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Like Bladerunner, after the test screenings were not kind, the movie had to be modified. A tighter edit and a more emotional, busy score, infinitely better in my opinion, by Tangerine Dream.
A few of the hastily constructed trees and plants were dropped into the gardens and with the help of some natural light/sunshine the end scenes were captured.
Director Ridley Scott states this fact on the commentary of the Director's Cut of the film on the Ultimate Edition Dvd.
Next Section: Deleted Scenes
There are often scenes cut from the final version of a movie. Sometimes these will have been seen by preview audiences, or be included in Blu-ray or DVD extras etc.
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Early in the American version we see someone being tortured by demons before an open view of the star filled void. Darkness is shown in blue with yellow glowing fingernails and he delivers a different opening soliloquy. In the European version we do not get the torture scene nor to we see more than the arm of Darkness.
When Lili enters Nell's cabin there is a shot of Nell's sleeping husband in the European version.
Lili is a princess in the European version, but called merely a Lady in the American version.
In the American version, Lili has a vision of the future when she sees the revolving figures of the clock (death chasing a maiden) become encased in ice for a moment. No ice in the European version of this shot.
The cutting of the scenes with Jack, Lily, and the stalking goblins is arranged differently between the two versions.
Lili asks Jack to teach her rabbit in the European version, whereas she asks him to "tell me our future" in the American version.
There is more footage of Jack swimming underwater to find the ring in the European version.
Lightning strikes a tree just before the unicorn falls in the American version. We also see the cutting of the alicorn in this version.
In the American version we see Jack struggling through the dark forest snow calling Lily before he succumbs. We also see an extra shot of the goblins riding in the snow. In the European version we cut from Lili in the cottage to the shot of Jack sleeping in the snow.
When Gump queries Jack in the American version, Jack immediately admits that he took Lily to see the unicorns. In the European version, Jack first denies that he did anything and then admits his transgression. Gump becomes bug-eyed and threatening in the European version and makes Jack solve a riddle before all will be forgiven. The American version does not contain the riddle and is much shorter and simpler.
The scene of Blix and the goblins intoxicated with the power of the alicorn is split into two segments in the European version separated by the scene with Jack and Oona in the cave. In the American version, the cave scene is followed by the goblin scene in its entirety.
The scene with Meg is very short in the American version, whereas in the longer sequence from the European version, Jack uses flattery to distract her before killing her.
When we see Lili in the dungeon for the first time, there is a shot of Darkness that appears to be taken from the goblins fire sequence in the European version. In the American version, the camera explores the walls of the dungeon where we see to "eyes" light up.
After Lili enters Darkness' hall, the American version cuts to a scene not in the European version of an attack on Gump and Jack by what the script refers to as Pygmies.
The Dress Waltz scene is shorter in the American version and contains a flash cut to Lili suddenly wearing the dress. No flash in the European version.
The American version contains some added footage showing wine filling up a cup magically and is missing a scene where Darkness attempts to get Lili to sit on his throne (he does this twice in the European version vs. once in the American).
There are some added lines to the American version just before Darkness falls into the abyss having been defeated by Jack: "You think you have won. What is light without dark? I am a part of you all. You can never defeat me. We are brothers eternal."
When Darkness falls into the abyss it causes five shooting stars to be generated in the American version.
The scene of Jack diving into the pond for Lili's ring is intercut with the unicorn's horn being restored and his subsequent revival in the American version. These shots are missing in the European version.
One last shot of Darkness laughing can be seen in the American version.
The American version does not contain any of the songs sung by Lili in the European version, or the Goldsmith score.
American print has Brown Tom and Screwball finding the unicorn in Darkness's lair. In the European print, this is not shown.
Some TV prints have the full Meg scene, which runs even longer than in the European edition. (Jack has trouble getting his sword out.)
American edit has re-sequenced footage from the kiss at the end, used near the beginning, to imply a sexual relationship between Jack and Lili.
The shortened American version also includes temp-track library music from Jerry Goldsmith's score for Planet Of The Apes, The (q.v.) and James Horner's Humanoids From The Deep (q.v.).
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