General Discussion » What would be your top 3 of Bing's original studio albums? » 28/1/2019 9:27 am

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Yes, it´s the 1963 TV special with Buddy Ebsen, The Young Americans and Andre Previn. Certainly one of Bing´s best and most aesthetics TV shows (others are e.g. Cooling It from 1970).
Valente and Bing sung together a fine "Language of Love" medley and they duetting in various languages (Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Yiddish, French, German and I believe "Never On Sunday" in Greece). Valente have had an international carreer, beginning in Germany, but made shows and concerts in USA (12 times with Perry Como, Danny Kaye, Sammy Davis, Dean Martin, some with Carroll Burnett, long time Las Vegas, a.o.), Italy, Spain, France, Netherlands, Japan and she ever sung songs in the language of the guest country. Valente speaks (and sings) 6 or 7 languages perfectly.
1965 she appeared the second time with Bing on Hollywood Palace with a medley of 5 songs taken from the Fancy Meeting You album.
 

Biography » Coward and Crosby are cousins » 27/1/2019 11:31 am

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Remembering Bing Crosby´s Merrie Olde Christmas show- Bing´s last Christmas show in 1977. Bing searching in his genealogy and made therefore a trip to Britain with his family to meet his relative Sir Percival Crosby (played by Ron "Dickens" Moody). Remember also Sir Percival´s distinctive butler "Leslie Townes" Hudson (Stanley Baxter). Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, which Twiggy duetting with Bing is such wonderful, that I repeat this part of show once or twice everytime I´m watching this Christmas special. Twiggy was phantastic. Before the show Twiggy was known to me only as model by the yellow press.

Artistic Legacy » The Assembled Parties » 26/1/2019 10:01 am

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Bing in literature.
Bing is mentioned in the play "The Assembled Parties" by Richard Greenberg. I let follow a short quote (and hope not to break against copyright?)

[...]
JULIE: Graduation, I cried and cried; touching so touching, all of you- so witty, so oblique, so overeducated, so utterly ignorant of absolutely everything.
(Beat)
JEFF: I guess.
JULIE: It´s so lovely Christmas. Though you find that all the dying tends to accelerate around now. And of cours there´s Bing Crosby.
JEFF: Bing Crosby?
JULIE: He´s a tribulation, don´t you find? And you can´t escape him! To the optimo Cigar Store for a five-cent stamp and he´s dreaming of a White Christmas. It´s like a tiny acoustic rape every time you leave the appartment. But other than Bing Crosby and all that dying, it´s a lovely, lovely season.
JEFF: Yes.
(He chops.)
Is someone dying?
[...]

I´m own Greenberg´s play as 2 Audio-CDs by L.A. Theatre Works. Funny moments! About the play:
It´s Christmas 1980, and inside a sprawling Upper West Side appartment, Faye Bascov is about to throw an opulent Christmas dinner- a tradition for this secular. well-educated Jewish family. But any family gathering is an invitation for old resentments to boil over, as Faye´s sister-in-law Julie and the extended family have plenty to hash out. Flash-forward to 2000, and the appartment now much shabbier, reflects how the family´s fortunes have changed, and the Brascovs now have to reckon with the legacy of their family discord. A 2013 Drama Desk Award-winner and recipient of three Tony Award nominations.

 

Recording » Bing sings White Christmas with Helene Fischer » 25/1/2019 8:45 pm

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Statistical counts: the Helene Fischer 2CD with the Bing "duet" was sold from November, 13, 2015 till the end of 2015 920.000 times, till January, 17, 2017  1.070.000 times and was sold very good on Christmas 2017 and 2018.

