A British reader complains to me:
“I purchased a copy of the The Bourne Supremacy: Extended Edition — a Region 2-only release — in London. As a fan of the film, I was hoping it would provide a new version I hadn’t seen. But watching this so-called Extended Edition last night, one thing become very clear: THERE IS NOTHING EXTENDED ABOUT IT! The film is the exact same cut of the previous version — I know because, having already owned the previous Region 2 version, I compared the two by playing one on my laptop and one on my TV. I find this to be completely unethical on the part of Universal – it seems to echo what they did with their release of the Bourne Identity: Explosive Extended Edition, except this time it’s far worse. The average buyer won’t put in the time and effort to compare the two versions, accepting that there are extensions even if they can’t see them. As someone who made the comparison, it’s the first of its kind that I have heard of, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. Let’s stop it before it becomes a trend.”
I asked Universal about this, and here is the studio’s reply out of the UK:
“The Extended Version that this customer is referring to was released by our UK operating company (Opco); it includes extra bonus features, and so the DVD running time is longer but the actual film is not longer. Our UK Opco has sent an apology letter to the customer who felt this wording was misleading, and we are changing the wording on this product (on future manufacturing runs) to ensure other customers don’t feel misled buy it. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.”
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