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Andrew recently shared the news on Twitter that while working on the upcoming Monkees Blu-ray set, unaired outtakes from The Monkees' 1969 television special 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee have been found:
He later confirmed that this lost footage from 33 1/3 will be included in the set:
This message and video was posted on the official Monkees YouTube channel today:
Side-by-side comparison of episode 54, "Monkees In Paris" - the previously released version is on the left, the newly restored HD version is on the right. THE COMPLETE SERIES is coming to Blu Ray in glorious high definition January 2016! Pre-order only at Monkees.com – not sold in any other store!
The newly restored version still needs to be properly matted and have the edges cleaned up (to remove hair in the gate, etc.), but we couldn't wait to share it with you!
Today, Andrew Sandoval updated fans via Instagram and Twitter on the latest progress of the upcoming Blu-ray set.
The picture below shows the new HD master (sourced from the original 35mm print) of an episode that previously had been infamous for the subpar nature of the existing prints - "The Monkees in Paris."
Monkees 50th Anniversary celebrations start with a bang: Rhino announces expansive Blu-ray limited edition box set, which will include never-before-seen outtakes from "Head"
On the 50th Anniversary of the initial casting call for The Monkees television series, Rhino Records announced the first of what is promised to be many surprises planned to celebrate The Monkees' 50th Anniversary in 2016:
• All 58 episodes, newly remastered in stunning HD from the original negatives for the very first time, plus the 1969 TV Special "33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee"
• Bonus material featuring commentaries from all four Monkees, original Kellogg’s Monkees commercials, and more
• The 1968 Monkees film "HEAD" in HD with never-before-seen outtakes
• Unique packaging including a 7" of two previously unreleased TV mixes
• Strictly limited to 10,000 individually numbered sets
• Only available at Monkees.com
50 years ago today on September 8, 1965, when producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider placed a classified ad in The Hollywood Reporter seeking "4 insane boys," they had no idea that they were about to unleash Monkee-mania! But that’s exactly what happened the following year when the first episode of "The Monkees" debuted on NBC on September 12, 1966.
On the 50th anniversary of that fateful casting call, Rhino is excited to announce the upcoming release of the entire series (58 episodes) in stunning high-definition Blu-ray for the very first time, painstakingly restored from the newly located original film negatives. The 10-disc Blu-ray collection will also include the 1968 cult-classic "HEAD," along with many never-before-seen outtakes from the film. It’s the beginning of many surprises planned to celebrate The Monkees’ 50th anniversary in 2016.
While we don't have final package art yet, we will be revealing it soon, along with behind-the-scenes making-of videos and samples of the stunning new transfer vs. the current versions, plus plenty of surprises, like this original TV spot, unseen for nearly 50 years!
Shipping January, THE MONKEES - THE COMPLETE SERIES ON BLU-RAY is now available for pre-order exclusively at Monkees.com. This fan edition is individually numbered and is strictly limited to 10,000 sets – this WILL sell out quickly, so place your pre-order now!
PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN ORIGINAL TV SPOT
Monkees Original NBC TV Spot
PRODUCED BY MONKEES ARCHIVIST ANDREW SANDOVAL
April 29, 2016 (Original release date: January 29, 2016)
SPECIFICS & BONUS FEATURES
This news is breaking as of this morning, announced by Stephen T. Erlewine (music critic and senior editor of AllMusic) on Twitter. Check back later with the Live Almanac for further updates!
Here's another promotional appearance for the UK dates that aired on September 1. During it, Micky announced that The Monkees TV series will be coming on Blu-ray next year, calling it a "big, beautiful box set."
Monkees Farewell Tour
Dolenz sings Nesmith