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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars for the show, but disappointed with the DVD format, October 9, 2010
This review is from: Rich Man, Poor Man: The Complete Collection (DVD)
I was 13 years old when the original RMPM first aired in 1976, and I was so enthralled by it that I watched it all over again a year later when ABC reran it after Book 2 completed its run. During both of these broadcasts, Book 1 consisted of seven episodes. Episodes 1, 2, 3, 6, and 7 were of two hours duration, while episodes 4 and 5 were one hour each.

During the Eighties, Book 1 was rerun several times in syndication, and I took each opportunity to tape it on VHS. There were two different versions syndicated: one edited the series into eight 90-minute episodes; the other edited it into twelve 60-minute episodes. These format changes created artificial chapter endings that were not intended by the original script and which also altered the dramatic pacing of the story. (The proper ending of Chapter 1 should be Tom being sent away from home rather than Axel and Mary having an argument in the 90-minute version or Julie walking down the street in the 60-minute version.) In addition, the order of several scenes was juggled to fit this reformatting, and a few scenes were cut completely as well, so no syndicated version was ever complete or matched the show's original run. So I kept my tapes of all the different versions -- the earliest of which were recorded using an aerial antenna and not very good quality, while the later tapes were recorded off of cable and far better.

During the Nineties, Columbia House released the series on VHS in the 12-chapter, one-hour episode format... but while they claimed the series was complete, several scenes were missing. So I painstakingly combined the Columbia House footage with footage from the best syndicated version, restoring deleted scenes and restoring the two-hour episode format and proper chapter endings, and I edited a hybrid which came as close as possible to the show's original 1976 7-chapter run. This version is what I have watched over the years since then, enabling me to enjoy this wonderful miniseries as I had originally enjoyed it more than thirty years ago.

After years of waiting for a US DVD release, I was overjoyed to see it had finally happened. I'm ordering my set right now. But I am deeply disappointed to see that apparently the original 1976 format was not used and that Book 1 is edited into the syndicated 12-chapter version. I don't understand why Book 1 couldn't be released as originally broadcast. Surely Universal could have provided A&E with the original format instead of the syndicated version. Re-editing and reformatting the series for various syndicated markets over the years was a necessity, but there was no need to release the official US DVD version in anything other than the original broadcast format and the way Book 1 was originally meant to be viewed.
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Initial post: Oct 14, 2010 11:23:17 PM PDT
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Posted on Oct 15, 2010 2:38:28 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 17, 2010 4:19:35 PM PDT
Filmman says:
I just finished watching Disc 1, and although it says it contains Episodes 1-4 (as in the Columbia House Video 60-minute format), it actually contains the original Chapters 1 and 2 presented as they were back in 1976 in two-hour time slots. For example, Chapter 1 was split into two episodes for syndication right between the scene that shows Julie walking down the street after leaving home and the scene in which Axel and Mary argue after discussing Rudy's birthday. In the syndicated version, end credits were superimposed over a freeze-frame of Julie walking down the street, and opening credits were superimposed over the scene in which her bus arrives at King's Landing. On this dvd, there is no interruption and Chapter 1 continues all the way through in its original format. So does Chapter 2.

So Disc 1 presents the material as it was originally broadcast in 1976, and it also restores some footage that hasn't been seen in years and that was cut from syndicated versions. (The cap and gown scene before graduation is among this footage.) However, some footage actually seen in syndication is missing from Chapter 2. The cut occurs right after the scene in which Rudy tries to meet Julie backstage after her play only to see her go off with Willie. In the next scene, Rudy and Brad are in a coffee shop and Brad gets up to get a phone book with the words, "Wait a minute". The full scene, which I have on VHS from a syndicated version I taped during the late Eighties, actually begins with an establishing shot of the theater district, then cuts to Rudy and Brad in the coffee shop. They are sitting there and moping, and the following conversation ensues:

Brad: So what were you doing?
Rudy: Nothing much, besides feeling like a jerk.
Brad: Well, I'm sorry, buddy.
Rudy: Oh, I expect I'll live.
Brad: I guess that does it for the millionaire nymphomaniacs, huh? Unless you've got an alternative plan.
Rudy: The 1:15 back to Whitby is the best one I can come up with.
Brad: Yeah, New York, New York, it's a hell of a town.

