For my birthday this morning, my wife gave me two video tapes:
STEAM ALIVE (Trimedia Australia/Simitar Entertainment)
FLYING SCOTSMAN (Bendigo Street Productions/Simitar Entertainment)
Are any netters familiar with either of these videos or with Simitar
Entertainment in general? Do they have any other steam videos? I
haven't openned them yet because as long as they are unopenned we can
still get a refund (or exchange at least). I was hoping to get a brief
review before we decide whether to open them or go for something else.
Because of the logo on the jacket, an outline of Australia with a steam
locomotive coming out of it, I presume that these videos are of steam in Oz.
The reason some doubt exists is that the cover of one (STEAM ALIVE I
think) has a nosey shot of N&W 611. The other has a head on shot of a
small U.S. looking locomotive with a large "90" on a plate centered on
the smoke box cover. Neither is obviously the Flying Scotsman.
I suspect that the tapes may be from Australia, but the jackets were
produced in the U.S. (or the masters were from Oz and they are being
duped in the U.S. under license or some such similar scenario). The
distributors probably went to a stock photo house and said, "we need
some photos of steam locomotives for video tape jackets, what have you
got?" They picked some they liked and that's what's ended up on the
sleave. I suspect that about the only relation these photos have to the
contents is that they are both steam.
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