Putting a movie back into theaters used to be so simple. When Star Wars reappeared in 1978, 1979, 1981, and 1982, it was the same Jabba-free saga it had always been. But today, whether a film’s rerelease is merely an elaborate attention getter for an imminent video version (like Pink Flamingos‘) or a real refurbishing (like Das Boot’s), it always sounds so much more exciting if there are new scenes thrown in — outtakes that in the fullness of time have become more, you know, watchable. Stuff like
·The Grapes of Wrath‘s heart-pounding subplot, in which the Joads, on their way to California, race rival Okies in jet-black jalopies through a series of twisters.
·The multiple fake orgasm scene from When Harry Met Sally….
·Gene Kelly’s pneumonia scene in Singin’ in the Rain.
·The ”Great Plain” scene from Dances With Wolves, Kevin Costner’s 30-minute, 360-degree pan over endless, truly endless, prairie.
·The missing final line of Vertigo, in which Jimmy Stewart looks down at the fallen Kim Novak and hollers, ”Now, what’d you have to go and do that for?”
·The lost Forrest Gump sequence in which our hero invents toe socks.
·Mrs. Doubtfire’s brief stint working for attorney-general nominee Kimba Wood.
·The battle prelude from Braveheart in which freedom fighter William Wallace (Mel Gibson) whups Michael Flatley, Lord of the Dance.