The scene then cuts to Julie and Willie standing in the middle of their hotel room, and they are undressing each other and counting each other's buttons. The following dialog ensues:

Willie: Six... seven... eight...
Julie: One... two...
Willie: ...nine...
Julie: ...three... Do you know something?
Willie: (annoyed) Yes. You have eleven buttons. It's a whole day's work.
Julie: I would beat up anybody who tried to make a pass at you.
Willie: Yes, I bet you would, too. But then of course, you were made of stronger stuff.
Julie: That's right.

They kiss, then Willie struggles to unhook Julie's bra, and the dialog continues:

Willie: You know, one day they must invent something better.
Julie: (laughing) C'mon, let *me* do it.

Julie takes off her bra and Willie admires her breasts, then Julie gets into bed with the words, "Hurry up".

The 12-episode Columbia House Video version shows the establishing shot of the theater district, but picks up the scene at the same point that the A&E DVD does, with Brad getting up to get the phone book. I imagine that the first part of the coffee shop scene, as well as the first part of the hotel room scene, were cut from the 12-episode syndicated version to fit time constraints (and in the case of the hotel room scene, perhaps because of the undressing), but I don't understand why this trimmed footage wasn't restored for the US dvd release. Especially since other bits of footage that were likewise trimmed from different syndicated versions over the years has been restored. I'll keep watching out for any more missing footage, and perhaps I'll upload trimmed footage to YouTube.

Posted on Oct 16, 2010 2:24:10 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 17, 2010 3:43:59 PM PDT
Filmman says:
I just finished watching Disc 2, and while I was pleased to see that Disc 1 contains Chapters 1 and 2 in their original, two-hour format, Disc 2 has Chapter 3 cut into two one-hour episodes (Episodes 5 and 6) in the syndicated format. Chapter 3, as originally broadcast in 1976 and rerun in 1977, was a two-hour episode just like Chapters 1 and 2, with an actual running time of around 96 minutes. It didn't end with Tom in the hospital looking at newborn Wesley and saying, "Ain't nothin' in the world that's gonna stop me now", but continued on all the way through to the scene which ends with Brad telling Rudy, "On the way to fame and fortune, son."

I wish A&E had been consistent in the way the chapters are presented in this dvd release. Having watched Discs 1 and 2 so far, I've found that Chapters 1, 2, 4, and 5 are presented as they were originally broadcast on ABC back in '76 and '77, but Chapter 3 is split into two episodes as it was broadcast in syndication during the Eighties and Nineties.

The only footage that was in the original broadcast that I've noticed has been cut from the dvd so far, though, are the two scenes from Chapter 2 that I talked about earlier.

Posted on Oct 16, 2010 6:35:47 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 17, 2010 5:01:43 PM PDT
Filmman says:
Now that I've watched all of Book 1, I have to say that I'm still disappointed with the way this dvd release was put together.

First, the missing footage. Although this release restores all of the footage from the original 1976 broadcast and 1977 rerun that was cut from syndicated and home release versions over the years, Chapter 2 is missing the footage that I talked about earlier. Since previously trimmed footage was restored, I don't understand why Chapter 2 is missing any footage at all.

My biggest gripe, however, is the way the chapters are presented. As I mentioned above, the miniseries' original format was seven chapters. Chapters 1, 2, 3, 6, and 7 were two hours each, while Chapters 4 and 5 were one hour each. The 12-chapter, one-hour episode version was one of the re-edited syndicated versions. This US dvd release should have presented the miniseries in its original format, yet it combines both the original format and the syndicated format, which makes even less sense than abandoning the original format and using the syndicated format for the entire release.

To illustrate what I mean, the following compares the 1976-77 original format with the US dvd release. On the left are the original format's chapters, on the right are the corresponding dvd and syndicated "episodes".

Chapter 1 = Episodes 1 and 2
Chapter 2 = Episodes 3 and 4
Chapter 3 = Episodes 5 and 6
Chapter 4 = Episode 7
Chapter 5 = Episode 8
Chapter 6 = Episodes 9 and 10
Chapter 7 = Episodes 11 and 12

While Disc 1 states that it contains four separate episodes, leading one to believe it follows the syndicated version, it actually contains Chapters 1 and 2 in their original two-hour format, not four one-hour syndicated episodes. A&E should have continued with this format, yet Disc 2 then presents the two-hour Chapter 3 split into two one-hour syndicated episodes, which the disc calls Episodes 5 and 6. Disc 2's Episodes 7 and 8 are identical to the original format's Chapters 4 and 5 because there is no difference between the original and syndicated versions of these installments. Both were always one-hour each.

