Just got my DVD today and this is the 109 min. version
What scenes were missing from the original theatrical version (which was 121 minutes)? Very strange that some scenes were cut for DVD!share
It has been so since I have seen this I cannot remember. I wish I could
Maybe someone else can help
I know that on Amazon the VHS tape shows a 141 min. running time.
I wonder why Warners did not release this version.
I have the videotape that was issued way back in 1986 from Warner Bros. Its the 143 minute version. Having never seen the theatrical version I don't know what scenes make up the additional 22 minutes.
But I did receive my DVD in the mail today and I already watched it. Some scenes that come to mind that are mssing are:
* When Shelby and Kay arrive on the island they intially drive through the small town where Mona's bar is. Tiny spots her and mumbles that she's back.
* There is another scene early on at Mona's where the roosters actually have their first "match". Tiny's rooster looses and he asks Sam for a rematch. The fight on the DVD is actually the 2nd one.
* Before leaving the hotel to get to high ground Brian and Bob have an arguement in Bob's office. Its in this scene that Brian learns that Bob is actually his brother. Bob kept this from him and denied him his birth right.
* There are a few more scenes at the end after the hotel is destroyed with the group in the cave.
* Findley tells Tom after he is burned that he'll see again and that he guarantees it and thanks him for saving his life.
The extended edition had much more character development and subplots but the DVD has better pacing. Would have been nice to have gotten both versions on DVD but I'm just glad it was finally released.
It also helps that the film is in widescreen. The videotape suffers from horrible panning and scanning. Its great to see it in its original screen ratio and the 5.1 surround helps. I actually enjoyed this movie! Not Irwin Allen's best but better than "The Swarm" and "Beyond the Poseidon Adventure".
If I recall correctly there were also somes scenes where Kay goes over some of the marketing campaigns with Bob and Shelby. Shots of frightened guests scattering when the volcano creates tremors (a giant tiki statue falls on one of the guests). The scene where Iolani tells Bryan she loves Bob. More shots of the cast as they are driving in the vehicles (one scene comes to mind where they give Tom something to drink while he is in the back of the truck) Also, I recall Rene's wife speaking to him right before she dies. Honestly, I have seen this movie so many times and in so many different cuts that I am sure there is probably more I am missing.
It seems though the 109 DVD version gives us a composite of the 120, 143, and TV cut versions because some scenes I clearly remember only ever seeing on network TV (Delores's dialogue with Mona in the beginning at the bar and at the end in the Cave, Tom asking Findley how he can afford his jogging suit, and the scenes of the group trekking by waterfalls and through Sugar Cane fields).
Still, not one of Irwin Allen's best but not as bad as some people have made it out to be. The bridge scene at the end alone carries the movie in my opinion. Seeing Pat Morita and the Blonde Girl (Marsha) fall into the lava has always been the scenes I remember most about this movie. Don't know if Allen was pressured by time or just did not have the budget but this film had potential considering after Aitplanes, Boats, and Burning Buildings a Volcano was the next logical step forward.
Oh by the way, before imdb destroys these boards...
Did they ever show the scene with the foot long centipede attacking the person? Veronica Hamel mentions it to James F. and he blows it off, but to me, that sounded like it was a scene deleted, and I wish there was a foot long insect attacking someone. That's be very cool. Ever happen?
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Thanks for the input. This is the kinda thing I'll miss when they destroy the boards. Me thinks they should have just destroyed any New Movies especially Blockbusters and keep the old cult classics to the real peeps like us.
Having only seen the DVD version I did think the Mona place seemed too familiar to the oilmen. It hardly seemed an introduction to her for us. I don't mind not meeting her beforehand though, and I do like this film, and I don't know if having 20 extra minutes would mean much. I know this is very flawed and maligned but I enjoy the heck out of it, esp the buildup concerning the Believe it or Not Volcano fight between Newman and Fransicus.
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