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The Day After (1983) rough cut preservation?

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The Day After was a made-for-tv movie about the effects of nuclear warfare that aired on ABC in 1983. Due to the obviously disturbing content, many cuts had to be made by the network censors, even things that had no graphic content whatsoever. The director, Nicholas Meyer (of Star Trek II fame), was unhappy with ABC’s interference. Another alteration occurred after the initial airing when people complained about the voice of the president sounding too much like Ronald Reagan. All current releases (including the DVDs) overdub the president with a generic actor.

Which brings me to the topic of this thread. I was snooping around for info about deleted scenes from the movie, when I found a “rough cut” on the Internet Archive: Link removed. Per forum rules, please don’t link directly to file downloads. – Jay

This cut is very interesting, for several reasons. I only watched the attack sequence, and already I found many differences. There are a lot of “SCENE MISSING” intertitles, and some of the special effects shots are incomplete. That being said, there are also scenes that do not appear in the final, such as a woman running while on fire.

Could this be of any interest to us? A restoration job might be difficult because the quality is terrible.

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I remember watching this as a kid and it scared the crap out of me

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Likewise, when it was aired in the UK.

Threads, the BBC’s equivalent film that was made during the same period, is even more terrifying.

The original broadcast version, if it can be found would also deserve a preservation because it featured an actor mimicking Reagan’s voice during the final scenes - and complaints led to this dialogue being dubbed over for all subsequent versions.

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  • Howard Berk
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AFAIK, someone stated in another forum, that an older German PAL DVD may feature the original “Reagan” Dub in the broadcasts on the English audio track.

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Yeah, that was me. Also, the Kino Lorber Blu-ray has the original TV version as well as the “Theatrical” version. I’ve personally decided to try and tackle the task of restoring the rough cut myself. I don’t know if I’ll finish it, but Lord knows I’ll try!

Ol’ George has the GOUT, I see.