Wasn't the video freeze to cover up the removal of the Granada graphic at the start? Obviously the theme music began playing over the top of that, so once it was removed, and the theme music was playing over the first frame of the title sequence instead, the whole sequence would be a couple of seconds out of sync.
That seems possible, I wonder why they'd need to edit to cover up a videotape fault when surely all they'd need to do is make a new transfer from the film, or pull a damage free video copy from elsewhere (even taking them from an old episode).
Funnily enough I did that when digitising my home videos- one had a scratch through a portion of it, so I took that portion from another copy (although it was a generation down), and grafted it over the scratched bit. In fact I did a fair bit of having to mix 1st and second generation footage, due to Video8 tapes being partly re-used, and their quality was much higher than the VHS dubs, so using the 1st gen footage where I could and cutting in the 2nd gen VHS where I couldn't.
Last edited by james-2001 on 3 October 2017 7:20pm