Originally Posted by Fang Zei
I never got the dvd either, so I might pick this up. I had the same situation with The Godfather films.
Spielberg said in an interview last year that he didn't even plan on including the 2002 version, so the original version will definitely be there, guns and all.
Oh, and Elliot was the one who said "penis breath" (did they change that line in the 2002 version???? I only caught some of it once on tv). I do remember hearing about a line said either by or to Gertie when the kids are getting ready to go trick-or-treating. Someone says "you look like a terrorist" and they removed it because 9/11 had only just happened a few months earlier.
People forget that the original unedited theatrical version (complete w/guns, penis breath and terrorist quotes) was released on a separate dvd along with the 2002 revised version in the multi-disc sets including the deluxe version with the book.
Even that said, they (Universal) kind of botched that release - the widescreen anamorphic release of the original theatrical cut is truly the original theatrical version however the soundtrack is in DD 5.1. The fullscreen dvd original theatrical release is encoded with a superior DTS 5.1 soundtrack and only has the "you're not going out dressed as a terrorist" quote is changed to "you're not going out dressed as a hippy" quote. Otherwise, everything else is the original theatrical version, same as the 16:9 DD5.1 dvd. Had they simply used the original theatrical cut and soundtrack encoded as DTS for the widescreen dvd, it would have been perfect (for a dvd release).
I hope the Blu-ray release at least includes the 2002 footage as part of the extras or through branching purely for historical purposes. While I despised the Politically Correct edits, some of the new 2002 footage was at least an interesting alternative.