Here is some news, I am not sure how true this is but it seems that Roadshow is finally releasing the Sweet and Sour Tv Series in May. This is from the DVD Warehouse website. So I suppose we will have to see!!!
Sweet And Sour (TBA): DVD
David Reyne, Tracy Mann, Arky Michael, Ric Herbert
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Music & Musicals NOW $37.95
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Coming Soon! Pre-Order Now - Available Friday, 06 May 2011
I truly hope this happens - although I won't raise my hopes too high just in case....
I wonder if the music will be intact on the DVD? We shall have to wait and see - if it actually gets released. I know I'll be the first in line to grab a copy at my local DVD store!
Hopefully the ABC will launch it somehow with some of the cast members promoting it - that'd be great to see.
I am a little skeptical as to whether the original series will ever re-appear. I notice it says run time 90 min when it is supposed to be 20 x 25 min episodes. Have they edited it down to a single movie length show? $38 for a butchered show would be a bit steep.
Would love to believe this news,but I've been burnt by news about the show coming out on DVD too many times.
Anybody know if it's available yet?
I see EzyDVD have it listed as a 3 disc set (so that should be all the episodes), but date of release is still unknown, although you can pre-order it.
A while back,I sent an email to TV Week's Gavin Scott from the Just Ask column re.a DVD release and in the issue out now,I got an answer from him.
Here's the gist of it-
"There's still no word on the series coming to DVD.I understand that music licenses are behind the delay"
Some of you might be thinking "no s h i t Sherlock!",but it sounds more reliable than the info from Ezy DVD.
So the dvd will go ahead after all????
This is starting to get RIDICULOUS!!!
I had no idea that Renee Geyer had a cameo in the first episode!
I know hey,
Renee Geyer was a blast!
I am so glad Guru got copies. The first episode KILLLLED me and I know it's just going to get better and better! :-)
Just finished watching the last episode. I think I'll have to watch it again, soon. Did The Hoons ever release a single? . Anyone here watched the whole series yet? So many cameos in the series. Wish The Takeaways peformed in the Countdown studio.
I tell ya-seeing Sweet & Sour in its entirety again recently was the best birthday present I could've asked for.For something I'd not seen since the mid 80's,the show's held up pretty well.Its as great now as it was when it first aired.
Did I miss the release of this?
Guru Bob has the full series on video tape and has uploaded it to his FABULOUS You Tube Channel.
Check out the WHOLE series on the link below! :-)
I don't have them on video but a very good friend loaned me some copies as I had been desperate to see the series again for over a quarter of a century now. I assumed others would also be interested so I asked if it was OK to upload them.
I hadn't realised that I could now upload longer clips as I had previously been limited to about 5-7min due to file size limitations so that was a bonus that I could upload individual episodes.
Incidentally there is someone uploading a lot of Hey Hey, MTV, Countdown Revolution material from the late 80's to early 90's. Their YouTube channel is digitalstr*p (replace * with an i as this website does not accept that word) and their channel is:
http://www.youtube.com/user/DigitalStr*p?feature=uploademail_ch#p/u (again swap * for i)
I was seeing a play in the late 1980's and sitting two seats away from me was Tracy Mann. She caught me looking at her and she asked " Do I know You? " I didn't know what to say to her other than I thought you were good in 'Sweet and Sour'.
Brett, that's funny. I can imagine Tracy Mann being upfront and very direct, but not in a rude way.
Just finished Episode 4 and now about to watch Episode 5!
Sweet & Sour is literally KILLLLING me, I am so happy right now watching them!
'I Don't Mean To B i t c h' that ended Ep 4 is AMAZZZZZING!
And Dave Mason was in Episode4 PLUS all the FAB music in it from machinations, Deckchairs Overboard, Hunter And Collector's e.t.c... And the FAV fashion.
THANK YOU SO MUCH GURU!!!
Popstars and Politicians performance was GENIUS!!!
I'm A Genius' and 'Image Of An Angel' were so SPECTACULAR!
'I Don't Mean To B i t c h' was good - a highlight of the series. I wish I did the same thing at my 21st! As John mentioned, it's a shame it wasn't on the soundtrack. Maybe it was considered to full on to be on a record for the teen market?
BTW - Did you know that David Reyne does the voice over for the Celebrity Apprentice?
How I understand :-( ... Please get me back to 1984 to. Now is so TERRRRRIBLE!
And so CRAP that 'B I T C H' is not on the soundtrack!
I want to go back because the first half of the 80s were just and always will be SPECTACULAR. The music, fashion and colour. I just want to go back NOW :-( It's not because of the vcr's but because it's THE best period in the world EVER!!!
