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On 8/9/96 Don Larsson wrote:
 
>Regarding the video of THEREMIN, Richard Leskosky wonders:
>"Does anyone know what may have been altered between theatrical and video
>versions?  The video ran 84 minutes. Brian Wilson's use of the F-word in
>describing his employment of the theremin on "Good Vibrations" was not
>censored, so I can't imagine what might have been edited out."
>
>
>I can say with any certainty about this particular film, but it may not have
>been edited for length or comment at all.  A number of telecasts or videos
>now contain notifications that the format has been altered, meaning apparently
>screen ratio--thus stuff at the edge may have been croppped, pan-and-scan used,
>or similar devices.
 
 
Not to appear ungrateful, but my original posting clearly stated that the
advisory concerned editing for content, not format.  I am quite aware of
the various ways images are tinkered with when films are put on video.
 
I think we should all be careful about misquoting someone and then thereby
mputing a lack of knowledge to that person. However inadvertent and
well-intentioned such an error might be, it can still ruffle feathers.
 
Randy Riddle's  suggestion
 
>This may have to do with licensing of music or some kind of visuals for the
>film.
 
sounds like it's on the right track.  If it is, that also probably means
that it could be almost impossible to detect a difference unless you were
to do a synchronized comparison of  a film and a tape version of  THEREMIN.
 
Richard J. Leskosky
 
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