Thursday, March 26, 2015

Foreign Dukes of Hazzard Releases: TV Show, Movie, Video Games, Soundtrack, & Beginning

I always try to find unique Dukes of Hazzard items.  I had a few foreign items in the past, but recently I went crazy and bought as many as I could find.  They took a long time to arrive, but now I have a bunch of outside the USA Dukes releases.  These are fun,so let's take a look.

Sherif, fais-moi peur! means Dukes of Hazzard in French.  Actually it means Sheriff do I fear, which is weird.  I've discussed this before.  This is a single disc from the Season 1 release of the Dukes.  It has the same image as the American release.  

The American version of the 2005 movie was released on DVD in two main versions.  The theatrical and unrated version.  I don't know why, but in the United Kingdom it was not unrated, but unseen. Besides the different word on the license plate, the U.K. version is very similar to the American version.  The small red and blue circles signify a rating system similar to our PG, PG13, R, and Unrated.  This movie is apparently appropriate for a 15 year old.

While buying these different foreign versions, I bought two of this version.  One is sealed and one is open.

I also bought a Rental Copy version of the movie.  It is has basically the same case, aside from the red bar on top.

Another Unseen version of the movie comes from Australia.  It has the same picture on the front, but the word unseen is bolder.  It has an M rating for mature.  It also lists why the movie is for mature audiences.  It has an orange bar on top that displays this DVD being a Rowdier and Raunchier Special Edition.

The Australian version is the only version of the Dukes movie I've ever seen to come in a slip cover. It is sealed.

Seeing "Unseen" instead of "Unrated" is fun, but wouldn't make the average Dukes fan take notice.  Seeing Ein Duke Kommt Selten Allein where you are expecting to see The Dukes of Hazzard would make anyone look twice.  Google tells me that this literally translates to from German to Dukes of Hazzard.  The Germans don't fear the sheriff like the French.  Instead of Unrated, this DVD reads Unzensiert, which means uncensored.  The tagline "Cousins, Outlaws, Thrillbillies, is replaced by "Die Version, Die Zu Heiss Furs Kino War."  Um, that seems to mean "The Version Leading To Hot Furs War Movies."  I'm guessing something got lost in translation.  Too hot for theaters, maybe?

The back of all of these releases are pretty similar.

I don't exactly know why there is a standard movie poster and a international poster.  The first few DVD releases shown above are based on the standard poster.  This DVD depicts the international poster.  I'm not sure what country this version comes from.  It is a PAL release.  I've had it for several years.

This is a French release.  It has the international artwork.  I have so many questions about these releases.  Why does the German version have the standard artwork and the French have the international?  Is this version Unrated, Unseen, or Uncensored?  The tagline on this release says "A Fond La Caisse. Pas De Limites" which seems to translate to Full Fun, No Limits.

I've also had this Greek version of the movie for some time.  The Dukes of Hazzard in Greece (I think) is only one word: Ntioyke, if that last letter is an "E."  It has the same international artwork.  It doesn't have a tagline.  I like how strikingly different this one is.

The back of the English language and the French versions are similar but the Greek one is pretty much blank.

For some reason, the Greek version is in a thin case.  All of the other versions are in standard cases. The French version reads the opposite direction than the other ones.

The discs of the ones that aren't sealed are oddly different.

While searching, I stumbled across foreign versions of the Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning.  I've talked at length in the past about how much I don't like this movie and wish it was never produced. But because it does exist, I have it in the collection.  Here are the German and French versions.  They use the same artwork.  I think it's funny how the French versions say "Unrated" in English and it is across this "Daisy's" chest.  The German version says it in German, "Unzensiert" on the bottom. "Unzensiert" actually translates to uncensored.  I hate "The Beginning."

It is fun to compare the French and German versions.

Most of this post so far has been about the movie.  It is the ten year anniversary of the movie, but I know everyone loves the TV show and only likes the movie.  That may be generous.  Inside the French version of the movie is this cool advertisement for the the show DVDs.  Is uses background artwork that I've never seen before.  I like it a lot.

The other side of the add-in has Boss Hogg and pictures of the French DVDs of seasons 1-3.  They look a little different than the American versions.

I also found some French version of the video games.  To read all about the different Dukes video games, check out this big ol' post.  This is the first Playstation game that came out in 1999.

This is a Ubisoft Exclusive version of the same game.  I don't know what that means.  Maybe it is similar to a greatest hits.

I also found the sequel "Dukes of Hazzard 2: Daisy Dukes It Out" in French form.  It is only called Sherid Fair-Moi Peur 2.  It doesn't have the Daisy subtitle in French.  Just like the one above, it uses the same artwork as the American version.

