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Feb. 7th, 2010 | 05:34 pm
posted by: lone_she_wolf in ihazwand

        Several Dresden Files fans have requested it so I've decided to finally do something about it. A petition for the DVD release of the two hour extended version of Dresden Files: Storm Front.

      The short lived (now cult status) TV series, The Dresden Files, based on the novels by Jim Butcher, had a pilot episode called Storm Front. Few know that this particular episode has had three incarnations.

       The first incarnation was an early pilot which featured a different Justin Morningway and an early test footage (pre-Terrence Mann) version of Bob. This version of Dresden Files: Storm Front is very hard to find and sought after by collectors. It never aired on TV and only a select few were entrusted with DVDs of it from the Scifi Channel.

            The second incarnation of Dresden Files: Storm Front was the version that aired on TV as the eighth episode of the short lived TV series. Sadly this version of Storm Front did not fit well with the continuity of the rest of the TV series. This version of Storm Front was cut down to forty two minutes in length, had no content with Bob (other than an accidental brief shot of him in a flashback) and this version suffered continuity errors because of the cuts. This version can be found on The Dresden Files DVD set, Hulu and youtube by Lionsgate.

           The third and final incarnation of Storm Front is an extended version that was finished while the series was airing in 2007. This version features Terrence Mann voicing Bob from within the skull, several extended scenes, flash back sequences and is neatly polished up to repair the continuity errors of the episode version. It contained aspects of the early pilot and newer footage with Terrence Mann's voice work. It's probably the best version of the episode out of the three.
Sadly though this version of Dresden Files: Storm Front only aired on American TV once at three AM, unscheduled (The Scifi Channel schedule claimed an X-files rerun was going to be on) in February of 2008. It has never been released to DVD, Hulu or youtube. Only those lucky enough to have recorded it when it aired have access to it. This version took up a two hour time slot with commercials. Without commercials it's roughly an hour and a half long.
        It's come to my attention that MANY fans of The Dresden Files TV series AND books want to see a release of if not all at least the extended version of Storm Front that was completed in 2007.
          Dresden Files book fans are especially interested in the longer version of Storm Front because a scene where Murphy talks about a mess at the zoo became the basis for Jim Butcher's Hugo nominated graphic novel, Welcome to the Jungle.

          We the under-signed request that Lionsgate (the current copyright holders for the Dresden Files TV series) release Dresden Files: Storm Front as a DVD, possibly containing all three versions of the Pilot / Episode / TV movie.

            We want Dresden Files: Storm Front.

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