Posted May 04 2010 - 02:12 AM
I don't know if I would say the DVD was a hacked-up job,
though I'll readily admit I was very unhappy with what was
excluded. In all, it was a very well mastered DVD that looked
and sounded incredible. The restoration of the "fire drill" and
missing musical number, "Cool Considerate Men" was immaculate.
I mean, for what that DVD was, Sony did an outstanding
job with it under the restraints of the involved director.
However, like many, I was rather upset that some of
the 40 minutes of extra footage that were on the laserdisc
release were excluded from the DVD Special Edition.
I know three scenes in particular omitted was an extension
of the song, "Sit Down, John" (dialogue outside Independence
Hall); Thomas Jefferson gazing at a young child in the courtyard
(which some found objectionable) and a refrain of the song,
"The Lees of Old Virginia" (which I personally miss).
I think it's going to be impossible for those scenes to
ever make it back in as that DVD release was supervised
by the director, Peter Hunt. Apparently, Mr. Hunt did not
want those scenes back in the film.
Should Sony remaster this title and release it on Blu-ray
with those extra scenes included? Absolutely. Will they?
I highly doubt it.
I mean, personally, I would like to politely lobby Peter
Hunt to revisit the title on Blu-ray and do something really
special by putting all the footage back in the film. However,
if the director feels this his definitive vision then there
is nothing that can be said to convince him otherwise.
I will jump start the process, if I can. I will get in touch
with our Sony rep who reads this forum and make certain
that this thread gets noticed.
If there is anything you wish to say to Sony to persuade
them to put out a new Special Edition with ALL the material
restored -- please do so now in a respectful manner. A good,
polite argument towards making the effort may go a long way.
Ronald J Epstein
Home Theater Forum co-owner
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