In this thread I aim to create a list of as many films that have been altered for re-release, specifically for home video. The major area I want to focus on is digital alterations, as this is a troubling trend that I find very interesting. If possible, I will also post links to comparison pictures. I will be focusing specifically on video changes, but may also update with audio changes. For the sake of completeness, I am also including the Star Wars saga.
Please let me know if you find more and I will add them to this list. I’m sorry if I ruin any of these films for some people 😃
Adventures in Babysitting
"Some lines from the TV edit have made their way into this streaming version; namely, the word “homo” is replaced by “weirdo”, and “fuck” is replaced by “fool”. -The Decimator
The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin
“This is a somewhat obscure Western film starring Roddy McDowall. I’ve never seen it, but apparently, some racial slurs have been erased.” -The Decimator
"Not a visual alteration: Disney substituted the opening song lyrics on all home video versions and theatrical re-releases of Aladdin after complaints during the original theatrical run.
"multiple versions with alterations on home video.
“-As the sun rises over LV-426, three helmet lights (representing the astronauts) have now been added, as they make their way round a large rock formation (for the 2010 Blu-ray).
-The CGI mist that drifts past the derelict entrance as the three astronauts enter, is now missing from the 2010 Blu-ray.
Alternate take used for the insert shot of the Alien, just before Brett is attacked (for the 2010 Blu-ray).” -Slavicuss
“The 4K release of Alien doesn’t have the fake headlights on LV-426 that the 2010 blu-ray had. There have always been very faint headlights in the frame, but for some reason they added very lazy (bright yellowish) digital fakes in the blu-ray release, because they thought it was important you knew the crew members’ exact position or something, even though it was an establishing shot immediately before they’re more clearly visible in the frame…”
Changes from Special Edition DVD to Blu Ray: http://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=294598
All the Right Moves
-“Bluray re-framed shot to cut some of the nudity out” -gracie1979
-Added CGI sunset
Avengers Assemble (Just Avengers in US)
-European censorship: http://www.homecinemachoice.com/news/article/marvel's-avengers-assemble-blu-ray-censorship-row-disney-uk-speaks-out/13225
-Various DVD changes: http://babylon5.wikia.com/wiki/Babylon_5_DVD_Releases
Back to the Future
-Although not digital, “To Be Continued” title card added to early home video releases.
Back to the Future Part II
Back to the Future II: not necessarily a digital alteration but definitely a visual one.
The original: featuring “Coming Summer 1990”, as seen at the end of the theatrical and home video versions, including the Blu-ray:
Removed from the version shown in recent years by ITV (UK) and the “BTTF Part III” logo also appears to have been altered from the original.
Changes from Director’s Cut to Final Cut: http://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=4589
The Bride of Frankenstein
“The BD for Bride of Frankenstein makes a ‘fix’ to a shot of the Monster approaching the hermit’s cabin. Previously it started in a wide shot which cut to a somewhat closer shot midway. On the BD, Universal attempted to make it look like one continuous shot by enlarging the farther shot to match the closer shot. IMO this looks worse then before. The transition between both shots is still pretty noticeable especially since a tree branch that was waving in the foreground in the farther shot now magically disappears! For a better examination check out post 27 in the link below. http://monsterkidclassichorrorforum.yuku.com/topic/46058/BRIDE-OF-FRANKENSTEIN-on-BluRay-1935?page=2#.V0orECMrLPA” -crissrudd4554
Close Encounter of the Third Kind
2017 Blu Ray paints out various matte lines: http://res.cloudinary.com/hd-numerique/image/upload/c_scale,w_1920/v1460728779/dossiers/photos/657-07.jpg
Be warned, the linked podcast is about the novel Lolita, and references that sort of content. See episode 7 part 2 for more information on this film.
Originally, the female lead was named Darian Forrester. However, due to that name being the name of a real person the character was based on, later releases have had the name altered to Adrian.
“For some non-American releases, references to Taco Bell were changed to Pizza Hut. This includes dubbing, plus changing the logos during post-production. Taco Bell remains in the closing credits. In both the Dutch and Swedish releases the subtitles still use Taco Bell while the sound and picture have been altered as above. Also, when using Closed Captioning on cable television, references to Taco Bell are changed to Pizza Hut.”
UK Blu-ray uses the the original US Taco Bell dialogue, whereas the Scandinavian release uses the Pizza Hut lines and contains the digital alterations seen in the comparison clip above. However in recent years, Sky Movies has apparently begun screening the Euro version.
