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Super Mario Bros: The Morton Jankel Cut (VHS Extended Rough Cut 1.0) Movie 1993

From the official Super Mario Bros: The Movie Archive team, here's your first look at the previously-unseen extended rough cut of the controversial 1993 cyberpunk fantasy, Super Mario Bros.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-4yy9oBKN4

The film as released runs 104 minutes. This extended version runs a full 125 minutes, with 20 minutes of additional scenes. The editing has also been reworked throughout, and restored by filmmaker Garrett Gilchrist, well known for his restoration of The Thief and the Cobbler and many Muppet projects.

This version uses VHS sources for most of the film, for consistency. Otherwise identical edits sourced from DVD and Blu-Ray also exist, as well as a general restored workprint. We are exploring our options and further work will be done on this film later. However, the Archive Team has decided to release this version of the edit early, for the film's anniversary, and see what the fans think of it.

Previously-unseen deleted scenes include the Mario Bros running afoul of the (probably Mafia-connected) Scapelli plumbing company, Koopa murdering a technician by de-evolving him into slime, and Iggy and Spike rapping about the overthrow of King Koopa at the Boom Boom Bar. There's more of Daniella and the Brooklyn Girls. Most scenes are extended in this version, with a lot more of the cast including Dennis Hopper as Koopa.
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https://archive.org/details/Vintage_Com ... rcials.mp4

https://www.ign.com/articles/super-mari ... ion-review
Does the added footage make Super Mario Bros. a better movie? Without a doubt. It’s clear a lot of big and small bits got the chop in order to hit a more family-friendly runtime, and the film suffered as a result. There’s an entire subplot added about the Mario Bros.’ rival plumbers that ties their stories closer to the mob boss antagonizing Daisy (Samantha Mathis), and several preexisting scenes are lengthened, allowing the whole thing to breathe while adding some helpful context. So, yes, it improves on what we got before.

Next question: Do those improvements make it a better Super Mario Bros. movie? Well, no. This is still a really bizarre take on that world.

That the Super Mario Bros. movie exists is a testament to a very specific era when it wasn’t out of the question for a multimillion dollar intellectual property such as this to be enlisted in service of an off-kilter artistic vision. That this extended cut is out there for the world to experience is a testament to the dedication the film has inspired. Yes, all the problems of the adaptation are still there, but Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo are a great pairing (despite the latter’s aforementioned apathy towards the role), and if you’re someone who already enjoyed the version out there for 28 years, you’ll like this one more.


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https://www.gamespot.com/articles/an-ex ... 0-6492228/

An Extended Super Mario Bros. Movie Cut Has Been Unearthed, 28 Years After Release
Filmmaker Garrett Gilchrist talks to GameSpot about restoring a new version of the classic video game movie.

By Chris E. Hayner on June 1, 2021 at 12:28PM PDT

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https://twitter.com/GameSpot/status/1400248365296754689

Tyler Foster writes:
It's a workprint, so many of the tinier snips and trims are actually an improvement, eliminating repetitive dialogue or taking the air out of scenes, but there are definitely a couple of things that are better here, like the rest of Iggy and Spike's arc as revolutionaries. I am also truly, truly flabbergasted that they cut out the end of the climax where [these editors] played an orchestral version of the Super Mario Bros. theme.

Garrett Gilchrist writes:
The Mario Theme was my choice. It does play at the beginning of the theatrical cut, and at some early point there was an orchestral theme when the brothers' outfits are revealed in the elevator, but the directors vetoed it. They wouldn't have liked this either, but something like that was needed.

(Marcus Hedges Trend Orchestra)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yequlClrIEE

The workprint finale uses "Smile Darn Ya Smile" from Roger Rabbit - obviously a temp track, and one I used as little of as possible. It's like I can't escape Richard Williams!

Steven Applebaum of the SMB Movie Archive really left me alone during editing. I was trying to use everything "new" in the workprint, if possible.

He only ever had one note for me, and that was to not use The Mario Theme.

And of course I'd already used The Mario Theme. The team was all against it and I had no idea!

And at that point it was my favorite part of the edit, because there's this whole celebration that got cut. And it's absolutely what you'd do with it in 2021.

The workprint also plays Vanessa Williams "Just For Tonight" during the Bertha dance (which does not work at all). It also plays "The Power" heavily in the Boom Boom Bar, which I kept in this edit to an extent, and indeed the scene is clearly timed to that track.

The dinosaur intro is vintage footage shot for The Lost World [1925], which is something that a movie might have done in 1993.

It's pretty similar to the script, which vaguely describes a dinosaur prologue (rather than the animated sequence in the final).

Someone else I know (who posts as Dennis) had done an edit using similar Lost World footage, so I came up with something similar. The workprint begins with Koopa in the rain.

There is a lot more of Iggy and Spike here. I think the extra footage and more relaxed pace helps the film immensely.


