A trend started in the movies several years ago. DVDs started appearing proclaiming themselves to be “longer and uncut!” or “what they wouldn’t show you in the cinema!” Now, there is some truth is some of those claims, but certainly not in all of them.
Some of the stuff was cut simply because it wasn’t good enough and put back in because it increases DVD sales. Some seems to have been cut in order to reduce the cinema certificate rating and restored for the DVD release meaning some films can only be seen as they were meant to be seen on DVD.
Personally, I find this to be a largely irritating exercise and partly blame Ridley Scott and his 27 versions of Blade Runner. As far as I am concerned, once a film is released then that is it. That is the version.
There are only probably two exceptions to this rule:
- Cleaning/enhancement of the original picture to make it was it was.
- To restore a film to the original cut before damage/interference from a third party (ie Metropolis and most Orson Welles films).
Aside from that there isn’t much else. There is no need for adding new scenes or for cutting things. Sure, there might be some times a slight alteration or two can make a film better, but most of the time people end up “doing a George Lucas.” And we all know what that means.
So, in short leave the movies alone. Nothing ever gets better by constantly potching with this or that bit. That path leads to madness and chaos. If you’ve done it right well done, if not then tough. It is time to move one.
Final cut should mean final cut.