Changed statue due to litigation: http://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=4057
Do the Right Thing
"The colour timing on Do The Right Thing was altered by the cinematographer for the 2009 anniversary edition.
"can you add that the 1979 version of Dracula in 1991 was given a very desaturated look that was only available in this form until 2019?
Shout! Factory’s version restores the original theatrical color timing" -SpacemanDoug
Changes from theatrical to 20th Anniversary: http://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=5229907
The Evil Dead
Changes to Blu Ray: http://www.bookofthedead.ws/website/the_evil_dead_dvd.html
Jump cut fix: http://monsterkidclassichorrorforum.yuku.com/topic/46057/Re-FRANKENSTEIN-on-BluRay-1931?page=-1#.V1Lj3zUrJdg
“Another film I’ve never seen. The phrase “fucked up” is replaced by “messed up”. “Goddamn” is also taken out of a TV documentary in a later scene.” -The Decimator
The French Connection
Earlier Blu Ray feature heavily altered color palate and excessive added grain: http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/The-French-Connection-Blu-ray/2533/
Crew member digitally removed: http://www.moviefone.com/2013/08/07/the-fugitive-25-things-you-didnt-know/
Ghost in the Shell
Changes from theatrical to 2.0 (NSFW): http://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=825158
The Godfather Part II
"An insider at Paramount claims that from 1997 onwards, the colours on The Godfather and Part II have never been correct and very likely, never will be. A depressing read that also includes details of how the original negative was mishandled during the 80s for home video transfers.
The Godfather Part III
The Godfather Part III in theaters originally ran at 162 minutes, but for all home video releases a 170 minute “final director’s cut” (it says this only on the VHS cover even though DVD and blu-ray versions are the same) was created while the 162 minute version never made available on home video at least in the US (idk about international home video releases)
on this link right before it goes into the video and audio quality reviews it says: “As in all home video releases to date, though not specified and oddly never rerated by the MPAA, Part III is presented exclusively in a director’s cut running nine minutes longer than the theatrical edit.”
and here’s another link I found regarding another third version being made and the director’s cut being mentioned
here’s a picture of the original VHS cover
here’s one final link mentioning the director’s cut of 3
to quote: “After working through The Godfather and Part II, the team turned to the much more recent Part III (1990), which required no restoration at all; they did a digital intermediate (DI) to create the director’s cut, a version that previously existed only on home video.”
4K remaster features substantial brightness changes: https://comicbook-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/comicbook.com/anime/amp/news/godzilla-fixes-complaint-4k-remaster-first-look/?amp_gsa=1&_js_v=a6&usqp=mq331AQFKAGwASA%3D#amp_tf=From %251%24s&aoh=16146125793878&csi=0&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&share=https%3A%2F%2Fcomicbook.com%2Fanime%2Fnews%2Fgodzilla-fixes-complaint-4k-remaster-first-look%2F
"It’s been confirmed here that the 40th Anniversary release of Grease replaces the previously blurred Coke posters with Pepsi posters.
“…had the wires removed that were visible during the final Duel where Connor wins “The Prize” In the Directors cut fairly recently” -Ronster
Highlander 2 :The Quickening
“…totally Re-cut as The Renegade Version” -Ronster
“The VFX were updated from 2 to endgame” -Ronster
Highlander 3 The Sorcerer
“…totally Re-cut as The Final Dimension” -Ronster
“The VFX were updated from 2 to endgame” -Ronster
“…Totally Re-cut and Revamped for Home Video but the name did not change” -Ronster
“The VFX were updated from 2 to endgame” -Ronster
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Changes from theatrical to Extended Edition: http://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=841103
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Changes from theatrical to Extended Edition: http://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=433504
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Changes from theatrical to Extended Edition: http://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=781094
Probably not a very well known film but Horror Island (1941) reframes a scene to crop out a stage hand carrying a light on the Universal Horror Vol 3 Blu-ray set. The version on the 2009 Universal Horror Archive DVD has the original framed scene.
Replaced newspaper image: http://collider.com/iron-man-censored/
"…the first example shows a wire balancing the buoy on the '05 DVD (look closely to the right of the buoy).
Second might be a bit tough to spot but to the far left is a sailboat on the horizon on the '05 DVD.
http://images.yuku.com.s3.amazonaws.com/image/png/7214fe6f6416491f8667b847a588498e.png " -crissrudd4554
“re-cut for home video.
