Just to remind you all – in my Future Extras Redux article, I said:
“What would also be interesting is a recut version of The End – with all the original versions from the first recording of all scenes included, rather than the retakes from later studio recordings. Again, I’m not sure how much of general interest this is – particularly when most of the footage is already included in the deleted scenes – and it’s also a completely fake exercise, as there’s no way that the material wouldn’t have been reshot, and so doesn’t give any indication as to how the show would ever have gone out. But I’d be interested, if only as as close a recreation as possible of the original pilot script, so I just thought I’d mention it…”
Actually, I said this before that article, but I can’t find the reference. But no matter – they probably had the idea way before I even mentioned it. I just thought I’d bring it up, for one simple reason – to show that this is something I’ve always wanted to see on a Dwarf DVD, but never thought would happen. To see it materialise is fucking amazing.
Obviously, we will have seen some of this material in the deleted scenes on the Series 1 DVD. The real joy of this excercise is not just which material we have or haven’t seen – it’s how it all fits together to create one glorious whole. To see how the show would have looked if they’d just gone with the first try. Still, it does raise the question – which of this material have we seen before, and which is competely new?
Well, one third of the show is in the original broadcast version of The End, and two thirds of it was later reshot. On the Series 1 DVD, we get about seven minutes of deleted scenes from the show. Which means: at least 10 minutes of unseen stuff. Wow. You’ll recognise some of the pictures in that article from the deleted scenes (the original opening scene, the funeral sequence) – and some which weren’t there (entering stasis, exiting stasis, and the final scene).
It also raises another inevitable question – why wasn’t all this footage dragged out for the deleted scenes of the Series 1 release? And it’s a question I can’t answer. It clearly wasn’t saved up for this release, as it wasn’t even expected to happen way back in 2002 – I certainly don’t think material was held back. But it would be interesting to know why it wasn’t featured originally. (ADDITIONAL: See Andrew’s comment below.)
It’s also interesting to note that when requests were made for Holoship Xtended, the word was that there wasn’t the budget to do it. Clearly, the success of the previous Dwarf releases has meant that GNP can stretch to do a complete episode reedit, just this once. And if it was a choice, I’d plump for the The End every time. And just look at that recreated “APPROXIMATELY THREE MILLION YEARS LATER” caption – it looks exactly like it would have done back in 1988! (ADDITIONAL ADDITIONAL: See Andrew’s comment below. Again.)
So, yeah. I’m still recovering from this announcement. Fucking hell. And the real irony with this release is that one of the star attractions won’t be The End: Remastered – but the exact opposite…