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In 2000, Thomas & the Magic Railroad was released theatrically around the world and was met with poor box office reception. Throughout the film, many of the subplots felt shortened and a mysterious man on a motorcycle made a cameo, who was also seen in the trailer atop the evil Diesel 10. It was as if something was missing.

In 2007, an earlier draft from April 1999 was discovered and show an entirely different film with another villain, P.T. Boomer, and gave more answers to the backstory of Peter Fonda’s character - Burnett Stone. When watching the trailers for the film again, it was obvious that the 1999 script was shot to completion and featured the human villian, different voice actors for many of the engines, and other scenes with Peter Fonda. The film was cut due to test audiences finding P.T. Boomer too scary and thinking the original voices didn’t fit their intended characters. Ultimately, the film was chopped to pieces.

Later that same year, the original cut of the climactic chase scene was discovered. A professor in Canada (who also worked as sound editor on the film), was in possession of a piece of the original workprint and would let students use it to sync up their own music. The workprint scene revealed different voice actors for all the engines and PT Boomer’s arrival on Sodor.

Workprint Chase Scene - https://youtu.be/pQVKxcMEnik

Final Cut Chase Scene - https://youtu.be/_dYxwP7zck4

There is no definite answer as to where the full original workprint is, but if any of you have any information on where this could be procured, it would be greatly appreciated. The director, Allcroft, has claimed she has the original cut on VHS but she is bombarded with questions on her FB on a daily basis so there’s not much to get out of her.

Original Cut Trailer - https://youtu.be/8l1-l2mHRFw

Theatrical US Trailer (w/ Boomer and different voices) - https://youtu.be/LTizNBmz90M

“That said, there is nothing wrong with mocking prequel lovers and belittling their bad taste.” - Alderaan, 2017

MGGA (Make GOUT Great Again):
http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Return-of-the-GOUT-Preservation-and-Restoration/id/55707

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So Britt Allcroft posted the news today that Shout!’s release of TATMR on blu Ray will contain deleted scenes labeled as “unused storylines”, do you think someone could potentially create the directors cut as originally planned?

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not sure if you guys know, but a workprint leaked a bit back.
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Notelu said:

not sure if you guys know, but a workprint leaked a bit back.
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Allcroft asked everyone to report those videos before we found out about the special features because it could’ve made it look bad and they might not have released them. Hopefully someone can make a directors cut

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I did make an edit using the workprint and uploaded it to archive.org before it was taken down by a ravenous hoard of Thomas fans

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Notelu said:

I did make an edit using the workprint and uploaded it to archive.org before it was taken down by a ravenous hoard of Thomas fans

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The director posted about it asking people to stop posting about it though in fear that they would never release the deleted footage because it was leaked. She wanted it released properly

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Cj6543 said:

Notelu said:

I did make an edit using the workprint and uploaded it to archive.org before it was taken down by a ravenous hoard of Thomas fans

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The director posted about it asking people to stop posting about it though in fear that they would never release the deleted footage because it was leaked. She wanted it released properly

Odd since it’s not in the details for the Blu-Ray release:
https://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=27231

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I would be curious to see this workprint if anyone has it. This was a movie I watched countless times when our kids were younger.

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ScottZill said:

Cj6543 said:

Notelu said:

I did make an edit using the workprint and uploaded it to archive.org before it was taken down by a ravenous hoard of Thomas fans

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The director posted about it asking people to stop posting about it though in fear that they would never release the deleted footage because it was leaked. She wanted it released properly

Odd since it’s not in the details for the Blu-Ray release:
https://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=27231

The workprint isn’t, but the “Deleted Story Lines” are, which is where everyone expects to find the missing footage.

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interesting, I’ve never actually seen it, but I keep my eye out for all things shining time, slightly off topic but is schemer in it?

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Just watched the Deleted Storyline bonus feature. The various scenes are pretty good to finally be able to see, after so long. Now for someone to make a directors cut edit, I think that’d be pretty tough to do. Most of the scenes are low quality, some have missing shots or no sound. It’s really interesting, the entire movie changes when you watch these deleted scenes. Apparently in one of the interviews, Britt was saying they removed a lot of the scenes because in a test screening the 4-5 year old kids were getting fidgety. It’s a nice treat to finally understand the film much better and to see how she originally wanted it to play out.

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Is there enough footage in the bonus feature to reconstruct the director’s cut?

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Considering that bonus feature is 60 minutes long I think so

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One of us should take up the opportunity before someone else does.

“The Dark Side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural.”
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