General Discussion » What would be your top 3 of Bing's original studio albums? » 25/1/2019 7:55 pm

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Hello Malcolm, I will email you a complete translation of the 4 pages of Valente´s book "Bonjour Katrin!" , issued 1985 (in my unperfect English- sorry!), probably next week.
Caterina Valente lives today in Switzerland and celebrated on January, 14. her 88th birthday and didn´t work since many years in showbiz. Mrs. Valente stayed ever a follower of Bing (as Udo Jürgens, who is dead now) and never forget him. In every TV memories (as on 80th birthday) she rememered on their common appearances and short clips were shown.
Also Udo Jürgens (Griechischer Wein/ Come Share The Wine) mentioned in nearly every interview on TV or papers and in his autobiography, that Bing sung one of his greatest hits. And- I belive it was Jürgens´ 80th birthday TV honor- he told about that and then the complete 4 min. recording of Bing was played on TV, illustrated with some photos of old Bing and the concentrated listening audience, because Bing never sung this song live. As the record ended the whole audience stand up and applauded one minuite (or more?) and Mr. Jürgens have had a glance in his eyes. I think, I have told this story earlier on board? Maybe Bing would have sung this song in German concerts, because he seems to make in any way compliments to every country or town, on which he appeared.
Back to Mrs. Valente´s book. An excerpt from the beginning of the chapter:
Mister C.  In Hollywood I have had made a very beautiful show with Bing Crosby, one of the greatest singer of showbusiness. He was the man, who have made us the last nasty days of war tolerable. We tried ever to listen the British broadcasts, and because he sung there frequently, we have heard Bing Crosby and have learned to love him.
Everyman can imagine my delight, as I heard, that just Bing Crosby wished me for a TV special. Bing didn´t made regular shows, but only one every year. It was something like a personality show, on which I should dance, sing, play guitar  and make sketches.
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General Discussion » What would be your top 3 of Bing's original studio albums? » 25/1/2019 9:11 am

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So far I know "Le Bing" was Bing´s first studio LP (10 inch) in 1953, all other LPs before were samplers. La Mer I likes very much although Charles Trenet´s versions are  more emotional.
And then follows the mammuth project "Bing- A Musical Autobiography" (five 12 inch LPs), that was a mixture between sampler and new recordings (with Buddy Cole) and the talkings of Bing between the tracks.
The Buddy Cole recordings for "Some Fine Old Chestnuts" were made, too, in1953. Don´t know exactly, if this LP issued before the Autobiography or later?

General Discussion » What would be your top 3 of Bing's original studio albums? » 24/1/2019 10:30 pm

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The recording dates with Bob Hope were fixed some days after Bing´s return from Madrid in October 1977. Would have every singer a solo as on the Astaire/ Crosby Album? (Perhaps Bob singing The Grand Old Man of Music, which Bob sung at the Pasadena concert?)
Bing have had a lot of plans at the end of his life: many more concerts all around the world: Australia, Japan and perhaps even Germany, filming Road picture Nr.8 with Bob Hope in 1978 (not every Crosby fan thinks, that this would ever been a good idea), Bing´s first live appearance in German TV on early December in Saturday prime time show (Rudi Carrell), a German TV special with Caterina Valente was signed(C. V. writes about that and her two US TV-shows in one of her two autobiographies in an own chapter "Mr. C.", 4pages), Margret Dünser, who interviewed Bing, has made plans with Bing about a TV special (Bing should have sung before the scenery of various European cities some of his great hits), and, and...??? And Bing signed with Polydor, that published his last studio album Seasons, a contract about 7 albums and the reserve of 7 further albums. 
Tremendous plans! The orchestration of the Buddy Cole radio takes by Pete More were planed in 1978. Because  of Bing´s death this project was realized in 1979.
I´m not sure how successful the Noel Coward album would have been internationally? Coward certainly extremely popular with his witty songs and plays (Brief Encounter, Private Lives,...) in Britain. Bing, Kathrin and Rosemary Clooney even sung a Coward medley during their last concert tour (Mad Dogs and Englishmen, London Pride, Someday I´ll find you, a.o.)
Beside the planned Venuti album I have had wished Rosemary and Bing would have done a new duet album. Clooney has started 1976 again for a second time a wonderful comeback, which lasted until the end of her life. She recorded some of her finest albums, mostly for the Concord label.
 