And actually Lee, my parents got a VCR in 1985
Yeah, we got an Akai VHS recorder in 1985. It cost around $800. They gave you a 30 minute blank tape to go with it. Geez, I think it got recorded on hundered times until the tape wore out. I didn't record any music shows back then, so don't feel bad about not keeping them and we only had one commercial channel back then. Canberra was still in the dark ages in the 80's.
That's funny... Did you deliberately keep the cover and throw the tape out?
The earliest thing I still have on VHS tape is from 1991 ('Hunter', US TV series). Anyone remember Hunter? Cop show from the 80's and early 90's? One of my Top 5 shows after Countdown of course! Funny to watch the ads too, every ad break has 'E Street' featuring Mr Bad.
The oldest thing that I still have on tape might be 1.Duran Duran-The Video Album. 2. Toni Basil-Word Of Mouth or 3. The Tubes Video Album.
The first music video I recorded was Enya's 'Orinoco Flow' from the Rage top 50 Although I only caught it from about half way through. I had been watching the top 50 on Rage for nearly a year, but for some reason never thought to record videos from it until visiting a cousin just after Xmas '88 who had a video tape full of clips recorded from TV. I've still got my first VHS of music videos recorded from TV, but stupidly re-recorded over a couple after then, due to not having enough blank VHS tapes to use at the time.
Awesome stuff guys.
I haven't seen the show since it first aired in 84. My last year of high school!
I bought the vol 1 soundtrack on cassette back then, but for some reason didn't buy vol 2. It was great to have the re-release on cd recently. Shame the DVD is still nowhere to be seen though.
I bought my first VHS recorder in 1987, but I think Countdown was finished by then July87?
I only have bits and pieces taped from back then, like Motley Crue on Countdown Revolution in 1990 etc
Who's vocals is it on 'Glam To Wham'? I mean Carol's or Christine's? In the series, Christine sings it during her job seeking at the CES and working in the supermarket and then Carol sings it at the fashion show at the clothing store???
:-) :-) :-) Thanks Patrick :-) :-) :-)
I talked about with Pat today and still don't understand why there was so much mystery about who obtained it?
Anyhow, glad we all are able to have it, FINALLY!!!
The "mystery" was more to protect Patrick from people potentially asking for copies as he is not in a position to do this and he didn't want any awkward situations arising from that. Even if he were able to copy them it is 10 hours for the series. Given the number of people who had expressed an interest in the possible DVD release this could have been overwhelming. That is why I thought it would be best on YouTube where everyone can see it at their own leisure - everyone can enjoy it and no one gets hassled.
Overall, considering the file sizes, the picture on YouTube comes up quite good so I would assume most people would be happy with that.
It's just that a number of people had been thanking me for those episodes and I just wanted to ensure that the person who unearthed them got due credit. All I ultimately did was upload them although it seems my constant mentioning of it helped facilitate finding them so it may have been a slight joint effort, but all thanks to the amazing Patrick.
As you say Jason - glad we are all able to have it finally.
No worries - I'm glad everyone can see it finally.
Thanks Guru for the kind words - I am suitably humbled!
A shame the ABC hasn't released it onto DVD.....but finally it is out there for all to see now so that's a good thing for sure!
I can't see Patrick putting things up on You Tube or making copies. That's why I love Patrick, he is not that into technology which is very COOL!
Patrick, it looks like my next lot of goodies for you will be free of charge! Thanks for bringing back the memories and a piece of Australian pop culture.
Re 'Glam To Wham' even though it is Deb's vocals, it doesn't really sound like her, when you compare it to all her other vocals on the other tracks.
So what is the chance of the ABC pulling it off YouTube? I guess that's why I wanted to watch all episodes ASAP before this potentially happened.
Thanks Michael, much appreciated.
Well the ABC shouldn't act too holier than thou in regards to taking it off considering they won't release it - especially considering there are many fans who would be only too happy to purchase the DVD.
Great show though - really enjoyed watching it and the music, drama and humour just works so well. I'm glad to say it still stands up well today - much better than some current local dramas that's for sure!
I also totally love the closing end credits theme 'Sweet and Sour' - good tune that one.
Thanks Patrick for bringing the Sweet & Sour series back into my life.An Australian Of The Year award for you is most deserving.
Thanks Patrick, much appreciated.
I hope you dont mind, but I have a plugin for my web browser which allows me to download video played on the net.
So I downloaded all 20 episodes to my computer, in case ABC do get nasty and pull it from Youtube.