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[VIP] Spook Central VIP Exclusives 2022 Schedule - The Real Ghostbusters Alternate Audio Tracks

 By Paul Rudoff on Jan. 31, 2022 at 7:47 PM , Categories: Real Ghostbusters, VIP Exclusives
VIP Exclusives

The Spook Central VIP Exclusives Area is the home to content that has been made exclusively available for supporters who pledge a monthly donation through the Spook Central Patreon page. Said content is either downloadable through the VIP Exclusives Area here or on the Patreon page, though I link to some exclusive content throughout Spook Central where appropriate. You can learn more about the Spook Central VIP Area in this blog post. The VIP articles that are posted on Spook Central, which are easily distinguishable by the "[VIP]" at the start of the article title, are readable by all visitors, but contain download links that will only work for VIP members. If you wish to download this content, become a supporter through the Spook Central Patreon page. With that out of the way, let's continue...

In 2019 and 2020, the Spook Central VIPs were given a lot of exclusive content as a thank you for supporting Spook Central. That continued in 2021 with the Disc Preservation Project and some The Real Ghostbusters episode scripts. For 2022, I will stay on theme with The Real Ghostbusters, providing all of the supporters with the audio tracks from the alternate episodes of The Real Ghostbusters.

As everyone knows, TimeLife released The Real Ghostbusters: The Complete Collection DVD box set in 2008. It was a great set, but there was a lot of room for improvement. One area where the set is lacking is the lack of alternate episodes. Those are mainly earlier episodes in which Dave Coulier and Kath Soucie have redubbed the voices of Peter and Janine, in place of Lorenzo Music and Laura Summer. There are some in which the background music for one scene is different, either using a piece of the Shuky/Levy score or a pop song by Tahiti. Most of the alternate music episodes can be found on official DVD or VHS releases, but only one redubbed episode has ever been officially released on home video. ("Slimer, Is That You?" can be found on Sony's Volume 7 DVD, so it will not be included here.)

Ten years ago, I had the idea to create a "Supplement DVD" containing all of the alternate episodes and materials that were not included in the TimeLife set. This project would also gather up those alternate music episodes from the assortment of other official DVDs and VHS tapes. (Every official release containing an alternate is listed on the alternate episodes page.) In regards to the redubbed episodes, my plan was to pull the audio off of the VHS recordings of the ABC broadcasts and marry it to the higher-quality video from the TimeLife DVDs. I managed to get a handful of episodes transferred to the computer before Hurricane Sandy destroyed my RGB tape collection in October 2012.

I transferred the audio from two different VHS recordings; one done by Sheila Paulson, and the other done by the late, great Doreen Mulman. I saved my raw "VHS rips" as lossless .flac files, but the transfers are far from perfect due to the source material. Some transfers were done with the VCR set to Hi-Fi Stereo, and the other is the same tape with the output set to Mono. The hifi stereo audio has better quality, but it also contains crackles from tape tracking. Mono doesn't have the crackles, but gains heavy tape hiss and lacks the fidelity of the stereo.

What I am providing to the VIPs is, pretty much, all that I have remaining for the redubbed stuff. After settling in my new home, I was able to salvage some of the damaged tapes by copying them to brand-new VHS tapes using a few scrap VCRs I bought at yard sales. However, my equipment right now is not the greatest, so I can't do any better transfers with those new tapes; assuming anything better even could be done. The stuff I'm providing is very much UNFINISHED. I never got around to doing anything with it, such as attempting to clean up the audio. If you can do something with it, go right ahead. Just share a copy of the finished thing with me.

The first Sunday of every month will see a new lossless .flac format audio file containing the full redubbed audio track (for music and others, only the differing scene will be provided) for an episode of The Real Ghostbusters, while the third Sunday will see the release of a video file created by John Seitz that marries the redubbed audio to cleaned-up video. (The video files will be uploaded as I go along and may not be available every month.) If you wish to download this content, become a supporter through the Spook Central Patreon page.

The links below point to the externally-hosted files on Patreon. Content becomes available at Noon Eastern Time on the stated dates. Content for dates that are still in the future not have gone live yet, obviously. That is all for now. I may be able to add more exclusives this year (aside from random one-off things), if I can squeeze in some time to finish a book preservation project AND a computer upgrade (so I can post all this stuff directly from my desktop computer and not have to send it over to my tablet for posting on Patreon).

Please note that the money paid to me as a Spook Central supporter is for my hard work in bringing this material to you since August 1996. You are not paying for the content itself. The money I receive is used to fund Spook Central and to pay for my living expenses.

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