Please release the uncut version of "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" on Blu-ray
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To Whom It May Concern,
Because the Blu-ray release of "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" does not include the 139-minute version of the film despite the fact that the scenes that were put back into it are actually on the disc as supplements at the same resolution as the rest of the film, and despite the fact that this superior version of the film has been made available in HD on iTunes and VUDU, this disc is little more than a calculated insult to the creators of the film and its fans. The fact that you included a supplement in which Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman say "we're extremely thrilled and happy that Scott MacQueen and his team of restoration experts restored [the film] to its originally intended version before a lot of cuts were made" just rubs it in.
The studio released the longer cut on laserdisc, VHS and two DVDs, but today, despite the ease of doing so, you won't release a Blu-ray that has an option to watch the uncut version when that could easily have been achieved via seamless branching, even though you chose to include that option for multiple versions of "Muppets Most Wanted." If you could do that for that film, there is no reason you could not do that for "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" so all fans of the film can choose between the version the people who ran the studio in 1971 wanted you to see or the version the people who actually made the film want you to see.
We, the undersigned, are not going to wait for the next disc release because that could be years from now. As far as we are concerned, this so-called "special edition" is defective. It needs to be recalled and replaced with a version that has a seamless branching option so that neither the fans of the film nor the surviving people actually involved with its making or its restoration to its original glory, will be deprived of the version they prefer. In addition, all future releases of the film should include the uncut version of the film at minimum. It is unsure whether any other scenes intended for inclusion that haven’t been found will ever be found, but keep an eye out for them anyway.
It is obvious you cared about the visual presentation of the film, as care has been taken to clean the picture and remove visible wires and present the soundtrack as well as possible. The scenes that are exclusive to the uncut version also seem to have been cleaned up as well. But the only reason for a consumer to upgrade from a DVD to a Blu-ray is because the Blu-ray can do everything the DVD can do, but better, and this Blu-ray does not. Put the scenes back in the film, and this edition really will be as special as you claim it is, and it will be a worthy upgrade from the DVD.
The Sherman Brothers spoke out against the shortening of the film many times, and they left Disney because this happened to them three times in a row. The studio’s actions regarding the matter will have a serious effect on our future support for this company.
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