Fatal Attraction: Preview/Test Audience Version
Alex Forrest (Glenn Close) was originally scripted to end the film differntly.
The result is a differnt path for Dan (Michael Douglas) in the movie with a dramatically different last 20 minutes (don’t want to spoil it completely.
In fact all the clues to the originally shot ending are in the film. It is telegraphed in advance and I recall expecting that “alternate ending” when I saw the film.
Although Beth (Ann Archer) saves the day (though in a different way), test audiences did not respond well to the film as originally concieved.
They felt Beth deserved revenge, particularly in view of her threat to kill Alex if she came near the family again.
This resulted in a three-week reshoot for the action-filled sequence in the bathroom and Alex’s death by gunshot as originally released in the theatrical version.
Her shooting by Beth juxtaposes the two characters, with Alex becoming the victim and Beth taking violent action to protect her family. The apparent death in the bath device was inspired by the French film “Les Diaboliques (1954)”.
In the 2002 Special Edition DVD, Close comments that she had concerns re-shooting the movie’s ending because she believed, and was backed by psychiatrists, that the character would have taken the course of action as originally depicted. She gave in on her concerns, however, and recorded the new sequence after having fought against the change for two weeks The movie was initially released in Japan with the original ending. The original ending first appeared on a special edition VHS and LaserDisc release by Paramount in 1992, and was included on the film’s DVD release several years later.
This fan edit re-instates that ending which required aspect ratio correction, sound effects and ambient sound to be added, colour correction, the extension of one critical shot (via a slow mo slight of hand) and crucially the insertion of the appropriate piece of music from the opera, Madam Butterfly.
zeppelinrox mar 8 2010
Very well made edit.
Video and audio quality is good and although I prefer the theatrical ending, this is entertaining as well.
It isn’t as shocking, but just as fitting and it does contain some supsense as well – even if you guess correctly what happens.
If you haven’t watched Fatal Attraction for awhile, it would be worth watching this instead – if only to view a different feeling ending.
rock savage jan 19 2010
It must feel fruitless to spend time on making a FanEdit and then for no-one to comment or even rate it after release. It feels as if everyones attention is solely focused on the the usual culprits namely Luke or Bruce.
So Wraith releases a Preview/Test Audience Version of Fatal Attraction, which reinstates the less compromising ending so detested by the studio and their preview audiences.
Waith’s FanEdit begins with the original credit sequence but with his own credit titles superimposed alongside when needed. I did feel some more effort could have been made to integrate these credits more seamlessly, the same font as the original would have helped.
Although the image quality looks good for the age of the film, there is a very slight stutter, which appears through-out.
As for the ending, no spoilers here, it is more challenging and I can see why the studio rushed to those re-shoots.
If you are a Fan of the original then this is worth a look-see.