Disc 3, which splits up the original two-hour Chapter 6 into Episodes 9 and 10 and the original two-hour Chapter 7 into Episodes 11 and 12, is the best example of how schizophrenic this release is. The print used for Chapter 7's material is obviously from the original format, yet it's still split into two episodes. How do I know it's from the original format? Because the end of Episode 11 doesn't have the signature trumpet closing music and credits that occur before the fade at the end of each original format chapter or syndicated episode. It just ends abruptly and cuts to what is actually the final end title of the entire miniseries (which shows the poster of Rudy's and Tom's faces with Julie in between them). Immediately afterward, we see the main opening title of the miniseries, then Episode 12 begins without the credits which are always superimposed over a chapter's or episode's first scene.

Look at the end of Episode 9. It freezes on Julie's face, the trumpet music and credits come in before the fade out, then the end titles and closing theme music follow. (In the original Chapter 6, that scene just faded out, then the chapter continued after the commercial break.) Now look at the beginning of Episode 10. After the main title, opening credits are superimposed over the scene where Tom and Roy return to the ship. (In the original version, this scene occurred after the commercial break and had no titles superimposed over it.) So Episodes 9 and 10 are obviously taken from the syndicated version which split Chapter 6 into two episodes. However, Episode 11 has no closing trumpet music or credits superimposed over Falconetti after he sees Tom and Wes, and Episode 12 has no superimposed titles over the scene in which Roy tells Tom he saw Falconetti. So the print used for Episodes 11 and 12 is actually the original two-hour Chapter 7 (which froze on Falconetti's face and then slowly and ominously dissolved into the Tom & Roy scene), yet it's still cut in half as if it were the syndicated version and has the end title and main title artificially stuck in between them where the dissolve should be. Why???

I wish A&E had decided to stick with either the original format or the syndicated version, instead of this mish-mash. It must also be pointed out that some of the episodes are rather dull and reddish, while others are crisp and clear. In fact, the inferior quality occurs in episodes which are taken directly from the syndicated version of Book 1 and not from the original version's complete two-hour chapters. This makes sense, because prints used for syndicated releases are often inferior in quality to the original broadcasts.

So all in all, this US dvd release, while most welcome after all these years, is not what it could have or should have been. No chapter should be missing any footage, and the original format should have been used all the way through.

Posted on Oct 16, 2010 9:12:15 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 17, 2010 4:55:54 PM PDT
Filmman says:
Incredibly, and inexcusably, there's also a lot of footage missing from Chapter 7, from the dvd's Episodes 11 and 12. There are three significant cuts. Two entire scenes are missing and part of another has been omitted.

The first missing scene occurs right after the shot of Tom's airplane landing when he returns to New York. On the dvd, this is immediately followed by a shot of a building, and we hear Rudy and Tom in voice-overs:

Rudy: Want a drink?
Tom: Oh, I'd love a drink.

In the complete version, the shot of the plane landing is followed by a scene in which Rudy and Tom are walking along inside the airport terminal, and the following dialog ensues:

Tom: (hands Rudy a package) Here, I've got something for you.
Rudy: (takes package) What's this?
Tom: Oh, something I've owed you for a long time.
Rudy: (opens package, brings out a yellow pullover) A yellow pullover.

Both men laugh, remembering how Tom would wear Rudy's yellow pullover when they were kids.

Tom: How's the big politician?
Rudy: Oh, still fooling them. How is the big sea captain?
Tom: Trying.
Rudy: Look, first we'll stop by the passport office, get that in the works. I've already talked to the man, he'll get you a valid passport under your real name.
Tom: Good.

This is a nice little scene in that it shows how all the bad feelings between the brothers is water under the bridge, that they can joke about their childhood squabbles. It also explains how Tom gets the passport he later shows to the colonel at Wesley's military academy.

The omitted footage occurs during the very next scene, where Rudy tells Tom about Wesley being at the academy and Theresa being a prostitute. During the scene, part of the dialog goes like this:

Tom: How's Julie these days?
Rudy: Fine... fine... fine... (pause) Not so fine, really. She, uh, she's got her problems.
Tom: You too?

Then the scene cuts to a close-up of Rudy and he says, "I wonder what our lives would have been like if you hadn't left home then."

