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#466848
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Info: TV edits of John Carpenter's 80s flicks
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It is well documented that Halloween, Halloween II, and The Thing have alternative TV scenes, but not much is discussed about his other films.

For instance, when I was traveling a few years back, I saw Prince of Darkness on TNT (IIRC).  It had extended shots, which included extra book passages on the Brotherhood of Sleep.   These scenes aren’t on the R1 or Momentum R2 DVDs.  I didn’t watch the entire film, but IMDB lists a few other differences.

In addition, Mitch/Old Biff’s defunct site listed The Fog TV version.  I have been unable to find any info on the differences between that and the film version.

I’d be interested to find out if there are an extended or alternative scenes for John Carpenter’s other films.

I hope The Thing and Prince of Darkness TV versions are preserved as well.

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#466836
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Info: Films i would like to see preserved either from laserdisc or vhs
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There are a couple of edits on Ray Harryhausen DVDs that I like to mention.

Golden Voyage of Sinbad: Your link refers to the scene in which Sinbad carries Margiana to shore at Lemuria from the longboat. When he releases her to stand next to him, Caroline Munro's skimpy top shifted slightly and she was, in fact, exposed (though only slightly). I can verify this, as I used to own an original 16mm print of the film, and I and others projected it quite large on the wall to check this out (purely in the interests of research, of course...).  I was surprised to read that it was digitally obscured for the DVD, as it was very discreet and hard to see even in the original scene (they were probably just playing it safe). It's not like she "popped out" blatantly; her costume and hair still managed to pretty much disguise what was going on. In fact, it wasn't until some time later that this came to light, and I had already seen the movie in the theater many times and had never noticed it. It was only then that we in the "forensic" team leaped into action.

This excerpt came from Ernest Farino's post.

In addition on Mysterious Island, the bikini girl in the crab scene is missing from the DVD.  As explained in this lengthy post, Ernest Farino writes, "She shows up, then, when viewing a full frame print, usually on TV or VHS video transfer."  Ernest also provides a screenshot comparison:

I think if the scenes from Golden Voyage of Sinbad and Mysterious Island are intact, it would be worth preserving the LD versions.

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#448132
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Book Of The Dead AKA The Evil Dead - Preservation Edit (Released)
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The colour timing on the Blu-ray transfer is probably truer to life than the laserdisc, or any other previous release, although the laserdisc transfer does have a darker cold blue colour timing to it which does add to the overall feel of the film.

 

I saw the film in the theatre recently and the colors look more like BD than LD.

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#375658
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Info: 'Dungeons & Dragons TAS' : The Requiem Project
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figmentfly said:

Now that the entire run of the Dungeons and Dragons TV show has been released on DVD, and the Requiem script has been included as a PDF and performed by voice artists (including one of the originals), perhaps someone could use the existing footage and cut it against the voice artists and really create a final episode.

I believe the voice for Sheila did that "radio broadcast", but as another character.  IIRC, she also contributed her talent to the original Requiem project owner many years prior to the DVD extra.

So I am wondering does the current project have that audio recording?

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#367269
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EXORCIST II - THE HERETIC- THE DIRECTOR'S RECUT (Released)
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The official DVD finally arrived from my Netflix queue.  I watched it and the Recut the day after.  I guess in some ways the recut works, but the transitions are abrupt.  Overall, the two versions are more like a drama than a horror film.  I don't think it's as bad as people make it out to be, but it's still not very good.  At least Boorman was able to rebound with his following film, Excalibur.

Mitch -- FYI, there's a LD version of the recut out there.  It doesn't seem like you had access to it.

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#345001
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The Evil Dead Treasures Collection (Released)
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I'll hold off my comments for Within the Woods for the time being.

Why do you say this? If you have a better quality version I'd be interested in trading for it?

I was able to locate my WtW disc, which contained 2 versions (QT and MPG) of the short film that I grabbed from deadites.net back in 2002 or so.

The QT is a "cleaned up" version using the MPG as the source. While it is denoised, the audio quality is very low and the video seems too bright.

Looking at the MPG version, I thought it might be better at first as the sound is brighter and the colors more crisp. However around the title screen mark, it was apparent that it's more generated and a bit high in the color saturation. Also the audio has more hiss. Thus, See No Evil's version is better overall.

Haven't read all the magazines from the DVD-ROM contents, but I'm glad Video Watchdog 46 was preserved as I bought that issue at the newsstand.   Don't have any of the other magazines, so it's a lot of information to wade thru.

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#344470
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The Evil Dead Treasures Collection (Released)
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Here are some screenshots of the Ultimate Edition of ED:

http://originaltrilogy.com/forum/topic.cfm/Army-of-Darkness-The-Primitive-Screwhead-Edition/post/313935/#post313935

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I finished watching all the DVD features last night.  I still have to go thru all the of the DVD-ROM contents, but I think See No Evil has captured more things from the internet than myself (and I'm no slouch).

The Herald Videogram LD transfer looks great.  I am glad that you've released this as my Japanese contact never got back to me on getting a transfer to me.

The Book of the Dead differences and trailer are also nice.

I'll hold off my comments for Within the Woods for the time being.

Took a little while to locate the DVD cover as it's mixed in with the rest of the DVD-ROM contents.

Overall, even not including the DVD-ROM contents, I think it's a great release and the DVD menu is very professional looking.

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So what is the official titles of these ED supplement discs as it's time for me to starting labeling them?  I see both ' The Evil Dead Treasures Collection' and 'The Evil Dead II DVD Companion' being used.  Thanks.

 

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#343183
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EXORCIST II - THE HERETIC- THE DIRECTOR'S RECUT (Released)
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Heh, this is interesting to me.  I probably watched this VHS when I was a kid, so I don't remember much from it besides some locust scenes.  Heard that the film just falls apart despite whatever version.  I'll have to rent the 118 minutes DVD and see what I have been missing.

On a related note, I was reading that the original Exorcist III unreleased director's cut might have been lost forever.  :(

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#342710
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(New HD Version in the works) Sharkey's "Lord of the Rings" Purist Editions (Released)
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I finished the 3rd movie last weekend.  I think the film is much more improved and will be watching this set over my originals.  Very nice!

I didn't mention it earlier, but for some reason many of the Rohan extras in The Two Towers bugged me.  I think it's bz their acting is poor.   My reaction was similar to when Arnold Schwarznegger grieved for his dead girl in beginning of the End of Days -- I had no emotion emotion attachment to his lost daughter from his acting and lack of the girl's character development.

Are you planning on filtering the Book Cuts for TT and ROTK like what Lord Phillock did to better match how FOTR looked?