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#1 of 75 OFFLINE   Simon Massey

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Posted August 02 2006 - 06:55 AM

Interesting - this was released in the UK some time ago and is now on DVD. Have they changed the ending for the US release ?

The original ending was this
you thing the heroine has got out but then it suddenly cuts back to her still in the cave as the camera pulls back.


#2 of 75 OFFLINE   Andy Sheets

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Posted August 02 2006 - 07:10 AM

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Interesting - this was released in the UK some time ago and is now on DVD. Have they changed the ending for the US release ?

Yeah, the delay is weird because unlike most of the crap Lion's Gate releases, the reviews from the UK on this movie have been consistently very high Posted Image You'd think they'd have wanted to get it out there sooner instead of sitting on it for a year.

They've also reportedly made some trims to the gore in the film, which makes the tv ads gloating about the film's "over the edge" bloodiness kind of ironic Posted Image

I'm really looking forward to seeing it, though. From the way people I know have reacted to the glimpses of the cave, they wouldn't even have needed to have the monsters in there. Claustrophobia would have been enough.

#3 of 75 OFFLINE   Quentin

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Posted August 02 2006 - 08:47 AM

Yes, Simon. They basically just cut that last 2 minutes out.

I just ordered the UK DVD with DTS. Awesome!

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Posted August 03 2006 - 01:08 AM

A friend of mine has the nonR1 DVD. We were gonna watch it next week.

Heres 2 reviews........

http://movie-reviews.../d/descent.html

http://www.joblo.com...iews.php?id=983

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Posted August 03 2006 - 01:29 AM

Seeing this Friday because my crazy woman is forcing me to accompany her so she can feed her irrational obsession with mutant/ninja/redneck/imbred/immortal attack movies

#6 of 75 OFFLINE   derek

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Posted August 03 2006 - 02:45 AM

My guess on the delay was in deference to last years release 'The Cave' (Sony) which was very similarly themed and resulted in a box office bomb. Though I enjoyed it on DVD.

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Posted August 03 2006 - 02:48 AM

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Originally Posted by Andy Sheets
Yeah, the delay is weird because unlike most of the crap Lion's Gate releases, the reviews from the UK on this movie have been consistently very high Posted Image You'd think they'd have wanted to get it out there sooner instead of sitting on it for a year.

I just read an interview with director Neil Marshall on ComingSoon.net where he said Lion's Gate wanted to put some space between "The Descent" and the bigger-budget, bigger disaster, "The Cave." Hence the release delay.

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Posted August 06 2006 - 08:48 AM

I was kind of confused by the theatrical ending, but the UK ending that I saw on YouTube helped clear that out. Why do studios think things need to be different from the original version?
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#9 of 75 OFFLINE   Justin_S

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Posted August 06 2006 - 09:35 AM

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I loved Dog Soldiers, but this was a little disappointing.

Dog Soldiers is indeed a much better film.

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Posted August 06 2006 - 10:06 AM

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I was kind of confused by the theatrical ending, but the UK ending that I saw on YouTube helped clear that out. Why do studios think things need to be different from the original version?

Probably because Liongate test-marketed it and found that people wanted a more uplifting ending to Sarah's story given her past tragedies (spotlighted at the start of the film), so they cut it at the last scene for the US ending instead of letting it run with the UK's ending which is a smidge longer and ends on a more pessimistic note.
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Posted August 06 2006 - 10:25 AM

Always interesting to hear varied opinions. I really disliked Dog Soldiers.

#12 of 75 OFFLINE   Mikel_Cooperman

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Posted August 06 2006 - 04:57 PM

I read they changed the ending because audiences didn't dig the ending in the UK and it hurt the Box Office.

#13 of 75 OFFLINE   Dennis Castro

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Posted August 07 2006 - 04:10 AM

I had no Knowledge going in that there was an alternate ending. I could definitely tell that there was something not right with the one in the film.

The alternate ending is much better.
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#14 of 75 OFFLINE   Tino

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Posted August 07 2006 - 07:18 AM

First off I loved the film. Solid thru and thru.

Regarding the ending, I'm a bit confused.
I just came back from seeing it and the very last-last-shot was Sarah still in the cave.

It was clear to me that she didn't escape and just imagined it.


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Posted August 07 2006 - 07:29 AM

Just watched the original ending and indeed it was more downbeat, but still..the theatrical ending was by no means a "happy" one.
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#16 of 75 OFFLINE   Simon Massey

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Posted August 07 2006 - 04:47 PM

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Regarding the ending, I'm a bit confused. I just came back from seeing it and the very last-last-shot was Sarah still in the cave.

That is also the last shot in the UK theatrical version as well and the DVD. It looks like she has got out and then it cuts back to her in the cave and you realise she is not out at all.


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Posted August 08 2006 - 09:20 AM

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That is also the last shot in the UK theatrical version as well and the DVD.
It looks like she has got out and then it cuts back to her in the cave and you realise she is not out at all.

You guys really need to use spoiler tags, particularly for a movie like this.

And the U.S. and U.K. endings are drastically different. For anyone who only saw the U.S. ending,
the U.K. ending is viewable here to see what we missed. (I think this original ending was much, much better)

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#18 of 75 OFFLINE   Simon Massey

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Posted August 08 2006 - 10:25 AM

I thought spoiler tags were for before the film was released - its out now so we should be free to discuss it. If you look at my previous post I did use spoilers before it was released but its out now.

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Posted August 08 2006 - 01:32 PM

I thought this was a solid film. I don't hate the new ending, but the old one is superior.
The new ending still works for me because it indicates that Sarah will be haunted by her guilt, as well as what happened to her husband and kid.

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#20 of 75 OFFLINE   BrettV

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Posted August 08 2006 - 03:02 PM

Brett .. wish you would have used a spoiler alert.


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