Sunday, November 07, 2010

Is It Greed or Memorex?

There's The Exorcist, then there's The Exorcist, the 25th Anniversary Edition, then The Exorcist (Extended Director's Cut), and The Exorcist (The Version You've Never Seen). Now you can also buy The Exorcist (Extended Director's Cut and Original Theatrical Version) for Blu-Ray.

I am not against people making money, but as consumers do we need this many versions and cuts of a single film? At what point do we take a stand and say "no more."

This week, Avatar is being re-released theatrically, with additional footage. You know what that means? the release for the three disc "extended collector's edition" has already been scheduled.

What about books? Will we ever see a point where additional chapters are added to an existing manuscript to further whore an author? Hmmmm. Considering we've already seen the unwarranted release of The Stand: Expanded Edition: For the First Time Complete and Uncut (Signet), the answer is "yes."  

5 comments:

David J. West said...

A part of me would like to rewrite some of my own work, BUT not to the point of ever having several different editions/versions.

Greed destroys art.

Nicole MacDonald said...

hmmm I can understand how people might want to... but it would seem very wrong

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Charles Gramlich said...

Greed, is my vote. It's starting to irritate me a lot. I hope we don't see it in books much but we have and will. The unexpurgated The Stand was an early example.

AvDB said...

Definitely greed. I think I have three different Star Wars VHS box sets (now beautiful dust-collectors). I don't even pay attention to them, anymore.

And, no, I don't think there'll never be a huge market for books with added content; hardly anyone these days has enough patience to read a book once, let alone a second time to discover little 'easter eggs.' Only the most rabid fans (*cough*Twilight*cough*) will buy new books just to read an additional chapter or two.

From a professional standpoint, I think it's cool to just give those chopped chapters away online. It keeps the slavering for new material to a minimum while one pushes towards the next novel.

Joe Ponepinto said...

What's interesting about these "director's cuts" and "extended versions" is that the producers are basically putting back in what the directors originally lopped off because it wasn't good enough to be in the film. Somehow, in our uber-materialistic society, they have managed to make the junk seem valuable.