Steam Videos - Australia or USA?

Steam Videos - Australia or USA?

Post by Bill Gri » Fri, 23 Oct 1992 01:51:00



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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Steam Videos - Australia or USA?

Post by Bill Gri » Wed, 28 Oct 1992 05:56:31



Quote:

>:
>: STEAM ALIVE (Trimedia Australia/Simitar Entertainment)
>: FLYING SCOTSMAN (Bendigo Street Productions/Simitar Entertainment)
>:
>Yes, I have them both. My guess is that Simitar are the American
>distributors of Australian train videos.

>Steam Alive shows several classes of preserved locomotives in Victoria in
>their operational state. It also describes the activities of some of the
>preservation groups.

>Flying Scotsman is one of the multitude of video about the Flying
>Scotsman's visit to Australia. Bendigo Street Productions is a subsidiary
>of GTV9, one of the Melbourne commercial television stations. It shows
>preparations before departure from England and fitting out for running at
>the South Dynon locomotive depot in Melbourne and several fan trips run
>during AusSteam '88 in Victoria.
>: 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

>It's a Victorian Railways R class 4-6-4 built in 1951.

Not on mine.  It's N&W 611, a class J 4-8-4.

Quote:
>: small U.S. looking locomotive with a large "90" on a plate centered on
>: the smoke box cover.  Neither is obviously the Flying Scotsman.

>Not on my copy. Does it mention Mobil?

No, not anywhere that I can see.  As I said, I think that the photos
used on the tape sleave are from a stock photo house and have nothing
what-so-ever to do with the contents of the tape except they are both
steam locomotives.

Since you are familiar with these, how would you rate them?

Bill

 
 
 

Steam Videos - Australia or USA?

Post by David Broma » Thu, 29 Oct 1992 17:00:00




: >:
: >: STEAM ALIVE (Trimedia Australia/Simitar Entertainment)
: >: FLYING SCOTSMAN (Bendigo Street Productions/Simitar Entertainment)
: >:
: >Yes, I have them both. My guess is that Simitar are the American
: >distributors of Australian train videos.
: >
: >Steam Alive shows several classes of preserved locomotives in Victoria in
: >their operational state. It also describes the activities of some of the
: >preservation groups.
: >
: >Flying Scotsman is one of the multitude of video about the Flying
: >Scotsman's visit to Australia. Bendigo Street Productions is a subsidiary
: >of GTV9, one of the Melbourne commercial television stations. It shows
: >preparations before departure from England and fitting out for running at
: >the South Dynon locomotive depot in Melbourne and several fan trips run
: >during AusSteam '88 in Victoria.
:
:  
: >: 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
: >
: >It's a Victorian Railways R class 4-6-4 built in 1951.
:
: Not on mine.  It's N&W 611, a class J 4-8-4.
:
:
: >: small U.S. looking locomotive with a large "90" on a plate centered on
: >: the smoke box cover.  Neither is obviously the Flying Scotsman.
: >
: >Not on my copy. Does it mention Mobil?
:
: No, not anywhere that I can see.  As I said, I think that the photos
: used on the tape sleave are from a stock photo house and have nothing
: what-so-ever to do with the contents of the tape except they are both
: steam locomotives.
:
: Since you are familiar with these, how would you rate them?
:
: Bill

Highly recommended.

David