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    TheAngryInternet

    Excellent article and very well researched. I want to mention a few things, though:

    Besides Farewell My Concubine, Miramax also re-edited Chen’s Temptress Moon, cutting it by about 12 minutes in a futile effort to clarify the deliberately hazy storyline. The DVD uses the original cut.

    The original cut of La Reine Margot has never been released on DVD anywhere. The film bombed so badly in France that it was immediately recut for international distribution, then recut again on request/demand from Miramax. The only video release of the original cut was a limited-edition UK VHS from 1996—even the French VHS release used the Miramax cut (which was released in French theaters after the commercial failure of the original edit). In 2007 a “director’s cut” was released on DVD in France, but this was actually a new edit by Chéreau, running about five minutes shorter than the original. To make things even more complicated, an extended version (longer than any other) was also produced for European TV, so there are at least five distinct versions out there (original/international/Miramax/TV/”director’s cut”).

    Also, I don’t wish to defend the Weinsteins, who are pretty much cancers on the industry, but in their semi-defense it should be noted that they had no interest in Through the Olive Trees (which is a million miles from the sort of thing they usually pick up) and only acquired it because the film’s sales agent yoked it to Muriel’s Wedding.

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      Chris McKittrick

      Thanks for your valuable additions, TheAngryInternet! And the compliments!

      I’m hoping others will add any other knowledge that they have about the various cuts in the comments. Thank you for getting it started!

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    Chris

    I think what happened to The Crow City of Angels was just criminal, it should be held up to all as how not to work with directors and writers. The true version of the movie needs to be released someday, so let’s hope it will be.

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      Chris McKittrick

      Thanks for reading!
      Yes, The Crow City of Angels was certainly one of the uglier cases, especially considering the original was a modest hit. While one could argue that many of the Weinstein-imposed changes on films helped the films become bigger hits, this is not one of those examples.

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    sean

    A small correction: In America, the unrated original cut of “Scream” has only been released on laserdisc. It did receive a DVD release in other countries; my understanding is that all blu-ray releases have been the R-rated cut.

    Great article. Thanks for being the only place where I could find an explanation of why there are two different cuts of “The Tall Guy”.

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      Chris McKittrick

      Hi Sean,

      Thanks for the info! I’ll go ahead and make the correction later.

      Glad you find this helpful!

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    sean

    Oh, one more for you too. It’s a small one, but it always stood out as odd to me.

    David O. Russell (known to be a bit of a feuder himself) supposedly threatened to disown the film “Flirting With Disaster” if Harvey released the Miramax preferred cut instead of Russell’s. The entire dispute was over the end credits, whether or not to show extra scenes. The theatrically released version did not include these scenes. The VHS and LD did. The first DVD release did not, but the second one did.

    The thing is, I can’t remember which side was which. I think that Russell felt that it felt like a blooper reel thing and made the movie seem dumber, and that Harvey liked them, but it might’ve been the other way around, that Russell was trying to get in scenes that Harvey had wanted cut. I remember being amused that the two of them fought so hard over something so small that was arguably not even really part of the movie.

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      Chris McKittrick

      Thanks Sean! I’ll see if I can find any more information on this feud. If I can find some sources, I’ll include it.

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