Mr. Laser Beam wrote:
I vastly prefer the DE over the theatrical cut.
From what I've seen in my years on this board, most
people prefer the DE.
And so do I. The theatrical cut puts me to sleep. The DE has much better pacing.
One thing I wish the DE had included is the extended argument between Kirk and McCoy in Kirk's quarters ("And another thing..." "Get out of here, Bones."). It seems obvious that the extended version of this scene is the one that was intended: all other versions, such as the DE and the theatrical version, have a very awkward sort of dubbing and editing.
And since this scene has absolutely no special effects of any kind, why did they cut it out of the theatrical and DE cuts?