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5.08 How can I get copies of past episodes on videotape? (ER)




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This article is from the ER FAQ, by Rose Cooper cooper@acm.cse.msu.edu with numerous contributions by others.

5.08 How can I get copies of past episodes on videotape? (ER)

As stated previously, there is only one episode of "ER" commercially
available on video in the U.S. right now: "24 Hours", the pilot episode.
"24 Hours" runs two hours when shown on television with commercials; on
videotape, the episode is roughly an hour and a half. Currently, the tape
itself is only available at Blockbuster video outlets in the States, but with
the advent of "ER" on TNT, that might be a moot point; see section 5.11 below.

Previously, on the ER FAQ...[like Pembleton on "Homicide: Life on the
Street", I've always wanted to say that], this appeared:

More episodes are available on video in Great Britain. In addition
to the pilot (called "The Beginning" in the U.K.), three more tapes
have been released, each with two episodes on it. They are:

Volume 1 - "Into That Good Night" / "Chicago Heat"
Volume 2 - "Happy New Year" / "Feb 5 `95"
Volume 3 - "Sleepless in Chicago" / "Love`s Labor Lost"

...to which, "Charlie" added:

"The channel which broadcasts ER in the UK, channel 4, held a vote at
the end of Series 3 called 'By popular demand', viewers got to choose
their 3 favourite episodes (one from each season) and they were shown
over a 3 week period. These were then released on video in the UK.
The episodes were:

Series 1 - Everything old is new again
Series 2 - Hell and High water
Series 3 - Union Station"

Ed Griffiths, my "UK Man On The Scene", counters:

1. The 'ER by Popular Demand' was not chosen by three episodes, one
from each season; it was just any three episodes. It just happened
that one from each season was chosen, by chance;
2. ER: The Beginning and ER: By Popular Demand were deleted on the
2nd February 1998;
3. ER: By Popular Demand is still available from
<http://www.imvs.com>, which ships internationally, but only in
PAL format;
4. The 3 volumes of ER: Series 1 were deleted a long time ago, three
volumes from Series 2 were planned, but were taken off the shelves
on the day they were released, because of 'copyright problems'.
And no-one ever saw them ever again :) They've never been
re-issued.

If you`re missing any of the other episodes, you`re probably out of
luck unless you tape them when they air again (again, see section 5.11 below).
Some people arrange to trade copies of episodes over the Internet, but this is
illegal, and I can`t officially encourage it.

 

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