Legally Blonde MTV Recording

Littleshopofcarrie
Featured Actor
joined:12/9/12
Legally Blonde MTV Recording
Posted: 12/29/13 at 03:22pm
Was the recording on MTV ever released on DVD?
CarlosAlberto
Broadway Legend
joined:6/29/10
Legally Blonde MTV Recording
Posted: 12/29/13 at 03:32pm
No
matttaylorr021
Chorus Member
joined:10/21/13
Legally Blonde MTV Recording
Posted: 12/29/13 at 03:58pm
The entire thing is on YouTube though.
Liza's Headband
Broadway Legend
joined:5/28/13
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Posted: 12/29/13 at 04:02pm
^ What they both said.
"I'm fine, and my hips are fine. My false knee is fine. My false hips are fine. Everything's cooking." -Liza
darreyl102
Broadway Star
joined:8/23/08
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Posted: 12/30/13 at 12:31am
I always kinda wondered why not, but like everyone else said. Of course both the sing along and regular version of the airing is available unofficially(bootleg) but it seems that it would have been a LITTLE bit cheaper for them to release this show on DVD since it was already filmed and all.
Liza's Headband
Broadway Legend
joined:5/28/13
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Posted: 12/30/13 at 11:43am
Not cost effective if there's not a market for it.

I'm assuming they thought there wasn't a large enough market for the expense of producing & distributing physical copies. Even though the content had already been created, it's still an expensive risk (of some extent) to actually sell the filmed content.
"I'm fine, and my hips are fine. My false knee is fine. My false hips are fine. Everything's cooking." -Liza
CATSNYrevival
Broadway Legend
joined:3/1/04
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Posted: 12/30/13 at 12:58pm
From what I understand, the real cost would be in going back and redoing all the contracts so that all the unions involved are satisfied since the original contracts were only negotiated for a single television airing (and one or two encores) and not a physical DVD release. They would have to go back and pay all the actors, musicians and crew their earnings for a DVD distribution.

I have heard people say that the original contracts did, indeed, include the possibility of a DVD release, but I'm not sure who is telling the truth.
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willrogers2008
Featured Actor
joined:12/9/08
Legally Blonde MTV Recording
Posted: 12/30/13 at 01:45pm
Youtube has the full show.
darreyl102
Broadway Star
joined:8/23/08
Legally Blonde MTV Recording
Posted: 12/30/13 at 09:17pm
Yes, but the versions on YouTube are poor quality. Some people may want to actually what the MTV airing in reasonably more HD quality.
OperaBwayLover
Broadway Star
joined:5/17/07
Legally Blonde MTV Recording
Posted: 12/30/13 at 09:43pm
I had a copy of it that I taped via VHS, but my sister borrowed it and never gave it back. That said, I wish a DVD had been released.
Liza's Headband
Broadway Legend
joined:5/28/13
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Posted: 12/30/13 at 10:02pm
"Yes, but the versions on YouTube are poor quality. Some people may want to actually what the MTV airing in reasonably more HD quality."

