Wednesday, January 13, 2016

"Full" Specs and Bad News on the Upcoming "Monkees " Blu-ray

Rhino has released the full specs (or, I guess, as full as it plans to release) on the upcoming "Monkees" blu-ray. I'm disappointed that alternate song tracks have only been included for a mere ten of the 32 episodes that aired with them, but this is till a nice looking package... the "Laugh-In"episode is a particularly groovy addition. 

The biggest disappointment is, as I previously suspected, all the last minute tinkering has resulted in a huge release date change. Oddly, the Rhino press release describes this change as a "few weeks"..,. actually it's a few months, so instead of a January 29 release, it is now coming three months later on April 29. Nice move, Wizard Glick.

So here is everything known so far:

Discs 1-7

  • All 58 original, uncut episodes of THE MONKEES, remastered in HD from the original film negatives

  • Audio commentary from all four Monkees

  • NEW audio commentary from Micky Dolenz, Rodney Bingenheimer and "Monkee Girl" Valerie Kairys Venet

  • Alternate "Saturday morning rerun" versions of 10 episodes with alternate songs and mixes

  • All in the original glorious mono direct from the film audio mags

Disc 8

  • The 1968 movie HEAD, in HD

  • Optional DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround soundtrack

  • Audio commentary from all four Monkees

Disc 9

  • The 1969 NBC television special 33 1/3 REVOLUTIONS PER MONKEE, restored from newly discovered video elements

  • Audio commentary from Micky Dolenz


  • Original screen tests

  • Original TV commercial spots featuring The Monkees

  • Newly discovered outtakes from THE MONKEES TV series

  • Newly discovered color promo film for "Randy Scouse Git" created for TOP OF THE POPS and unseen since its original airing

  • Never-before-seen backstage footage of The Monkees at the 1967 Emmy Awards

  • Newly discovered outtakes from the movie HEAD

  • Newly discovered outtakes from the TV special 33 1/3 REVOLUTIONS PER MONKEE

  • The Monkees on THE JOHNNY CASH SHOW in 1969, including "Nine Times Blue" and "Everybody Loves A Nut (with Johnny Cash)"

  • The Monkees on THE GLEN CAMPBELL GOODTIME HOUR in 1969, including a medley of "Last Train to Clarksville/I'm A Believer/Salesman" and a performance of "Tear Drop City"

  • The Monkees on ROWAN & MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN in 1969

  • Davy Jones performing "Someday Man" from the 1969 TV special MUSIC BAG, unseen since its original airing

  • Newly restored color promo film for "Oh My My"

  • Unique packaging including a 7" featuring "Star Collector" b/w "Goin' Down" in unique TV mono mixes
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