Remember when Dylan and Brenda broke up in season three and Brenda listened to "Losing My Religion" on a loop? Yeah. Well if you buy these dvds, you won't be hearing that. Remember when Kelly and Dylan spent the night on the beach, also in season 3, and Sophie B. Hawkins, "Damn I wish I was your lover" played in the background. That's gone too.
So is "Can't Cry Hard Enough" when Dylan sees himself as a child after his dad "dies." So is Guns n Roses' "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" after Scott dies in season 2. So is "Nobody Knows Me" by Lyle Lovett after Antonia dies in season six. So is "Graduation Day" by Chris Isaak in the beginning of Graduation Day in the season 7 finale. So is "Living in a Fantasy" by the Rainbow Band when David starts using drugs in season four.
You get the gist here? Every song that you relate to this series has been taken from you through these dvds. In Slumber Party in season one, the girls still sing to "Mony Mony" but the music playing in the background is different. In season one's Perfect Mom, entire scenes have been removed because Jim Walsh originally plays keyboard throughout this episode. And this trend only increases significantly throughout the series when the dvds begin to feature entire episodes that have been heavily edited from their original broadcasts. The edits are so extensive that they even cut the rush song in season four because the rights to "Que Sera Sera" weren't acquired. This practice saves CBS money at your expense.
By not buying these dvds, you can send a message to CBS that it's not ok with us, the fans of the show, that they're profiting on these altered dvds and that they have tricked us into spending a great deal of money on cheap imitations of one of FOX's longest running series. If you love this show, please do not purchase this item. Other studios and merchandisers have dealt with the music licensing issue in a much more appropriate and considerate manner by replacing songs that could not be cleared with other songs that correspond to the scenes and fall within the time period. In these dvds however, CBS has without prejudice, replaced all of the music with in-house muzak that has never been heard since and will never be heard again. This show and the people who worked on it deserve better than this.
Please join me in boycotting these dvds and instead watch the show when it airs on SoapNet (starting with episode one as of yesterday) or even buy pirated dvds from websites like sell.com. The people who did this don't deserve to profit on this release, and us fans do not deserve to be taken advantage of this way, especially when CBS was not willing to spend a little more money to make this a quality product for us.
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