Over the last few months it has been my privilege to have been involved in one of the most exciting fan remastering projects around, the Epping Forest PAL DVD project.
The initial idea arose when a question was asked on the Genesis Talking Shop, as to why all fan DVDs were produced in the NTSC format, when a lot of broadcast footage could be presented in its original PAL format, for improved picture quality.
A Yahoo Group was initially set up, with the idea of generating discussion about tracking down master quality PAL footage and coverting it to DVD for our own fun. However it quickly became apparent that with the people we had on board and the quality of some of the footage that we were being offered, we could create some excellent releases for fans (and band members!) to enjoy.
Sources come in from far and wide, with footage now having been donated from countries as far flung as Australia and the Czech Republic as well as the more usual trading hotspots of the UK and Western Europe.
Added to this, the excitement of being given unlimited access to the archives of the Waiting Room, courtesy of Alan, has really given the project a kickstart, with some high quality and very rare footage already having been released from those dusty vaults, and much more to come. Footage from Genesis, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, the Mechanics, Tony Banks, Anthony Phillips and Ray Wilson has all been donated and will feature in future releases.
Once the sources have been found, however that's where the hard and time consuming work begins and we are very lucky to have skilled team members digitising footage and authoring these DVDs for fans' enjoyment. The majority of releases are authored by my partner in "Cryme" Willem Beens, with stunning results, and real TLC goes into them, including the redubbing of sound from the best possible sources and restoration of the picture wherever possible.
However, we can't do it all alone, and so far we have been very lucky to have had help from some of the best guys in the business: Massimo Tradax, Mark Hughes, and on our latest release, Peter Fleig who turned a problematic Knebworth 1992 film into a release to be proud of.
We are always on the lookout for new PAL footage to turn into DVDs, so if you have anything related to the band or solo members, that you taped from the TV yourself, please don't hesitate to contact us at our Yahoo Group.
The group is also where you can obtain all our releases to date - details are below and screenshots can be found at www.genesis-movement.org
EFDVDG01 - PopShop '72 (20th March 1972) - Fountain of Salmacis / Twilight Alehouse / The Musical Box / Return of the Giant Hogweed... plus bonus footage.
EFDVDG02 - Television Mama ("Five Songs Live" film, Dallas, 21st January 1984) - Mama / That's All / Illegal Alien / Keep It Dark / Home By The Sea / Second Home By The Sea
EFDVDG03 - A Midsummer Night's Dance (Knebworth Park, 2nd August 1992) -Land of Confusion / No Son of Mine / Driving the Last Spike / Old Medley / Throwing It All Away /Fading Lights / Jesus He Knows Me / Home By the Sea / Second Home By the Sea / Hold on My Heart / Domino / Drum Duet / I Can't Dance / Tonight Tonight Tonight / Invisible Touch / Turn it On Again
EFDVDPC01 - Watch What Happens (Big Band Festival, Pori Finland, 17th July 1998) - The Way You Look Tonight (Phil Vocals)/ Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me (Phil Vocals)/ Sussudio / Two Hearts / That's All / Invisible Touch / Rad Dudeski / Against All Odds / I Don't Care Anymore / Hold on My Heart / In The Air Tonight / From This Moment On (Oleta Adams vocals) / I Could Write A Book (Oleta Adams vocals) / I Got A Right to Sing the Blues (Oleta Adams vocals) / I Won't Be Happy (Oleta Adams vocals) / New York State Of Mind (Oleta Adams vocals) / Watch What Happens (Oleta Adams vocals)
EFDVDMM01 - TV Clips 1985-1991 from the collection of the
Waiting Room, including the excellent 'Word of Mouth' EPK as well as interviews,
live performances and studio playbacks.