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1.0 out of 5 stars Only the yellow cover 'Ivor The Engine' DVD is actually complete!, 14 Jan 2013
This review is from: Ivor The Engine (DVD)
The 1 star is only for the ( defective - as I will explain ) blue cover DVD -
It is 5 stars for the yellow cover DVD
& for Ivor in general! :

If anyone's thinking of buying this blue cover edition of the 'complete' Ivor The Engine DVD-
( its release date was in early-ish 2005) Its probably best NOT to!

This is because it was a faulty release -
& is actually incomplete - with about 8 missing episodes
(of the 24 episodes which should be on it).
The running time is only 2 hours 6 minutes but should be 3 hours 6 minutes (approx).
( On the DVD box is says it is 3 hours 6 minutes but this is NOT the case )

Accordingly, in 2005 Univeral studios who released this DVD withdrew it & re-issued it later in 2005
( with the missing episodes properly re-instated ) & then again [ it would appear] in early 2006:

These later correct & actually complete DVDs of the colour Ivor The Engine films have a yellow cover - so that's the one to get.

The yellow one is quite cheap & this deleted/withdrawn blue one is expensive -
but if you are a collector who wants a different sleeve or whatever;
be aware of the nature of the ( about one third incomplete ) blue cover one as mentioned!

To complicate things a bit - here at Amazon it says that the yellow cover DVD is 140 minutes long - this is wrong; it is the correct & complete 186 minutes ( 3 hours 6 minutes ) as mentioned

Incidentally the earlier vhs tape of the Complete Ivor the Engine, like the later yellow cover DVD, contains all the episodes - ie it is also approximately 3 hours 6 minutes long

( It also might be worth saying the following information -

Of the 24 episodes mentioned above; some of these are longer episodes than the rest:

This is because in the original 1970's colour broadcasts there were 40 [ or maybe 39 - its hard to get the exact info even with the internet ] 5-minute episodes [ possibly more like 4 & a half minutes long ].

Later on Oliver Postgate with some of these original 5-minute episodes edited two or more of them [ up to 4 or 5 at most probably ] into single episodes -

He did this because due to a direct continuation of a storyline in those instances it made good aesthetic sense.

As far as I am aware nothing absolutely essential was left out in this editing process
[ only opening & closing credits - & any repeated scenes - were omitted;
& any repeated scenes would almost certainly have been identical in content to those in the preceding episode; due to the low-budget time-intensive nature of the work ].

Of course ideally it would be nice to see them all additionally as 5-minuters with those missing title sequences etc - but the editing works well I think. )
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Initial post: 6 May 2013 09:26:58 BDT
Thank you so much, that was very helpful. I have been 'making do' with the VHS for many years because of the confusion about the different releases, but now I have bought the 'yellow' DVD and it does indeed have the full content. The most confusing thing (which you don't mention) is that, judging from the reviews, the Clangers/Bagpuss/Ivor triple pack (release 2007(!)) contains the truncated version - even though it shows the yellow artwork on its cover.
By the way, the 24 episodes presented on the correct DVD are made (respectively) from 1,1,2,1,4,1,1,2,1,1,2,2,1,2,5,1,1,2,1,2,1,2,1,2 original '5 minute' episodes, which makes a total of 40 original episodes.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 May 2013 03:55:47 BDT
Last edited by the author on 7 May 2013 03:59:11 BDT
Glad to be of help.
Having only the single individual DVD releases of Ivor/Clangers/Bagpuss
I wasn't aware that the triple pack is incomplete as mentioned.

Thanks for clarifying re originally 40 '5-minute' episodes:
In the past when I combed the internet for info on this, some places said 39 & some said 40.

A little off-topic but I just wish the 14 episodes of 'Pogles Wood' which have not been released on DVD ( & only one of those 14 was ever released on vhs ) would be given a release.

These episodes are nearly all of series one:

From that series only 'Cake Crumbs' is out on DVD
( & 'Honey Bees' was out on VHS ) -

So that means 11 of the 13 Series One episodes have never had any release.

And the same is true for 2 of the 13 Series Two episodes
( 'Bears In The Wood' & 'Roundabouts' from Series Two have never been released in any format ).

When Mr Postgate was alive he didn't really want to release these episodes apparently;
but about 2 & a half years ago at an animation festival I spoke to his son ( I forget if it is Daniel or Steven Postgate ) who is sorting out his father's film legacy & who was not aware that these ones hadn't come out;
I explained about his father's reluctance but he said that wouldn't be a problem & he'd look into it.

And of course he is keen for the original black & white Ivors to be released - ( re the b/w Ivors ; this was widely reported in the media when he came across these when sorting through his Dad's things ) although I've heard nothing more about either of these issues since then.
( incidentally his father was also apparently reluctant to release the b/w Ivors ie not just the episodes of 'Pogles Wood' as mentioned )

Likewise 3 or so years ago Loaf who runs the Dragons Friendly Society ( who have released the b/w Smallfilms work on DVD ) said at a BFI event that The Seal of Neptune/ The Mermaids Pearls series would definitely be out on DVD in their entirety
( I think he said in about a year from then ) -
But I have heard no further news on this since.

Which is a shame as I would love to see all these works - & all other unreleased Smallfilms material as well.

Posted on 19 Dec 2013 19:16:12 GMT
Have you tried flipping the disc? I only say because I have some DVD's from abroad that fit 8 hours of film on them but you have to flip it over, which, strangely is similar to the title of one of the films...
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