I was debating this with a friend of mine the other day- What do you think about Special Edition DVDís. Iím talking about real ďSpecial EditionsĒ that have extra footage different from the theatrical release incorporated in them. I guess this would include ďDirectors CutsĒ and ďExtended EditionsĒ as well, but not ones labeled Special Edition that just have some extras added to the disk and not into the movie itself.
I can understand some people not liking them, as they take away from the original feel of the movie, and what they liked about them the first time. But I myself really like them. I look forward to seeing what all is changed and different than the original cut. It also is like getting a new movie that I havenít seen before, instead of just watching the same movie as before. Sometimes I donít agree with some of the additions and/or changes, but normally that doesnít change how I feel about the film. Actually, it very rarely makes a movie worse and mostly make the movie that much better. The LOTR FOTR Extended Edition is a prime example of this. Not only do the additions make FOTR better, but they make The Two Towers better as well. I canít imagine seeing TTT without seeing the gift-giving scene from the extend version of FOTR.
But one thing about DVDís and DVD technology. Why can they not include both versions on the same DVD? Few movies do this (The Stargate SE, Lion King and Beauty of the Beast SEís) and it seems like anyone who is going to release a SE version could as well. Maybe Iím confused about the technology involved, but to me the only reason a company would not release a SE disk with the option of watching it in itís original form is to try and make a few more bucks getting you to buy both versions. But if thatís the case, why release the SE after the original version? And if you do, then why not still include the option to watch the original version?
Just a few thoughts and rants- Whatís your take?