Re: blue ray - further extended cuts?
While I'm sure they have extra footage in the form of alternate takes, I highly doubt more than a handful of episodes had entire scenes cut from them, let alone multiples.
No scenes do get cut short. Here's a made up example:
Picard: Set a course for the Neutral Zone. Course 321 Mark 159. Warp 9. Engage.
Helm: Aye, Sir. Course Set. Engaging at Warp 9.
Riker: Red Alert! All hands to Battle Stations. Raise Shields. Ready Phaser. Load torpedo bays.
Worf: Shield up. Phasers and Photons ready.
Picard: Set a course for the Neutral Zone. Warp 9. Engage.
Ricker: Red Alert!
Worf: Shields up. Phasers and Photons ready.
See how the second versions tightens the scene?
Many scenes have a lot more dialogue than what's shown, editing out bits of it tightens the pace, while others keep in more of the shot scene to slow things down.
While yes there are alternate shots of the same scene, bits and pieces are cut or left depending on the directors vision of the episode and/or time constraints.
In The Measure of a Man
the scenes added back did add some tension between Riker and Picard and showed more dimensions to Phillipa. At least I don't remember her acting like such a minx with Picard.
That's hardly what happened with MoaM though. 12 extra minutes of multiple cut scenes is nothing compared to 12 cut seconds of dialogue from
No but it does give an example of how things are cut to tighten the pace or slow it down or remove unneeded scenes to change a character a bit. As was mentioned earlier Phillipa was flirtatious with Picard in the final cut of The Measure of a Man
, but was really a minx, tauntingly flirtatious, with the extra footage.
So yes some scenes are cut short, in every episode. Not just using one shot of the scene vs. another shot of the exact same scene. There is always more footage of completely removed scenes, scenes cut short, or dialogue removed than what is finally aired.
Did I happen to mention, did I vow to disclose, this man we're seeking with a mole on his nose, I'm not sure of his clothes or anything else, except he's Chinese. A big clue by itself.
--David Addison, Moonlighting