General Discussion » What would be your top 3 of Bing's original studio albums? » 22/1/2019 7:49 pm

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No fear, here´s a sleeper!
Only some words to Joe Venuti. Chiribribin and Yodelin´n Jive was accompanied by the Joe Venuti Orchestra and the Andrews Sisters. Later recordings in 1947 are Ain´t Doin´ Bad Doin´ Nothin´ and Ida I Do. 
And Venuti was a regular guest on Bing radio shows. Some extraordinary collaborations from these shows are Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy (I like the live version more than the studio version), natuarally My Honey´s Lovin´ Arms (accompanied with Satchmo, Teagarden, Toni Arden and not to forget Nick Fatool, Bing almost forget to name him), I Got Rhythm (+ Peggy Lee, Red Nichols, Ziggy Elman), Lady Be Good (with a wilde instrumental struggle between Joe´s violin and Tommy Dorsey´s trombone, and not to forget the drums of Nick Fatool).
On the Sandy Hook LP Hot Swing Fiddler are 14 instrumentals collected with Joe and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra take from the Bing´s General Electric Shows from 52/ 53. Bing didn´t sing, but heard chatting with Joe before the musical numbers. That´s very funny and every time begins with "Is this the place?" "Yes, indeed, this is the place"....
Bing and Ken Barnes planned an album with Joe Venuti, dated about summer 1978. Ken searched a guitar player, something in the way of Eddie Lang. I wished they could have done these LP. Joe was in the 70th again on the peak of his art, after the late 50th and 60th were one of his "bader" period, recorded some fine records.
Joe died on August, 14, 1978. Since late July he was serious ill (cancer).
Sometimes I thought about possible songs, I have liked to hear from this teamwork. What songs Bing, Joe and Ken would have chosen? Some remakes (Please, Dinah, My Honey´s Lovin Arms) or Lady Be Good (certainly one of Joe´s favourite songs he recorded with various artists about about all decades)?
This unrecorded album is certainly my pet album which Bing and Ken planned on the end of Bing´s carreer.
 

Recording » Bing sings White Christmas with Helene Fischer » 16/11/2015 11:42 pm

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Since November, 13 a newly recorded  2CD set is on market, called WEIHNACHTEN by German singer Helene Fischer. On first CD are German christmas songs, on second CD English christmas classics recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. On the last one are duets with Placido Domingo, Ricky Martin, Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby.
I couldn´t listen to a full version of the Helene Fischer/ Bing Crosby duet, only 30 seconds, which listen interesting. I´m personally no fan by Helene Fischer, but she is one of the megastars in Germany, many times in hitparades, with topselling CDs, succesfull concert tours every year, TV appearences and own TV shows.
The new CD set WEIHNACHTEN is at the moment on Amazon Gemany number 1 in music.
On December, 5 follows a 140 minuites DVD WEIHNACHTEN televised on Hofburg, Vienna and I presume, that will be the Christmas TV show by Fischer, that is announced. On title list of DVD is also the duet White Christmas. I am exspecting, which way they cut Bing and Helene Fischer together.

Film » Bing's recordings in films » 17/11/2013 11:41 pm

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Bing´s 1941 version of the  song "You are my sunshine" backed an erotic scene of the satirical Russian/ Hungarian/ German movie "Hotel Lux", made 2011, director Leander Haussmann. The plot plays 1938 (!) between Berlin and Moscow and was about a Jewish comedian.

