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#1 Soapsuds

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:10 PM

So it looks like no more ATWT or GL on DVD?? I received this news on an email tonight.
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#2 jcar03

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:13 PM

From Soap Classics? I am on the mailing list and haven't gotten one from them yet.
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Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:19 PM

I'm whining in status as I got that email as well. There were supposed to be two additional GL releases (one was the Jennifer Richards discs), but now maybe we won't get the other one. That I find just sad especially if the work was done. It is also sad as they had the archive for a year, and so much wasn't released. :(
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#4 Soapsuds

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:19 PM

As one of our best customers, we want you to be among the first to know about some very important news.


Because our distribution license for As the World Turns and Guiding Light expires soon, these DVDs will no longer be available once our current stock runs out.


If you were planning to fill out your collection, or to give some of our DVDs for Christmas, please act quickly. Some of our collection is already gone, but many of our best titles are still available.

We are also offering, as a Christmas special, a beautiful boxed set of our best ATWT titles. This is the perfect Christmas gift for any ATWT fan (including yourself!), and will certainly become a rare collector's item. We have only a limited number of these.

We will be making a wider announcement of this news in a couple days, at which time it's possible the rest of our stock will run out, so please act now. And many thanks for being such a great customer!"

Click here to go to our SoapClassics website. Sincerely,

SoapClassics
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#5 DRW50

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:29 PM

We can never have nice things.

I guess at least there was a year. My guess is we'll never see any of this again.

Ugh.
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#6 Soapsuds

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:43 PM

We can never have nice things. I guess at least there was a year. My guess is we'll never see any of this again. Ugh.


I know...I so wanted a Lucinda Walsh DVD..
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#7 MrQuartermaine

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:44 PM

Well, it was nice while it lasted.
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#8 DRW50

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:45 PM


I know...I so wanted a Lucinda Walsh DVD..


And we haven't heard any plans of this stuff being released anywhere else. If P&G was done with soaps they may just leave the stuff somewhere, or get rid of it entirely.

I had really wanted to see those 70s and 80s episodes.

I'm just glad Roger Newcomb chose as many old episodes as he did.
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Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:45 PM

I'm sorry CBS soap fans :( What a rough situation

This reminds me, has anyone compiled comprehensive lists of what VHS or DVD releases are available for all the soaps? I'd be curious to see it. Though B&B's list would clearly be too long to compile probably, fans of that show seem to be very blessed with releases.
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Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:47 PM

There were a lot of DVDs I wanted including ones from the other soaps they had the rights to like AW. If they would toss it in the trash that would be depressing as it should at least go to Paley.
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Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:49 PM

And we haven't heard any plans of this stuff being released anywhere else. If P&G was done with soaps they may just leave the stuff somewhere, or get rid of it entirely. I had really wanted to see those 70s and 80s episodes. I'm just glad Roger Newcomb chose as many old episodes as he did.


Yeah, I wanted more 70's and especially 80's episodes. It's like ATWT and GL is being canceled all over again.
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#12 Chris B

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 12:52 AM

This is such sad news. I hate we never got a release for AW, SFT or Edge. I would've loved 20 episode Best Of collections for them. Hell, anything would've been nice. :( I always enjoyed these releases.
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Posted 08 November 2012 - 01:14 AM

Even though I wasn't a die hard ATWT/GL fan, I really appreciated the effort that went into this project and hoped to see it grow and grow. Is it at all possible that their licensing may be renewed, what's the full story? The least PGP could do is release episodes on iTunes or something like that. When they streamed in partnership with AOL that was like a soap fan's dream come true, I was awestruck that that even happened. They should look back into it with another company or just establish their own streaming site.
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Posted 08 November 2012 - 07:16 AM

I appreciate all of their efforts but I seriously wish I had known sooner. I delayed buying many sets. This kinda sucks.

So no streaming, either? What happened? Seemed like there were such long-term plans? I'm really surprised right now.
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Posted 08 November 2012 - 07:33 AM

Looks like I'll be charging up the credit card tonight for Phillip, Lilden, Carjack, Bobkim and the Xmas discs.
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#16 Chris B

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 07:35 AM

I agree, I'm guessing sales weren't high enough to justify them renewing the contract on the soaps, but I wonder if they could've tried a different business model to make more money. I do think more sets geared towards recent stuff could've brought in money. A Nuke collection or Otalia collection (or an Olivia collection featuring Otalia) could've sold well. In general, the recent stuff is more familiar for the younger viewers who might not know the older ATWT or GL.
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Posted 08 November 2012 - 07:39 AM

I think newer episodes might have helped. I know everyone wanted many releases but if I remember it right, didn't they have to basically dig through tapes, convert it (or whatever the process is called), etc. That all takes time. I'm impressed they got as much out as they did.

I just bought the ATWT mulit-pack using the discount code.

Edited by KMan101, 08 November 2012 - 07:40 AM.

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 07:42 AM

I wish they had a set schedule of releases. More than once I saw people here and at other sites say "I love to get that set, but I can't afford it right now." If there was a schedule people would have known to save the money to order. Also those of us who got the disks right away, we paid at a premium, and those who waited got coupons. That was also a bit frustrating.
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Posted 08 November 2012 - 08:53 AM

I wish they had a set schedule of releases. More than once I saw people here and at other sites say "I love to get that set, but I can't afford it right now." If there was a schedule people would have known to save the money to order. Also those of us who got the disks right away, we paid at a premium, and those who waited got coupons. That was also a bit frustrating.


I think having a clearer pattern on combined purchases would have helped (I assume this was all on P&G). Only a few times did you get a discount if you wanted more than one purchase. You would have to wait for a coupon.

If they'd had more sales if they'd done more later stuff, then I would have said good, but selfishly, I'm glad they had so much older stuff, as I wouldn't touch most of post-1995 ATWT or GL with a ten foot pole, in terms of paying money.
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#20 DRW50

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 08:56 AM

Do you know how many, many times P&G has made me feel like this since about 1993?

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I keep thinking it's over, but apparently not.

I guess I should just be happy for what we got, but the whole thing depresses me.
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