Dalton Ross
August 06, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Dalton Ross answers your DVD questions

Why is it that many TV-show DVD releases edit songs from the show? Is it really that costly for the studio to pay a song royalty, so they’d prefer to release an edited version of a classic episode? — Peter
Unfortunately, shows often sacrifice quality for cost. The epic showdown that wrapped up ”Wiseguy”’s Sonny Steelgrave arc is now a little less epic without the Moody Blues’ ”Nights in White Satin” playing in the background. (The generic soundtrack inserted in its place packs nowhere near the same punch.) On the flip side, ”Freaks and Geeks” executive producers refused to release a DVD set until every music clip was cleared — at a cost of one million dollars. That’s a lot of money for a show that was canceled after only 11 episodes. And every penny was worth it.

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