Even though the changes to the sound are subtle compared to remixes for other films, I have noticed that Taxi Driver has had its audio changed (primarily gun sound effects) and the original mono track has not seen the light of day since the laserdisc.
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Unlikely. As you probably know, the first rough cut of Star Wars (A New Hope, alternatively) was an absolute nightmare. Basically, everything that was left on the cutting room floor was left for a reason. As for Empire and Return? Less unlikely but still highly doubtful. It depends on if George feels he has completed his vision or not. The way I see it though, the current versions on Disney+ and UHD Blu-ray are probably going to be the final cut.
Right now, for Star Wars I watch Despecialised v2.5, Despecialised v2.0 for Empire, and Despecialised v2.5 for Jedi. Alternatively, I also have the GOUT DVDs. I’d like to be able to get TN1’s 4K77 and 4K83 (and 4K80 when released) at some point, too.
I certainly have a lot of nostalgia for that film, considering that it was the first Star Wars film I ever saw as far as I recall. However, I’d still say it’s a vast downgrade from Star Wars and Empire. Besides Luke and Vader’s conflict (which is brilliantly concluded), the plot is definitely less intriguing, and that’s partly due to the film’s jarring second act which feels very pointless. I think trying to avoid the maturity that Empire brought was a mistake in the long run – it would have made the trilogy resonate with me a lot more in terms of its impact if it did. I’d say even the acting and the dialogue can be a bit rough at times. Don’t get me wrong, I really like Return of the Jedi, despite these glaring issues. The best way to describe Jedi is that it’s a very flawed, but ultimately powerful conclusion to the trilogy.
Thank you all for the information. The additions to the Director’s Cut honestly looked like cut-scenes ripped from Abe’s Oddysee. I mean, it’s Lucas’ vision and I can understand his motivation, but for him to then claim that the previous versions of the film “don’t exist anymore” simply because it doesn’t match up with his vision is just an ignorant statement to make. Preserve film.
Interesting. Didn’t know there were that many different versions. Thanks for the info!
Hello, this is my first post on these forums.
I was wondering if there had been any HD restorations of the original cut of THX-1138. A few days ago, I watched the film for the first time, only it was the director’s cut (which seems to be the only version available these days). I noticed a lot of poorly inserted computer graphics, and was interested in finding that original, unaltered film. As far as I’m aware, the original cut hasn’t seen an official release since the days of LaserDisc.
I’d like to know if there has been any attempts to bring the theatrical version up to a higher standard, whether that be through upscaling or any other method. The best I have found was an .mp4 file on archive.org, but the quality seems to be no better than that of a LaserDisc copy (maybe even worse). Does anyone have any news or any information about any preservation of the original cut, and if so could you let me know?