This has bothered me for a while now. It seems that on most movie DVDs, the deleted scenes are of very poor video quality. It's as if someone went back to the cutting room, pieced together the film, scratched it a lot, and then projected it on a big screen so they could record it with a cheap-ass handheld video camera for later use on the DVD.

Why is that? Anyone know?

Posted by jzawodn at August 10, 2004 09:13 PM

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# Alden Bates said:

Maybe the bits of film are literally thrown on the cutting room floor and damaged that way...

on August 10, 2004 09:46 PM
# Michael Moncur said:

I haven't seen too many deleted scenes, but my impression was that they (being deleted) didn't go through all of the post-processing that a non-deleted scene would have - some of them might have even been re-shot or re-dubbed with audio if they were "keepers".

on August 10, 2004 09:52 PM
# Jeremiah Oeltjen said:

I've noticed that as well.

Could it be that those parts were omitted because somebody dropped the film on the floor and stepped on that segment? Or, perhaps it's simply due to the fact that they don't go through that post-production process that gives the film that "polished" look.

on August 10, 2004 09:55 PM
# Pat said:

I think a lot are also taken from "dailys" which aren't of the same quality.

on August 10, 2004 09:57 PM
# Bill Stilwell said:

Final cuts of film go through color correction, which makes a big difference to final print quality. It's also an expensive process, so I imagine they don't do it for dvd deleted scenes. There's also the scan for the dvd, which they might do on the cheap for dvd extras, although that's wild-assed guessery.

There's bits on digital color correction on the LOTR: FOTR extended edition DVD and O Brother Where Art Thou - supposed O Brother was the first film to be digitally color corrected. It's pretty amazing what a difference it makes!

on August 10, 2004 10:00 PM
# Atul Chitnis said:

The same reason why the final mixed audio CD does not sound as good as the final mastered one (which is one step later) - post-processing.

However, if I were to put my tinfoil hat on, it would be because the guys dont want to risk someone adding that material to a copy of the actual movie, then pushing it out, confusing the hell out of everyone. :) Re-mix, anyone?

on August 10, 2004 11:20 PM
# Michael said:

With digital camera's, it's not such an issue any longer, but other than what the others have already said, I think it might also be because for some movies, the deleted scenes aren't stored the same way that the actual film is. So maybe it's the editor or the director, grabbing the scenes home with him, as memorabilia...

Then 20 years later, his small film is a cult phenomenon, and he breaks out the box from underneath his bed again...

Either way, while the movies themselves might not be that interesting, the Episode 2 DVD has high-quality premium deleted scenes, complete with visual effects and everything! ;)

on August 11, 2004 12:36 AM
# Kaishaku said:

IMO, the most annoying example of this problem is with animated films and features. The "deleted" scenes for some of them are just animated hand drawn sketches prior to being done on a cell and colored.
Don't get me wrong, some of these are interesting, but they don't really fall into the category of deleted scene. To me a deleted scene has always meant a scene cut from the movie in final editing, not one cut in the planning stages.

on August 11, 2004 05:44 AM
# Ron said:

The film is shoot on a negative, when it comes time to edit the film, a working print is made and the original negative is stored away. The director and editor do all the edits on the working print (today, most films are editing on computer from a low-res scan of the negative).

A list of the cuts are kept, and when they are done, the list of edits is given to someone who goes back and edits the original (or high quality copy) of the negative.

The deleted screens you watch are of this working print, since it's not worth the expense to have the orginal negative cut if the scene is not going to make it into the final film.

FYI: When you hear about movies like the Matrix being editing on the Mac, it is only a low res "working print" they are editing. Once they are done, the negative is cut according to thier cut-list, just like normal.

on August 11, 2004 09:56 AM
# Youngil Shin said:

I thought it was just the restriction from the DVD capacity. They try to show you with the best quality for actual films but for the deleted scenes, they may compress it alot more so they can put more deleted scenes or other features. Not sure because I never checked if DVD movie took full 4.7GB

on August 11, 2004 11:54 PM
# Ask Bjørn Hansen said:

Because the deleted scenes comes from the digital working copy. The real movie has been "mapped" back to the real film and then digitized at a better quality than the work copy used during editing.

(Or so I think)

- ask

on August 16, 2004 02:16 PM
# Jeff Sparkes said:

That's partly done by the people/companies listed under "color matching" in the credits.

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# Frigidaire Parts said:

I don't know why but I know I pay the same money for good or bad quality.

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