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9th May '16 10:37:14 PM erforce
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* Creator/JamesCameron's 1989 sci-fi epic ''Film/TheAbyss'' was cut down by Cameron himself from from around 2 hours, 51 minutes to about 2 hours, 26 minutes for its theatrical release, with short bits removed from many scenes throughout the film, and a massive cut near the end of the film that focused on the [[spoiler: aliens threatening mankind with extinction because of their worries over humans destroying the planet in a nuclear holocaust]]. Cameron said he did this because certain scenes that read well as screenplay didn't translate to film with the effectiveness he wanted. In a bit of Averted ExecutiveMeddling, he revealed that the 20th Century Fox higher-ups were actually, to quote Cameron, "horrified" when he told them he was cutting the end sequence differently. After the success of 1991's ''{{Terminator}} 2'', however, Cameron used some money from a new contract to go back and finalize ''The Abyss'' into its initial 2 hour, 51 minute form, and this was later released as the "Special Edition."

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* Creator/JamesCameron's 1989 sci-fi epic ''Film/TheAbyss'' was cut down by Cameron himself from from around 2 hours, 51 minutes to about 2 hours, 26 minutes for its theatrical release, with short bits removed from many scenes throughout the film, and a massive cut near the end of the film that focused on the [[spoiler: aliens threatening mankind with extinction because of their worries over humans destroying the planet in a nuclear holocaust]]. Cameron said he did this because certain scenes that read well as screenplay didn't translate to film with the effectiveness he wanted. In a bit of Averted ExecutiveMeddling, he revealed that the 20th Century Fox higher-ups were actually, to quote Cameron, "horrified" when he told them he was cutting the end sequence differently. After the success of 1991's ''{{Terminator}} 2'', ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', however, Cameron used some money from a new contract to go back and finalize ''The Abyss'' into its initial 2 hour, 51 minute form, and this was later released as the "Special Edition."
14th Apr '16 1:18:56 PM TIGHazard
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** Speaking of Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, there is a longer international cut that keeps the scenes that test audiences didn't like. The changes are:
*** Evil Knievel is in cryo-status alongside Austin
*** After a security guard is crushed by a steamroller, we cut to his wife and kid being notified about his death
*** After a security guard is killed by a mutated sea-bass, we cut to his friends celebrating his bachelor party in a Hooter's being notified of his death
*** The fight with Random Task is longer. Austin tries to grab a Knife, Candle and Rake before smashing him over the head with a champagne bottle.
*** All scenes featuring Christian Slater plays security guard who is hypnotised into getting Austin some Orange Sherbet have been reinstated.
*** The scene where Basil introduces Austin to Vanessa is shorter. Different lines are used.
*** A different take is used when Austin takes photos of Random Task holding a cat. The gap between "I never forget a pussy... cat" is longer. (It was shortened for a PG-13 rating)
14th Apr '16 6:18:51 AM LondonKdS
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Beyond that, things can get very confusing. The inclusion of one or more Recuts is often one of the selling points of a LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition. The Videogame equivalent is an UpdatedRerelease.

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Beyond that, things can get very confusing. The inclusion of one or more Recuts is often one of the selling points of a LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition. The Videogame equivalent is an UpdatedRerelease.
UpdatedRerelease. See also OrwellianRetcon for when a recut makes significant changes to the plot or moral of the work.
13th Apr '16 1:54:41 AM KenKevinStriker
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* ''Director's Cut'': The cut of the film the director 'approves of'. If the director didn't like the theatrical cut because they [[ExecutiveMeddling weren't allowed]] to cut the film the way they wanted, they may put scenes back in, take scenes out, fiddle with timing, change audio or various other things. This kind of Director's Cut is very common on DVD. Occasionally, the theatrical cut ''is'' the director's cut, because the director's perfectly happy with the theatrical cut.

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* ''Director's Cut'': The cut of the film the director 'approves of'. If the director didn't like the theatrical cut because they [[ExecutiveMeddling weren't allowed]] to cut the film the way they wanted, they may put scenes back in, take scenes out, fiddle with timing, change audio or various other things. This kind of Director's Cut is very common on DVD. Occasionally, the theatrical cut ''is'' the true director's cut, because the director's perfectly happy with the theatrical cut.
13th Apr '16 1:53:58 AM KenKevinStriker
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* [[GeorgeLucasAlteredVersion Made infamous]] by GeorgeLucas reworking the original ''Film/StarWars'' trilogy, resulting in [[TheDogShotFirst the "Han Shot First" campaign]]. He also did this to ''Film/THX1138''. His Director's Cut is the ''only'' version available on DVD.

