aka: Done A George Lucas
Ah yes, the snake. One of the legendary bad effects of Doctor Who - one so bad that they redid it in CGI for the DVD. Surely by 2011, when the DVD came out, we can simply be at peace with the fact that
Doctor Who had some crap effects in its time. I mean, letís CGI out Matthew Waterhouse while were at it.
— TARDIS Eruditorium
Occasionally, a movie turns out good. Often
, a movie turns out bad. Sometimes, a movie turns out good, but not quite
good enough. That's where the concept of a Recut comes in.
Kinds of Recuts:
- Director's Cut: The cut of the film the director 'approves of'. If the director didn't like the theatrical cut because they 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.
- Extended Cut: Identical to the Director's Cut, except not necessarily by the director, and not necessarily the director's original vision. Example: Peter Jackson considers the theatrical Lord of the Rings movies to be his director's cuts, but the Extended Editions were created (by him) to restore deleted scenes to the movie and develop Tolkien's world more on screen.
- TV Cut: An edited version of the film. Basically, every movie shown on TV has been changed slightly (every time there's an ad break, the film fades to black) but often there are more significant changes. For instance, violence is often cut, swear words are either bleeped, silenced out, or their scenes altered, and nudity may be removed. (See any Die Hard movie.) As well, they may be edited for time.
- Before HD television they were also converted to pan-and-scan format from letterbox if such a version didn't exist.
- George Lucas Altered Version: Instead of working with footage made during the original production the filmmaker creates new footage/audio/FX to be spliced in long after the original release. This changes it from an "original vision" into more of a completely new product based on the original.
Beyond that, things can get very confusing. The inclusion of one or more Recuts is often one of the selling points of a Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition
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Anime and Manga
- Dragon Ball Kai is a rare case of a recut of an entire televised series (in this case, Dragon Ball Z), cutting away the filler, remastering the show in HD and rerecording the dialogue with as many of the original voice actors as possible.
- When Marvel Comics reprinted the original series of ElfQuest new pages had to be added by Wendy Pini to fit the total page count. Some of these were new episode titles and recaps, while others were new or expanded story pages. Most of the latter were included in subsequent reprints; due to Art Evolution it's usually not too hard to tell which. A few of the new episode titles were also included, causing some disruption to the original chaptering. Controversially, the series was also re-lettered with bigger ballons which obscured more of the original art and removed some special formatting. This was not corrected until the art was finally "remastered" with computer lettering and coloring, which is the version currently available on the official website.
- Another reformatting took place when DC Comics reprinted the series in Manga-style volumes, requiring Pini to expand, contract or extend existing comic panels to fit the new page size. This version also included most of the additional art drawn for the Marvel version.
- Anniversery trade paperbacks of famous series (ex. Watchmen, Dark Knight Returns, etc.) will on occasion have extra content in them, or edits to the story itself. For example, Batman: The Long Halloween, included a scene that was cut from the original story due to page constraints. The Killing Joke was recolored, making the scenes darker and more muted, in contrast to its original, more garish colors.
- Several later works by Los Bros Hernandez have been published initially in the serial issues of Love And Rockets and later as stand-alone graphic novels, sometimes in significantly altered form.
- When Sir Terry Pratchett's publishers finally got fed up of sending out thousands of letters saying there was no demand for a reprint of The Carpet People (his first novel and bordering on Old Shame), it was only after Pratchett rewrote substantial amounts of the novel. Part of this was to correct what he saw as simple poor writing by his younger self, but he also felt the need to change the political messages of the novel from the original's simplistic High Fantasy monarchism to reflect his grown-up respect for democracy.
- Doubleday Publishers thought Stephen King's The Stand was too big, so the original edition had about 500 pages trimmed. Twelve years, later they released the Complete and Uncut edition, with the pages restored and some updating by King.
- The original Battlestar Galactica Pilot Movie was first shown as a film in Canada to raise capital for the series. This version is trimmed. Then, it was subsequently released as a three-part episode for re-runs. The full, uncut pilot is available on the DVD set, as are a slew of deleted scenes from every single episode of the series.
- The new series also has a slew of "Extended Unrated Versions" of many episodes and telemovies. These versions are available on DVD.
- And editing scenes to fit with current-day Sunday-morning Japanese broadcast censors.
- Have I Got News for You and QI have extended versions of their shows, broadcast the following night: Have I Got A Bit More News For You and QI XL respectively. However, some of these were not shown on The BBC for various reasons (The next night having sport on instead, and sometimes due to sensitivity of the material.) These episodes tend to get their first airing on Dave.