The cut, and the sudden change of subject in the conversation, seems a bit jarring. The reason for this is that a whole section of the scene has been cut right after Tom asks, "You too?" Here's how the dialog continues in the missing footage:

Tom: How's Julie these days?
Rudy: Fine... fine... fine... (pause) Not so fine, really. She, uh, she's got her problems.
Tom: You too?
Rudy: (evades the question) So... what are your plans?
Tom: They're simple. I'm gonna get my son and take him to a country where he can breathe some fresh air.
Rudy: How long do you figure on keeping him in Europe?
Tom: Forever.
Rudy: That's a long time.
Tom: Well, maybe I'll let him come back someday, Rudy, when you get elected president and you clean up this nuthouse of a country. After you get all the crooks in jail, and the judges, and the congressmen, and the cops, and all those high-priced lawyers. You get all them guys in the can, and in the meantime if you don't get your head blown off, then maybe I'll let him come for a visit.
Rudy: (studies Tom for a moment) It's still there, isn't it?
Tom: What?
Rudy: You remember that night, you knocked Pa through the pastry case? Every once in a while, I can just see that look in your face.
Tom: Yeah, I guess it is. It's that damn stupid temper of mine. Yeah, I guess it's still there.
Rudy: I wonder what our lives would have been like if you hadn't left home then.

Then the scene continues as it does on the dvd.

Just as with the missing footage from Chapter 2, I don't know why this footage wasn't restored either for the dvd release. You could argue that the omitted dialog above was cut out because of Tom's cynicism about America, but the dialog is a valid observation from his point of view, given his experience with the mafia and crooked cops on the take like Pete Tierney. The dialog is also important because it's part of the recurring motif of Tom telling Rudy to go after the bad guys, something which Rudy took to heart in the wake of Tom's death and committed himself to doing in Book 2 by going after Estep.

The second entire scene that's missing occurs right after the hospital scene in Episode 12 when Rudy visits Julie after he tears apart the photo lab at the school paper. That scene ends with Rudy saying , "I want that chance, Julie. I really do" and Julie replying, "Oh, God, Rudy, so do I. So do I." On the dvd, the scene cuts immediately to Tom and Kate kissing at their wedding. In the original version, the scene cuts to a shot of Rudy and Julie riding horses at a desert resort with a superimposed title that says: "Arizona -- Two Months Later". Marsh Goodwin is waiting for them beside a limousine, and they ride up to him.

Rudy; Hey, Marsh! How are you?
Marsh: Hey, Rudy! Julie, you're looking fabulous.
Julie: Thank you.
Marsh: You really are. You must be doing something right.
Julie: You know what they say -- early to bed, early to rise. It may be dull, but at least you can remember where you've been.

Rudy and Julie get off their horses and walk with Marsh.

Rudy: Well, this is a surprise.
Marsh: Yeah, how about that?
Rudy. Uh-huh.

There's an uncomfortable pause, then Julie speaks.

Julie: Well, you'll have to excuse me. I'm about ready for my morning Bloody Mary. (laughs) Just kidding!

Julie moves off, and Rudy and Marsh sit down at a table beside a pool.

Rudy: Are you going to be able to stay?
Marsh: I'm on my way to Phoenix. I just stopped by to see how you were. And Julie.
Rudy: Oh, she's fine. Fine, so far. There's been some liver damage, but nothing really serious if she can keep dry.
Marsh: And she is, I take it.
Rudy: Well, she hasn't had a drop since Whitby.
Marsh: The reason I ask is, we're getting some very interesting feedback from that wild man stunt you pulled up there. Turns out a substantial segment of the people we polled approve of what you did -- or at least understand it.
Rudy: Well, maybe somebody will explain that to me someday.
Marsh: There's a backlash starting. A lot of people, and it goes pretty high in the party, feel that the tougher image is a definite political plus these days. What I'm saying is, and I'm not alone, we think your decision to leave politics was a mistake.
Rudy: (considers a while) Thanks, but, uh, pass.
Marsh: Are you telling me you've kicked it?
Rudy: I've got Julie to consider.
Marsh: Well, I've got to go. (gets up to leave, turns back) We've got a seat in the House of Representatives that would be a positive lock for you.
Rudy: (cynically) Is that a fact?

Rudy accompanies Marsh back to the limo.

Marsh: Don't say yes or no, just let it simmer. Hey, are you going over for Tom's wedding?
Rudy: Yes, are you?
Marsh: No, I can't make it, but I *will* be in Portofino a couple of weeks afterward. Why don't we meet there? We'll have some jokes. (gets into limo) Maybe take this conversation a step further.
Rudy: We'll see.
Marsh: Be sure to give my best to Tom and his wife.

