Hard as it is for Olds to believe,Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone took a 152 minute release this month. (In fact, the film was first shot in the United States 20 years ago). But the second rough cut of the film was even longer.
According to Columbus, this early rough cut extended three hours and included a character or two completely removed from the final, released version, like the ghost Peeves. In an interview withTheWrap, Columbus explained that he knew the film was working because when they prepared the three-hour version for audiences, parents dismissed it as too short. I think this is a positive thing.
Columbus agreed with TheWrap when they suggested that Warner Bros. should release this three-hour reduction. We have to put Peeves back in the film, who was removed from the movie!
Given how efficiently (or ruthlessly) Warners has used theHarry Potter franchise through the years, it''s kind of surprising theyhavent tried out releasing this longer version as a directors cut or ultimate version. How many millions of dollars did New Line make with the Extended Editions ofThe Lord of the Rings? Although, some folks might not want to sit through a three-hourHarry Potter, but hardcore Hogwarts fans would not pay for a Blu-ray of this. If there had