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A Subject that is interesting (at least to me) is that weird occasional instance of deleted footage from a film ends up in another film or TV Show.

The Reason for this post is to create a definitive list of this strange but perhaps quite frequent thing that happens and with some very major titles involved.

The List So Far.

Empire Strikes Back Special Edition - Contains deleted footage from Return of the Jedi

Ewoks:The Battle For Endor (1985) Unused footage from ROTJ appears in the final battle scenes.

Footage of Tie-fighter pilots from STAR WARS (1977) are used in RETURN OF THE JEDI (1983)

Some of the shots of troopers and Tie Pilots in the corridors of the second Death Star in ROTJ when the executor scrashes in the the surface are deleted scenes from Star Wars (1977)

in the star wars holiday special in the " life on tatooine " segment features deleted scenes from Star Wars namely the Storm trooper Search of mos eisley spaceport.

Within a deleted scene for ROTJ for Luke building his Lightsaber it uses Deleted Footage from Empire Strikes Back of Vader in his Meditation Chamber Slowed down to about half speed to so as Darth Vader’s Lines could fit the sequence.

The Music video Lapti-Nek from Return of the Jedi contained many deleted scenes inside Jabbas Palace.

also of note Revenge Of The Sith Teaser -Alternate take/angle of Alec Guinness talking about Vader from the original Star Wars is used.

Rogue One A Star Wars Story - Uses deleted footage of pilots from the Original Star Wars Film 1977

Back to the Future Part 2 opeing credits in the clouds was originally shot for use in Firefox (1982) Starring Clint Eastwood.

Deleted Aerial Footage shot for Firefox (1982) was used in a Laserdisc Firefox Arcade game made by Atari also.

Game of Death 2 (Bruce Lee) - Contains Deleted footage from Enter the Dragon 1973

Hellraiser 2 Hellbound (Censored and more in uncensored) - Contains Deleted Footage from the Original Hellraiser Movie

Bladerunner (Theatrical Cut) - Contains deleted flyover landscape footage from the Shining (Stanley Kubrick) credit sequence

Stargate - Various deleted footage from the feature film by Roland Emerich was used in the pilot episode of Stargate SG-1 all these shots were removed in children of the God’s Final Cut.

Trail of The Pink Panther (1982) Made well after Peter Sellers death, there’s a bunch of unused footage of him from the previous PP films.

Magical Mystery Tour (1967 The Beatles) It’s alleged unused aerial footage from Dr. Strangelove was used in the Flying sequence. (Much to the ire of Stanley Kubrick.) The black and white footage was colored, (not to be confused with colorization) making it resemble part of the stargate sequence in 2001 A Space Odyssey, which came out the very next year.

Deleted sfx shots from Space 1999 were sold and appeared in other TV Shows - http://catacombs.space1999.net/main/images/sfx/sfx.html

T2: Trainspotting 2017 - uses deleted scenes from the original Trainspotting movie (Danny Boyle) to help as a means to flashback.

The opening B/W montage from MAD MAX 2 (1981) contains a deleted shot of Max from MAD MAX (1979).

The DOCTOR WHO 20th anniversary special - THE FIVE DOCTORS (1983) - used footage from the abandoned 1979 fourth Doctor serial - SHADA.

The slurpasaur fight in One Million B.C., along with outtakes, was ported to many a Sci-Film from the '50s. Among these are Robot Monster, Valley of the Dragons, King Dinosaur, Untamed Women, etc.

The Godfather Epic/Saga/Trilogy 1901-1980 was expanded in a TV mini-series that was specially re-cut by Francis Ford Coppola.

PHANTASM IV : OBLIVION (1998) uses deleted footage from the original PHANTASM (1979), for flashback sequences.

Outtakes from Submersion of Japan, including oil refineries blowing up and buildings collapsing, turn up in Prophecies of Nostradamus.

Le Mans (1971 Steve McQueen) many outtake footage and deleted scenes was featured in a documentary film Steve McQueen the man and Le Mans

Highlander 3 “The Final Dimension” (Not the original Sorcerer Theatrical release) Contains a few short deleted shots from the Original Highlander films final quickening in it’s own respective final quickening.

