Thursday, January 7, 2016

What We Know About the "Monkees" Blu-ray

With less than a month to go before the much-anticipated "Monkees" Blu-ray box set ships, an official list of specs has still not been issued. This may be because the box is still a work in progress, which hopefully won't delay its scheduled January 29 release. However, a wealth of information has surfaced, including: 
  • Audio will be mono... no super-echoy fake 5.1 mixes like we got on Rhino's old DVD set.
  • There will likely be outtakes from several Monkees romps, though no outtakes from the story-portions of the episodes have been located, or at least announced, as of this writing.
  • Some episodes will include alternate songtracks representing how they appeared in reruns or syndication. For a run down of these alternates, see this previous Psychobabble post.
  • The originally aired uncensored version of "Too Many Girls", which includes highly controversial shots of a woman in a bikini without her cleavage blurred out, will be included, as will the censored version.
  • Thirty canisters of Head outtakes have been discovered, and some, much, or all of that footage will be included.
  • Ditto the couple of reels of "33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee" outtakes that have been found, which include the full-version of "Listen to the Band" and an alternate rendition of "Goldilocks Sometime". 
  • Old audio commentaries from the DVDs and new ones from at least Micky Dolenz, Rodney Bigenheimer (Davy's stand-in in "The Prince and the Pauper"), and serial-extra Valerie Kairys (I'm guessing her commentary will be on "The Monkees a la Mode", the one episode in which she has a significant role).
There may be a non-limited edition release in late 2016, but the one coming this month (fingers cross) will include the following exclusive content: 
  • 7" single including TV mixes of "Goin' Down" b/w "Star Collector".
  • A UK promo video for "Randy Scouse Git", which will be released in color for the first time here.
  • Promo video for "Oh My My".
  • Kool-Aid promo film.
  • Tork-less Monkees appearances on "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour" and "The Johnny Cash Show", as well as Davy's 1969 visit to Dick Clark's "Music Bag" to promote "Someday Man".
  • Exclusive packaging with this lenticular cover: 

Thanks to the fab (not pre-fab) blog The Monkees Live Almanac for all this information. I'll update this post as more is hopefully released over the course of this month.

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