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    Is there anywhere online that I can watch the original version of The Gathering? I own all five seasons on DVD but not the original pilot and would be curious to re-visit it.

    I'm struggling to find it anywhere! If anyone can point me in the right direction or help me out, let me know.
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    Your best bet is to look for one of the streaming sites. Hulu, aol streaming, etc., (the legal ones!). They typically have the original version.

    I *think* I remember either iTunes or Amazon has the original edit, but I don't remember which one.
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    • #3
      It does appear on iTunes for the very reasonable price of ú1.89. However, there is next to no info on which version of the episode this is. You can watch a very short clip, but I'm none the wiser.

      I guess the music would be a dead giveaway, and from the clip it does not sound like Christopher Franke to my ears, but I'm having trouble deciphering which version this is from the 1 minutes clip iTunes provides.
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      • #4
        The iTunes version is the original edit.

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        • #5
          Great. Thank you Joe.
          Captain John Sheridan: I really *hate* it when you do that.

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          • #6
            Original DVD pilot...

            http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B000...ls_o00_s00_i00

            ...Complete with Stuart Copeland music track.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by DGTWoodward View Post
              http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B000...ls_o00_s00_i00

              ...Complete with Stuart Copeland music track.
              I'd love to have a copy of that, but I just cannot justify spending 30 bucks just to ship a single DVD in a flimsy case. It's Warners, I know it'll be flimsy.

              And that's on top of the cost of the DVD itself. Which really isn't THAT expensive. It's the shipping.
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              • #8
                Yeah, these German editions are not particularly wonderful. And I still haven't seen the new cut of The Gathering!
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by DGTWoodward View Post
                  http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B000...ls_o00_s00_i00

                  ...Complete with Stuart Copeland music track.
                  Thank you so much for posting the link! Thankfully I'm in the same Postal region as continental Europe, so they charged me the minimum for shipping.

                  I've been hoping to own the original cut on DVD for YEARS. There's nothing wrong with the "re-jigged" version, but as this cut was my first experience of B5, this one feels like the "real" one to me.

                  I was expecting the DVD to arrive in one of WB's classic, flimsy cardboard cases..., but no; a tough-as-old-boots plastic one! And the cover image differs from what you see on amazon.de's website; it's the picture of G'Kar from the standard release.

                  Can't wait 'til work ends; I wanna go home and see it!

                  Have a great weekend .

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Sinclair's Fan View Post
                    Thank you so much for posting the link! Thankfully I'm in the same Postal region as continental Europe, so they charged me the minimum for shipping.

                    I've been hoping to own the original cut on DVD for YEARS. There's nothing wrong with the "re-jigged" version, but as this cut was my first experience of B5, this one feels like the "real" one to me.

                    I was expecting the DVD to arrive in one of WB's classic, flimsy cardboard cases..., but no; a tough-as-old-boots plastic one! And the cover image differs from what you see on amazon.de's website; it's the picture of G'Kar from the standard release.

                    Can't wait 'til work ends; I wanna go home and see it!

                    Have a great weekend .
                    I recently bought this off iTunes as it's the original cut and I was curious. I really liked some of the deleted scenes, like Sheridan and Lyta's extended walk through the alien sector. Some of the puppets look a bit goofy, but it's more charming than anything.

                    The Copeland soundtrack is great, pure 80s cop show cheese with wailing electic guitar lines. It fits perfectly with the pilot though, compliments the darker more sleazy atmoshpere. I think Franke was a good choice in the long run.
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                    • #11
                      As far as I know, there's no official CD release of Copeland's B5 music..., however, he DID provide the soundtrack for Highlander 2, (I know most Highlander fans hate the second one, but personally [as it's more of a sci-fi film] I love it!), whose music was included on a compilation CD of the first 3 films' soundtracks. Naturally, it sounds a lot like Babylon 5, (if my ageing memory serves me, he wrote both soundtracks on the same keyboard..., I think it was a 'Prophet' but I might be wrong). I'd recommend buying the CD if you ever see it just so you can feel as if you have an extra B5 soundtrack!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Sinclair's Fan View Post
                        As far as I know, there's no official CD release of Copeland's B5 music..., however, he DID provide the soundtrack for Highlander 2, (I know most Highlander fans hate the second one, but personally [as it's more of a sci-fi film] I love it!), whose music was included on a compilation CD of the first 3 films' soundtracks. Naturally, it sounds a lot like Babylon 5, (if my ageing memory serves me, he wrote both soundtracks on the same keyboard..., I think it was a 'Prophet' but I might be wrong). I'd recommend buying the CD if you ever see it just so you can feel as if you have an extra B5 soundtrack!
                        Yeah, a Dave Smith æProphetÆ synth would be a very likely weapon of choice. Many of the more notable 70s synth / kosmiche revival bands use them. (Emeralds being perhaps the most notable). Check out æSolar BridgeÆ, æWhat Happened Next?Æ or æDoes it look like IÆm here?Æ if you want some good contemporary trippy synth music, which still has that old (Virgin Years) Tangerine Dream vibe.
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                        • #13
                          Cheers for the info'! To doublecheck which keyboard it was, I'd have to dig through my old DVDs and watch H2's Special Features again; a job for the weekend, I think! I suppose it might've been a PPG Wave synth..., no PPG pun intended!

                          I'm glad you got to see the Original Cut anyway. I know it's not everyone's idea of Babylon 5, but it IS mine; I love the uniforms, the music, the cast etc. Cool!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Sinclair's Fan View Post
                            Cheers for the info'! To doublecheck which keyboard it was, I'd have to dig through my old DVDs and watch H2's Special Features again; a job for the weekend, I think! I suppose it might've been a PPG Wave synth..., no PPG pun intended!

                            I'm glad you got to see the Original Cut anyway. I know it's not everyone's idea of Babylon 5, but it IS mine; I love the uniforms, the music, the cast etc. Cool!
                            I like some aspects of the original pilot more than the revised show. As I mentioned earlier in the thread, B5 just feels more ominous, sleazy and lived in. I thought the lighting on the pilot was genius. Would have been great to see that preserved.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Sinclair's Fan View Post
                              Thank you so much for posting the link! Thankfully I'm in the same Postal region as continental Europe, so they charged me the minimum for shipping.

                              I've been hoping to own the original cut on DVD for YEARS. There's nothing wrong with the "re-jigged" version, but as this cut was my first experience of B5, this one feels like the "real" one to me.

                              I was expecting the DVD to arrive in one of WB's classic, flimsy cardboard cases..., but no; a tough-as-old-boots plastic one! And the cover image differs from what you see on amazon.de's website; it's the picture of G'Kar from the standard release.

                              Can't wait 'til work ends; I wanna go home and see it!

                              Have a great weekend .
                              You are most welcome my friend. It was a purchase where I had no second thoughts whatsoever. Orginal B5, it had many flaws but the potential was there right from the very begining. It is also amazing how many 'fulfilled much later on' checkpoints are set up in it too.

                              1) the mystery of the Vorlons.
                              2) the hole on Sinclair's mind.
                              3) The destruction of B's 1-3
                              4) the disappearence of B4
                              5) the lack of Narn telepaths
                              6) the fallen/degenerated state of the Centauri 'Empire' open at Earth times.
                              7) the traitor in the fold
                              8) the friendship of Garibaldi and Sincalir and their march out of the Mars Dessert
                              9) Sinclair's invovlement in the Battle Of The Line.

                              It just goes on and on...and it's all there in the film.
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