*Will Smith mode* Now that's what I'm talking about! */Will Smith mode*Alright, I take it back. Maybe they are worth the money! Mind you, the Japanese seldom do things by halves. I've had some interesting conversations with a gentleman in the industry recently, and apparently the English version created over here definitely went back to Japan. My guess is that they also got hold of the Space Quest compilation at around that time before Enoki's US branch then had the English version transferred over to them for the '87 release into the US rental market.I've asked Enoki about this Japanese edition but haven't had any feedback. What I imagine has happened is that Enoki Japan are a different wing to Enoki USA, and Enoki Japan have licensed Pioneer to do this Japanese release with Enoki USA none the wiser. However, were Pioneer to publish in the US I think Enoki USA would then be approached because it's my understanding that they do still have the English version on Betamax of all things. It was originally filmed using 16mm which is apparently quite sturdy, but whether it still exists in that totally original version I don't know.Oh, and incidentally, as Shane's mentioned fansubs before - apparently it would be possible, in theory, to re-create Star Fleet using the Japanese material although it'd require significantly more investment to do that as opposed to just re-releasing the pre-produced version.When all's said and done, I don't think the success or failure of this release will have a direct impact on us getting a version but what I am hoping is that some word of mouth might spread. I think companies are increasingly looking for material they can recycle because, after all, all the production costs have already been ploughed into it.I'll be interested to hear how the DVDs compare with the laserdiscs for quality, Shane, particularly as you've mentioned the DVDs do have additional footage as compared to the laserdiscs.Mark, I apologise if I was overly short with you earlier. Nevertheless, as Shane says, you are very much the boy who cried wolf on numerous fronts and on the Net trust is something that you have to earn. It can be a difficult environment at times because you have to infer meaning into what others have written. However, your track record does seem pretty clear and it's not just me who has that opinion. I'm not going to ban you, I'm just asking that you consider very carefully whether you really need to ask a question that's already been answered and whether you're posting purely to get attention, before you post. That's it.
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