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    Hi again,

    According to the amazon site, the new release of series one is 650
    minutes duration. If this is correct, it's not good news.

    Series one is 15 episodes and at 50 minutes each (the time allocated
    when the BBC originally broadcast the episodes in 1971) the total
    length should be approaching 750 minutes. If you allow a couple of
    minutes for BBC "ads" between programmes and say each episode,
    including titles, actually ran for 47/48 minutes, this would make the
    total for series one just over 700 minutes. (I hope this makes sense
    to everyone!)

    By the way, according to the box, the Dutch Memphis Belle version of
    series one is 627 minutes (this is the same as the version released
    on video by the BBC in the early 1990s and Playback on DVD three or
    four years ago). This at least implies the 2 Entertain release is
    different to those previously available in Europe. I really can't
    believe a company is going to release the BBC video/Playback
    DVD/Memphis Belle DVD shortened version yet again as hardly anyone
    would buy it!!

    Hopefully, the DVD duration on amazon is an error.

    And in reply to Bill's message yesterday, as far as I'm aware the
    Memphis Belle releases of series three and four are uncut i.e. as
    originally broadcast by the BBC though I have to admit that I've
    still not watched these (lack of time, definitely not lack of desire!)

    Have a good weekend everyone.


    Hi again everyone,

    I sent a message earlier today but it hasn't been posted on the forum
    so will redo. Sorry if it comes through twice.

    According to Amazon, the 2 Entertain version is only 650 minutes. If
    correct, this is bad news.

    When broadcast by the BBC in 1971, series one consisted of fifteen
    episodes, each lasting 47/48 minutes including opening and closing
    titles. (Each episode had a 50 minute timeslot but this would have
    included previews of forthcoming programmes, etc.) So to be the
    complete series one with Cry of the Blackbird and no cuts, the DVD
    should be at least 700 minutes duration.

    By the way, the duration of series one on the Dutch Memphis Belle
    issue is 627 minutes.

    Hopefully the information on Amazon is an error.

    Re series three and four:

    In reply to your message, Bill, the Memphis Belle issue of these
    series doesn't have any cuts as far as I'm aware. The episodes are
    as originally broadcast.

    Have a good weekend everyone.


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