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. Basically, in Part 1, the final shot of bloody “IT” written on the wall and the end credits are removed. In Part 2, the entire intro and opening scenes have been removed. Additionally, the BluRay had the end credits redone in a different style.
The currently known cut versions:
- German VHS (4:3)
- UK VHS (4:3)
- Worldwide DVD (cropped to 16:9)
- Worldwide BluRay (4:3)
The available uncut versions:
- US VHS (4:3)
- US Laserdisc (4:3) (Amazon link)
- A UK TV airing.
- The picture was taken from the BluRay. It has been remastered in great quality and offers the original 4:3 aspect ratio.
- Footage from the uncut NTSC LaserDisc has been provided by RidgeShark. This footage needed to be upscaled and regraded, as the colors and contrast of the LD were rather murky.
- An entire digital PAL SDTV recording in 544x576i was provided by JayArgonaut. It has better color and contrast but was suffering from an intrusive TV logo and bad compression.
What has been done:
- Upscaled the LD footage shot by shot and regraded them with the ColorMatch tool.
- Recreated the intro credits for Part 2 by merging the BluRay footage with LD footage.
- The end credits for Part 2 were only available in the SDTV source, however, they had voices and a squeeze effect applied to a part of them. Missing credit titles were recreated by using LD footage from Part 1 and re-animated.
- Audio editing to reconstruct the full version and the (shorter) end credits for Part 2. Reencoding in DTS-HDMA 2.0.
- Reconstruction of the Lorimar logo. 😃
- Resync of English subtitles for the new runtime and added dialogs. Subtitles are available both as normal and HoH versions.
- Resync of the existing and addition of new chapter marks (based on the original BluRay ones).
Result is a 22.1 GB MKV file.
As always, no download links here.
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