Die Blechtrommel
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In Germany a slightly different version can be seen on TV. Here, several scenes got extended in comparison to the Theatrical Version. Sometimes alternate material was used, whereas the TV version misses out parts of Oskar's voice-over. A detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here.

In 2009, director Schlndorff was approached by employers of the "Geyer Kopierwerke" in Berlin, concerning future dealing with the original negatives (60000 meters of footage on 200 film cans) which were still stored there. Subsequently, Schlndorff had another look at the footage, which, by his own admission, was still in comparatively very good shape. Without further ado, he consulted the script and reconstructed all the scenes which were then cut in the interest of time, but, according to him, would fit in the film very well now. Concerning the image quality, there is fortunately no great difference to complain about. In 2010 this Director's Cut, now featuring nearly 20 minutes of new footage, was released on DVD/Blu-ray in Germany. A detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here.


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