Julie returns and joins Rudy, and Marsh waves at them as the limo starts to leave. Rudy and Julie watch the limo drive away.

Julie: What was *that* all about?
Rudy: He's going to be in Portofino this summer. He thought we might get together.
Julie: (long pause) Thinking about going back into politics?

Rudy pauses even longer, considering it, and Julie looks worried he'll say yes. But Rudy sticks to his decision.

Rudy: We made a bargain, didn't we?

Rudy smiles to reassure her, then moves off. Julie doesn't look very reassured, and the scene freezes on a close-up of her face, which then dissolves into a wide angle shot of the French Riviera. Then the scene cuts to Tom and Kate kissing at their wedding.

This entire Arizona scene is simply gone from the dvd (it was never included in the Columbia House Video release either, yet was shown in syndication), and it covers a lot of territory. It shows how Julie went into rehab after the fiasco in Whitby, how Marsh Goodwin tried to convince Rudy to go back into politics and left the door open for him, and how Rudy put Julie ahead of his career this time. It also explains how and why Rudy later got back into politics in Book 2. Later on, when Rudy and Julie are talking after Tom rescues her from Falconetti, Rudy says, "Would you just tell me why, Julie? After we've been through the hospital, we've been through the ranch..." The ranch refers to the Arizona scene.

I'm glad I still have the complete original version of Book 1 on VHS that I restored. It's probably the closest thing to the 1976 broadcast that exists.

Posted on Oct 17, 2010 9:54:00 PM PDT
Filmman says:
The only thing I'm going to say about this dvd release of Book 2 is that with one exception, it presents the series exactly as it was originally broadcast on ABC. It appears to be complete and there is no missing footage.

The exception is the series' opener. The material that is presented on Disc 4 as Episodes 1 and 2 was originally broadcast as a two-hour television movie which began the series, and A&E has once again used the syndicated prints which split this movie into two one-hour episodes. The rest of Book 2 is as originally broadcast since it was basically a one-hour weekly tv series, and other than the two-hour series premiere, both the original broadcast version and the syndicated version are identical.

Book 2 premiered in September of 1976 and ran through March of 1977. It was immediately followed by a rerun of Book 1, whose seven chapters were shown uncut during April and May of '77, a year after its original broadcast. I still remember all this as if it had been yesterday, such was the impression RMPM left on me. As the very first miniseries ever broadcast, it was a big, epic event, and there was a great deal of hoopla surrounding not only the original '76 broadcast but the '77 rerun as well. I was living in New York City and I remember the posters in the subway, the same poster which appears in the end title at the very end of Book 1. I even remember the bumpers they showed during commercial breaks. They showed a hardcover copy of the novel against a black background, rising into the picture until you could see the entire cover fully. This was accompanied by a very heraldic interpretation of the first seven notes of the main theme music, and an announcer intoned, "An ABC novel for television".

I should point out a big discrepancy in Book 2 that has always bothered me over the years. The events of Book 1's Chapter 7 (Episodes 11 and 12 on Disc 3) take place in 1965, but Book 2 states they took place in 1963. Book 2 alters the timeline and claims Tom and Kate married two years earlier than they did, and only one year after Rudy and Julie married. It seems the timeline was altered to adjust Wesley's age so he would be older in 1968 than he actually would have been. The writers of Book 2 were determined to set the events in '68, so they took some dramatic license and created this inconsistency.

Much has been said on whether or not Book 2 is a worthy successor to Book 1. Comparing them is like comparing apples and oranges, since they were done in different styles. While Book 1 was a miniseries, Book 2 was a weekly tv series. Book 1 was adapted from an already existing novel, Book 2 was written from scratch. Some of Book 2 works, in my opinion, while some of it doesn't. Since the events in Book 2 unfold over less than a year, it lacks the epic feel and scope of Book 1's twenty-year sweep. All things considered, when you compare Book 2 to Book 1 in its original format, Book 2 seems decidedly inferior. Book 1 was directed and filmed in the manner of a theatrical feature, while Book 2 has an unmistakable "television" feel to it. I wish Harve Bennett and the people behind Book 1 had adapted Shaw's "Beggarman, Thief" in the same manner that they did RMPM, making the necessary changes to the sequel to fit the changes made to the original, but alas that was not to be.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 19, 2010 7:43:29 AM PDT
H2OMAN says:
You really hit a nerve since I was a bit disjointed on the pacing of the story line towards the end of viewing Book I and felt like something was off kilter. You explained the issue. I agree, those little "beats" are pieces that are not just dialogue but advance the story, too.