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* [[GeorgeLucasAlteredVersion Made infamous]] by GeorgeLucas reworking the original ''Film/StarWars'' trilogy, resulting in [[TheDogShotFirst the "Han Shot First" campaign]].
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He also did this to ''Film/THX1138''. ''Film/THX1138'', which has lots of added CGI, alternate dialogue, and important scenes that are all shuffled around compared to the original version. His Director's Cut is the ''only'' version available on DVD.DVD.
** The least egregious of George Lucas's Special Editions is for ''Film/AmericanGraffiti'', in which only the sky of the opening shot was changed and some scenes were extended.



** Varying releases of ''Film/BladeRunner'' over the years have resulted in ''five'' distinct versions: The Theatrical Cut (which includes Philip Marlowe-style voiceovers by Harrison Ford's character, and a happier ending, which used footage left over from Film/TheShining); The International Cut (which is the same as The Theatrical Cut save for some additional gore during a particularly violent scene near the end); A Workprint Version (a rough cut which preceded the theatrical cuts, notably put together before scoring, which started being shown clandestinely at sci-fi conventions in the 90's); A so-called Director's Cut (released in theaters in 1991, then VHS in 1992, and then on DVD in 1997, which removed the voice-over and ending, more to Scott's liking, but was not created with his actual involvement); And lastly, the Final Cut, released in 2007 for the film's 25th anniversary, for which Scott shot new footage featuring actress Joanna Cassidy and Benjamin Ford (Harrison's son) that was digitally superimposed into two scenes of the film with some long-standing & very obvious gaffes, along with adding some new digital mattes, and some slight audio editing (the cut of the film itself is very similar to the 1997 version). The new cut also received an a extensive restoration as this was first time it was being released on high-def formats. It was these 5 cuts that were released together in boxsets on DVD, HD-DVD and Blu-Ray in December 2007, and then re-re-released on DVD & Blu-Ray in 2012 for the film's 30th anniversary.

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** Varying releases of ''Film/BladeRunner'' over the years have resulted in ''five'' distinct versions: versions (just on Blu-ray and DVD alone): The Theatrical Cut (which includes Philip Marlowe-style voiceovers by Harrison Ford's character, and a happier ending, which used footage left over from Film/TheShining); The International Cut (which is the same as The Theatrical Cut save for some additional gore during a particularly violent scene near the end); A Workprint Version (a rough cut which preceded the theatrical cuts, notably put together before scoring, which started being shown clandestinely at sci-fi conventions in the 90's); A so-called Director's Cut (released in theaters in 1991, then VHS in 1992, and then on DVD in 1997, which removed the voice-over and ending, more to Scott's liking, but was not created with his actual involvement); And lastly, the Final Cut, released in 2007 for the film's 25th anniversary, for which Scott shot new footage featuring actress Joanna Cassidy and Benjamin Ford (Harrison's son) that was digitally superimposed into two scenes of the film with some long-standing & very obvious gaffes, along with adding some new digital mattes, and some slight audio editing (the cut of the film itself is very similar to the 1997 version). The new cut also received an a extensive restoration as this was first time it was being released on high-def formats. It was these 5 cuts that were released together in boxsets on DVD, HD-DVD and Blu-Ray in December 2007, and then re-re-released on DVD & Blu-Ray in 2012 for the film's 30th anniversary.
13th Apr '16 12:55:51 AM KenKevinStriker
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* ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'' was only shown in its original form for a few months in Germany. American studios balked at showing such a long film, so Lang cut the running length nearly in half. And then the cut footage was lost. There were later attempts to reconstruct the original cut, based on existing footage and guesswork. In 1984, Giorgio Moroder made a colorized version with an [[Music/{{Queen}} 80's pop soundtrack]]. Finally, in 2007, nearly all of the cut footage was rediscovered in a museum in Argentina. The version based on this, called ''The Complete Metropolis'', is probably the closest we'll ever get to a definitive version.

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* ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'' was only shown in its original form for a few months in Germany. American studios balked at showing such a long film, so Lang cut the running length nearly in half. And then the cut footage was lost. There were later attempts to reconstruct the original cut, based on existing footage and guesswork. In 1984, Giorgio Moroder Music/GiorgioMoroder made a colorized version with an [[Music/{{Queen}} 80's pop soundtrack]].soundtrack. Finally, in 2007, nearly all of the cut footage was rediscovered in a museum in Argentina. The version based on this, called ''The Complete Metropolis'', is probably the closest we'll ever get to a definitive version.
26th Mar '16 10:43:24 PM Infection
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* ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' gets both a Director's Cut and an Extended Cut. Oddly, the Extended Cut was given a home-release months after the Theatrical and Director's Cuts. Both new cuts are pretty substantial. The Director's Cut adds pretty much everything that was shot, minus the Tales of the Black Freighter tie-ins on the street corner. It bumps up the running time to three hours, a full half-hour. It's definitely a better movie for it, featuring more character development and more scenes that were in the comic. The Extended Cut adds another half-hour (bringing it to three and a half hours), featuring the entire Black Freighter animated feature woven into the movie and the accompanying street-corner bits. Your Mileage Will Vary on that one, since the animated features are more heavy handed and feel dropped in (unlike the careful weaving present in [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} the comic]]), while the new live-action segments show how normal citizens react to the events around them.

