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The Studio Interference: 'Suits' stepped in when director Rawson Marshall Thurber shot the film’s original ending, in which our underdogs lose their final dodgeball match to the Jerkass baddie.
Thurber acquiesced to reshoots, but let his feelings known by having the villain moan over the closing credits that he only lost the game because “audiences can’t cope with anything challenging”.If They Hadn’t Stepped In: The underdogs wouldn’t have come out on top, and we’d have left the cinema feeling just a little cheated.
Sometimes you just need a happy ending.
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Oct 24th 2012, 6:43
I actually like both "Army Of Darkness"-endings. The one he wakes up in the future is good for a laugh, but the S-Mart ending is fun too. But both ending on very different tones. It depends on my mood which one I'd go for. I also have to long-cut of "Dawn of the Dead" and find it superior. It is slow-paced, but DOTD '78 always was...and it was always more than just Zombie-Killing. I like it. Good thing they put more kills to "Halloween 2", some ended up pretty fun!
I also couldn't imagine "Tremors" with a different Burt...he's perfect! "Star Trek: Insurrection" gets too less credit everywhere. Ok, it's actually just a TNG-TV-Episode on the big screen. But it has its moments.
Also in "Lethal Weapon 2" they wanted to kill off Riggs...unthinkable!
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Oct 24th 2012, 8:01
Insurrection isn't the most panned of trek films, its actually okay, lukewarm but not a disaster. The least favourite Star Trek movies are Star Trek V: Final Frontier, Nemesis or Star Trek : Motion Picture. Those 3 get the worst reviews.
Oct 24th 2012, 9:04
The Miami Vice one makes no sense!! It opens in a club scene... Not an action scene!!!!
Oct 24th 2012, 9:37
Um, Burt Gummer is the name of the character, not the actor (Michael Gross). Not hard to tell the difference.
Oct 24th 2012, 10:19
What about The Shawshank Redemption & Se7en??? Great little editions to seriously bleak movies.
Oct 24th 2012, 10:21
Great list but you cant say firing Donner on Superman 2 was a good thing...If they hadn't he surely would have stuck around for numbers 3 & 4 (obviously making far better movies), in fact i think he'd probably still be making them. Firing him was easily the WORST thing that happened to the franchise IMO.
Oct 24th 2012, 11:25
This is a great article and surprisingly enlightening. I am so used to studio bashing and was not aware of so many great decisions from "the suits" (if you will). Good stuff
Oct 24th 2012, 12:37
The original ending to Little Shop of Horrors has been restored and is available on the new bluray release. And the 139 minute version of Dawn of the Dead wasn't Romero's prefereed cut either, hence why it's referred to as the extended version and not a director cut. Personally the 139 minute cut is my favourite, but I can see that the shorter edit works a bit better.
Oct 24th 2012, 12:39
Gotta disagree on Daredevil, I thought the Director's cut was faaaaar superior. Loads more scenes with Affleck with Jon Favreau, much better characterisation and Coolio was in it! The film had much more warmth and humour, which was really lacking in the orignal cut.
Oct 24th 2012, 12:55
"According to insider gossip, Travis’ cut of the film was far less action-packed" - ah, so THAT'S the version that got released. (Seriously - did anyone else find that "Dredd"'s action scenes were few and far between?)
Oct 24th 2012, 13:24
I'd only ever seen the directors cut of Butterfly effect, so only know that ending, which i find to be far superior. Didn't the studios alsomake Frank Darabont stick on the ending to Shawshank with them on the beach? I still can't decide if thats a better ending than leaving it on Freeman's "I hope" line.
Oct 24th 2012, 15:52
I've only seen Army of Darkness once when it was originally released on VHS, but the version I saw definitely had Ash waking up in post-apocalyptic future ?
Oct 24th 2012, 15:57
Erm wasn't the original Lethal Weapon suppose to end with Riggs dying and coke falling down all over LA ?
Oct 24th 2012, 16:42
@Dean101. Yeah, I've only seen that version as well. And I like it!
Oct 24th 2012, 19:36
I loved the theatrical version of The Butterfly Effect. Why did they have to release the Director's Cut ONLY? They should have released the theatrical version too so people had a choice.
Oct 24th 2012, 20:13
Superman II? Seriously? Your story of Donner making a mess of things is very different from the story the casting tell. Likewise, he wouldn't have made a bad film, he would have made an more expensive film.
Oct 25th 2012, 12:51
Oct 25th 2012, 15:53
The Assassination of Jesse James wasn't Andrew Dominik's first film; i'm pretty sure Chopper was. It was also quite short (about 90 minutes)
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