I brought the Sony DVD's where's the music ????
You can now buy Tour Of Duty with the Original Music on DVD links at the foot of the page
not sure which set to buy the Sony version,
or the Mill Creek version both
what Miguel Nunez Jr. (aka Marcus Taylor from Tour Of Duty )
"There's so many people that still love this show and I love this show.
And now they have the original music,
Not the stupid...I don't know if you guys can get the one we got in the States , but we got the one we got in the States , I saw it I was SO Happy .
"HEY the DVD's out". ......And I stuck it in and they have no music...
They don't even have The Rolling Stones opening number on it. I was DEVASTATED..
..........And now YOU got it. And I want you, somebody to send me one,,,,
,,,,,,let you give me my address....No I was just kidding."
Direct quote taken from The Fabulous Films Documentary - The making of Tour of Duty.
I Brought The SONY
Where’s the original music gone?
I have e-mailed various people asking for the reasons behind the decision but I have not yet had a reply, so this is just a comment about what I have found out through my own investigations.
This is in no way to be taken as an
official reason given. Hopefully we will be able to get an official comment on
the matter someday.
I’ll start with a little background,
Sure people would pay out to rent their
favourite blockbuster films and a few would go that little bit further and
purchase the tapes. You have to remember at this time where the cost of some
shop brought pre-recorded videos was still $30+.
Soon after this the industry realised the market was huge and so the prices dropped rapidly and the releases of TV shows began to increase and companies then started to buy the music video rights as well.
Which is probably how the released tapes of Tour Of Duty have the music intact apart from “Paint It Black’’ by the Rolling Stones, which can safely be classed as a superstar track and I’m sure would have attracted a huge license fee. (the Rolling Stones charged Microsoft Ł2.3m to use Start Me Up in the launch of the Windows 95 system)
The music in the original CBS run of Tour
of Duty was licensed and as Art Fein who was the music consultant on the first
season of Tour told us
So if you take the total number of songs
used in the first season and add the cost up in 1987-88 we are already talking
69 tracks and the theme Paint It Black used 21 times.
The costs being spoken about now in 2006, for music fees on DVDs ranges from $1-500 - $15,000 with superstar and iconic tunes reaching $20,000 - $25,000.
As I understand it, for each subsequent syndication TV
networks have to renegotiate a price for the music, the smaller the network the
less budget they have, and also the timeslot they are trying to fill is a
factor, because of advertising revenue.
Also when the series re-ran in syndication on TNT in the
USA, some of the footage and music was changed, this could have been a cost
Added March 2018
Please know that I absolutely loved the original series on CBS with the original music. This made my situation bittersweet for sure."
Music right owners are willing to license their music for
DVDs, who wouldn’t be.
Another situation could be one person/company holding out
for a larger amount of money.
For What its Worth – Buffalo Springfield,
You only need three licenses, maybe yes maybe not, because if the song was written by the artist and a publishing company hold the rights they also have to be contacted and agree a fee, so you may need four, five or even six licenses.
Now if we leave it at just three,
Another factor could be that it’s just too costly for a company to employ someone for to long to track down all the needed tracks licenses and so they move on to an easier TV show to release with maybe only the occasionally song through the series.
Lets add into the mix that the original parent company New World International does not exist anymore, so there may have been problems trying to locate original documents with the publisher information and clearing agreements and cue sheets identifying the songs used could be missing.
We have to face the facts that we may never get a release
of Tour of Duty complete with the much-loved original music due to many reasons
but lets not give up.
If we do the work now someday we might get a special edition release with the original score.
Finally let me say this
At least Columbia
Tri-Star did try something,
I say this because when Tour Of Duty ended it ranked as 104th in a list of 111 prime-time programs. Hardly a huge money-spinner when you look at it.
If your not happy with the available DVD’s with the
alternative music, but still love the show, you can let Columbia Tri-Star know by
ringing their consumer line and telling them. I’m sure they will keep a record
and if enough people ring…..
Now you can buy the DVD
with the original music
Now you can buy the DVD
with the original music