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WHERE IS THE UNEDITED VERSION OF "THE PRODUCERS" ?,
This review is from: The Producers (Deluxe Edition) (DVD)
CAUTION: MAJOR SPOILERS CONTAINED HEREIN...I have been a big fan of the original theatrical cut (circa 1968) for nearly 40 years. My biggest disappointment is that there is no video format that has ever kept that original vision intact. This classic comedy had been hacked up on network TV long before commercial video formats ever existed. By the time it was released to laserdisc, two terrific scenes were edited down or out (probably for reasons of pacing and flow). My personal feeling is THOSE SCENES WORKED BETTER left as originally conceived. The "INTERMISSION" sequence actually sets up the original ending for the film. Max buys the drunk at the bar his drink, makes a toast "TO TOAST", then ambles over to the jukebox. Max then invites Leo and the Drunk to sing-along
to "By The Light of the Silvery Moon". The truncated (video) version shows them already in the middle of the tune when the "Springtime" theater patrons rush in. Secondly, in the original version Franz stomps out "THE QUICK FUSE!" before the theater blows up. Perhaps Mel thought the scene played out funnier having the playhouse blow-up after their terrified screams. To me it doesn't. It is way too obvious and cliche. The original vision has Franz wiring the dynamite to the plunger box whereon the drunk from the bar completes the circuit, mistaking it for a shoe shine box. "OKAY BOYS", he declares. "SHINE 'EM UP"...KABOOM!!! This was unexpected and very very funny. I was hoping this new two disc release would restore the original vision of the film. Sadly it does not. I understand there is a deleted scene in this package. But the deleted scene was not deleted from the movie...it has been deleted from the video presentation. I agree with those individuals who balk at FORCED commercials, products or trailers on DVD. This is reprehensible. It ranks right up there with FORCED commercials in multiplex theaters. Last note: "THE PRODUCERS" is truly one of the funniest comedies ever made. If you have not seen it, rent or buy whichever release you can get. I hope the original theatrical presentation will be made available at some point in time for purists who hysterically (and quite literally) fell out of their seats back in 1968.
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Initial post: Jul 23, 2013 6:54:52 PM PDT
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Posted on Jul 23, 2013 6:55:24 PM PDT
I saw the movie when it came out and the scenes you mentioned had already been edited out. Apparently you saw one of the earlier screenings, which was subsequently cut. It would be interesting to find out at what point someone made the decision to remove these scenes. It's unfortunate that the scenes were not included as extras in any of the home versions. FYI, the original TV showings on commercial TV cut out several seconds because there was too much skin, and the "War and Piece" scene was snipped, presumably for the same reason.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 18, 2013 11:07:38 AM PDT
Julie Pagitt says:
Actually, there is one video version that retained all of these. Criterion Collection Laserdisc which is oOP. I owned it for years, but figured with the advent of DVD Criterion would retain the rights. Sadly, they did not. Note also that Silent Movie has never been shown complete either. There are several more gags and it shows Mel Funn directing th film including a Busby Berkley like sequence where bathing beauties jump in a pool only to find it has been drained! He repeated a version of the scene in History of the World Pt. 1. Sure wish they would restore that films scenes as well.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 18, 2013 2:44:12 PM PDT
Hello Julie...with respect I appreciate your comments, but I own both laserdisc releases (MVC & CRITERION). They both clock in at 88 min. and neither retains the roadshow elements edited out of every DVD and Blu-ray ever released. If you still have the 1988 Criterion LD you might wish to review the end of chapter 14 to see this is so. I had hoped the the newest "SHOUT" release on blu-ray might offer the roadshow version as an added bonus...but the odds are that Mel Brooks feels this truncated version plays tighter and better than his original version.
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