In the Music Video “Princes of the Universe” By Queen also features some short deleted scenes from the Original Highlander Film

the official music video for Johnny B. Goode and it contains some very interesting deleted shots of Michael J. Fox, most notably an exchange at the end where he appears to coin the term
"rock 'n roll." A few people have uploaded this video (from the same source), but this one seems to be the earliest upload:
https://youtu.be/nTn3DG3maXE

MAD MAX: BEYOND THUNDERDOME music video contains a brief clip of a scene deleted from the film At the 1:40 mark: https-//www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwRPXmcggdY

Naked Gun 33 1/3 has the deleted wedding scene from Naked Gun 2½.

The 1980 film Raise The Titanic originally featured an opening sequence depicting the sinking of the Titanic, the sequence would’ve been 12 minutes long. The scene was dropped from the final film and replaced by a photo montage with John Barry’s score over it. The deleted footage resurfaced years later and was used in an episode of the TV show Voyagers (1982-1983), considering the show used the Queen Mary to portray the Titanic its hard to believe they would have the budget to construct a miniature as complex as those seen in Raise The Titanic. Currously, the same episode uses what looks like rear screen projection background plate footage of the bow view of the iceberg from the 1953 Titanic film (I say background plate because the foreground set and actor are not seen in frame). There is also a bit of deleted footage from the 53 film as the underwater shot of the ship’s hull hitting the iceberg is taken from the 53 film but has been extended by several seconds, indicating the shot in the original 53 film was intended to be longer.

In the 1979 made for TV move SOS Titanic, the movie uses unused miniature effects shots from A Night To Remember (1958) but colourises all of the footage in order to fit footage shot for the movie. It is clear the footage is alternate takes and not footage ripped from the 58 film because the placement of lifeboat miniatures and amount of steam radiating from the Titanic’s funnels is different between each movie.

The Final Shot of Conan The Destroyer was originally intended to be the opening shot for the voiceover narration which is on a black screen for Conan the Barbarian by John Milius. This is due to the decision to axe Arnold Schwarzeneggers strong Austrian accent in Favour of the Oriental sounding voice of Mako.

The Fly II (1989) uses a deleted scene from the first movie: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097368/trivia?item=tr0699671

In Furious Seven (2015) they used deleted footage from previous films to work around the death of Paul Walker: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2820852/trivia?item=tr2448669

The deleted concorde scene from Superman the Movie ended up in a TV edit version of Superman 2

Spider-Man 3: A scene towards the end of the film has Harry Osborn remembering mourning over his father Norman, using a deleted scene from the 2002 Spider-Man where the younger Harry cries over his father after finding the latter’s body still in uniform as the Green Goblin.

HALLOWEEN II (1981), begins with a reprise from the end of the original film. Laurie tells the two kids (she’s babysitting) to go next door to the McKenzie’s house and call the police. This is a different take from the one used in HALLOWEEN (1978).

Here is a list of films and TV Shows (that I know of) which used some of the footage shot in the summer of '68 for Battle of Britain - but there are probably more!

• 1971- Dad s Army - Film spin off of the popular television series
• 1972 - The Pathfinders - ITV television drama series based on the exploits of Bombers Command’s Pathfinder Force
• 1972 - Our Miss Fred - Film comedy starring Danny la Rue
• 1976 - Carry on England - Film from the long running Carry On series
• 1976 - Battle of Midway - War film dramatising the Japanese attack on Midway Island in 1942
• 1979 - Breakthrough (aka Sergeant Steiner) — War film starring Richard Burton
• 1984 - The Secret War of Jackie s Girls — ITV television drama series
• 1986 - Murrow - Channel 4 television drama based on the life of Ed Murrow, wartime news correspondent
• 1988 - A Piece of Cake - Television drama series based around an RAF fighter squadron in 1940
• 1999 - Finest Hour - BBC Television documentary series chronicling the events of 1940
• 2001 - Dark Blue World - Czech film about Czech pilots in the Battle of Britain
• 2010 - First Light - TV Movie based on biography of WWII Pilot, Geoffrey Willum

I know there has to be more films so please help add to this list!

