Ever wonder why after many years a show like Babylon 5 holds at $25 plus per season, while shows like Booker and 21 Jump Street pale at $8-13 brand new, directly off the starting line? That's right folks, face the music. In the real-estate industry the mantra is "Location! Location! Location!" In the business of old 80's releases it's "Soundtrack! Soundtrack! Soundtrack!" Although somewhat obscure and perhaps not as successful as Grieco and 21 Jumpstreet fans might have hoped, Stephen J. Cannell's Booker was sort of the tail book end of the 80's. It was a series that reflected the culture and sort of celebrated the end of the New Wave Era. It was a show, unlike most television shows of today, that proved quirkiness can be an effective tool in entertainment, but only if coupled with an equal amount of style. It was a style fortified by a number of prominent musicians whose music helped create the manner of storytelling Booker became so famous for. Those were musicians like Thomas Dolby, BB King, Billy Idol, and Tone Lôc.
Without them the show is half-assed at good moments, sacrilegious in its worst moments. The brilliance of the opening scene in Hacker once accompanied by Thomas Dolby is now overlaid with some horrible dumbed down hip hop song that has absolutely no consistency with the spirit of the scene. As some other users said, the BB King episode, which was an excellent episode, was cut entirely. The main theme song was replaced by some retarded, repetitive jingle that sounds like it's written by a ten year old boy in search of a rain dance to bring on puberty. Not to mention, the omission of the two 21 Jump Street Crossover episodes is aggravating. You have to buy Season 4 of 21 Jump Street, a show I refuse to buy because of the altered sound track.
BTW, the only way to get this episode is in the $25 and $50 bootleg DVD sets that have been floating around the net for several years, but that set was recorded back when the show aired and likely ported over from VHS, so the quality isn't perfect.
What the distributors need to realize is that Booker is a show that built a cult following that has stood the test of time. A cult following that has waited twenty years for this DVD release. Fans would pay twenty five or even fifty dollars for this box set if it was really intact. Releasing this without the original soundtrack was bad enough, calling it a collector's edition is pure dishonest. What makes this a collector's edition? It has no special features. It's not even complete. Perhaps, the studios aren't completely evil in all of this, but the music industry is. And the TV producers are just pushovers to the music industry. Really the only saving grace of this release is the price tag. It can be had for under $10 bucks for those really hard up for a blast of 80's nostalgia.