Tyler Foster writes:
Ah, well, the orchestral theme was a good choice. It seems really obvious, honestly.
My only complaint (?) is the decision to squash the minor amount of Blu-ray footage in the edit instead of just cropping it or something. I thought it was weird when I first loaded it up that the Hollywood Pictures logo was clearly stretched, but having now actually watched it, it turned out to be like three minutes of material instead of all of the stuff that ended up in the final movie, so it mattered less than I thought it would.
Plus, it sounds like there might be further drafts depending on what material you can get.


Garrett Gilchrist writes:

I just acquired a rare open matte DVD source today, it's a Russian bootleg of some kind. I'm sure it's taken from a legitimate source originally, probably an R5 DVD. There is some minor missing footage (it cuts to a lower quality source when Luigi meets Daisy) and the overall look is very "crunchy." It needs filtering but I'm not quite sure what to do with it.
None of the Super Mario Bros Archive team had heard of this source; I was alerted to it on Twitter.
There is an alternate version of my edit which uses Blu Ray footage throughout, squashed to 4x3. It doesn't work due to the aspect ratio change, and only appears at certain points here. Generally titles, establishing shots and graphics- where the ratio change is less noticeable. The Blu Ray source is, of course, widescreen rather than 4x3.
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Kyrie @KyrieAPage:
Watched the Super Mario Brothers Movie Extended Cut and it's *fascinating* how much more coherent and genuinely funny the movie is as a whole. It's absolutely worth seeking out and watching.
The extended Koopa Cousins awkwardly rapping about smashing the state is charming and fun. So much of this movie was lost in the edit and I am glad to see it revived.
the extended cut is really well done

Lina Rahz Lina @linalinadc writes:
[to Garrett] Thank you for bringing the Dancing Toad and Yoshi scene to my eyes it was the cutest thing ever. I adore the mario bros films and this extended cut really felt like a far more polished product then the theatical cut. The EC has flow and better pacing and payoff.
This extended cut enriched the film even more, scenes finally having smoother pacing, missing context now shows, and gags that otherwise had no payoff finally get the last laugh. I adore both versions of the film, but this extended cut feels like what the movie should have been.

ines @brutal_star:
wow the mario bros extended cut makes the mattress crash scene actually make sense. it is crazy how many tiny but important things they cut out of this movie in the theatrical cut

Bob Chipman @the_moviebob:
FWIW, this is a *legit* fan/archivist project involving lost/discarded media that the people involved including @TygerbugGarrett have been working on restoring for YEARS, not a studio cash grab or a gag Thumbs up

Mic | @MicDaMicrophone:
This cut was great. If you liked the original to any degree, you will ADORE this for all the new footage and weird level of continuity it creates. Solid 8/10 from me and I cannot WAIT to see if this gets adapted into some kind of re-release.

Stoy-Boy Ahoy! @StoyBoyAhoy:
Just watched the Super Mario Bros. : The Jankel Cut, and I can definitively call it the best version of the movie.
Moreso, this cut turns what was a guilty pleasure of mine into a genuinely good movie.
Good adaptation? No
Good movie? Hell yes!
It gets 7 dancing goombas out of 10.

Hat-Loving Gamer @chrisramzie:
Only just finished it Smiling face with heart-shaped eyes My highlights were the dishwasher scene because it brings the heroes to a low before the adventure begins, the car chase was so much more fun, also Dennis Hopper's acting in this movie was at its best in the deleted Iggy and Spike scene.

Giygas Priest @DrewdogThe:
[posting a video of the extended ending with mario theme]
Even if the fanmade Director's cut of Super Mario Bros. fails to change your mind about the movie...
...you have to admit, they fixed the ending, and HOLY SHIT the PIZZA GAG HAD A PAYOFF? Why did they cut that?
It definitely improves the movie, and I applaud these fans for FINALLY giving the damn Pizza Gag a payoff. Why would they include the buildup, and then toss the punchline?Well done, you guys are incredible.

Tyler Foster writes:
It's a workprint, so many of the tinier snips and trims are actually an improvement, eliminating repetitive dialogue or taking the air out of scenes, but there are definitely a couple of things that are better here, like the rest of Iggy and Spike's arc as revolutionaries. I am also truly, truly flabbergasted that they cut out the end of the climax where [these editors] played an orchestral version of the Super Mario Bros. theme.

Tyler Foster
★★★½
Deleted scenes from movies released prior to the DVD and Blu-ray era are often hard to come by, so I never expected the material from Super Mario Bros. to resurface. However, thanks to a timecoded VHS tape held by one of the film's producers, the tireless efforts of the Super Mario Bros. Movie Archive, and editor Garrett Gilchrist (who famously helped bring The Thief and the Cobbler back into the spotlight), an edit of the film's first rough cut can be viewed on the Internet Archive.
The big caveat of the 20 minutes of additional footage is that, well, it's a rough cut, so at least a third of the trims and edits were probably a good idea. The biggest chunks put back in the film include more with Scarpelli, the mobster whose plumbing business is biting into the Marios' income; a goopy death in the de-evolution chamber (still plainly visible in the finished film); and more of Iggy and Spike's arc transforming into anti-Koopa revolutionaries (complete with a rap at the Boom Boom Bar). None of it is enough to fundamentally change the movie, but it's fascinating for fans. There's also a brilliant touch (added by Gilchrist, not from the original tape) using an orchestral version of the Mario theme after Mario and Luigi defeat Koopa -- not a long-lost flourish, but wonderful just the same.