Johnny Be Good
“DVD & Blu cuts scenes of nudity throughout the film” -gracie1979
Various changes made to the 3D release:
To Kill a Mockingbird
A recent digital restoration removed optical push-in grain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TEgrdAlofk (note: I haven’t watched this video in about a month, but I believe this is where I heard this)
Changes from original to 2003 re-release: http://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=1883
Lilo and Stitch
Disney+ version “…[uses] the UK edit of the scene where Lilo hides in a pizza box instead of the dryer” -SpacemanDoug
The Lion King
2002 releases and beyond feature a number of redrawn shots and alternative title cards: https://screenrant.com/lion-king-original-movie-disney-changes-2002/?utm_content=buffer4135f&utm_medium=Social-Distribution&utm_source=SR-FB-P&utm_campaign=SR-FB-P
The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
-Erased car in field: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120737/goofs?item=gf1407118
Changes from theatrical to Extended Edition:
-Part 1: http://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=765
-Part 2: http://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=768
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Changes from theatrical to Extended Edition:
-Part 1: http://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=1348
-Part 2: http://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=1349
The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
Changes from theatrical to Extended Edition:
-Part 1: http://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=1902
-Part 2: http://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=1904
Added significant green to Matrix sequences (initially added for original home video releases (evidenced by 35mm print), increased for initial Blu Ray release, toned down for UHD/Blu Ray remastered release): http://www.dvdactive.com/editorial/articles/the-matrix-visual-comparison.html
"In the theatrical version, the Swedish dialogue spoken by Peter Stormare to his assistant was subtitled in English. This translation was removed from the home video (and from what I’ve seen), the TV broadcasts.
…Spielberg also altered the colour grading of the Blu-ray from that seen on the DVD." -JayArgonaut
Various Muppets releases
The Decimator said:
The Muppets came to Disney+ recently, and, wouldn’t you know it, they’ve been edited to hell and back! Not only is The Muppet Show edited to remove “copyright infringing” material, but there are two episodes missing entirely. Namely, the Brooke Shields one, and the one hosted by Chris Langham (for those of you that don’t live in Britain, he was a comedian who got arrested for looking up child porn on his computer).
As for their theatrical releases, they made it through mostly intact. The only exception is The Muppet Christmas Carol, probably one of the best adaptations of the story. What’s so offensive about this timeless classic? Well, they removed the character of Bobby Benson’s trademark cigarette in a scene that only lasts for about two seconds. Keep in mind that this scene appears intact on Blu-Ray releases. Also note that this character’s appearances in the TV show have not been edited at all, so why they erased it in this one scene baffles me.
"Western releases had been altered.
The Phantasm films also received alterations:
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!
The following is a list of what has been changed in the 4K restoration of Phantasm:
-New sphere (pracitical effect, not CGI)
-Yellow paint bucket removed in the scene where Mike, Jody, and Reggie enter the spacegate room (though it can still be seen to the naked eye)
-Fishing line digitally remove when sphere impales the Tall Man’s assistant (it should be noted that the black dot on the sphere in the next shot is still present despite the released preview image)
-And this I noticed today; the scene where Michael puts his hand in a box at the fortune teller’s house and struggles to get it out while her granddaughter tells him “Don’t fear.” zooms in slowly shot after shot until he gets his hand free.
-On releases 2005 and onward, the “Phantasm: Lord of The Dead” opening title is now “Phantasm III”
-On the Well Go USA/Arrow releases, a digital correction was made to the frozen Tall Man’s eye:
-On releases 2008 onward, a shot of Mike with sphere eyes has been replaced with a shot of black at the beginning. To show you what I mean, here’s a clip of the unaltered scene sourced from the Anchor Bay UK DVD (go to 2:25):
The MGM US and Anchor Bay UK DVDs are unaltered.
Another addition: Philadelphia and I remember the situation because it was quite well publicised at the time. The storyline is partially based on the life of Geoffrey Bowers but TriStar had failed to honour an agreement to credit him and compensate his family. Years of litigation followed and the case was settled.
https://books.google.ca/books?id=9gC2ZSh5qJQC&pg=PA235&lpg=PA235&dq=geoffrey+bowers+philadelphia&source=bl&ots=1sz1TmPCFU&sig=ynIIMb1Q58gK9pCyB9whSL4FHHE&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjdwbDt-tfWAhXBHxoKHRsNAHA4FBDoAQgnMAE#v=onepage&q=geoffrey bowers philadelphia&f=false
The end credits were then altered to include the following acknowledgement:
“This motion picture was inspired in part by Geoffrey Bowers’ AIDS discrimination lawsuit, the courage and love of the Angius family and the struggles of the many others who, along with their loved ones, have experienced discrimination because of AIDS.”
