Fugitive fans ticked at CBS; CBS responds
By now, TV fans are getting used to some of their favorite shows being edited when they are released on DVD. Sometimes this is because syndicated versions of the shows are used (why I have no idea) and sometimes it's because they couldn't get the rights to use certain music/songs on the DVD so they have to take them out and/or replace them with different music. It's this latter point that has fans of The Fugitive up in arms.
For the release of The Fugitive: Season Two, Volume One (oh, I hate these volume releases, but that's for another post), CBS Home Entertainment not only replaced music in certain scenes and certain episodes, they completely stripped all of the music (except the title theme) from certain episodes and did it over with soundalike versions. They also replaced the music that plays over the closing credits.
CBS has issued a response, which pretty much says that they couldn't figure out who owned the music cues on certain episodes so they couldn't use the music, but at the same time didn't want to delay the release.
Hopefully, when music is used on new shows, part of the deal that is negotiated at the start is the use of the music in a future DVD release. At least I hope this is what happens now.