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Old August 26 2013, 08:22 PM   #31
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Re: "The Cage" Original Version

As aired though, those cut parts of the Orion Trader scene were unnecessary. The conversation as is made me think back to the Pike/Boyce scene in his cabin immediately when I first saw it.
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Old August 26 2013, 08:42 PM   #32
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^ Either way, my name gets in the scene.
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Old August 26 2013, 11:08 PM   #33
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One thing I will say about "The Menagerie" is that they did a superb job editing . . . better than the full version of "The Cage." The pacing to me is just better. One thing about "The Cage" that just drives me crazy every time I see it is when Pike and Vina are fighting the K'lar and after they knock him down the stairs; what do they do? They pause for a conversation instead of running or preparing for the next combat. That edited scene plays MUCH better in "The Menagerie" edit. There are others but I'm sure you all have your own opinions so I won't bore you with mine.
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Old August 27 2013, 12:17 AM   #34
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They pause for a conversation instead of running or preparing for the next combat. That edited scene plays MUCH better in "The Menagerie" edit.
Agreed. And just because Vina had the illusion of youth, doesn't mean she has the body of one. Throughout the episode, she is jumping and running around, but when the Talosians take her illusion away, she can barely stand.

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Old August 27 2013, 12:36 AM   #35
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What Pike sees is controlled by the Talosians.
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Old August 27 2013, 01:31 AM   #36
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I'd like to see the full B&W version, with the original soundtrack, possibly cleaned up a little (but not too much!)
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Old August 27 2013, 01:47 AM   #37
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It was brave of Susan Oliver though, to let herself be uglified like that.
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Old August 27 2013, 10:26 AM   #38
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It got Lucassed.
Lucas was hardly the first creator to rework his creation when given the opportunity. Few creators are ever entirely satisfied with the published/released versions of their works. The "finished" work is the end result of a lengthy process of rethinking and revision and trial and error, so why should that process end just because the story's been released to the public? The creator's still going to think of new ideas and improvements and fixes even after it's come out, especiall once there's audience feedback to point out flaws the creator didn't notice before.

So many writers have revised their novels on later re-releases, even rewritten them as completely new novels -- like Arthur C. Clarke reworking Against the Fall of Night into The City and the Stars, or David Gerrold expanding Yesterday's Children into Starhunt and then rebooting it entirely as Voyage of the Star Wolf.
Maybe so, but Lucas is the one that's famous for doing it.
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Old August 27 2013, 01:34 PM   #39
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The "finished" work is the end result of a lengthy process of rethinking and revision and trial and error, so why should that process end just because the story's been released to the public? The creator's still going to think of new ideas and improvements and fixes even after it's come out, especiall once there's audience feedback to point out flaws the creator didn't notice before.
Since you brought it up: George Lucas did not fix the editing flaw in the first X-Wing attack run in the first Star Wars film and many others. But he altered something nobody except him found fault with: That Han Solo shot first.

Gary Kurtz put it eloquently: If George Lucas (1976) would have wanted Greedo to shoot first, he could have already done that in the original, theatrical edition! People change and in this particular case George Lucas became "Citizen Lucas", IMHO. I prefer the vision of the idealistic, young creator and not the revisionistic one of the Emperor the young man had become. Nor do I like that the late Ridley Scott is drowning most of his films in blue color. These things are not improvements, they are alterations of once talented directors that seem to have become senile.

Back to the topic:
IIRC the first releases of "The Cage" on home video were mostly the original b & w film which had been "colorized".

"Colorization" of b & w classics (Ted Turner having been one of the strongest advocates) was quite controversial in the late 1980's but in this exceptional case a convenient tool, IMHO.

However, I'm not sure whether they edited the color footage from "The Menagerie" together with the newly colorized b & w elements.

(I could also add a few comments on George Lucas' feelings about colorization, but that would probably be too much OT )

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Old August 27 2013, 02:30 PM   #40
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I got to see it as it was originally printed on VHS back in the 80's. It was a great experience to see it all put together....seams and all.
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Old August 27 2013, 03:32 PM   #41
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Maybe so, but Lucas is the one that's famous for doing it.
In some circles, perhaps. And he's hardly "the one," just the most recent one. A number of earlier directors famously remade their own films altogether, such as Hitchcock with The Man Who Knew Too Much or DeMille with The Ten Commandments.
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Old August 27 2013, 03:44 PM   #42
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. . .Nor do I like that the late Ridley Scott is drowning most of his films in blue color. . .
Ridley is still alive. His brother Tony died.

And "drowning" might not have been the most appropriate word choice.
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Old August 27 2013, 03:55 PM   #43
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IIRC the first releases of "The Cage" on home video were mostly the original b & w film which had been "colorized".
Absolutely not. It was the b/w workprint of "The Cage", as used by Roddenberry at conventions and university lectures throughout the 70s, with all the colour footage from the pilot as featured in "The Menagerie" two-parter replacing those scenes.

In all the publicity surrounding the release on VHS, the original editor realised he still had possession of the missing colour trims. He didn't have the soundtrack trims, though, so they needed the b/w reel's sound for those when the full-colour version was used in "A Star Trek Saga: From One Generation to the Next" and on VHS.
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Old August 27 2013, 03:57 PM   #44
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IIRC the first releases of "The Cage" on home video were mostly the original b & w film which had been "colorized".

"Colorization" of b & w classics (Ted Turner having been one of the strongest advocates) was quite controversial in the late 1980's but in this exceptional case a convenient tool, IMHO.

However, I'm not sure whether they edited the color footage from "The Menagerie" together with the newly colorized b & w elements.
The first home video release of "The Cage" didn't have anything colorized. The b&w elements were edited in and the finished product kept cutting or dissolving between color and b&w.

(Edit: I see I've been beaten to the punch.)
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Old August 27 2013, 05:14 PM   #45
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One thing I will say about "The Menagerie" is that they did a superb job editing . . . better than the full version of "The Cage." The pacing to me is just better. One thing about "The Cage" that just drives me crazy every time I see it is when Pike and Vina are fighting the K'lar and after they knock him down the stairs; what do they do? They pause for a conversation instead of running or preparing for the next combat. That edited scene plays MUCH better in "The Menagerie" edit. There are others but I'm sure you all have your own opinions so I won't bore you with mine.
You're saying the Talosians were fantastic editors?
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