DVDs with alternate versions on them?

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  1. Jon Robertson

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    One of my absolute favourite features of a DVD is to contain alternate versions of the same movies. I'm not talking about things like Criterion's The Killers or Warner's Jekyll & Hyde with two separate screen versions of the same source material (though they are great), but different edits of the same film. I love to compare and contrast and see just how much of a change certain scenes can make to a picture.

    I've made a short list so far, but can anyone help add to it?

    Haxan
    Vanishing Point
    Carnival of Souls
    (Criterion)
    My Darling Clementine
    Brazil
    (Criterion)
    Dressed to Kill
    Crash
    Dark Star
    Halloween
    1999 limited edition
     
  2. Eric Peterson

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    Different Cuts in the same Set
    Strangers on a Train - Hitchcock
    Alien Quadrilogy
    Almost Famous - Bootleg Cut
    The Gold Rush - Chaplin
    Memento
    Phantom of the Opera - Silent Lon Chaney Version

    Different Cuts Available
    Amadeus
    Apocalypse Now
    Monster's Ball
     
  3. Vincent Matis

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    On the same disk:
    The Big Sleep (Bogart/Bacall)
    My Darling Clementine
    Abyss
     
  4. Albert Noel

    Albert Noel Stunt Coordinator

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    also on the same disc:

    T2:UE
    Identity
     
  5. Chet_F

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    Dune has alternate versions is that is what you are talking about. Obviously all of the LOTR films will have alternate cuts. E.T. thank to Spielberg, oh yeah...don;t forget about episodes 4,5,6 of the Star Wars films, that's assuming you can get the old versions(no thanks to.....never mind..the horse is dead). The Abyss has 2 versions in the 2 disc set.
     
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    Ridley Scott's Legend

    Not quite the same, but discs like Die Hard (Five-Star Edition) and X-Men incorporate extra scenes with branching.
     
  7. Kai Zas

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    Cinema Paradiso: The New version holds both old and new versions.
    Dances With Wolves holds the theatrical release and the Director's Cut.
    Beauty and the Beast Platinum Edition has three versions of the movie. Special edition with added musical sequence, original theatrical release and the work-in-progress edition that was shown at the NY film festival.
     
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    Coming up, Sam Peckinpah's The Osterman Weekend 2 discer from Anchor Bay contains the theatrical version and the first preview cut, a la My Darling Clementine.

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    So many films, so little time...
     
  9. Dave H

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    ID4
    T2:EE
     
  10. Russell G

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    Storytelling. Not really a different cut, but you can watch it censored or uncensored (a giant orange box appears in the uncensored version, which is quite funny)

    Lion King Platinum


    Not on same disc:
    Natural Born Killers
     
  11. andrew markworthy

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    There's a lot of movies with alternative endings (usually changed after test screenings). E.g.

    Rules of the Game
    Little Shop of Horrors (musical, original DVD release)
    Legally Blonde
    Vertigo

    Often the alternative versions only differ in length of scenes or 'padding out', but The Big Sleep is definitely worth seeing in both versions. The one with the extra Bogart-Bacall scenes has the better sexual chemistry, but the original, shorter version is a *lot* easier to follow. And in the case of Vertigo, an extra scene lasting maybe a minute was added on the end that utterly transforms the meaning of the movie:

    In the version most people know, the movie ends with James Stewart in the bell tower. However, in an alternative version, then we see him going back to Midge's apartment. The radio is playing, and the news announcement indicates that the man behind the murder has been caught. The look of resignation about the scene indicates that the James Stewart character and Midge will settle down into an amicable if fairly passionless relationship.
     
  12. MatthewLouwrens

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    I am so glad that alternate ending for Vertigo was never used. That would have seriously compromised the film.
    He looses Madeline - twice - and then decides to go back to Midge? I don't buy that. It's a flase happy ending for a film that shouldn't have one.
     
  13. Bill Williams

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    We can also include these films onto the list:

    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan - previous theatrical release and Director's Edition release

    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country - previous extended home video release and newly tweaked CE
     
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    Indiscretion of an American Wife / Terminal Station (Criterion 202)
     
  15. Neil White

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    Classic Monster Collection: Dracula.

    Right off the back cover:

    This DVD edition contains three special versions of Dracula!

    Dracula (The Restored Version)
    Although there have been numerous screen versions of Bram Stoker's classic tale, none is more enduring than the 1931 original. The ominous portrayal of Count Dracula by Bela Lugosi, combined with horror specialist director Tod Browning, help to create the film's eerie mood. Dracula remains a masterpiece not only of the genre, but for all time.

    Dracula (Featuring New Music By Philip Glass)
    The original version of Dracula starring Bela Lugosi has been remastered to feature a specially composed musical score by world-renowned composer Philip Glass and performed by the Kronos Quartet. Glass' music lends greater depth to an already timeless classic!

    Dracula (Original Spanish Version)
    Filmed simultaneously with the English language version, the Spanish version of Dracula is a completely different, yet equally ominous vision of the horror classic. Utilizing the same sets and identical script, cinematographer George Robinson and a vibrant cast including Carlos Villarias and Lupita Tovar deliver this chilling and evocative tale.

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    Edit: Reading your post again I guess this does not qualify as the Spanish version is really a different film.
     
  16. Stephen_J_H

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    The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the 8th Dimension
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    The Truth About Charlie (contains the original film Charade on the flip side)
    Everything else I can think of has been covered already.
     
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    Stargate:Ultimate Edition/Theatrical & Directors Cut
    Beauty And The Beast(Disney)Theatrical/Special/Work In progress
    The Exorcist(Seperate Discs)
    Jason Goes To Hell-Rated & Unrated
    Legend:Ultimate Editon Theatrical & Directors Cuts
     
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    The DVD of The Rocky Horror Picture Show has an easter egg that lets one watch an attempted recreation of the original plan for the film, which was for it to open in black and white and become color at a certain spot (ala The Wizard of Oz). This plan was dropped before filming began, I believe, so I think it was just something that DVD producer David Prior worked out as a "what if" bonus.

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