Film fans are nothing if not passionate folk and for many their favourite films represent far more than the celluloid they are printed on. For some it's a life; a religion and these films are embraced as their own children. In recent years, it has become relatively common practice to make alterations to a film during the remastering and restoration process."
In some cases the alterations are subtle, like Tron and in others, somewhat significantly, such as The French Connection. But who is to say where the line should be drawn? Should a Director have the right to revisit a film with the benefit of hindsight, or to appeal to new sensibilities? Does a film studio have the right to do this without the blessing of the Director or Cinematographer? First, let's discuss how this has come about.
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