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08.02.13

Blackadder II: Extended Theme

Posted 8th February 2013

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Every so often, a DVD release gives you a lovely surprise. Sometimes, that surprise may be quickly skipped, with most people not even noticing it.

Take, for instance, Blackadder II – and specifically, the opening title music:

Delightfully, the DVD menu of The Complete Blackadder has a clean, extended version used for the main menu of the Blackadder II disc, giving you a good 15 seconds or so extra. Anyone want to have a listen? Of course you do.

Download Blackadder II: Extended Theme (1.7MB MP3, 0:52)

AWESOME EXTRA ELECTRIC GUITAR NONSENSE. Somebody, somewhere, went to the effort of tracking down Howard Goodall’s original recording, rather than just lazily ripping it from one of the episodes. Whoever you are: I love you.

(Incidentally, the Blackadder Remastered boxset does not have the extended version of the theme – just a slightly awkward looped version, with sound effects clearly indicating it was ripped from the episode Beer. One of many, many sloppy things about that boxset, but don’t get me started on that one.)

So, my question: anyone got any other examples of extended versions of music only showing up in the DVD menus of film or television releases?

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Phil on 18 February 2013 @ 1am

“One of many, many sloppy things about that boxset, but don’t get me started on that one.”

Pretty please? I’d love to read you get started on that one…

“anyone got any other examples of extended versions of music only showing up in the DVD menus of film or television releases?”

The Venture Bros. season one set uses the show’s incidental music in its menus, and even after the soundtrack album was released that’s the only place to hear the full tracks. (A few of which go on for minutes upon minutes longer than they’re heard in the show…that’s on top of the obvious bonus of being able to hear them without dialogue and SFX.) A real selling point for the obsessive fan, I think.