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Mark Miller: "One fan set out in search of the truth, armed only with a few phone numbers and the power of a name...

"On one call I was transferred to a production executive. You already know what I told him, so let me tell you what he told me: He Can Access The Lost Nightbreed Footage At Any Time.

"My jaw dropped. Struggling to remember my already limited vocabulary, I asked what had to happen in order for the footage to see the light of day. He explained to me that someone, namely one of the higher ups, had to have a good reason to pull it out of storage. I, having that good reason, nodded and thanked him. He couldn't have been a nicer guy.

"Excited, I pictured myself walking through large dusty warehouses filled from floor to ceiling with ancient reels of arcane footage. I’m sorry to report, that's not what happened.
"Shortly after, one of said higher ups was gracious enough to give me a moment of his time. I was shocked when he told me there wasn't a big enough audience for the film and that the answer to my request must be no.
'Not even worth the cost to upgrade to Blu-ray,' he said.
Correspondence from Mark Miller to Phil and Sarah Stokes at Revelations, 26 May 2009

...Mark pressed on, calling different people before finally receiving a definitive studio 'no' to the expense of assembling an extended release.

Mark Miller: "So endeth my search, thus far. But this doesn't mean that all hope is lost. What’s important is that we’ve all learned two very essential pieces of information:
"1. The footage is not lost; it's in waiting.
"2. The only thing standing between us and the director’s cut of Nightbreed is - good news - its already loyal audience...
"It ain't cheap to restore and release a movie. Let's show the powers-that-be that it's worth their while, shall we?"
Correspondence from Mark Miller to Phil and Sarah Stokes at Revelations, 26 May 2009

...If there's a demonstrable audience for an extended Nightbreed then that could well influence a release as a pure commercial decision, but we need to figure out just how large that audience really is. A small but noisy group will not make a difference here - we need to see just how many people would actually put down their hard-earned money for this...

Remember, there isn't a Region 2 DVD release at all and the Region 1 release is a bare bones version missing the 25 minutes of footage that Clive would love to get back into the movie - a song, some violence, some structure... There's also the prospect of a commentary and hours of potential bonus content...

What do you think?

There's at least 45 minutes of footage cut from Clive Barker's 1990 near masterpiece of genre bending, "NIGHTBREED." That footage is not just violence, but a great deal of story and character that enriches and strengthens the film.

The problem is, we need to show them that there's an audience to buy this DVD / Blu-Ray if they restore and release it. Now, come on, there's an Audience for Friday The 13th but not this?

I will forward this petition to Clive Barker for use.

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The Release Clive Barker's "Nightbreed" director's cut petition to philandsarah@clivebarker.info was written by Marc and is in the category Arts & Entertainment at GoPetition.

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