Recording » On the Sentimental Side » 28/10/2013 9:40 pm

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At least 28 of the sing-along songs were alternatively backed with a Children´s Camp Chorus instead the chorus of Jack Halloran and was sold by the Camp Sing-a-Song Inc., New York. The songs sounds well and fresh and funny with this children voices backed with Bing´s warm sound, comparing the same ones of Hallorans chorus. Will there be any possibilities of new mixing of the sing-alongs, because Bing´s voice was recorded separatly?
From the cover text: "...I´d like to thank Bing Crosby, a life-time camper and the greatest singer of them all, for helping to make this record possible..."
,,Sensational record offer! $4.98 value for only §1.98- 28 great camping songs...  After listening to Bing and the Childrens sings, we feel sure you´ll agree that here is something completely new and exiting to offer your campers.... to make this album a unique and cherished souvenier of your 1961 camp season..."
The instrumental arrangements were very often with banjo, the children chorus have often additional parts. But  In The Good Old Summertime Bing´s voice is omittet and chorus sings alone with a whistling part.

Film » 1954 "White Christmas" German Dub Version » 22/10/2013 10:09 pm

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Hello! On ,,Ichabod" (the Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, 1949) not only Bing´s narration, also Bing´s singing was dubbed into German.The singer is far  from Bing.  On DVD it´s possible to select the original version  with and without German subtitles. But on DVD-case or on (German) film credits is no mention of Bing.
,,Ichabod" won the Golden Globe Award; Best Cinematoggraphy 1950.

Film » 1954 "White Christmas" German Dub Version » 21/10/2013 9:20 pm

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Hello MusicFan, "White Christmas" is no remake of  "Holiday Inn". It has a total new story with a collection of Irving Berlin´s evergreens and few new songs composed for that film. "White Christmas" is a beautiful film  thanks to Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney, but "Holiday Inn"  is a superb movie, with the better musical score and naturally Bing´s partners Fred Astaire and Marjorie Reynolds. There are a bad German dubbing of "Holiday Inn", I believe it´s not on DVD (or VHS) available. On some German dubbings of Bing movie they cut scenes, especially musical numbers, for example on "Riding High" (with the idiotic German title "Lach und wein mit mir") the best number "Sunshine Cake" was cut, on Bing´s cameo appearance by "Let´s Make Love" they cut "Incurable Romantic" with Yves Montand, showed only handshake. (song on DVD not cut!). If possible watch the original English versions of the films, it´s more fun and authentic, although when you sometimes will not unterstand every word.

New and Re-issued materials » Bing Sings Whilst Bregman Swings / Fancy Meeting You Here » 11/3/2012 12:35 am

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Hello, Malcolm is right, both are identical with 26 titles. Look at amazon.de for track listing. The German release date is March, 30.

Film » My First Viewing of "Little Boy Lost," a persopnal response. » 29/7/2011 7:12 pm

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Hello Steve, I have expressed it wrong to say, that Bill/ Bing was an American singer. He played a newscaster from America in Paris. This was 1938, Bill was reporting about Germans occupiing of Czechosslowakia. I only ever wondered, why Bill was at that scene in uniform. At that time the USA hasn´t declared war to Germany.
Lindsay was much to old for that cameo. Look photos from that period. One photo of Bing and Lindsay in Europe is pictured in the newest BING magazine, page 53. This was photographed in Delft, Netherlands.
Thanks Richard for your "new" information. I must sorry, that I have only the wrong facts from older literature.
But John Scott Trotter was on the Europe trip in 1953. I have not only the photo from Delft, but also one from Paris. Bing, Lindsay and John Scott standing before a Mercedes 300 "Adenauer" limousine.
Thanks for all your responses and corrections, Steve and Richard. - Dieter.

