This message is cross-posted to Skatefans-l.
My friend, knowing that I'd accidentally taped over my copy of 1995
Worlds, was kind enough to surprise me with 'World Champions on
Ice-Forever Gold' as a gift for my birthday.
The video only contains complete long programs from Meno & Sand,
Kovarikova & Novotny, Todd Eldredge, Elvis Stojko, Gritschuk & Platov,
Lu Chen and Surya Bonaly with bits and pieces of long program from other
medalists. Everybody's short program is totally chacked in favor of the
beautiful sceneries of Birmingham.
Okay, this kind of rip-off is expected and I am contented with what I
have as long as I get some of the programs on tape. What would you
expect from those videos anyway? But boy, are we in for a big
The music in every single program has been redone. When I mean redone,
I don't just mean redoing the same piece of music for better sound
quality. NBC has totally changed the musics of the programs! They
sound entirely different from the originals except for the tempo to
match the skaters' moves. For example, Eldredge is not skating to
'Gettysburg' anymore in the video, but to an unknown, boring piece
similar in pace.
I am clueless. Why would NBC do something like that? It's not even
true sports documentary and fair to the consumers as far as I'm concern.
My friend and I feel really cheated by NBC. She suggested that we
should mail the video back to NBC for a refund. Do you think we can get
any money back at all?
My warning to everybody - Be extra careful next time when you want to
buy any skating video from NBC Sports, you'll be surprised at what
you'll get :-(.