'City' DVD To Feature Rescored MusicBy Christian
April 12, 2000 - 10:34 PM
According to someone who wishes to remain anonymous, the upcoming DVD release of the Original Series classic 'The City On The Edge Of Forever' will not feature all of the original music created for it in the 1960s, but instead the 'rescored' music heard in previous video and laserdisc releases of the episode.
Because Paramount has lost the right or will not foot the bill to re-secure the rights to the song "Goodnight, Sweetheart," they excised the music composer Fred Steiner wrote around that theme to score several pivotal scenes in the episode, including the aftermath of Edith Keeler's death. The new music was based on a different song and was recorded (without the participation of Steiner) with a tiny orchestral ensemble and apparently sounds terrible. Especially considering the importance of the scenes this music was used for, this really undermines this classic episode.
This isn't the first example of Paramount making changes to the Original Series episodes for the DVDs. As Mr. Vidiot documented, they also changed the opening music, removing the original first season soundtrack for the first six Original Series DVDs.