Film » My First Viewing of "Little Boy Lost," a persopnal response. » 29/7/2011 12:06 pm

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LITTLE BOY LOST is my personally favourite dramatic Crosby movie, like it more than BELLS OF SAINT MARY, MAN ON FIRE, STAGECOACH, DR COOKS GARDEN and even THE COUNTRY GIRL. The last one and LITTLE BOY LOST have the same director: George Seaton! I was banned from Bing´s expression and power to act, mostly  in a quiet and thougtful, but also torn way. The screenplay based on a fine book from Marganhita Laski, which sold the rights first to actor John Mills. Seaton changed the character from a British intellectual to an American singer. Laski was unhappy about that, but later said, that Bing done an admirable job.
The narrations made the scenes even stronger and total personally from the view of Bill Wainwright alias Bing. It is every time the look of Bill. I can´t remember such thing on any other of Crosby´s films, not on COUNTRY GIRL, not on MAN ON FIRE or HERE COMES THE GROOM (another orphans story) which were told, but here tells Bill/ Bing himself. Christian Fourcade as Jean was the ideal counterpart for Bing and this kind of story. Gabrielly Dorziat was really superior Mother Superior, lovely also Nicole Maurey as Lisa Garret (again with Bing in HIGH TIME)
Another fact is, that this film was made in an extemely difficult period of Bing´s life, between September 1952 and February 1953 (re-filming one scene in May 1953 in Paris). Dixie Lee was very ill as he is travelling with ship to Europe in 1952 and  died later this year. Bing thought much about his life and certainly the errors he have made. He get into a life crisis, not known to him. That are the circumstances of the time, when filming LITTLE BOY LOST. That wasn´t good for Bing, but it makes Bing in the film so believable or authentic.
Also no song of the movie is a hitsong I like CELA MÈST EGAL and THE MAGIC WINDOWS really. I have ever believed, that MAGIC WINDOW could have been an inspiration for Johnny Mercers great ballad MOON RIVER written for BREAKFEAST AT TIFFANY.
LITTLE BOY LOST made certainly

Recording » Ragtime Cowboy Joe » 02/7/2011 12:27 pm

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Most of the CHOWDER songs seems to have special lyric. In DINAH Gable is mentioned, also a Carol and Dixie Lee and Bing´s raceplace Delmar. He scats very fine and whistles.
When Bing sings THREE LETTERS some sounds in such a wonderful jazzy voice, like in earlier SOMEDAY SWEETHEART.
RAGTIME COWBOY JOE with Gable has much similiarity with the 1946 Philco radio show with Gary Cooper and Peggy Lee and their cowboy number.

Recording » Ragtime Cowboy Joe » 02/7/2011 11:32 am

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Hello, RAGTIME COWBOY is  a private recording  made on the parties of the WESTWOOD MARCHING AND CHOWDER CLUB recorded about 1938. The guest were mostly Bing´s friends from that time, like Jack Benny, Andy Devine, Walter F. Lang, Tommy Dorsey, Shirley Ross, Dick Powell, Ken Murray and naturally his wife Dixie Lee.
I have a whole CD with private recordings of these sessions in mosttimes bad sound quality. Other titles beside the Gable/ Crosby duett are a clownesk DINAH parody, I WONDER WHOS KISSING HER NOW (2 versions), SWEET LEILANI (with Dixie Lee, also funny), THREE LETTERS, MY ROMANCE (with Walter F. Lang), WAKE UP AND LIVE (with Jack Benny), BLOOD ON SADDLE (with Andy Devine), I`M GONNA SIT RIGHT DOWN (With Jack Benny and Andy Devine).

New and Re-issued materials » For all vinyl fans » 11/5/2011 8:54 pm

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The information I have found is that Waxtimes owns to the German Braun-group, which issued under dozens of different label CDs. If you go their homepage, you can change between German and English, but on the English pages only a selection of CD labels offered. Waxtime- vinyl label- only on the German page and offers mostly old ,,original" LPs of jazz artists like Armstrong, Basie, Brubeck, Miles Davies, Chet Baker, Anita O´Day, Nina Simone, Oscar Petersen, Stan Getz, but also Johnny Cash. http//www.in-akustic.com/de/MuM/label.asp?Buch=A&lab=waxtime&move=1 I have found on a German jazz page a report, which praise the high sound quality. More I can not found about this theme.- Dieter.