Reviewer: TheSnerg - *****
Subject: A Dream Come True!
I grew up watching this movie over and over to the point my whole family can quote it. Great work restoring the lost footage! Ties up a lot of loose ends. The ending with the Mario game OST put a big smile on me and my younger brother's face as we watched it, Thanks for all the hard work!

Reviewer: NE/H/IL - *****
Subject: [INSERT HOCUS POCUS REFERENCE HERE]
Absolutely fantastic work getting this rarity readily accessible to the masses. A fun little time capsule extended and fitted with even more 90s goodness.

Reviewer: Jay Kay373 - *****
Subject: Best piece of cinema in existence
LES FUCKING GOOOOOOOOOO!

Reviewer: Malueion - *****
Subject: Amazing Work
This was a nice find, and a good job was done piecing it all together again. Thanks for uploading it to archive.org so it can be viewed by all!

Reviewer: PineapplePizza69 - *****
Subject: 10/10
I just watched the whole thing. Great work on this! I’m looking forward to see what this will look like when it’s fully complete!!

fake joshua caleb weibley @fake_living:
It’s been a long time since I saw the theatrical cut but by my memory of that I think it does work a little better, of course it’s not any less unhinged and nonsensical

EntranceJew @EntranceJew:
Official Review of "Super Mario Bros: The Morton Jankel Cut (VHS Extended Rough Cut 1.0) Movie 1993" is that Morton Jankel had the right idea. Cutting down action scenes to be borderline incomprehensible to save runtime was rampant in the era and they messed up bad. 8/10
Everyone watching had no concept of what the original plot was based on their original impressions but this new cut flowed seamlessly. It was nice to understand what I was looking at without it feeling like a montage of brief action scenes punctuated by tons of dialog.

Frank Cifaldi [Video Game Historian] @frankcifaldi:
An amazing amount of restoration work went into this: a sort of "director's cut" of the Super Mario Bros. movie, which was just released this morning! The tricks that Garrett used to bring detail out from a one-of-a-kind old VHS tape are remarkable.

King K. Lepo @lepomang:
[to Garrett] Dude while I have you here I just have to say that I admire your work on this [Super Mario Bros] and Recobbled so so much.
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An Interview With the Man Who Spent Countless Hours Restoring the Super Mario Bros. Movie
The new extended cut finally resurrects such scenes as Iggy and Spike’s rap about overthrowing President Koopa.
BY KAREN HAN
JUNE 09, 20211:22 PM

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My old 2003-era G4 Mac isn't powering on at all. Hmm.

Haven't tried this one in four or five years, but I didn't manage to back up everything at the time since it was slow going.
(I didn't back up a lot of the WhoSprites artwork. I did find some backed up to DVDr elsewhere.)

There's a lot of stuff I want to back up and archive, and I have to use old tech to do it now - 10, 15 or 20 years old. None of that tech is working so it's one of those days.

My 2011 Hackintosh was already not working but is now Not Working worse than it was. I had, and probably still have, plans to refurbish it. (It stopped really recognizing the video card for some reason, so you could boot it up as a shadow of its former self by disabling NVidia functions. Now it doesn't recognize the operating system either?)

An old Digital8 camcorder isn't powering on (its Firewire port was broken to begin with I'm sure), and another (Refurbished Like New) is playing my old tapes very badly (digitally garbled) and probably damaging them as it does. (Unless the tapes have themselves become unplayable in the past 20ish years, but one would hope ...)

My 2007-era Panasonic MiniDV camera started damaging the tapes it was playing at the end (with very similar garbled output) so I'm not taking the chance. I had to do very strange things to remaster a She-Hulk scene once the Panasonic had ruined that tape. (This Digital8 better not have already ruined the tapes I tested it with, because dear god ...)

This stuff has become very hard to archive and play a lot sooner than I thought it would. I was actually still shooting MiniDV in, oh, 2017 or 2018, usually just for audio.
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CBS Adverts 1994 Restored Garfield

https://archive.org/details/Vintage_Com ... rfield.mp4
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Commercials restored by Garrett Gilchrist from low quality SLP VHS sources. This is mostly from airings of Garfield and Friends Season 7 on CBS Saturday mornings in 1993-1994. The raw tapes were often very noisy, as you can see. However, certain commercials and bumpers were repeated several times across the VHS tapes, and were carefully edited and overlaid over one another to eliminate the randomness of the noise.

Some NeatVideo noise reduction was also used.

Here is a special video restoration comparison.

https://archive.org/details/20210704_20210704_1220

Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat bumpers appear. There are also some commercials from 1993 Family Channel airings of the Super Mario Bros Super Show, and a few 80s ads snuck in there as well.

Garfield source provided by Christian Bajusz.

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