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what is this 'glaring edit'?

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Initial post: Oct 12, 2007, 12:04:34 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 12, 2007, 12:09:03 PM PDT
Bryan says:
I read on here about a 'glaring edit' in this new release as well as the previous dvd release. What/where is it?

this must be a real crappy release because even wal-mart didnt even bother stocking this one and I will not buy ANY version of it(there are at least 3 between the 2 movie studios that released) until they actually make an effort to make a 'special edition' with documentaries, etc(NO not the stupid ones on the new release).

I hope they make a 2-disc. Pretty sad....

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2007, 1:14:48 PM PDT
Brad says:
This edit happens after the scene in the kitchen where Carol Anne is seen sliding across the floor in a football helmet. Unfortuantely, this glaring edit is here to stay. Not many people know why this is there. This is not a fault of the editor. This was a glaring annoying thing due to circumstance. Originally the scene in the kitchen was longer and contained a line by Steve in which he states that he hates Pizza Hut. Obviously this wasnt meant to be a direct attack on the pizza chain but just an offhand comment by Steve during a crazy situation in his kitchen. However, word was the pizza chain was offended by its inclusion in the movie and threatened litigation if it was not removed from all prints. No one knows for sure whether this was removed during its theatrical run or before it or after it. I have read the original scene as shot and that glaring edit occurs just before Steve states he hates Pizza Hut. So, we can thank Pizza Hut for this glaring edit and not the editor. If they had not complained, this scene more than likely would be complete and the edit clean.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2007, 1:17:23 AM PST
A Customer says:
The only thing glaring is your overlooking a fine DVD of Poltergeist because of an edit and Wal-Mart!? What th....

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2007, 6:40:53 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 6, 2007, 6:42:57 AM PST
Bryan says:
it doesn't have a single thing to do with Wal-Mart. All they do is sell it. They aren't the ones that got mad because Craig T. Nelson said 'I hate Pizza Hut' lol. And I did end up buying the thing. lol.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2008, 4:46:40 AM PST
Bob Ross says:
Unfortunately, The Blu-Ray suffers from the same butcher job of an "edit" that only someone asleep could miss. They cut the scene in the middle of a word and then we are at the neighbors talking about mosquitos. Could have cleaned it up a little.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2008, 10:11:35 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 10, 2008, 10:13:56 AM PST
Yes, they could have cleaned it up or changed it. Someone did a poor edit job when the scene could have easily been changed without such a jarring cut. Couldn't they have dubbed over Craig Nelson's line and had him say 'I don't want pizza' or 'Not pizza again?'
It's so silly, the couple are chatting in the kitchen and then POOF they're on their neighbor's doorstep. Since the first time I saw this on vhs I knew something was odd about that. Then last year I learned about the whole Pizza Hut nonsense.

Posted on Oct 7, 2009, 5:05:55 AM PDT
Now I hate Pizza Hut.

Posted on Nov 15, 2009, 2:57:04 PM PST
Comic Releif says:
Does anyone if the original "Pizza Hut version" is available anywhere on VHS or DVD?
The picture quality is not as important...

Posted on Dec 17, 2009, 1:14:42 PM PST
I don't even remember the "Hate Pizza Hut" from the VHS/Laserdisc days, so doesn't seem like a big deal...

Posted on Nov 28, 2011, 8:45:54 AM PST
hostile 17 says:
I don't think the line was in the theatrical version either. I saw it many times at the theater in the eighties and that line wasn't in there. And that abrupt cut was always there. I think the cut was for effect. Kind of like the neighbor would be caaght off guard by them showing up at his door. We were supposed to be caught off guard as well.

Posted on May 24, 2015, 7:07:50 PM PDT
I would just like to own the version which actually SHOWS the scene where the guy goes up the stairs to the kids room and GETS BIT on his side by the dinosaur or creature in the room - Doesn't anyone else remember that scene? - then comes running back downstairs! I only saw the bite scene once and then they edited it out! WHY? All they ever show now is him running downstairs, pulling up his shirt and there the teeth marks are from a giant bite, and the young boy is freaked out by the bite. PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE! Release the original UNCUT version! Better yet! Release it as a COMPLETE SET with ALL the sequels! I would LOVE that!!! THANK YOU!!!! :)

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2015, 7:11:34 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 24, 2015, 7:12:42 PM PDT
Maybe the "glaring edit" is the one I mention just above, where the guy is shown being bitten by the thing in the kids room?

Posted on Jun 22, 2015, 9:01:10 PM PDT
D R says:
I saw this in the theater and remember him saying "I hate Pizza Hut". I had forgotten about that and was wondering what had been the cause of that terrible cut.
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