I've always loved the 1990 "IT" miniseries. I taped it off TV when it originally aired and it stayed in my collection for years; until the tape wore out. Now I have a Digital HD copy. The director's commentary is wonderful, by the way. So, it is announced that the new "IT" re-adaptation is coming out in September of 2017. Of course, I'm super excited to see what this will look like with modern effects and budgets. My take? It was fine. Without Stephen King's insane, coked-out, sex-pervert novel as the source material and especially without the iconic miniseries and work of Tim Curry (and -- I would argue -- Jonathan Brandis), I doubt folks turn out in droves for it after the string of poor King adaptations recently (Cell, Carrie, Dark Tower, etc).
But that's not why I decided to take on the self-imposed challenge of polishing the original miniseries, it was because people starting coming out of the woodwork to talk about how bad the original miniseries was. I mean, the new movie was good -- I bought it, and will watch it every couple years -- but I think from a narrative point-of-view it falls well short of the original. And, in my considered opinion, not a single one of those kids is better than Jonathan Brandis (or the version of Bill Denbrough written for him).
So I set out to update the existing miniseries and turn it into a single feature without a segmented narrative. Minimize the downtime, and trim back wherever possible. I believe I have succeeded at tightening up the content, masking the special effects that did not hold up very well, and presenting the best possible version of the ORIGINAL content.
What follows is a list of all the major, noticable edits in the film. Every frame was tweaked or updated in some way.
|Original Title||Stephen King's It|
|Updated Title||Stephen King's It: The Definitive Cut|
|Original Running Time||180 Minutes|
|Updated Running Time||160 Minutes|
|Original Aspect Ratio||Full Frame (4:3)|
|Updated Aspect Ratio||Widescreen (16:9 - Pan & Scan)|
|Original Resolution (Pixels)||1440 x 1080|
|Updated Resolution (Pixels)||1280 x 720|