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* The Films of Creator/ZackSnyder:
** ''Film/DawnOfTheDead2004'' has an unrated cut that includes more scenes of gore plus a few more character moments here and there. Most notable includes how the surviors got into the mall in the first place and an extension of the infamous "zombie baby" moment.
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''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' gets both a Director's Cut and an Extended Cut. Oddly, the Extended Cut was given a home-release months after the Theatrical and Director's Cuts. Both new cuts are pretty substantial. The Director's Cut adds pretty much everything that was shot, minus the Tales of the Black Freighter tie-ins on the street corner. It bumps up the running time to three hours, a full half-hour. It's definitely a better movie for it, featuring more character development and more scenes that were in the comic. The Extended Cut adds another half-hour (bringing it to three and a half hours), featuring the entire Black Freighter animated feature woven into the movie and the accompanying street-corner bits. Your Mileage Will Vary on that one, since the animated features are more heavy handed and feel dropped in (unlike the careful weaving present in [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} the comic]]), while the new live-action segments show how normal citizens react to the events around them.them.
** ''Film/SuckerPunch'' in its Extended Cut form is much more darker than its PG-13 theatrical version. Mainly, a stronger emphasis on the sexual harrasment that the characters endure, which was notably absent from the regular cut. We also get an extra musical number featuring Creator/OscarIsaac and [[Creator/CarlaGugino Carla Gugino's]] characters, which is seen as something as a highlight for some viewers.
** ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' is expected to get a three hour Director's Cut, a la similar to ''Watchmen''. One of the most significant differences between the current version and the Director's Cut is a deleted role featuring Creator/JenaMalone as [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} Barbara Gordon]] and an R rating instead of PG-13. The latter actually caught Snyder off guard, as he didn't make the film with that rating in mind.
5th Mar '16 8:44:25 AM azraelfinalstar
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* After being advised by the record label to release a cut down version of his ''Degradation Trip'' album, Creator/JerryCantrell was allowed to release ''Degradation Trip Volumes 1 & 2'', the whole original album as he intended.
4th Mar '16 3:45:22 AM Morgenthaler
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## The Argento-cut (sometimes referred to as Zombi after it's Italian title) was edited by Creator/DarioArgento for the mainland European theatrical releases. Compered to Romero's cut it is grimmer with a more serious mood. Argento made it shorter than Romero's cut to be more action oriented and have tighter pacing, but also lost a lot of character development in the proses. The gore however is left intact.[[note]]It does however not future the infamous chopper scene that the two other cuts have. Probably because of the scene's humors undertones.[[/note]] It uses the Goblins score through-out, utilizing none of the library music.

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## The Argento-cut (sometimes referred to as Zombi after it's Italian title) was edited by Creator/DarioArgento for the mainland European theatrical releases. Compered to Romero's cut it is grimmer with a more serious mood. Argento made it shorter than Romero's cut to be more action oriented and have tighter pacing, but also lost a lot of character development in the proses.process. The gore however is left intact.[[note]]It does however not future the infamous chopper scene that the two other cuts have. Probably because of the scene's humors undertones.[[/note]] It uses the Goblins score through-out, utilizing none of the library music.
4th Mar '16 3:42:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* Disney made Special Editions of both ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' and ''Disney/TheLionKing'' for IMAX theaters (and prepared ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''). Along with remastering the films for the larger IMAX format, each film got an additional musical number; in both cases the songs were taken from the stage versions, although ''Beauty'''s "Human Again" was really a CutSong from the movie. Unlike ''Franchise/StarWars'', Disney had the foresight of making both the original and special editions included on the DVD releases, although neither "original" one was the original animation. (In the case of ''Beauty and the Beast'', a third version was added, a work-in-progress print shown on the New York Film Festival prior to the film's release, previously available as a separate laserdisc.) ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' also had a special edition, although it was not released theatrically. It added "If I Never Knew You", a CutSong that did poorly in test screenings but better-establishes the lovers' relationship as the film's climax approaches.



* Disney made Special Editions of both ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' and ''Disney/TheLionKing'' for IMAX theaters (and prepared ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''). Along with remastering the films for the larger IMAX format, each film got an additional musical number; in both cases the songs were taken from the stage versions, although ''Beauty'''s "Human Again" was really a CutSong from the movie. Unlike ''Franchise/StarWars'', Disney had the foresight of making both the original and special editions included on the DVD releases, although neither "original" one was the original animation. (In the case of ''Beauty and the Beast'', a third version was added, a work-in-progress print shown on the New York Film Festival prior to the film's release, previously available as a separate laserdisc.) ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' also had a special edition, although it was not released theatrically. It added "If I Never Knew You", a CutSong that did poorly in test screenings but better-establishes the lovers' relationship as the film's climax approaches.
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