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Date Posted: 12:19:58 06/27/05 Mon
Author: Site Administrator
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Subject: Re: SHAZAM! coming to DVD...sort of
In reply to: Eric Paddon 's message, "Re: SHAZAM! coming to DVD...sort of" on 20:59:01 06/25/05 Sat

>Was this a case of the moral being cut out, or was
>there a moral to begin with during these early
>episodes?
>

Well, when the first season episodes did NOT contain a moral on the first run, so TECHNICALLY, the episode is the same as when it first aired. Jackson Bostwick claims responsibility for the idea of having the Captain come back after the story to talk to the home viewer. The shot all 15 of them in one day and they were added to the reruns. He claimed in an interview that his idea wasn't very popular with the network, because that was 30 seconds of ad time they had to give up, but clearly, his idea made a lasting impression on most viewers.

Let us hope that if there is a DVD set to come, that WB will give us the extended "rerun" versions of the first season with all 15 morals added, and the uncut versions of seasons 2 and 3 with their morals intact as originally broadcast.

Commercial bumpers (and the Shazam/Isis Hour intro, if it wasn't a thorny legal issue) would be nice, too, as would a commentary track with Bostwick, Michael Gray and perhaps series producer Bob Chenault.

>I did notice one nod to the DC comics series where
>Billy mentions being glad not to read news reports on
>the radio, which refers to Billy's comic book
>occupation of radio reporter (established all the way
>back in the first Shazam comics story in 1940).

Yes, and there's another reference at some point about being on vacation from his job at the TV station (which is where his character read the news in the updated '70s comics).

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