So this is a very, VERY old thread. But I am obsessed with this project as well. I just finished putting together a DVD that seamlessly combines the 16x9 film with the song in 4x3.
The DVD I created is a direct, lossless copy of the video from the newest DVD, which seamlessly branches to the full 4x3 footage of "When Love Is Gone," and includes both DD 5.1 and the commentary track. I have done quite a bit of video editing so I promise the audio/video transition is 100% fluid. There's no audio overlap or anything unsightly like that. The song footage is uncropped and pillar-boxed, howeve,r because I didn't want to lose any of the picture. So my DVD is as good as it gets without the LD version of that scene.
If anybody knows where I can obtain an HQ file of the song in WS from the LD then I'd be happy to plug that in in place of the 4x3 that's there now.
I found a 720p upload of the film from what I can only assume was some random TV airing of the movie recently. It's highly irritating, however, because it is time-compressed and the pitch is actually a full half-step higher throughout the film. (Final runtime is only 1:22:16 to the theatrical cut in WS which comes in at 1:25:49, and the uncut version which is 1:28:54.) Interestingly, the edit used in this 720p TV version to skip past the song was actually slightly different from the WS version from the DVD, and includes a short take of Belle that was originally used during the song in the uncut version. So it seems absolutely true that a 16x9 transfer of the uncut film already exists.
This is the shot I'm referring to
And I saw a preliminary listing for the blu-ray release that states the film's runtime as......drumroll please.....89 MINUTES! So that definitely seems to suggest we're all in luck when the BD finally comes out...whenever that is supposed to be.
Blu-ray listing HERE