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Help: 'Salem's Lot' - Uncut vs cut - what are the differences?

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Hello, I am looking to watch Salem’s Lot for the first time and I was wondering what are the differences between both versions and where could I watch both if I wanted to

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There’s the three hour miniseries which has been available on VHS, LD, DVD, and BD. There’s the two hour European theatrical cut which has only been available on VHS.

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plus the blu ray joins the 2 parts up so cuts off the music exit credits from part 1 and intro and recap from episode 2 the cut is quite jarring and spoils it.

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lorang said:

plus the blu ray joins the 2 parts up so cuts off the music exit credits from part 1 and intro and recap from episode 2 the cut is quite jarring and spoils it.

Yep and the only way to get the complete uncut miniseries is the LD or UK DVD.

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hmmm so i should get the UK DVD?

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Can’t hurt. I’ve considered getting it myself. Only downside is it’ll be PAL so the audio will likely be in a higher pitch.

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crissrudd4554 said:

Can’t hurt. I’ve considered getting it myself. Only downside is it’ll be PAL so the audio will likely be in a higher pitch.

Lol im from Australia and i dont hear the speedup cause im used to it

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Moiisty said:

crissrudd4554 said:

Can’t hurt. I’ve considered getting it myself. Only downside is it’ll be PAL so the audio will likely be in a higher pitch.

Lol im from Australia and i dont hear the speedup cause im used to it

Fair enough 😉

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Moiisty said:

hmmm so i should get the UK DVD?

Yes. I have it and I’m very happy with it. I don’t think it has any bonus content, not even the trailer?

The shorter European Cut also has some alternate takes and camera angles in addition to the ‘shotgun scene’.

The trailer has a brief clip from a deleted scene, that can’t be found in any other versions (that I know of). There’s also an alternate take of Barlow coming into frame (the prison cell?).

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It’s a 2006 release … so, it’s OOP. Try Ebay.

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I just commented on another thread about this, the german dvd was also the theatrical cut but i actually made an sd recreation of the theatrical cut from the uk dvd, german dvd, vhs and youtube so it has all the alternate takes and angles/music etc, given all the sources quality is all over the place but i think the movie was actually 1hr52mins and assuming due to frame rate my recreation is 1hr45

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Well I’ve just finished my reconstruction of the original mini series by using the superior blu ray footage.

Reading this thread spiked my interest again in this project and watching the blu ray I found fond memories of watching this as a child coming back.

So by using the blu ray and purchasing the 2 disc UK DVD with all the recap, intro’s credits I recreated the mini series 2 parter by using the sound of the DVD for the intros and end portions and editing together all the images from the Blu ray to duplicate all the intro’s, credits and recaps and then the rest of the blu ray for the remaining portions of the mini series I only used 2 small sequences from the DVD but upscaled and colour corrected.

The intro’s are as close as I can get to the original although there were a few alternate takes in the intros from the DVD that were not in the blu ray so had to duplicate an alternate scene from the blu ray best as I could, so 99% accurate reconstruction in blu ray quality.

I also added in and edited the audio commentary into the separate 2 parts.

Now I will upload this to every ones favourite organ soon but although these are finished I also ordered the German DVD and the Italian DVD both are the shorter movie versions, I intend to do a reconstruction of the theatrical movie again using the blu ray source footage but the Italian DVD has the uncut shotgun in the mouth so was toying with inserting this into the 2 part version although the audio commentary does discuss this so may not match what’s on screen if I insert.

As I’m expecting these to arrive in the next several days I’m undersided to wait or not.

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All DVDs have arrived, after viewing the dubbed italian version with the uncut shotgun scene I think I will add this into the theatrical reconstruction based off the blu ray footage but colour correct and upscale these few moments with the uncut scene.

It wont be a perfect reproduction as both the Italian and German movies are cut differently with some having more scenes than others but will duplicate based off both.

Lots of small alternate takes but dont really add much to upscale the DVD footage over the superior blu ray, example long shots on DVD but close up shots on blu ray and Crockett and Bonnie in bed has crocket on top of her in the theatrical but on the blu ray they are side by side, only last about 1 second so will leave that alone.

Yes there are some different music cues and the opening will have them and some scenes dependant on editing, as previous the 2 parter is done and I’m quarter into the theatrical cut now.

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so ur making two versions or only 1 version?

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Moiisty said:

so ur making two versions or only 1 version?

I’m making 2 already made the reproduction of the original 2 part mini series with all intros, credits and recaps for both parts duplicated from the UK DVD with Blu Ray footage.
Im just now working on reproducing the theatrical movie based off the Italian and German DVD with the shotgun scene placed back in.

Should be done in a day or so.