Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Director's Cut?

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  1. Rob T

    Rob T Screenwriter

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    Several weeks ago, I had the distinct pleasure of seeing Steve Barron (director of the first TMNT movie) again for several days of meetings here in Northampton, meetings having to do with a potential TMNT project about which I can't really say anything right now. During one of our breaks, I was chatting with Steve about that first TMNT movie, and he mentioned that he had a videotape of his first rough assembly of the film, and he offered to send me a copy. True to his word, Steve got a copy of the tape to me last week, and I had a ball watching it. It is VERY rough, there are a few scenes missing (not many, though), there's no music, no finished sound or voices (curiously, in many of the turtle speaking scenes you can hear two voices - the actor in the turtle suit and the puppeteer -- speaking the same lines simultaneously!). What there IS, though, is some neat stuff that never made it into the final released cut of the film, including several fairly long scenes -- one of which is the comic publisher's office scene intended as the ending of the movie, from which I had only seen one still (I was never sure if the whole scene had been shot). There is also a wonderful extended training scene when the turtles are recuperating at the old farm, as well as many other character bits and pieces which got trimmed.
    I asked Steve if he would be willing to work on a director's cut version of the film for a DVD release, and he said "Sure!" Whether or not the film still exists to use for a project like this, I don't know. But it sure would be cool! Maybe it's time to start bugging New Line...

    A Director's cut of the best TMNT movie ever would be great!
    A platinum edition or infinifilm of it would be excellent! [​IMG]
     
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    I love this movie to death, and I would love to see it recieve the treatment it deserves on DVD!
     
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    This used to be a favorite of mine growing up, and an infinifilm edition might be worth picking up for nostalgic purposes. I wonder what I would think of this now.

    For what its worth, I remember that comic publisher scene mentioned being in the comic (or "graphic novel") adaptation of the movie. It was a gag that failed miserably, even when reading it with the sense of humor of a nine-year-old.
     
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  5. Jay Rodriguez

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    A special Edition of TMNT would be most excellent. I thought about picking up the current disc, but I think I'll hold off now.

    Anyone remember the guy who climbed the side of a building dressed as a ninja turtle? It was before the movie opened, to generate hype. Pretty cool.
     
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    This seems like such an obvious candidate for an SE, I don't know why New Line hasn't done something with it. After all, TMNT did pretty much put them on the map.
     
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    Will the directors cut also have the Vanilla Ice preformance from TMNTII?

    GO NINJA GO NINJA GO!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    COWABUNGA DUDE!!!!
    This news is awesome. Hopefully, it gets some great treatment!
     
  10. Dan Brecher

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    T.U.R.T.L.E POWER.....ah great songs of my younger days. [​IMG] I'd welcome an SE of the first movie, I was very fond of it, and still am as it happens, it was a pretty decent transition to screen.
    Dan (UK)
    PS: I'm Changing the thread title slightly so more people know what's being discussed here.
     

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