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Duel (1971) - The Hybrid Cut


Duel was originally released on TV with a 70-minute runtime. For its European theatrical premiere, Spielberg added more footage to get it to a required 90 minute runtime. Some of this is new car scenes and some of it is padding (the opening credits and the conversation with Mann’s wife.) In addition to the new footage, additional directorial changes were made, including a new, dynamic mono sound mix and the removal of much of David Mann’s redundant inner monologue to great effect.
This fan edit mostly follows the original, tighter TV edit of the film, while also using the theatrical sound mix and removing the inner monologues. It also, like the recent DVD and Blu ray releases of the film, removes the superfluous scene where David describes how he plans to defeat the truck on the grade. I also created some new opening and closing title cards to match the TV edit.
I used a 4:3 HDTV copy as the base because the Blu ray is unfortunately only available in cropped 1.85:1. Special thanks to DrDre’s ColorMatch tool which was incredibly useful in making the older, pinkish, HDTV scan look much better and close to the Blu ray’s color.

Sources used:
Duel 4:3 HDTV (primary video)
Duel Blu ray (primary mono audio and color reference)
Duel TV VHS Recording (two shots and some audio)
Duel SD extras documentary (partial opening shot which was blended with the VHS and Bluray)
Columbo Blu ray (pilot episodes) (opening and closing Universal logo)

Video: 7.66 GB HD MKV (majority HD footage with two shots from the VHS recording)
Audio: 2.0 Mono FLAC
Sample Frames:

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No. Because they removed it from the DVD, so I would have to have used VHS footage.


Yeah, all the footage shot in 1971 is pretty severely cropped, which is unfortunate, because otherwise it’s a really nice transfer. (It is actuate to the European theatrical presentation, but that still means the majority of the film is framed wrong). And in my fan edit, all of the footage I use would be framed wrong.

The 4:3 HDTV is lacking in detail, but I was able to color grade it to look somewhat more like the bluray master.

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