Would anyone be interested in seeing the movie this way? It would include the commercials and bumpers and opening promo (which is one not currently on the site). It features all known alternate footage, and even some newly discovered alternate footage. Yes, you heard that right, I found a NEW piece of alternate footage.
I haven't watched the movie completely from start to finish yet, but I scanned through it and stopped at all of the known alternate footage spots, and a few spots where I thought they might do a censor or edit, and found something that surprised me. After the guys are nearly blown off the top of the building, Peter rallies the troops with the whole "got your stick" bit. In this ABC airing he said "Ten Hut" instead of "Make 'Em Hard" (it does NOT appear to be an overdub as his lips appear to go with the new words). I have never seen that bit of alternate footage used in any of the commercial re-airings from within the past 10 years or so. For all I know, it may have never been used again. Even more interesting is that "Your Mother!" outside of the firehouse explosion was inexplicably silenced, and the "prehistoric bitch" line was left intact, which is what I thought they would have censored! It's possible that there might be more new alternate footage, but I can't confirm anything else until I watch the whole movie from beginning to end, and I won't have time to do that until the beginning of January at the latest.
As you probably could have guessed, the movie is edited, time-compressed (sped-up), panned & scanned, has commercials, and is from a bad overly bright film print. I will be the first one to admit that that is NOT the ideal way of viewing the movie. I know that the film is already up on Hulu, and that all of us already have the film on DVD and can watch it whenever we want. This certainly wouldn't take away from Sony's DVD sales or even the Hulu views. However, the major positive is that you'll be able to view the movie in a way that it hasn't been seen in almost 20 years. For everyone in their late 20s and older, this is a way to relive a communal/shared experience, since we've all seen it on ABC at some point.
I may even try to put together some sort of "screening party", though I have no clue what that would entail in the virtual world, much less how to set one up.
The plan would be to record the movie into separate files, in a playlist consisting of Movie, Commercials, Movie, Commercials, etc. I think that would be the best way to do it. Also, the promo and newly discovered alternate footage would be added to the site proper in due time, so you won't need to view the complete movie with commercials in order to see it, but this is more for the experience than for anything else. It certainly is not meant to replace high-quality DVD viewing, especially since I'll have to use a lot of compression to keep 2 hours of footage manageable in file size.
Anyway, let me know what you think. I want to try to make this into some sort of "event", which is why I'm leaking the plans about three months early and getting some feedback now. Thanks.
(from Spook Central: The Ghostbusters Companion)