25 June 2007

ITV edited scene (1988 rerun).

In the eighties when He-Man and the Masters of the Universe aired in the United Kingdom the episodes were edited on their initial run. This was because it was common practice to show cartoons without any ad breaks, and as the shows were allocated twenty minutes of airtime, the twenty-two minute episodes of He-Man had to be trimmed to fit! This video clip is an example of an extreme piece of editing from the season one episode "The Shaping Staff" when it was shown as a repeat in 1988. You can blatantly see where the edit occurs because the splice marks can be seen, as shown below...

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4 comments:

Jonny said...

How cool is that? I love these little bits of nostalgia!

your site rocks!

Kevin Martinell said...

Looks like they were preparing for the "widescreen" version of the episode. :) I can't imagine two minutes of footage from each episode being edited, because each moment of every episode was essential to the viewers!

Thanks for posting and reading! God Bless...

~KevyGuy :)
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Jon T said...

Now that's pretty cool! It's incredible to imagine that less than 20 years ago, programmes like He-Man were still being transmitted off film! There's no way such scratchy prints would be considered broadcast quality these days! An additional tidbit: this repeat was broadcast on Monday 25 July 1988 (at least in my area!).

Vinto-Man said...

This is truly unique to see how the ITV crew just went to town on messing something up. the good old days of CITV!!

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