What I completely don't understand about this release is the inclusion of Cartoon Network's logo. My best guess is that Dukes reruns were shown on Cartoon Network in France.  That is amazing, but I don't know why they would do that.  I guess they don't have cable stations devoted to country music in France.

The regular and Ubisoft versions of the first game have the same backs.  The sequel is on top.

All of these games are in thicker cases than standard American Playstation games.  The American ones came in cases similar to standard CD cases.

I also picked up the French version of the XBox game.  This one does have the subtitle "The Return of the General Lee" in French.  General has two tildes!

The instruction manual is in French, but the disc is in English.

The only indication that is different than the American version is the PAL marker.

Back to the movie.  This is the British version of the PSP UMD.  Playstation Portable was a handheld video game cosole that used little discs.  They convinced movie studios to release their movies in these tiny discs that only worked on these tiny screens.  PSP UMDs were quickly made obsolete by a little thing called the Internet and streaming.  But along the way, they released two Dukes movie UMDs, the standard and this European version.  Note the "Unseen" license plate.  The American version had "Unrated" and had black bars where this one has grey.

My final piece in this exposition doesn't come from Europe.  This one comes all the way from Asia. This is a Japanese Dukes of Hazzard Movie Soundtrack.  It is basically the American version with an extra flap with Japanese writing.

Ah, so that's how you write "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" in Japanese.  I've always wondered. It is cool to see The Dukes of Hazzard in Japanese.

That is a lot of info in Japanese.  I wonder which words say "Waylon Jennings" and "Good Ol' Boys."  The second line that has 1979 and 1985 in it must explain when the original show was on the air.

I enjoyed sharing this unique collection of Dukes of Hazzard items.  I love finding off the wall items that you don't see everyday.  Jeff mentioned that I could spend a lot of time and money on more of these foreign releases.  I haven't searched for any others since I purchased all these.  Maybe down the road I'll search again and write a sequel to this post.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

My Lego General Lee by C3Brix - And Lego Minifigure Bo, Luke, Daisy & Uncle Jesse

There is no better toy to bolster the imagination of children and children at heart like Legos.  As a kid, my grandmother, Dolly, bought me Lego castles and cities and I filled entire rooms of her house with my Lego sets.  I had police stations, airports, garages, kingdoms, horses, ghosts, planes, space shuttles, and many cars.  Naturally, I always wanted a Lego General Lee.  That day has come as I can finally add this beautiful, three-of-a-kind Lego General Lee by C3Brix to my collection.

How could I acquire this exquisite Le'go Gen'ral without getting the Dukes in Minifigure form?  Bo, Luke, Daisy, and Uncle Jesse are along for the ride!

I've wanted one of these bad boys for a long time.  I've talked to Lego builders at comic and toy shows and came close to buying custom Minifigure characters before, but it never worked out.  I've searched for Lego General Lees online and saw some pretty interesting designs, but nothing that made me want to take the leap.  But when I saw this design by Cody at C3Brix, I fell in love with it.  This is by far the best Lego General Lee I've ever seen.  It had to be mine.

I appreciate the custom Lego scene from the outside, but never ventured inside before.  There is a huge culture of collectors and custom builders.  Legos are masive.

The General Lee has a great looking push bar.

Cody made a custom license plate that I really like.

The flag on top looks great.

The whole Dukes family is ready to take the General for a spin around Lego Hazzard County (can you imagine?)

Bo and Luke look perfect behind the wheel.

The addition of the driver's side view mirror really show Cody's attention to detail.

Even more so that it is only on the driver's side.  We all know only the movie Generals had both mirrors.

The roof comes off very easily to put the figures in.  It is Lego after all.  No Kragle here.

You also get a better view of the detailed interior with the roof off.

Cody did an amazing job on the inside.  It has a gear shift and window handles.

The car is solid.  It is heavy considering the large amount of bricks that make it up.

It is a tad bigger than a 1/25 scale diecast.

You knew I had to have at least a few comparison shots.

Who new Lego made Vector Wheels?  These really add the finishing touch to the General.

I like Lego's logo on the tire.

This is an amazing assortment of meticulously arranged orange Lego bricks.

Nailed it!

I'm really glad Cody supplied me with Minifigures to go inside my General Lee.  It would have looked empty without them.  I love Bo's hair.  He is going with the non-smiling look he sported on some early products like the guitar and tray tables.

Smile Bo!

Luke has a nice little smirk on his face...just like he does on the above tray.  Cody, did you use this tray as inspiration?

Daisy looks great and has very Daisy like hair.  I love how the effect of the Daisy Dukes is achieved by simply using a blue center piece and skin colored legs.

Uncle Jesse is perfect.  Overalls, white beard, and red hat.  Lego Uncle Jesse is very grateful the roof comes off so he doesn't have to climb through the window.

