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12-09-2002, 05:24 PM
is "Sleepaway Camp' DVD [Anchor Bay] Edited?:o

12-09-2002, 05:42 PM
yes it is edited

there are a few seconds omitted here and there. It is mainly due to the print that they had to work with. It's nothing too major but its just obnoxious to be missing it.

Some notable omissions...
-the snake coming out of the kids mouth gets cut short
-you dont get to see the kids bare asses running down the pier
-you dont get to see the kids shotting birds after they throw water baloons on angela.

other than that, nothing too major

12-09-2002, 09:44 PM
Thank you!:lol:

12-10-2002, 12:35 AM
This dvd set is really good, especially if you can get the one with the fourth disc and the terrible footage from the ill fated part four.

12-10-2002, 03:59 AM
I have a Red Cross edition with the 4th disc available for sale or trade if anyone is interested.

12-10-2002, 04:33 AM
Rented the first Sleepaway Camp last week. I hadn't seen it since the eighties and it was so much better than I remember! It's been my most satisfying rental in a long while. It totally brought back why I've always found the word "cocksucker" so freakin' hilarious! :D

Would this make a great double bill with "Wet Hot American Summer" or what? :D

Eddie Quist
12-11-2002, 09:10 PM
This movie is so friggin' 80's, it's like taking a time machine back to my childhood. All they needed was some Journey on the soundtrack.:D

12-11-2002, 09:50 PM
The first Sleepaway Camp is one of my top three favorites from the 80's. It embodies everything I loved about cinema in that period.

Agent Z
12-11-2002, 09:55 PM
This movie is so friggin' 80's, it's like taking a time machine back to my childhood. All they needed was some Journey on the soundtrack.

What!? You mean you DON'T play Journey in the background while watching SLEEPAWAY CAMP!? :D

Eddie Quist
12-11-2002, 11:26 PM
No, I usually have some Mr. Mister or Olivia Newton-John playing in the backround, as I do with all the movies that I watch....:) I'll have to try Journey next time.

12-12-2002, 12:48 AM
Mr. Mister hahaha I still have that cd I bought way back then. Anyone remember The Hooters? All You Zombies rocked.:D

12-12-2002, 11:25 AM
Hey guys, the music for the sequels is much better, I sell the series soundtrack on my site (official). To the guy that wanted to know about the edits, yes, it appears to be a TV print but I'm working on getting AB to rectify that. check out what i have to say in depth about the subject at:



Agent Z
12-12-2002, 03:26 PM
Another repost of mine (yes, I get a commission each time)

SLEEPAWAY CAMP has yet to arrive on home video in its originally- intended form. A quick recap:

Media Entertainment (1984): This initial home video release is still the most complete version of SLEEPAWAY CAMP available to date, with the full, uncut theatrical presentation intact. However, Media's effort is not without some major drawbacks. For starters, as was the norm at the time, this was released full-frame and not widescreen. In addition, the image was not properly matted, which resulted in a poor framing and actually exposed a few goofs(see below) that normally would have been eliminated through a better framing of the image.

Video Treasures: SLEEPAWAY CAMP had its second life on home video on the el-cheapo Video Treasures label, which featured the same full-screen misframing that the Media version employed. In addition, this bargain bin bastard child had the usual drawbacks that came with all the other cheap tapes....EP mode....mono sound (ugh!)...and a nice faded picture quality that would jitter every few minutes to remind you that you truly do get what ya pay for. To add further insult to injury, this version is also missing the opening dedication by director Robert Hiltzik.

Anchor Bay: The 2000 Anchor Bay release of SLEEPAWAY CAMP was truly a mixed-blessing, to say the least. On the plus side, this version was released in its proper widescreen format with, quite simply, the best audio and video quality that this film has seen to date on home video. On the downside, the print used for this transfer, while probably the best looking print available, was also marred with a number of audio and video edits:

The shot of the male skinny-dippers racing down the dock into the water.

The audio during the "moment of impact" in the mind over matter
scene with Mozart is jumbled enough to ruin the great punchline of that scene!

When Kenny's corpse is discovered under the beached canoe, the beginning shot of the watersnake starting to slide out his mouth is gone.

After Mel scolds the kids for their water balloon attack on Angela. the kids start insulting Mel as he's walking away. Some of their comments are missing from the audio in this version.

When Mel discovers Meg's corpse in shower area, there are less shots of Meg's corpse than in the original release.

When Ricky flips Judy off, Judy's final retort is cut out.

Granted, none of these cuts are really consequential in the grand scheme of things, but they are CUTS nonetheless! Still, despite the cuts and audio miscues, this version seems the best bet for the time being simply because of the widescreen presentation and the great quality of the print.

NOTE: I mentioned earlier about how the lack of proper framing on the original Media release of SLEEPAWAY CAMP resulted in a number of goofs showing up that normally wouldn't have with a correct composition. Here are a famous few:

The boom mike visible above Lenny at the lake.

The infamous red tube top that Felissa wore for the final scene was visible on the first batch of Media tapes!

Apparently, Meg's black tube top for her shower scene was also visible.....although I haven't seen anything to confirm that.

On the Media release, when Paul and Judy are kissing in the woods, look carefully between them and you will see a bit of Felissa Rose's head peeking out toward the bottom of the screen as she is obviously in the background awaiting her cue to stand up. No matter which version you watch, you can see Felissa rising in the background though.

12-12-2002, 03:56 PM
Don't forget the fact that despite the fact that AB apparently had only one print, all three different versions they released at the same time (DVD, VHS, VHS WIDESCREEN) contain different cuts/editing errors which means they couldn't possibly have had just one, or they botched the editing themselves. The AB guys are great, they let me help out alot for the sequel DVDs, and brought me food and drink during the day long taping of the commentaries, but they really dropped the ball on part one.

Eddie Quist
12-13-2002, 10:38 PM
As far as Mr. Mister goes, "Broken Wings" is a great song. A great gay song. Well used in BAND OF THE HAND..:D

12-14-2002, 12:46 AM
Band of the Hand!

Damn I want to see that movie again!

Gotta love Larry Fishburn with the crazy hair-do!

Eddie Quist
12-14-2002, 03:54 AM
BAND OF THE HAND was produced by Michael Mann, who made the awesome MANHUNTER around the same time. He was also doing MIAMI VICE. Michael Mann is a genius, and I did kinda enjoy BAND OF THE HAND because it had that Michael Mann style.