Plan 9 From Outer Space
Various easter eggs added to color version: http://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=4607105
Pokémon: The First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back/Mewtwo’s Counterattack
Changes from theatrical to remastered DVD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iasp3hC4YLU
Raiders of the Lost Ark
-Removed guiding rod for boulder
-Erased reflection on Plexiglas between Harrison Ford and the cobra
-Bar scene has been recolored a heavy orange-red color (originally much darker, as seen in LPP scan)
-Reframed shots in submarine bay scene
-Different masters have either recomposited certain effects or painted out matte lines, such as for the seaplane (as seen in the DVD and HDTV masters)
-2008 master uses a CG shot of a truck falling off a cliff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIH46G9_3SU (Hard to see in this video, so if anyone has a better source, let me know)
Removed naked woman: http://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=2328724
Revenge of the Nerds
“DVD & Blu omits scene of nerds walking to rental house.” -gracie1979
The Santa Clause
“…edits out the 1-800 Spank Me scene, this originated on the DVD release but other certain streaming versions oddly enough restored the scene” -SpacemanDoug
The Shawshank Redemption
Changed bullet wound: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0111161/alternateversions?ref_=tttrv_ql_5
Sonic the Hedgehog
Swift S. Lawliet said:
There’s no credit for Coleen O’Shaughnessey as the voice of Tails in the mid-credits scene in the theatrical release but she is credited on the Blu-ray release.
“The most infamous of all the edits. All instances of nudity have been blurred out, cropped, or covered by CGI hair.” -The Decimator
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Changes from theatrical to Director’s Edition: http://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=2400
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
2009 Blu Ray fixes messy-looking stairs: http://trekcore.com/blog/2016/06/review-star-trek-the-wrath-of-khan-directors-cut-bluray/
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
"The aspect ratio of Star Trek VI was altered to 1.85:1 on the 2004 SE DVD and the director also included the following visual alterations:
There is a new wide shot of Scotty reading the blueprints of the Enterprise in the dining hall.
Valeris’s interrogation scene has been entirely reedited. There are now close up shots of Kirk and McCoy when they speak their lines instead of being in wide shots. When Spock and Valeris name a particular conspirator, the face of that person briefly appears in a flashback like style.
doubleofive’s comparison: http://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/102542760950977079734/albums/5514974191245813441
The Empire Strikes Back
doubleofive’s comparison: http://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/102542760950977079734/albums/5525747538664147553
Return of the Jedi
doubleofive’s comparison: http://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/102542760950977079734/albums/5528361230751063825
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Changes to the Star Wars prequels: http://www.dvdactive.com/editorial/articles/star-wars-the-changes-part-four.html
“When Summer Lovers (Daryl Hannah, Peter Gallagher and Valerie Quennessen) went to DVD Valerie Quennessen’s scene of her laying naked in the sun on her villa wall was cut and replaced with a view out to sea. The VHS version was uncut.” -suntech
-Heavy teal-orange color grading on Blu Ray: http://forum.dvdtalk.com/hd-talk/606990-terminator-remastered-2-19-2013-a-3.html
"After Ellison threatened legal action, subsequent prints of The Terminator have since carried, “Acknowledgement to the works of Harlan Ellison” during the end credits.
Changes to various cuts: http://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=746
Continuity error fixed in 2017 master: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpXkN-uVYY0
Other tweaks to new master listed here: https://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=642906
Changes from theatrical (71/78) to Director’s Cut: http://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=541751
Various changes to most recent version: http://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=935850
Toy Story 2
A faux-blooper reel gag in which Stinky Petet promises two Barbie dolls a roll in the third film has been removed from all future releases (it is still present on most available DVD and Blu-ray copies in the wild, as well as VHS).
Original cut has Wayne playing the first few notes of Stairway to Heaven in the music store. Changed for home video: https://www.gq.com/story/no-stairway-denied-waynes-world
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Added censorship: http://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=545028
-Various changes for remastered Blu Ray release, specifically aspect ratio