The Dukes and the General Lee in Lego form look great.

You know I had to show off my other custom General Lee toy mash-up.  Now I have a Transformer General Lee and a Lego General Lee.  I love them both.  Cody at C3Brix told me he is keeping this design limited to only three.  He kept one for himself and one went to a prominent comic shop in New York City.  I am fortunate to get the third.  Cody has serious Lego talent.  I asked him a few questions about the Lego world he lives in.

How long have you been making lego creations? 
As long as I can remember! My parents moved out to the country when I was 5. I was afraid to sleep by myself for fear of ghosts, so my dad suggested I make a Ghostbusters ghost trap out of my Legos. I did, and I slept with it on my chest. The rest, as they say, is history.

What drew you to make the General Lee? My Grandpa loved the show & I spent a lot of time with him. My parents worked and my Grandpa & Grandma took care of me. So I grew up on The Dukes Of Hazzard.  My mother's favorite color is orange, which made me love the car even more. And one of my first words was "Yee-Haw" because I loved how the Duke Boys said it when they jumped.

You have so many great WWE creations including your awesome Championship Title.  Who is your favorite wrestler?
Well, who didn't like Hulk Hogan growing up. My ultimate favorite was Stone Cold Steve Austin, but you have to always have someone to cheer for. After Austin left I was kind of in limbo, but then came along the Best In The World CM Punk! And to this day, my ringtone on my cellphone is "Cult of Personality" (CM Punk's song) by In Living Color.

Your Duck Tales Money Bin is amazing.  How long did it take you to create it? 
A couple of days - it's actually my second version and it's STILL not big enough. I have to say my fiancee is not happy with how much money I've spent filling it with Lego money. I would tell you how much I've spent, but then I'd be single.

Legos are so huge right now.  Standard sets are really popular, but custom creations, like yours, have an enormous following as well.  Could you explain to me and my Dukes readers a little about Lego Cuusoo and how it works? 
Lego Cuusoo (now called Lego Ideas) is a great stepping stone for people to have their voices heard for what sets they would like to see built. In my humble opinion, everyone is a master builder. And to the ones that have sets chosen to be the next Cuusoo projects, I consider to be very lucky.

What current projects do you have on there right now? 
I have a few archived and would be honored for Lego to chase any of them.

Your portraits are unlike anything I've ever seen before. How do you make them? 
One brick at a time!

A lot of your work has been displayed for thousands to see.  Could you talk about some of your displays? 
I've been honored to be asked to lead & make some incredible displays. I was the lead designer & builder for the 50th Anniversary of the World's Fair which had it's exhibit at Flushing Meadows. Another favorite was an 8-foot-tall Lego sandcastle for the Resorts World Casino. I've done work for the NYY Steakhouse, Ellen's Stardust Diner, Silverline, and ABC Carpet & Home just to name a few.

The best seller on your site is the Booper.  Could you tell us a little about it? 
It's an interactive wristband that fires darts. When you wear it, you can channel Spider-Man or Iron Man .... What kid doesn't want to emulate them?

Let's talk a little about the General Lee specifically.  The wheels look great and very accurate.  What set do they come from? 
The wheel only comes in two colors - Metallic Silver & Pearler Gold. Those wheels were only available in 2005 in sets 8658 Big Bling Wheelie & 4883 Gear Grinders

Well I must say they look better on the General Lee.

You told me that you had to special order a piece from Finland.  Which piece was it and what is it used for? 
Believe it or not, pieces you think would be available in all colors are not always available. The part that you're referring to is the inverted orange slope that you can see holding up the roof of the car. It was only in one set 3047, which was only available in 1998. Four came in that set and two are required for the General Lee to be made.

Can you tell me about the process used to create the car?
Lots of trial and error! Everybody has their own building technique. I always build from the front of the car back. I base the rest of the car's size on the detail I can put into the front. This is not what most people refer to as "mini-fig scale." My style is more what I like to call "architecture scale 2.0" which is slightly bigger and requires more detail. In the General Lee's case, I looked at a picture of the car and let my hands go to work.

Where do the pieces come from?  
Other than Australia, I believe that collectors from every other country were contacted to collect these pieces.

How about the decals, did you print them yourself? 
No, those were from a great company called run by a wonderful woman named Kristi who I have worked with on several projects. I would recommend her for any custom decals/printing needs!

My Lego General Lee is truly a work of art.  I can't thank Cody at C3Brix enough.  I'm very happy he agreed to the interview as well.  Visit his site  Besides building Lego customs, he also hosts Lego building parties.  He is truly a Master Builder!  The General Lee is a very special piece and I'm so happy to add it to the collection.