I think it’s time for me to give back to Shirley Holmes fandom.
After years and years of Damon, the webmaster of Shirley Holmes Central, giving to the fandom… and even uploading the episodes (I’m mad excited about this!), I have decided to take on the subtitling cap. I’ve just began testing subtitling software, but I think I’m settling for Easy Subtitles. They seem to be easy enough to use.
I actually would kill to be able to get my Shirley tapes with Spanish Latino dubs and get the audio on Damon’s videos to have dual audio, but I’m apparently technologically impaired to do that.
So I’m settling for subtitles.
I’ve just begun, and I need some time to get used to the software, so I have no idea how long this is going to take.
After a few weeks since my last forum comments on IMDb, which I only visit for rating films and shows and almost never hang out at the boards any longer, I ended up looking at my comment history and found a post on the Shirley Holmes board…
Of course I ended up searching for “shirley holmes” on YouTube… lo and behold!
Meredith Henderson is living in L.A. and is a gamer~~~ I did not expect that, ever. She’s a full-on gaming dork too, getting excited over Comic Con and all. I didn’t understand half the things she talked about because I don’t game, but loads of my friends do.
I also ended up finding a copy of Espanol Latino Shirley Holmes! El Caso de la Bruja Wannabe with — of course — Shelley Duvall of The Shining. xD Espanol Latino dubs are hard to come by in full episodes, evenÂ thoughÂ I have the first seasons of Shirley Holmes on tape with that dub. I wish I could come by the last season.
I have been waiting patiently for a number of years for a DVD release of that show.
Also buy right away… or you’ll end up with over-priced copies of them like Are You Afraid of the Dark xD which are around $100-$300 dollars per season (7 in total). But… if you have no issues in paying around $2k for a show on DVD, be my guest… LOL
I was only really worrying about the 4th season, which I didn’t really get to see. In fact, I only saw 2 or 3 episodes… I saw 2 more episodes on YouTube… In the end, it’s 9 or 10 of the 13eps. However, it’s been really hard to download the episodes from the SHC (particularly S4x02), so… very unlike me. I’ve decided to upload the episodes I was able to snatch and upload them on MegaUpload to help out.
In typical Canadian fashion, [insert name of movie] doesn’t have a dvd distributor yet.
That was said 3 or 4 years ago… there still isn’t a DVD.
So in typical Canadian fashion… nearly 10 years after The Adventures of Shirley Holmes aired its last episode, after so many other shows have been released on DVD – there still isn’t a proper DVD release for the series.
What the fans have to go through? Well, some “savvy” people managed to digitally record the re-runs, and encode them to DVD format, but instead of sharing them, they decided to make some profit. Even if it’s small. Some other fans, get scammed… thinking they’re getting the real deal, to only find out that the episodes have been TV recorded – which I have to admit it’s just a bit silly to believe. – Some other fans just move on… some others end up on YouTube scavenging for clips and episodes… regardless of capture quality, and very appreciated.
It really should have been an elementary exercise. TV shows on demand, new episodes of current tv shows available for streaming immediately after, and sometimes days and weeks before broadcast. This is the media world we now live in, and one in which there is much to admire.
So why has it taken so long to get episodes of Shirley Holmes online, in a streamable, and / or downloadable format ?
There are a few reasons, not least the relative obscurity of repeat airings, and the lack of any official DVD releases, even now, nearly a decade after the show wrapped in 2000. And then of course there was season 4, a somewhat mythical 13 episodes for many fans, because worldwide screening was very limited, with only the home Canadian market, and a few select international markets, including Australia and South America, seeing those episodes broadcast.
So while Forefront, Credo Entertainment (does it still exist?), and Chorus Entertainment… and YTV? Lose some money – seriously… if they decided to make Free Region DVDs, they could sell these in South America, the UK and Germany already.