1. Both of those Youtubes were edited and put up by me, so you're welcome lol.
2. Peter Hunt feels that the cut on the DVD cut is the best and definitive cut, that has not changed. When the first restoration was undertaken in 2001/2, the goal was to reconstruct the film on film and for theatrical viewing the way it should have gone out in 1972. It was recut to match the locked cut that Mr. Hunt left with the studio when he went off to his Honeymoon. The theatrical version is a result of Jack Warner's further edits. The change with the Blu-Ray is that in addition to the Director's cut, there will be a version with much material added that is intended FOR HOME VIEWING. Mr. Hunt feels that the picture shouldn't be any longer when you can't stop it, but is all for a "kitchen sink" version for the home.
3. I have spent extensive time with the original shooting script with all the continuity shots, so I know every camera setup that was made. The Jefferson and children scene is not even in the script proper (and was no part of the Broadway show), it is in a small flap of paper inserted into the script because it was basically something that was tried out as an experiment that everyone agreed didn't work. That moment interrupts the flow of the scene that it is a part of and there is no good way to cut it in, I have tried.
4. The other things that will not be re-inserted are the intermission and accompanying overture and entr'acte. These were never intended (the play on Broadway was without intermission) and were created out of the orchestral tracks for the songs by the producer of the Laserdisc who felt the film should have an intermission. It should not. Everything else footage wise will go back in. There are some music cues that will remain out, and we have found a way to replace one removed cue with more proper music so that new selection will go in (under Adams looking for Franklin)
5. The Director's cut, many fans seem to forget, has new material that is NOT on the laserdisc. In addition to all the added scenes being in matching quality for the first time, you have the Lyman Hall aside in color, and another scene with McNair after Cool Men that was never seen before.
6. The new Blu-Ray version is planned to include several more sections of dialogue and other moments that have never been seen outside the cutting room of the film. These are things that I have found in the cutting script and the plan is to order the film from the vault and check it out for inclusion in the longer cut. So while you won't get Jefferson and the kids back in, there will be more new stuff that will more than balance it. The Jefferson and kids may show up as deleted scenes outside any cut, I am not sure how that is going to be dealt with as we didn't get that far when we worked on it in 2011.
7. There are also plans to record a new commentary with Mr. Hunt and some of the cast depending on availability and the old commentary will be included as well. There are also other materials that might be created but I'm not going to get too deep into that. Suffice to say, the Blu would be a definitive resource for the film and it's history and incarnations, and would satisfy all but the most stubborn and obstinate fans, but that's ok because those folks are obnoxious and disliked
8. And the audio - Mr. Hunt spent over a month in the stages remixing the sound to 5.1 from the original stems. Having heard this mix in the theater the other day, it is a TREMENDOUS improvement over the laserdisc. I wonder if the issue isn't that again, the mix was made for theaters and not home theaters, but the sound will be based on what you hear on the DVD in any new version, as it is supervised and approved by the Director unlike the laserdisc mix which was not.
Edited by Moe Dickstein, July 07 2013 - 11:11 AM.