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You should revise the Blade Runner entry to avoid confusion, as King did his own version of the Shining in the 90’s that has nothing to with Stanley Kubrick’s film.


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Is “deleted” an obligation? 'Cause “Jaws the Revenge” used the same exact shot from the original “Jaws” for the sinking dying shark in the end.
You also have that kind of stuff in “Transformers 2”, which reused shots from “Transformers”. Just watch the Honest Trailer on this one ; they even reused a shot from earlier in the same movie, only color corrected. And shots of the freeway from “The Island” by the same Michael Bay were reused in “Transformers 3”, only they added giant robots in it.

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Trail of The Pink Panther (1982) Made well after Peter Sellers death, there’s a bunch of unused footage of him from the previous PP films.

Ewoks:The Battle For Endor (1985) Unused footage from ROTJ appears in the final battle scenes.

Revenge Of The Sith Teaser -Alternate take/angle of Alec Guinness talking about Vader from the original Star Wars is used.

Magical Mystery Tour (1967 The Beatles) It’s alleged unused aerial footage from Dr. Strangelove was used in the Flying sequence. (Much to the ire of Stanley Kubrick.) The black and white footage was colored, (not to be confused with colorization) making it resemble part of the stargate sequence in 2001 A Space Odyssey, which came out the very next year.


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Well i’d say that puts ROTJ out in front for the time being.

I was looking at tv show called pearl that used footage from tora! tora! tora! Doubt it is deleted footage though? Honestly still yet to see the film but I will soon.

I will update the list in a bit cheers SilverWook:)

I suppose the mother of all re-used footage films is battle beyond the stars / Space raiders / starquest 2 / Dead Space and I am sure it also had another release for those special effects shots. But it’s not deleted scenes…

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I think Pearl did indeed use stock footage from TTT. IIRC, They took advantage of the fact Richard Anderson had also appeared in the feature film. Whether it was unused footage I have no idea.

This might be getting a bit obscure, but FX footage from Space: 1999 was sold by a company specializing in library/stock footage, and the occasional shot not used in any episode was offered. These ended up in other tv shows, films, and even music videos.
http://catacombs.space1999.net/main/images/sfx/sfx.html

Universal infamously pimped out Battlestar Galactica FX footage. The low budget film Space Mutiny as seen on MST3K is a good example, but I’m not sure if any unused footage actually appears.


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The space 1999 footage would definitely qualify as they are unused or longer shots it would seem I will add it on now.

Ok let’s keep note of Battle Star Galactica for now.

One title I am highly suspicious of is Death Race and it’s sequel Death Race 2. I am almost certain the sequel uses loads of unused footage from the original films car chases and the splicing is so quick in the sequel it feels strung together with a bunch of deleted material somewhat.

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Rogue One used alternate takes of some of the Rebel pilots from Star Wars. They digitally inserted them into new cockpit sets though.


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Ronster said:

The space 1999 footage would definitely qualify as they are unused or longer shots it would seem I will add it on now.

Ok let’s keep not of Battle Star Galactica for now.

One title I am highly suspicious of is Death Race and it’s sequel Death Race 2. I am almost certain the sequel uses loads of unused footage from the original films car chases and the splicing is so quick in the sequel it feels strung together with a bunch of deleted material somewhat.

You mean Death Race 2000?


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This one

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0452608/

Actually I thought it was better than Death Race 2000 in a way. Comes highly praised for a trashy film night. Can’t confirm this one just yet need to look in to it a bit more.

Did Superman 2 use deleted footage of Krypton for the original Superman film? Although I’m not sure this qualifies as they were shot back to back and were always intended to intermingle on the same shoot schedule.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midway_(film)
This is another Tora! Tora! Tora! one and also uses footage from a bunch of other films. Curious if there could be any unused footage in this also from TTT.

The Final Countdown 1980 also uses footage from Tora! Tora! Tora! but again unsure if it is only stock footage.

Bladerunner & ROTJ now tied in 1st place!


Another Interesting One is Stephen Spielbergs Duel.

