Remember the news that Werewolf
was being delayed in order to work out some music licensing issues
? Well, it sounds as though those issues couldn't be worked out, so Shout! Factory is canceling the release. DreadCentral.com
, citing a post on the Werewolf Yahoo Group, posted this:
The Shout Factory had to cancel the release because of two artists (which will remain unnamed) that would not play ball. Sony does not have the individual audio tracks, so they were unable to replace the songs, as the audio was mixed together. The two songs were featured over dialogue scenes that could not be cut. The Shout Factory's only option, even after spending a lot of time and money on it, was to cancel it and give the title back to Sony. If Sony had the audio tracks, it would have been easy to replace the two songs.
Shout! Factory hasn't confirmed the news that the set has been canceled, but it's most likely given the previous delays.
Editorial: It's a shame that two songs can wreck an entire project, but at the same time it's good to see Shout! sticking to their guns. Releasing a hacked up set would only anger fans of the show and blame would be focused at Shout! Factory. Now the blame will be upon the companies/bands that own the impossible-to-license songs for their inability to work things out. It's just sad that fans won't be able to enjoy the show on DVD, and Shout! Factory is likely out time and money they spent working on this release.