Originally Posted by khronikos
If you want that old film you can watch the DVD.
That old film is not available on DVD, and even if it were, it would be a pretty shoddy reproduction of 35mm under the best-case scenario. A lot of people were hoping the Blu-ray would be their first chance to see that old film looking like it used to, in any format other than 35mm.
I don't know of many books that are unavailable for purchase. The first editions of many books are still for sale in bookstores nationwide. The only books I know that are unavailable are the ones that went up in flames when the library at Alexandria was sacked. I'm against burning books, but editing books is fine. Same with film. I love many Director's Cuts, I think they add a lot to the film, and I'm glad they do it. Shame about burning the old ones though.
But really, your argument is a straw man argument. You keep saying we're somehow opposed to tinkering with, modifying, editing things. And yet there's just no evidence for it. They have that right, and we have zero people arguing against it.
If you say that we're opposed to director's destroying films that they've already released to the public so that the public can no longer see them at all, that would be accurate. Heck, we've even got cases where a producer at the studio has stepped in and done this to other people's films, so authorship has never really been a factor in the discussion.