- Rather than make new episodes for whatever reason, Disney recut the first season of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers in 2010, mostly just adding a few cheap visual effects - well, a few more cheap visual effects. Part of it was that censors are stricter than they used to be, so Hit Flashes needed to be added. Episodes also tended to get a minute or two of Filler edited in due to slightly longer runtimes.
- iCarly: Nickelodeon aired a special extended version of iSaved Your Life a week after the original airing, that included seven minutes of previously cut footage. The pilot episode also has an extended version, as does the special iCarly Saves TV.
- Similarly, when it premiered after the Kids Choice Awards, Victorious aired its first episode as an extended version with three minutes of added footage. It has not aired again since but can be downloaded on iTunes.
- The Adventures of Pete & Pete: The first season (1993) was eight episodes long, and succeeded by five "special" half-hours made over the span of three years (1991-1993). These were used to fill out the first season, and therefore had the opening credits sequence edited in. Mike Maronna, Big Pete's actor, had gone through puberty in between the first special and first season, meaning that the theme song depicted him as much taller and more-mature looking than he was in the actual episode. Vey jarring.
- Before the specials, there were eighteen shorts, a handful of which were included on the DVD. In order to replace the old Vanity Plate from the 1990s with Nick's current one for the release, the last few seconds of each episode become only voiceover running over the vanity plate.
- The 3-2-1 Contact series was condensed and re-edited into 3-2-1 Classroom Contact in 1992.
- The "Director's Cut" of Red Dwarf: Back to Earth as seen on the DVD release, which edits the three 25-minute episodes together into a single one-hour-long special. As you can see, the Director's Cut is actually significantly shorter than the full broadcast version, trimming all the jokes that didn't really work and other filler — the end result is generally regarded to be much better.
- Network reruns of Saturday Night Live sometimes differ greatly from the originally aired live show; this can range from minor fixes of technical glitches and removal of promotions for the next live show (especially common when Don Pardo announced them over the end credits), to changes in the running order, to even the removal of controversial or poorly received material, replaced by sketches from other shows or unaired material. Since 1985, the dress rehearsal is recorded for all shows, and the rerun version may either use the dress take or a combination of scenes from dress and air.
- Two versions of the 1979 adaptation of Salem's Lot exist: the original three-hour mini-series version and a two-hour movie version released in Europe that was also briefly distributed on video in the United States. The European version is unique in that it also contains some violent content omitted from the mini-series.
- As mentioned above, this has happened a couple of times in Doctor Who.
- During the 1970s there was a tradition of repeating one of the year's stories as a continuous "movie" rather than episodic broadcast at Christmas time. For six-episode stories, this sometimes involved significant cuts to fit a 90-120 minute timeslot.
- There are also alterations for home video releases. Mostly this simply involves adding optional CGI special effects to replace particularly glaringly bad original effects. Four stories: "Enlightenment", "Planet of Fire", "The Five Doctors", and "The Curse of Fenric"; have had much more significantly altered versions released on VHS or DVD. These have deleted scenes added back in, and some scenes swapped around, shortened, or deleted to make the pacing better for viewing at one sitting. Probably the most justified case is "The Curse of Fenric", where many fans consider that the plot is much easier to follow in the home video cut. The worst is "The Five Doctors", which simply added all deleted footage back in without much consideration of whether it was worthwhile, and is most notorious for including a scene which was cut due to a moment of unintentional, in-universe-incestuous, sexual chemistry between Peter Davison and Carole Ann Ford as the Fifth Doctor and his grand-daughter Susan.
- The Beatles, after recording The White Album, tried to get back to their roots in spontaneous, energetic rock-n-roll with a film/album titled Get Back. Internal tensions and creative differences prevented Get Back from being completed; instead, material from these sessions was released as the film and album Let It Be. Phil Spector produced the album and added overdubs to some songs. Paul McCartney (who was the main advocate of the "back to the roots" approach in the first place) wasn't happy with Spector's production. Decades later, when opportunity arose to re-edit Let It Be, Paul jumped at it. This new version (titled Let It Be... Naked) stripped away Phil Spector's overdubs, featured a different song selection and track order, and used different takes of some of the songs. Naked also used digital editing (which obviously hadn't been available when Let It Be was originally released) to remove tape noises and to pitch-correct a few of the vocals.