New and Re-issued materials » For all vinyl fans » 11/5/2011 1:46 pm

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BING & SATCHMO is DMM remastered and pressed with 180 gram Virgin vinyl.  You can fin the new LP on German and British AMAZON, but not on US AMAZON.

New and Re-issued materials » For all vinyl fans » 10/5/2011 5:02 pm

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BING & SATCHMO will be released again on vinyl on May, 20 by Waxtime (in akustik) records. On this LP are all twelve titles of Bing, Louis and Billy May + the bonus of Now You Has Jazz.
I like to hear quality pressed vinyl LPs very much, because of the warm and fine sound, this not the best CD equals, when you compare the same titles, also on the same quality HIFI player and with the same loud speakers. Especially the warm, full voice of Bing is never matched by CD and is ideal for vinyl and shellac, to get his best vibration and sound.
--- Dieter.

Recording » "Bing Viejo" » 14/4/2011 12:54 pm

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Hello,
both LPs issued in 1977, but the ANAHUAC LP was totally remixed new by Jaime De Aguinaga and Bing´s voice sound even a little bit warmer than on the  LONDON LP (= L.). There are even more than the 4 alternative takes, which Colin Pugh (Alternative Bing Crosby) and Fred Reynolds (The Crosby Collection, Part. 5) have had found: Eres Tu; The Breeze And I; Spanisch Eyes; La Borrachita.
Other takes are Maria Bonita with some more parts with guitar sound (ANAHUAC= A.) or Frenesi on A. with Bing´s voice is stronger than on L. and partly he has a laughing in his voice, also Paul Smith on piano is in middle part more present. On Amapola (A.) the percussions are louder, the trumpets more in the background. Also the guitar begins later, when Bing opens the song.
The Breeze And I: Bing have a clearly warmer sound, his voice is stronger (A.), the loud breathing on early part (L.) is missing, on Spanish part are many differences, beginning with la bris (L.) or la brisa (A.) and more accentuations on Spanish parts.
Spanish Eyes: Bing´s voice is partly deeper on L., which  Ken Barnes may have criticized on Bing´s version (The Crosby Years). On A. take Bing´s voice is fresher, more melodic, especially on first part, not so deep.
La Borrachita: the two takes are nearly two different recordings, both only sung in Spanish, both with wonderful guitar sounds,but extremly different, also the mood. Bings whistle also in two different ways on both takes, with more air on L. and in higher sound on A..The L. take is very fine, but the A. take is superb, a real hammer, that you think you are in heaven.
Bing sung in most of his late concerts Cuando Calienda El Sol. Maybe Bings favourite?
---Dieter.

New and Re-issued materials » New Crosby-Clooney duets CD » 29/11/2010 1:10 am

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Not got the Sinatra Songbook CD until now! The duet of Frank and Bing was part of the songmaterial out of two 1954 radio shows on an Italian LP. In the years 1976/1977 this LP seemed to be the Crosby LP most circulated in Germany with the exception of Bing´s WHITE CHRISTMAS LP. Nearly any store in town, who´s selling records, which will have not 5, 10 or more of those LP. Second in stores would be the (also Italian printing) of THE JAZZIN BING CROSBY. Sadly the new recorded songs and LPs with Pete Moore, Paul Smith and Alan Cohen could be found only in single specimen in the big special record stores. That´s certainly the reason, why you can find the Sinatra/Crosby and the Jazzin LPs today very offen on second hand stores.- Dieter.

New and Re-issued materials » New Crosby-Clooney duets CD » 29/11/2010 12:11 am

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Wonderful to read your post again and that´s all well with you, Ron. But your description about the new DVDs remembers me on lot of my videotapes, that I have got from great Bingfans at the times, when hardly TV shows and only few movies  were released and many fans were despairing ever to watch in their lifetime this material.  But the new DVDs have at least a fine, mostly an excellent and even a pristine picture quality, depending on the original sources, that are in different technics filmed or videotaped.- Dieter.

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