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Re: Film Versions (BBC)
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1998  Wednesday, 31 October 2000.

[1]     From:   Nicol Ariel <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 31 Oct 2000 16:33:15 +0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.1990 Re: Film Versions (BBC)

[2]     From:   Tanya Gough <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 31 Oct 2000 16:57:21 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.1990 Re: Film Versions (BBC)


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From:           Nicol Ariel <
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Date:           Tuesday, 31 Oct 2000 16:33:15 +0700
Subject: 11.1990 Re: Film Versions (BBC)
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1990 Re: Film Versions (BBC)

You could try the National Theatre Bookshop. They stock most videos, and
can trace they don't have. And they're reasonably priced. There's a link
from the Home Page:

 http://www.nt-online.org/home.html

         nicol

>> Can anyone tell me where I can purchase, for a reasonable
>> price, the BBC
>> and Time-Life versions of *King Lear* starring Michael Hordern and
>> *Hamlet* starring Derek Jacobi?

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From:           Tanya Gough <
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Date:           Tuesday, 31 Oct 2000 16:57:21 -0500
Subject: 11.1990 Re: Film Versions (BBC)
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1990 Re: Film Versions (BBC)

This seems as good a time as any to remind everyone that we are still
fighting to get the BBC videos released for home distribution at
reasonable rates.

We have found thus far that individual voices seem to have more impact
than pages of signatures.  Last time I spoke to the Beeb in New York,
Burton had revised his previously calcitrant position that they would
*not* release the series to a preliminary consideration of releasing the
top 5.  This change occurred only after many of you called his offices
directly and made it clear you wanted the series released.  Apparently
the 600+ names on the petition I sent them was of no consequence in his
mind.

The following information about our campaign is also available on our
website at www.bardcentral.com/bbc.html.  If you haven't called yet,
please do.  If you have and feel like calling again to follow up, I'm
sure that would also help our collective cause.  Please remember to
speak to Burton Cromer directly if possible.  The only way we can make a
difference is if the decision makers themselves know how we feel.

BBC Shakespeare Campaign

PLEASE POST
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The saga of the BBC videos continues.

As you all may or may not know, I have been trying for several years to
convince the BBC to release their Shakespeare series for home
distribution.  After several promising leads which failed to realize, I
have talked to Burton Cromer at the BBC New York office. Burton is in
charge of all home distribution titles in North America.

According to him, the BBC does not feel that there is really a market
out there for their Shakespeare titles. Most of the requests they
receive have come from schools, and they are already being serviced by
Ambrose Video and Films For the Humanities and Sciences, who sell the
titles for about $100 a piece, including public performance rights. The
only serious requests they have received otherwise have been mostly from
me, and they seem to have disregarded the 600+ names I have sent them
via petitions and forwarded e-mails.

Since this is the case, I am asking everyone to take a stand and assist
in this initiative. Call the BBC and ask for Burton Cromer, and then
tell him, or his voice mail, that you, personally want to buy the BBC
Shakespeares, but cannot afford to at the Ambrose rates. Tell your
friends and colleagues and urge them to do the same. Perhaps if we can
deluge his office with calls in the next few weeks, something will
finally be done.

The phone number for the BBC NY office is:
1-212-705-9300
(fax # 1-212-705-9344).

You can also write the BBC at:

BBC World Wide Americas Incorporated 212-705-9300
747 3rd Ave Fl 7
New York, NY 10017-2803

We STRONGLY urge everyone to CALL. We've been sending them names and
letters for 3 years, and they haven't paid much attention so far. In the
past few weeks of phone calling, however, there has been a significant
change in their tone.

Ever the grassroots rebel,
Tanya Gough
Poor Yorick - Shakespeare Multimedia Catalog
www.bardcentral.com
 

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