The beast is complete! After nearly 8 months of work, from conception to completion, we have finished what has taken as long as an EB Saga chapter in itself. So much work went into this, that I will assume at least 50 copies will sell.
One thing I should make clear before I get started: The EB Saga DVD is uncensored, it has very strong language in some segments and should be noted if you’re a little guy; sorry kids.
In this entry, I’m going to take the liberty to break down everything involved in the DVD, hoping to get people excited about buying it.
1. BONUS: Runaway Five Poster
Along with your purchase of the DVD, you’ll be receiving an official Runaway Five poster created by Fangamer.
This thing should probably be sold on it’s own, but they’re throwin’ this puppy in free of charge! I’m honestly anxious to get my hands on one of these for myself, I’ve got a frame and a spot on the wall picked out all ready. The poster is 18” x 24” printed on glossy high quality poster paper.
2. High Quality EB Chapters w/ commentaries
It’s self explanatory that getting this DVD allows you to watch all four chapters in their best quality. But you’ll also be able to watch all four of them with commentary by Robbie Benson (Ness), Jon Magram (Carpainter & Mondo Mole), Robert Krakower (Pokey & Apple Kid), and myself (Everdred & Lucky.) Because I want people to know what they’re buying, here’s a clip with one of the commentaries.
What a silly group of goofs we are! Now you know what a pack of wallops you’re getting into if you choose to buy the DVD.
3. SPECIAL FEATURES: Documentaries
This is the part that took so long. For six months I sporadically put together a 42 minute documentary about EB4 and other misc EB Saga fun. We tried to go into as much as we could that we thought fans would take interest in, some things include: How special effects were done, why Paula didn’t talk and why the actress changes, what Robbie’s inspiration for Ness is, the hardship the crew went through filming, why Robert’s dialog is frequently jumbled, a brief talk about Mr. Saturns, and what future chapters entail.
There are a few interview questions that I never put in the documentary because they didn’t fit and were kind of lame; I’m going to post one of those here for you to see.
Additionally to the EB4 documentary, there is an EB 1 -3 documentary included on the DVD as well. Originally it was made for the EB Saga fanart prize DVD in 2007. This documentary includes such topics as: the actor’s frequently changing facial hair, close up look at the Ness body double, getting kicked off locations, talking to beautiful women who are bothering us while we’re filming, looking at the EarthBound game in retrospect of our childhoods, and some behind the scenes footage. This one is about 14 minutes long; pairing that up with the other documentary, you’re getting an hour movie about the making of the series – What a deal!
4. Deleted Scenes, Outtakes, AND Bloopers
We use just about everything we shoot when making chapters, but there have been a few times when we’ve removed scenes. The two best examples of this are from chapter four, where there’s a semi-alternate ending, and a deleted scene where Ness gets shroomed.
There are also some outtakes/bloopers that are pretty silly, such as experiencing mic problems on city streets, Robbie improvising lines, a fire that apparently grows out of control, and Robbie indirectly getting Robert’s spit on his hand.
5. Three Extra UbseyMovies
Along with your polished set of EarthBound Saga chapters, you’ll also be able to check out some of our other work as well! The three original movies that come on the DVD are: High Stakes Hooky, Elliot Kane the Vampire Hunter, and FEED TIME. Hopefully you’ll find the time to watch these, and perhaps become interested in supporting us branching out from just EB Saga.
6. The “PLAY ALL” Feature
I spoke of this briefly in a past entry, but I’m going to talk about it again. There’s a great option on the DVD called “Play All”, located on the main menu. It does just what it says, playing every chapter without interruption of opening/end credits. This will have the effect of watching a 50 minute EarthBound movie. A small problem is: you cannot jump through chapters with the play all feature, you have to watch everything or else it won’t play the next chapter; sorry folks.
The amount of time between switching chapters will depend on how fast your DVD player can read discs; at it’s best it’ll look like this.
7. All UbseyMovies profits go towards EB5
I’ve made it clear all ready I think, but I’ll say it again: We don’t have any money to make EB5, and it’s a mega project that is going to cost some dough. In the past I’ve used my own money and connections to get chapters made, but that’s not going to cut it anymore; I’m broke. The sales from this DVD would help us a lot in getting future chapters made for you guys. I understand people would like if we made more than one chapter a year, but the more time and money I have to work on these, the better the final product will be. I honestly believe EB5 will be the defining episodes that marks a new era in the series, but I can only do it with financial support.
The amount of money and effort being put into chapter 5 is a double edged sword, if it succeeds then we need more money to make more chapters; however, if it tanks and no one likes where the series is going, we’ll most likely drop the series. The underlying idea is this: It’s not me who’s making the series, it’s you guys, because you’re supporting it. This series would die as fast as it started without all the support from you guys – And even at the risk of sounding like a money hungry maniac, I believe the best way to show your true support for the series is to buy this DVD, as well as future ones when/if they’re released.
8. Unfortunately lacks subtitles*
I’m sorry to say it fellas, maybe some other time in the future.