Originally Posted by eweiss
AFAIK, the "restored footage" has been available in VHS editions for years. My wife and I saw the restored/complete version in the theater in Kansas City in 1975 or so, as I recall (Antioch theater, on N. Antioch Road, before it became a twin theater - if it even still exists today). If it wasn't totally complete then, it was when it came to the VHS copy I bought. My understanding is that there is no new footage here that hasn't already been seen. If you are referring to the spider scene, it does not exist.
hmmm.. don't know.
I don't have a VHS anymore, and never have seen the footage refered to.
I'm speaking of the censored "tooth-picking" and "too-risquee Fay" bits the hype refers to. :)
Originally Posted by Shaded Dogfood
I believe the "missing footage" was excised from prints for the 1952 re-release. I was friends with possibly the most obsessed stop-motion collector of the sixties and seventies (he died in the late seventies), and he had a 16mm reel of the missing footage in 1968 or 69. Supposedly someone had access to the footage and struck about eight copies, and Jim got one, and the footage that went into the VHS and later issues of the film came from one of these eight copies. This footage has always looked and sounded different from the rest of the footage. Hopefully this print they found (in England?) will predate the excising of the footage.
Kool story..That would be nice :)
Guess we'll know soon enough ... I'm hopin' for the best.
Anyway, I sure don't want to hijack the thread off on a tangent, no matter how parallel. :)