The movie “Stephen King’s It” (1990) originally premiered as a two-part TV mini-series. However, for quite some time, it was only available in the form of one long movie (at least since the DVD).
The difference is that some footage has been cut out from the end of Part 1 and the beginning of Part 2 - most notably, where there are on-screen credits. Here is a video of what has been deleted. Basically, in Part 1, the final shot of bloody “IT” written on the wall and the end credits are removed. In Part 2, it’s the intro and the opening scenes with overlaid credits. As far as I am aware, this is the only missing footage.
The currently available cut versions (as far as I could gather this info):
- German VHS (4:3)
- UK VHS (4:3)
- Worldwide DVD (cropped to 16:9)
- Worldwide BluRay (4:3)
The available uncut versions (according to Blu-ray.com):
- US VHS (4:3)
- US Laserdisc (4:3) (Amazon link)
- There might also be actual HDTV airings of the 2-part version.
What would be interesting is:
- Use the 4:3 BluRay as the source for most of the film;
- Use the HDTV (or, if there isn’t) LD footage and audio for the missing parts;
- Maybe HD footage (beginning + end credits) from BluRay can be reused as well.
I would give it a try; however, I don’t have an LD player or the LD. Or maybe someone else would like to try it?
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