The missing moments are detractors and noticeable not just for purists that want to see the series as broadcast back in 1976, so I hope A&E/New Video folks were not motivated to repackage the series for running time. The reasons this version is being packaged as "complete" are less about content and more about boxed sets it seems.

There were so few on-screen scenes shared btn the leads as brothers until key plot shifts occur. The trimmed scenes suffer esp. to contrast the transitions the characters undergo. The new DVD release is "damage goods" if you purchased this product, like I did, to see it both for nostalgia and tight, well-produced storytelling. This is a shame since it was a landmark show and likely not to be repackaged as time marches on.

I had taped this series off TBS back in the early '90s and long since discarded the VHS tapes that were old. The omission of the full content is difficult to understand. Thanks for refreshing my memory.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 19, 2010 5:06:16 PM PDT
Filmman says:
Let me do more than refresh your memory. I've uploaded all the missing scenes and footage to YouTube, and anyone who wants to view them can see them at the links below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSIp7XGmRzE
Missing Rudy/Brad and Julie/Willie footage from Chapter 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_YJ-Bhc-jk
Missing Rudy/Tom airport scene from Chapter 7

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eV6x2lGGywQ
Missing footage from Rudy/Tom scene in Chapter 7

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qLhjsiIY4Y
Missing transition from mid-point of Chapter 7

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NitfEvdMbmE
Missing Arizona scene from Chapter 7

All of these scenes and footage are from a cable broadcast which I taped during the late Eighties. While the quality of the streaming video on YouTube is a bit blurry, the actual VHS tapes I have are still in excellent condition and nearly rival A&E's DVD.

Posted on Oct 20, 2010 4:47:32 PM PDT
Filmman says:
Just added a bunch of images to the photo gallery here, mostly scans of newspaper ads for RMPM that I've kept over the years. Some are from 1976 and 1977 when both books were first run.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2010 10:06:15 PM PDT
Filmman says:
After watching Book 2 again, I noticed something that should have jumped out at me the first time. There are several scenes where the audio has been remixed, and different music has replaced the music which originally appeared on the soundtrack. Specifically, several instrumental versions of Sixties songs have been replaced with generic muzak. I imagine this was done to avoid having to secure the rights to these songs.

The first remix occurs during Episode 2 on Disc 4, at 13:09 (3. Love and War). This is the scene where Rudy and Julie are dancing as a singer sings onstage. On the soundtrack during Book 2's original broadcast (and during the rerun which I taped off cable during the late 1980's), the song the singer sang was Cole Porter's "It's Alright with Me", but on the DVD, she is singing a different song, a song which seems to have been written and recorded just for this remixing with lyrics that match her mouth movements.

The second remix occurs during Episode 3 on Disc 4, at 23:22 (4. Lion's Den). This is the scene at Ambassador Haviland's estate, where Rudy first meets Estep. Music plays during the party, and it can be heard all through the scene, starting when Rudy arrives in his silver Eldorado. The music on the DVD is some generic muzak, but the music that was on the soundtrack during Book 2's original broadcast and 1980's rerun was an instrumental version of Petula Clark's 1967 hit "Don't Sleep in the Subway".

The third remix occurs during Episode 4 on Disc 4, at 29:38 (4. Budding Producer). This is the scene where Billy takes Wes and Ramona to the club and Billy dances with Ramona. Once again, the DVD has some generic muzak on the soundtrack, but the original broadcast and 1980's rerun had an instrumental version of the 1962 Peggy March hit "I Will Follow Him" playing in the club.

The fourth remix occurs during Episode 4 on Disc 4, at 31:07 (5. Danger at Home). This is the scene were Rudy and Maggie dance before dinner. As they dance, generic muzak plays on the DVD's soundtrack. The original broadcast and Eighties rerun had them dancing to an instrumental version of John Rowles's "If I Only Had Time", which was a hit in the UK in 1968.

The fifth remix occurs during Episode 4 on Disc 4, at 39:00 (6. All the Right Moves). It's the continuation of the scene at the club with Billy, Wes, and Ramona. While the DVD has some generic muzak on the soundtrack, the original broadcast of RMPM Book 2 and the 1980's rerun had an instrumental version of Steppenwolf's 1967 hit "Born to Be Wild" playing in the club.

I've uploaded the original versions of these scenes on YouTube, and you can view them here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0sa8WiU-EQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tswX6mLvusU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTTFBZzqSJU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYi5DqplaUI
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