I bought the 139-minute version on VUDU months before this complete travesty of a disc came out. Sunday morning, after I heard about everyone saying their Disney movies were disappearing from VUDU, I checked it, and lo and behold they had pulled their bait-and-switch on me. I did not pay for a shorter version of the film. I called 1 (888) 554-8838 to complain, and they said they'd get into it and send me an email. I'm still waiting for it.
Forget the class action suit, and they're not going to buy me off with coupons, store credit or a refund or any kind of settlement. I can't be bought. They stole my copy of the film. As far as I'm concerned, this has gone way beyond civil law and become a criminal case. Someone should go to jail for this.
Too bad there's no Disney employee willing enough to go rouge and steal the restored version and all other copies of this film and hold them for ransom. It would be very interesting to see how Disney would react and handle to that type of a situation.
Richard Mulligan's character tried that in S.O.B. And then
And they can't have any of my copies.
A Disney employee who tried to pull that would be fired and prosecuted. But I like the idea of this film being under the control of anyone else but Disney, but then what about the rest of the library? No film deserves to be under the control of people who are idiotic at best, barbaric at worst.
We need to speak out against them loudly and constantly.
On another note, I figured out what was wrong with the re-dubbed dialogue and how to (partially) fix it: it's all about two frames ahead of the picture, and that's enough to throw it out of sync. John Morgan's comment confirms what I suspected: Disney knew what needed to be done to make the long version ready for Blu-ray, but for some reason they just passed on it. How much could it possibly have cost?