So what is the TSP1982 project?
For most TSP fans (most, not all...), the definitive version of the story of Sir Percy Blakeney (and for many like myself, their first introduction to The Scarlet Pimpernel) is the (amazing, incredible, unbelievable, epic...) 1982 film version starring (the amazing, unbeatable, enormously talented, extremely handsome, Sir-Percy-to-a-'T') Anthony Andrews as Sir Percy and (the gorgeous, lovely, stunning, equally talented) Jane Seymour as Marguerite. For future reference, the film is lovingly referred to by all good Leaguettes as "TSP1982" to differentiate between the other film versions.
Unfortunately several years ago the copyright expired on the film, making it unavailable on DVD...meaning that you've either got to pay through the nose for a rare original DVD copy (which only the staunchest Leaguettes would pay that kind of money :-P), settle with the sprinkling of Chinese bootlegs you'll find on Ebay, or simply watch it on YouTube.
Before long, TSP 1982 will be a rare find if not completely gone. Its future on YouTube is precarious at least, with video policies constantly changing, and we can't expect pirated copies to continue to circulate forever. We Leaguettes are not going to let this most epic film get lost in the dusty archives of Great Films You Can't Find Any More.
And so, as our brave hero once said himself (in TSP1982), "I...have a plan."
Obviously, none of us really know the least thing about the legal and technical parts of what goes into the copyrights and films and all that. But we're going to do the best we can to see if we can't figure out a way to get this gem back onto DVD and easily accessible to more people. Imagine how many more Leaguettes there might be if only people knew about it!
It's pretty much in the research/organizational stage at this point...more news will be announced on the blog (and posted on this page) as we go. If needed, we're planning letters, petitions...we'll stop at nothing. After all...are we not part of the League?
Yes. Thank you. Anyway.
So! Please, we'd love any and all help we can get. Research, let us know what you find...we can only do this if we do it together. :-)
Into the fire and all that...
Alexandra for the Leaguettes