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Playing catch-up: How “Little Shop” got its ending back

October 17th, 2012 by Rick Marshall · No Comments ·

New York Comic Con is in the rearview mirror, but Long Beach Comic Con is looming large in the windshield, so you’ll pardon me if I’ve gotten a little behind in updating things here. Over the next few days, I intend to remedy that with excerpts from my most recent work, as well as a New York Comic Con report of sorts, which will basically function as my post-convention memory-dump of everything I’ve had stuck in my mind from the show.

Just to get things started, here’s an article that went up just before the NYCC madness began. It’s another product of my interviews with the cast and creative team behind “Little Shop of Horrors: The Director’s Cut,” and recounts the more-difficult-than-I-expected process of giving “Little Shop of Horrors” its original ending in the new cut of the film. I could have included this in my first interview piece from the press junket, but I felt like this element really stood on its own as something unique and interesting that needed its own article. I hope you’ll read it and agree.

Here’s an excerpt:

Finally, on top of any logistical concerns, the rushed re-shoot of the film’s ending more than two decades ago left elements like the music, sound, and portions of the footage that would’ve been tweaked before release painfully incomplete.

“I started searching at Warner Bros., obviously, and from there to the deep mines of Kansas where there were some films, and followed the paperwork trail to London,” laughed Galvao.

“It was difficult finding all the pieces,” he said. “They weren’t where the boxes said they were, but we went through every piece, and I had guys on boxes for weeks looking at every frame. It took about a year and a half to pull it all together. And then on the sound side, we had to locate the original track of singing, get the original tracks in there, and find the dialogue tracks from the dailies. Some of them had damage, so we had to filter out the damage in some cases.”

You can read the rest of the article at IFC.com, and if you’re on the fence about buying the Blu-Ray of “”Little Shop of Horrors: The Director’s Cut,” go ahead and do it. It’s absolutely fantastic and definitely lived up to expectations (for me, at least).

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