Footage was re-used in an episode of the incredible Hulk TV show not Sure if it is deleted footage or not? From the first season episode “Never Give a Trucker an Even Break” (originally airdate on CBS: April 28, 1978).[27] Spielberg was reportedly “not too happy about it,” according to Matheson (writer).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjhtr0vTtcw

But also in Spielbergs film 1941 he revisits the same Gas station in Duel with some of the Same actors and blows up the garage.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPnwlNvwBLI

And in the Case of Duel by Steven Spielberg it was originally shot for TV and altered to be a feature film. The voice over from the original TV cut and superimposed eyes on the road were removed.

example of inner dialogue

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgoHdfqmw4A

Deleted Scene not available on DVD or Blu-ray

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5y9dxUHLVo

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Ronster said:

Ewoks:The Battle For Endor (1985) Unused footage from ROTJ appears in the final battle scenes.

where is this scene?
sounds intressting…

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If I recall correctly it is shots of Ewoks being shot at as they run through the forest during the final battle in the Ewok movie.

Another one I need to check is Highlander 3 might used alternate footage from the first films final quickening in the climax and quickening at the end of the 3rd film but definitely not the paper mache head exploding 😃

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The opening B/W montage from MAD MAX 2 (1981) contains a deleted shot of Max from MAD MAX (1979).

Footage of Tie-fighter pilots from STAR WARS (1977) are used in RETURN OF THE JEDI (1983).

Not sure about this one? I read somewhere that the quick insert shot of the MILLENIUM FALCON’S hidden gun blasting away the Imperial Snow troopers, was originally an outtake from STAR WARS (1977)?

The DOCTOR WHO 20th anniversary special - THE FIVE DOCTORS (1983) - used footage from the abandoned 1979 fourth Doctor serial - SHADA.

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Some of the shots of troopers and Tie Pilots in the corridors of the second Death Star in ROTJ may also be unused Star Wars footage.


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SilverWook said:

Some of the shots of troopers and Tie Pilots in the corridors of the second Death Star in ROTJ may also be unused Star Wars footage.

I suspect the shots of Darth Vader in his meditation chamber, as seen in the deleted lightsaber build scene from RETURN OF THE JEDI could be outtake footage from THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. What do you think?

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Yes you are all correct ROTJ is destroying any competition now on 5 counts of using deleted scenes or having deleted scenes from it’s own footage in other films.

That Firefox Arcade Game was a massive Rip off I could never figure out how to play the game it was like paying for deleted scenes! I’d say it was made of unused aerial footage though yes I will add it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJ53K_DXUVk

Was the computer graphics part of the Video layer in Firefox Arcade?

Was Close to adding Superman Returns for the Marlon Brando bit part but it’s a CGI mash up I don’t think it qualifies.

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Some elements are in the video and others generated by the game itself. I only ever played it in Las Vegas back in the 80’s. I could have sworn the one I played had Clint’s actual voice throughout.

I feel like watching that too long could give me a seizure! I guess the way the disc is formatted helped avoid the blank screen issue other LD games had sometimes when accessing the next required video sequence.

Too bad the Battlestar Galactica LD game they were working on never made it past a prototype.


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Another contender: the deleted scenes that were used to bulk up The Godfather Epic/Saga/Trilogy 1901-1980.

Recent captures…

*The Hunger Games HDTV 1080p (UK theatrical alternate version: not on Blu-ray)

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The two part 1977 WONDER WOMAN season 2 serial - “MIND STEALERS FROM OUTER SPACE”, uses footage from THIS ISLAND EARTH (1955).

PHANTASM IV : OBLIVION (1998) uses deleted footage from the original PHANTASM (1979), for flashback sequences.

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TV versions of films I’ve seen that have deleted scenes that have never appeared in any official release:

  • Superman 2 - Yes, there’s more stuff Donner and Lester shot that hasn’t been released
  • Ace Ventura - About 10-12 minutes of footage
  • Stephen King’s Thinner - 5 or so minutes I caught on a horror channel
  • The Birdcage - A good 20 minutes (roughly 6-8 scenes) of footage

Movies I’ve seen in recent years that have added footage that I’ve found on the interwebs:

  • First Blood
  • Cobra
  • National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon part 1

I’m sure there’s more but I just woke up and can’t really think before coffee, lol.

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The Beautiful Briny was written for Mary Poppins, but ended up used in Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

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