Cinematech (partially found G4 video game series; 2002-2007)
On May 1, 2002, G4techTV launched a series known as Cinematech. The series was unique from other shows on the channel in that it had no host or narration (with the exception of some special episodes); its purpose was entire to show off clips, cutscenes, and trailers from various video games.
The series lasted for 337 episodes that aired between 2002 and 2007. Unfortunately, not all of these episodes have appeared online, and due to the massive amount of copyrighted material and legal rights involved with the show, a DVD release is unlikely.
A liveblog of the series is available on TV Tropes from someone who recorded the show on VHS; however, despite being contacted by someone who worked on Cinematech about obtaining the episodes, there appears to have been no solid attempt at the person releasing these episodes.
On October 22, user "21GunShow" (aka The New Number 2) acquired 9 DVD-R discs containing 80+ episodes of Cinematech from the TV Tropes user "BearyScary", who wrote the aforementioned live blog. He has since ripped the discs and uploaded them to archive.org on October 27, 2018.
Episodes Found[edit | edit source]
- All Nintendo (part 1) (part 2) (part 3) (aired in 2002)
- All Anime (part 1) (part 2) (part 3) (aired in 2002)
- 1998: The Greatest Year in Gaming (aired in 2005; has some narration/is a special of sorts)
- Fighting Games (part 1) (part 2) (part 3) (air date unknown)
Cinematech: Nocturnal Emissions[edit | edit source]
Cinematech: Nocturnal Emissions was a spin-off of the original Cinematech that debuted on G4's late-night "Midnight Spank" block (known then as "Barbed Wire Biscuit") in 2005. The focus of Nocturnal Emissions was on more violent and sexually suggestive games, with an emphasis on games from Japan/Japanese culture.
A number of clips from Nocturnal Emissions are available on G4's website, as well as a compilation of clips in a highlights video by an editor for the show.
Similarly to the original Cinematech, a liveblog on TV Tropes was done by the same user, who claims to have almost every episode of the show ripped on DVD. However, they have not released any of these episodes online.
On October 22, user "21GunShow" (the same user who acquired DVD-R discs of the original Cinematech series) acquired 13 DVD-R discs containing 90+ episodes of Cinematech: Nocturnal Emissions from the TV Tropes user "BearyScary", who wrote the live blogs for both the original series & Nocturnal Emissions. He has since ripped the discs and uploaded them to archive.org on November 1, 2018.