- The Prayer Chain's 1995 album Mercury had been subject to a great deal of Executive Meddling prior to release: three songs were dropped, another song was added, and the whole thing was remixed to be less rough around the edges. In 2011, the band took the original master tapes and rereleased the album (via their Bandcamp page) "in its original order, with the original mixes, just as it was sent off to the label", under the new title Humb.
- Sleep's Dopesmoker is essentially the director's cut of Jerusalem, although it's a bit more complicated than that: their label balked at their turning in an album that was one song stretched out to over sixty minutes of Epic Rocking, so Sleep compromised a little by cutting about ten minutes and splitting it into six arbitrarily divided tracks, with no silence between them. The label still wouldn't release it and the band broke up over the ordeal, but Jerusalem, the edited version saw release on a different label afterwards. A few years later came the Dopesmoker version, which used a different mix, restored the ten cut minutes, and indexed it as one long track as intended.
- Russell Elavedo originally mixed The Dandy Warhols' 2003 album Welcome To The Monkey House, but Capitol Records had it given a glossier mix by Peter Wheatley without the band's permission and released that instead. In 2009, The Dandy Warhols released the album as originally intended under the title The Dandy Warhols Are Sound: Aside from the different mix, the tracks are presented in a different order, the song titles are sometimes slightly different, and the song "Welcome To The Monkey House" itself is cut, while the previously unreleased song "Pete Int'l Spaceport" is added.
- Morrissey's Special Edition reissues of his first two albums, Viva Hate and Kill Uncle, both alter the original running order. On Viva Hate, the song "Ordinary Boys" is replaced with an unpolished, unreleased demo "Treat Me Like a Human Being", and "Late Night, Maudlin Street" is slightly shortened. On Kill Uncle, two b-sides are inserted into the middle of the album, and the original version of "There's a Place in Hell for Me and My Friends" is replaced with a new, live-in-the-studio version.
- Talking Heads' album Stop Making Sense (meant to accompany the concert film of the same name) only had 9 of the 16 songs from the film, and most of them were heavily edited. David Byrne stated that he wanted the album to be a separate experience from the film, rather than just a soundtrack. However, in 1999, it was remastered and re-edited as Stop Making Sense: Special New Edition. This version was a proper soundtrack for the film, as it had all 16 songs and minimal editing.
- Mass Effect 3 recieved a free Extended Cut (as downloadable content) in response to the poor reception of its ending. It extends the original ending by approximately ten minutes of new content, fixes several plot holes, retcons the status of the Mass Relays, and adds slideshows representing the result of multiple plotlines.
- The first two Dragon's Lair games each have a Director's Cut in most recent ports. Most notable is the sequel, Time Warp, in which a special brief scene plays the first time you grab each one of the treasures; and once you collect all of the treasures, it triggers a short, alternate Level 7 in which, after Dirk throws the sword at Mordroc as the wizard places the Death Ring on Daphne's finger, instead of being turned into a monster like in the original, she suddenly falls in a deathly faint and vanishes, leaving the ring lying on the floor; and you suddenly find her lying on her bed after defeating him. This kinda counts as either Fridge Brilliance or Fridge Logic.
- Resident Evil games 1 and 2 both feature directors cuts. They each add a bit more content, re-arrange a few items and enemies, and feature improved music. They didn't change the voice acting, though (Thank God).
- Gargoyles had this indignity foisted on it with its Pilot Movie. According to Word of God, it was originally aired as a five-parter, this was trimmed into much shorter version to be shown in conjunction with a Disneyland Gargoyles ride. When the House of Mouse decided to release it on videocassette, they chose the shorter version because it had already been cleaned up. The longer has since been released on DVD.
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has used at least three different endings over the years: one which pays off Yukon Cornelius' pickaxe-licking, one that shows Rudolph and Santa gathering the Misfit Toys, and one that combines both of them. Three versions also exist of the scene in which Rudolph and Hermey become friends, the second containing a completely different song.
- Reruns of the original Transformers cartoon were rebranded Transformers Generation Two, with the addition of a "Cybernet Space Cube" that provided new Idiosyncratic Wipes.
- Whenever 101 Dalmatians: The Series is aired on Disney Cinemagic in the U.K., some lines were cut out to add more commercial time.
- David Morgan-Mar edited and resubmitted one of the Irregular Webcomic! podcasts to add some missing sound effects and commented that he had "done a George Lucas".
- He's also gone back and edited an earlier strip (Strip #1639), which featured an appearance by The Pope, because someone sent him a customized Lego Pope figure and he wanted to include it in place of his own version.