"One of my favorite parts of a DVD is the part where you get to see all the best scenes in the movie that weren't How Did We Miss This One?
in the movie."
Don't worry, it'll be included as an extra on the TV Tropes
A scene made for a work (in part or completed), but not included in the final release. These are often put back in special editions or included on the DVD release. They are also sometimes included in heavily-cut
broadcast TV versions of films to stretch them back to a reasonable length.
Scenes can be cut for a number of different reasons. Often the scenes are of much lower quality, so they were deleted for good reason. Yet some may contain details that appeal to audiences. Among the reasons include:
If the scenes are included into the flow of the work, then its a recut
and usually marketed as a "Directors Cut" or "Extended Edition". More commonly the scenes are included in the Special Features section of a DVD release as a bonus feature.
In some cases an entire sub-plot can be eliminated through these deleted scenes and crafty editing on other scenes. In other cases an apparent Plot Hole
can occur because the necessary information was lost from the deleted scene, although the reverse is also true that the Plot Hole
is formed because
of the scene. In animation 'deleted scenes' are often cut during the storyboard phase. Since no animation would have been completed for those because of the cost of animating it, they just show the storyboards with voiceover.
In terms of 'cutting out excess fat', many directors will point out, via DVD commentary, that a particular scene worked just fine as it was filmed, but when viewed in the context of the film overall, the scene in question simply dragged on too long, or was too 'talky' and was cut to keep the energy of a particular sequence up.
This isn't limited to film though. Comics, TV Shows, Animated productions and even Literature can have these. It's just most common in films due to the expectations of a DVD.
A Super Trope
to Too Hot for TV
, DVD Bonus Content
, Unrated Edition
, Edited for Syndication
Compare Cut Song
, All There in the Manual
and Dummied Out
(for video games).
Not to be confused with Cutscene
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Plot Hole Fixing Deleted Scenes
TV Screening Additions
- The broadcast version of Ernest Goes To Jail features several scenes not in the VHS or DVD releases, including a final scene before the credits where Ernest finally becomes a bank clerk...only to be magnetized again by an electric shock from his keyboard and chased from his desk by a filing cabinet.
- An earlier additional scene had Ernest (who they believe to be Nash) brought into a room the night before his execution to be entertained by a lady of the night. Naive Ernest, not knowing what's in store for him, is heard off-camera screaming. The scene ends with him being physically dragged out of the room by two guards, completely exhausted.
- The Godfather I and II were released in 1977 as a television miniseries called The Godfather Saga, supposedly because Francis Ford Coppola needed to raise more money for the production of Apocalypse Now. Saga incorporated more than an hour's worth of minor character scenes and setup moments, including more footage of young Vito in II and the original ending of I (where Kay prays to an altar during the credits). It was later reaired on AMC in 2012 to commemorate the first film's 40th anniversary.
- In the TV version of Happy Gilmore, there is a scene where Happy meets the cruel orderly, and, after finding out what he's been doing to the residents (his grandma in particular) beats him up and tosses him out a window where he gets attacked by the other residents of the nursing home. This is more satisfying, as in the released version, he gets away with all he does.
- The Disney Channel and ABC Family cuts of the Harry Potter films often restore deleted scenes.
- The initial television broadcast of The Lost World: Jurassic Park had several deleted scenes restored. The two major scenes in this cut (a board meeting between InGen executives and a longer introduction to Roland Tembo) are included as deleted scenes on the recent DVD release.
- The initial television broadcast of the Star Trek: The Motion Picture movie included several deleted scenes that were character-oriented and cut from the theatrical release for timing. These scenes were eventually restored in the definitive Director's Cut DVD which also featured a number of new special effects sequences.
- The various Superman films have had additional scenes added. To wit: the theatrical version of the 1978 Superman runs just over two hours, the extended edition runs almost half-an-hour longer, while the TV version runs almost three hours (with extra scenes like the resolution of the Kryptonian Executioner subplot, Luthor playing the piano multiple times and Lois being revealed as the young girl who saw Clark run past her to catch the train as a young boy).
- Top Secret! has a few deleted scenes which sometimes appear in television broadcasts.
- The broadcast premiere of Who Framed Roger Rabbit included a scene cut from the theatrical relesase. In it, Eddie Valiant is caught snooping in Jessica's dressing room and is taken to Toontown, where he emerges the next morning with a toon pig's head painted over his own. He goes to his office to wash it off, which explains why he's just out of the bathroom when Jessica goes to talk to him.
- The original (1978) version of Halloween (1978) got some additional scenes for its network airing. John Carpenter shot these during the production of Halloween II (1981) in 1981.
- Westworld had a scene added for TV where a guest in Medieval World is tortured on the rack after the robots go haywire.
- Blazing Saddles had some additional TV scenes, including some more "Sheriff Bart fooling Mongo" stuff and a scene where Gov. LePetomane goes into the fake Rock Ridge and shakes hands with its cardboard "residents".
- The President's Analyst premiered on broadcast TV with two scenes that have since vanished: one where Dr. Schaefer (James Coburn) first meets love interest Nan (Joan Delaney) in a NYC art-movie theater - now she's first seen in bed with him. Later, as he checks to see whether or not he's paranoid thinking he's being watched by spies, he gets them to expose themselves, and finds Nan is a spy too - a missing scene has him hallucinating disembodied floating eyeballs, including two looming out from her face.
- Murder by Death had four scenes added for its network airing. Watch 'em here.
- In TV broadcasts of Road Trip, Josh's Catapult Nightmare is extended with some additonal footage that didn't make it into the final cut.
- The Disney Channel used to air a version of The Goonies with a deleted scene in which the gang gets attacked by a giant octopus. This incident was actually mentioned by Data at the end of the theatrical cut.
- Trading Places tends to air on TV with an additional scene showing Clarence Beeks stealing the crop report for the Dukes by drugging a security guard.
- Some tv versions of Gremlins include a scene where Billy and Kate encounter Billy's coworker Gerald hiding from the gremlins in a bank vault and revealing that they killed the manager.
- The Muppet Christmas Carol has a Cut Song called "When Love Is Gone". It was deleted from the theatrical release but included on TV reruns and the VHS release - but left off the DVD. When the Ghost of Christmas Past takes Scrooge to the memory of Belle leaving him, the song begins after she says "You did once"note . It explains why Rizzo is crying so much as Belle leaves. It also gets a Triumphant Reprise at the end called "When Love Is Found".
- For a book example, many deleted chapters of Arthur C. Clarke's novel 2001 (which was written concurrently with the movie) appear in The Lost Worlds of 2001, which also talks about the process of creating the book and movie.
- The Death Row scene in The Adding Machine was omitted until a 1956 revival restored it.
- Spyro: Year of the Dragon contained a scene that was to be featured before the second boss. It featured the Sorceress berating Bianca for failing to kill Spyro, then creating Spike to finish him. It can still be viewed on the Platinum edition of the game, as well as by inputting a code in the original.
- In Babes in Toyland, the elaborately staged prologue was dropped when the original production spawned a smaller touring company; most revivals after Herbert's death continued to omit the prologue.
- The 2013 West End musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory originally opened with an animated short designed by Roald Dahl's regular illustrator Quentin Blake, "Creation Overture", that whimsically depicted the making of a chocolate bar. It was dropped upon the show's first major cast turnover in 2014, for reasons unknown (possibly pacing, or even not wanting to rerecord the narration provided by Douglas Hodge, the first actor to play the role of Willy Wonka).