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4.0 out of 5 stars What happens in Vegas sometimes can't be cleared..., February 20, 2005
This review is from: Las Vegas: Season 1 (Uncut & Uncensored) (DVD)
NBC's Monday night glitzfest comes to DVD with almost everything intact. As far as the "uncensored" part is concerned, I've only found two scenes that were probably cut for TV. The couple in the elevator in the pilot episode, and the wet-t-shirt contest in "New Orleans" (networks hate nipples, ya' know). The extras are okay, although I saw the "Rumble in the Montecito" AFL promo when NBC ran it during halftime of the Gator Bowl. The Las Vegas history lesson looks too much like things I've seen on other DVDs, like the original Ocean's Eleven, "The Rat Pack's Las Vegas", etc. I like GST's description of "The Night The Lights Went Out in Vegas" as a "bottle show"...just the main cast, no unusual exteriors, the main sets (that aren't fully lit) and a few extras who don't have lines (another cost saver). By the way, for the trivia buffs, the blonde that winks at Danny is Christa Sauls, the computer specialist from "Acapulco H.E.A.T".
But, since the big gripe everyone has is about "A Little Less Conversation" (for the record, this IS the version that was going to be used in Elvis' 68 special, but not the JXL remixed version), hopefully I can clear something up. The average cost to clear a song for TV is $2,500 per minute, per use. For home video, it's $1,000. So, for this package, at the low end, it would have cost $23,000 to have this in every episode in the package. But that is a low figure, as I am sure that an Elvis song goes for much more. So we get it for the pilot, and that's it. All the other shows get, at least according to the series' fan club site, the music used on the internationally syndicated version of the show.
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Initial post: Nov 14, 2010 7:02:39 AM PST
Shore DJ --- thanx for the info on royalty fees for songs in DVDs. The $23,000 you mentioned ... is that a total fee? That is, if the studio sold 200,000 copies of the DVD and the fee of $23,000 --- does that mean the fee would boil down to 11 1/2 cents per DVD sold? That would seem to be a reasonable cost.

Posted on Jan 17, 2011 9:51:08 AM PST
Who Cares

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2011 11:00:54 AM PST
I cared, you mental midget.
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