing the original aired episodes and I have the 2 DVD set whish runs at a combined 184 minutes and I can see no cuts in the dvd version .

I think the actual length of each episode is slightly over 1 hours 30 minutes, so i think the 2 hours per episode is a little over the top.

I presume therefore that the remaining unaccounted time is indeed for advertisements.

I read on IMdb that Reggie Nalder (Mr Barlow), was disappointed that further scenes featuring Mr Barlow were cut and never made it into the finished series.


I don't recall Nalder saying that, but I do remember hearing him say he hated the makeup process but what he got paid made up for it.

 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2013 - 1:33 AM   
 By:   Mr Drive   (Member)

IMDb says this:

Broadcast on network TV in the United States to fill a 200 minutes time slot; later cut to 150 minutes [...]

and

DVD contains 183 minute version which is the complete mini-series.

And Wikipedia:

Salem's Lot originally aired on CBS on November 17th and 24th of 1979 in two 2-hour segments. The following year, CBS aired an edited version of the miniseries in one 3-hour segment.

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So I guess the two 2-hour segments was the 90-minute parts plus advertisements and the 3-hour version was 150 minutes plus 30 minutes worth of ads.

Also, there was a 112 minute cut that was released theatrically in Europe in various versions. It had some alternate scenes, most of which are contained in the now official DVD version. It apparently also had different music in parts.

 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2013 - 2:19 AM   
 By:   Mr Drive   (Member)

The Nalder quote (from http://www.kinoeye.org/03/02/delvalle02.php):

Q: Salem's Lot (1979) was also done for television with a shorter version released in Europe as a feature. Tell me something about making it.

A: I had met James Mason before at the Cannes Film Festival. He is one of our best actors, highly regarded in Europe, a joy to work with. The director, Tobe Hooper, had asked for me from the start. The makeup and contact lenses were painful but I got used to them. I liked the money best of all. The scene where David Soul stakes me took many retakes because Tobe wanted me to die in a certain way. I never saw the other version but the cuts wouldn't have affected me anyway.

 
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