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Highlander: original US theatrical version

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Was wondering if someone possibly could upload a VHS or laserdisc rip of the original US cut of the original Highlander. To my knowledge this version has never been released on DVD and Blu-ray and I think it would be good to preserve it since it was what was seen in theaters in 1986.

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It was released on a French DVD. I have it is you are still looking for it - drop me a PM.

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I believe the French version is a little different: It includes the flashback to WWII, where Connor meets Rachel, (which isn’t in the US cut) and doesn’t have the shot where detective Bedsoe spills his coffee while staking out Brenda’s apartment.

I don’t have the French version, but that’s what I read on the Highlander Wiki page:

https://highlander.fandom.com/wiki/Highlander

(scroll down to “alternate versions”)

I did rip the '93 laserdisc which has the US Theatrical Cut.

http://www.thestarwarstrilogy.com

http://www.the007dossier.com

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I have “Despecialized” the Bluray, finally bringing the US Theatrical cut into High Definition. Here’s how I did it:

Reconstructing Highlander
https://vimeo.com/354753162

If you’ve never seen the US Cut, this is not the better version of the film. The cuts only make it shorter and more confusing, and the added scenes don’t add anything at all. But, hey, if this is the version you watched on VHS in the 80s until you wore out the tape, perhaps it’s worth watching for the nostalgia alone.

Also, having compared the two, I will say that I prefer the original Special Effects sequence at the end - it’s not as slick looking as the new one, but it does seem to do a much better job of hiding the wires…

http://www.thestarwarstrilogy.com

http://www.the007dossier.com

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Willarob good work I saw your video and well done good effort on it all!

Would you like to Help make an extended / ultimate version?

There are a few possibilities left not much I admit but there are instances of some small pieces of missing footage / music.

It mainly would center on the Kurgen end fight which was drastically shortened but also the missing special effects of the Kurgun quickening when he kills Ramirez (Ramirez death Quickening would be a fan edit type fix but one very important original missing special effect Restored).

The final Quickening also has numerous animation shots Removed. This would fit perfectly as The missing scenes contain the original effects look also.

Basically I would propose I will construct a sound mix for the end fight that has been shortened and point you to any cut material that would be possible to restore.

This is sort of off topic but I would like to help restore what was removed if you would be willing?

There is no changes particularly to the story or anything like that it is just stuff that is alternate and extended…Bit of music also.

This would be based on the directors cut or European Version.