Well, here are some more facts.As I have both a "volume one" and an actual volume three, I've just played both from the beginning.The white label (includes the details STARFLEET VOLUME 1 SAVE THE EARTH!) does NOT contain the FBI message at the beginning. It does NOT contain the title of the tape on the opening credits immediately after the Star Fleet logo. It does, however, include the Classic Family Entertainment logo at the beginning.The gold label version starts with the FBI message, runs through the Classic Family Entertainment logo, and then starts with the title of the tape after the Star Fleet logo comes up superimposed on the opening shot of X-Bomber.Now, were I a counterfeiter I really wouldn't have left the Classic Family Entertainment logo which lasts a good couple of seconds on the front of the tape. Bit of a giveaway isn't it? Certainly you'd get rid of the FBI message.However, as raretv has pointed out, from a purely technical point of view there is no way, unless they cut a big chunk out of the starting sequence, that they could get rid of that title text at the start - it's too much a part of the scene. I haven't watched it all the way through as yet, but the quality looked to be on a par with the ex-rental copy, if not better.Now of course it may well be that some of the white labels are re-labelled rental releases. Consider this - they could just be shrink-wrapped ex-rentals trying to be passed off as unplayed white rentals.So - you may both be right. Some white labels could be rip offs, but some do appear to be genuinely different versions.As the volume one is volume three problem is quite common, this suggests a big production mistake - even for a pirate to make. Someone stuck a lot of labels on the wrong tapes and put them in the wrong jacket. Major lack of quality control.So if this was a factory mistake, it might also explain why the wrong master was used. The fact that it's got Classic Family Entertainment on it, but not the FBI or title name, suggests it was some sort of pre-release version - maybe even some sort of test tape that for whatever reason got copied.What I suppose I'll now have to do is have a look at my other sealed tapes and see if this gets repeated...On the whole FACT thing - I imagine US tapes would have a minimum requirement, but of course if these were test tapes they wouldn't have their official labels. They might have been intended to just tag what the tape was. In fact, it might even be that the rules changed while the tapes were being produced so they had to re-edit them. The BBFC didn't introduce certification over here until around 1984 - interestingly the early Star Fleet Thorn tape was originally unclassified, I believe.I do have a hard time understanding why a FACT employee would know about upcoming releases? The BBFC would get the first heads up I would have thought, as it would need to classify releases ahead of release. Bear in mind that the Japanese DVDs, being Region 2, could be legitimately sold over here so it could be that they're what she'd heard about. I certainly haven't heard anything of late. Anyone else know why FACT might know about something like this?
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