I'm not as knowlegeable about the tape speeds as I wish I was, but here's what I know...
I read that sometime around the late 1990s, a company in Canada released the Cabin Fever videos in EP mode (does the bottom of the back of the video boxes say "MADE IN CANADA"?) and they were marketed in the boxed sets. I bought them all individually in stores here in the US and they were all in SP, but I did also buy the boxed sets recently on eBay so I could have the outer boxes and "backup copies". It turns out they were all in EP, like yours, so I had to keep my older SP tapes.
Hi Mark, I to recently purchased Little Rascals box set,volumes 13-21, from ebay only to find out it is the "made in Canada EP mode" version,a let down after watching the first 12 volumes on DVD. When you say, on your forum, that the individually bought tapes are SP-made in America, do you mean the ones with the cover that have the ticket stub logo (pete) at bottom, or the more colorful logo (lettering askew, pete at top)? Both are the Artisan, Leonard Maltin version but I believe one was a rerelease (or maybe the ticket stub logo versions were all made in Canada). Anyway does cover matter when bought individually? Were the ticket stub logo individuals put out as SP? I think you should know that the 1-12 DVD set is made in Canada which has the ticket stub logo. This tells me that cover might just matter!
I never heard of any of the Artisan VHS releases being in EP mode, rather in Canada nor US. I believe all the Artisan/Hallmark tapes are in SP wherever you buy them.
I also happen to believe that *all* the Cabin Fever tapes sold as sets (1-12 and 13-21) are in EP because that way the packages are lighter and the tapes won't tear the outer boxes when picking them up. So if you want them in SP, you just might have to collect them individually. Try to find auctions on eBay with a full Cabin Fever collection that wasn't sold as sets and make sure with the seller that they're in SP.
You'll have to contact me on this message board by leaving me an instant message, and then I'll read it and send you an email. I haven't updated the site in a while and didn't get to fix the first few pages with the email links at the bottom.
Yes, I now realize that what I refered to as the more colorful tapes with Pete up top are the Artisan and the ticket stub logo ones (pale colors) with Pete at bottom are the Cabin Fever.
You are also correct in saying that the boxed sets of Cabin Fever are in EP as I have the 13-21. A set of 20 individually purchased Cabin Fevers recently sold on ebay and they were all SP. It's hard watching these on EP after watching the first 12 on dvd.
I am anxious to see what episodes will be on Tuesday's new release. It's 300 minutes so that would work out to be some 17 episodes as 4 are on a 70 minute tape. Thanks!