Okay... And what would you like us to do about it?
"I'm fine, and my hips are fine. My false knee is fine. My false hips are fine. Everything's cooking." -Liza
chewy5000
Broadway Legend
joined:12/1/09
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Posted: 12/31/13 at 10:59am
Let's start a petition! That always works!
IMHO I see Queenie as being more of a brunette...
CATSNYrevival
Broadway Legend
joined:3/1/04
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Posted: 12/31/13 at 02:35pm
There is a great high quality copy floating around in the trading community. It has a nice menu screen and the commercials are edited out, but it still has those pesky MTV advertisements scrolling in the corner occasionally which were present on the broadcast.
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jimmycurry01
Broadway Legend
joined:5/28/05
Legally Blonde MTV Recording
Posted: 12/31/13 at 02:37pm
If you know how to work the google, you should be able to find some very fine copies on DVD.
gleek4114
Broadway Star
joined:5/24/13
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Posted: 12/31/13 at 04:21pm
I bought my copy on DVD for like $8. It is great quality.
JMPlayer6
Featured Actor
joined:2/7/10
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Posted: 12/31/13 at 05:01pm
I have a DVD recorder (positioned between my DVR and TV), and made my own DVD of this (edited for commercials).
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eatlasagna
Broadway Legend
joined:10/6/04
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Posted: 12/31/13 at 05:28pm
I'd rather have the DVD version of South Pacific and Light in the Piazza made before Legally Blonde...
CATSNYrevival
Broadway Legend
joined:3/1/04
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Posted: 12/31/13 at 05:32pm
^The Australian cast of South Pacific was filmed for DVD release. I haven't heard anything about it since.
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darreyl102
Broadway Star
joined:8/23/08
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Posted: 12/31/13 at 06:17pm
What I am saying is that just because the show is on YouTube doesnít mean people wouldnít want it on DVD. I donít need you to do anything about it! LOL I have the show on DVD and in fact, am a big trader. Like I said in my first post, there is both a sing along version and a non sing-along version floating around- I have both. People were bringing up the fact that it is on YouTube, but if someone wants to view a good quality version, that ainít the route
Liza's Headband
Broadway Legend
joined:5/28/13
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Posted: 12/31/13 at 10:09pm
Ok.
"I'm fine, and my hips are fine. My false knee is fine. My false hips are fine. Everything's cooking." -Liza
Theater'sBestFriend
Stand-by
joined:3/5/13
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Posted: 1/1/14 at 10:54am
"I'm assuming they thought there wasn't a large enough market for the expense of producing & distributing physical copies."

You might want to think again. Read today's article in the NY Times about Asian tours of Broadway shows -- including Legally Blonde -- first. The decision not to release an official DVD makes complete sense.


NY Times on Broadway in Asia (including Legally Blonde)
Liza's Headband
Broadway Legend
joined:5/28/13
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Posted: 1/1/14 at 11:09am
Unless I completely missed something, all that tells me is that the musical was well received in Korea. Great.

It doesn't show me a clear, carved out market of American consumers for the DVD nor does it even begin to justify the expenses of said DVD distribution. What does this have to do with the LEGALLY BLONDE television broadcast?
"I'm fine, and my hips are fine. My false knee is fine. My false hips are fine. Everything's cooking." -Liza
Theater'sBestFriend
Stand-by
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Posted: 1/1/14 at 11:18am
L'sHB, the concept is that Korean productions of Broadway shows can be a gateway to subsequent productions and tours in Japan, Indochina, China, and elsewhere (including Legally Blonde, especially given its success in Korea). These are potentially enormous markets. That's the whole point of the article, and why Korean producers want to have relationships on Broadway.

A high quality, official DVD might undermine future Asian ticket sales. It also might have undermined ticket sales of the London production, which won the Olivier, which enhances the show's desirability. Those would be two reasons not to release one.



Updated On: 1/1/14 at 11:18 AM
Liza's Headband
Broadway Legend
joined:5/28/13
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Posted: 1/1/14 at 12:47pm
You're really really stretching, seeing as this trend is fairly recent and the broadcast was from, what, 2008? I quite honestly don't think the sale of a Legally Blonde musical DVD in America will undermine Asian ticket sales. Do you actually feel that way?
"I'm fine, and my hips are fine. My false knee is fine. My false hips are fine. Everything's cooking." -Liza
Younger Brother
Broadway Star
joined:8/27/12
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Posted: 1/1/14 at 12:54pm
Slightly off topic but may I ask: What's with everyone coming out as traders all of a sudden? It's like walking into Paula Deen's studio announcing at the top of your voice "I love the BET!"
darreyl102
Broadway Star
joined:8/23/08
Legally Blonde MTV Recording
Posted: 1/1/14 at 01:44pm
Because itís awesome! LOL.

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