ABC (ended 1965)
The DVD set released by Warner Bros. is the unedited, original show as broadcast. It even includes the period commercials and breaks for the show.
You have to take much of what you read on Wikipedia with a grain of salt.
|Interesting. I came here to add that I found the answer to my question, specifically that "Customer reviews" at Amazon.com are unanimous that the DVDs have the censored versions. Yet I find that MultiMedea has posted categorically otherwise, with explicit details. I am now more confused than ever before. Could it be that Warner actually put out two sets, one censored the other not, but didn't really come out and say so, and the censored ones got better/wider distribution? Amazon.com gives no evidence of two DVD releases.|
Someone would need to cite specific examples of which scenes were edited and where (plus add references to copies of the original broadcasts). Not stuff like 'well, I remember seeing it back in the day and it had yadda-yadda, etc.' On the Warners DVD set that I bought (about 2 days after 1st release) each ep is approximately 26 min of run time ('cause of the original commercial breaks). If they had edited things out (and not added content) the run times would vary. There are plenty of period references in my set that, if WB was being overly sensitive and PC, they DEFINITELY would have edited out.
Maybe some of the folks on Amazon (or other sites) picked up bootlegs off of CN or somewhere, and they're commenting on that?
"The folks on Amazon" are supposed to be reviewing the version offered for purchase there, and doing otherwise would be, frankly, quite dumb. There are at this writing 197 reviews. A few posts there refer to the presence of non-PC content without indicating any taken out. However, it would take wholesale redrawing and redubbing to make JQ genuinely PC, and they seem to be talking about the sort of thing that must be left in short of that. A handful of people indicate that the only censoring they detected was Race's "heathen monkeys...ignorant savages" comments from "Pursuit of the Po-Ho," but one of those admits to first seeing the series in the mid-1970s, when they had in fact already been subjected to censorship. MultiMedea's reference to "the period commercials and breaks from the show" is also quite inconsistent with these reviews. Only one commercial is indicated, for "PF Flyer sneakers," featuring Jonny & Race and offered as a special feature, while several point out the lack of commercial interruptions within the episodes themselves. It looks to me like it's MM who has a bootleg. Please note that with computer printers, those folks can make very professional/commercial-looking packaging.
It looks to me like it's MM who has a bootleg. Please note that with computer printers, those folks can make very professional/commercial-looking packaging.
Bought mine at Target two days after its original release, so, definitely not bootleg. Again, I say, point out specific references against an original broadcast copy (or script).
It is getting close to a year and a half, and no further comment from MultiMedea, despite being asked to deal with the Amazon customer reviews' description of the "vintage commercials" situation which is incompatible with his/hers beyond any apparent possibility of honest misinterpretation on either side's part, and is not subject to his/her "specific comparison" requirement. MultiMedea was also squarely asked to describe the end credits of his/her set. If they are different and appropriate/accurate for each episode, then almost certainly that Target store somehow sold him/her a well-packaged bootleg version. Failing that, I think I have to throw everything this person has said out the proverbial window.