The film opened in NY/LA on May 23rd, 1980 - the Friday of Memorial Day weekend. Those prints were changed within a week of that date. The press release has gone out of its way to say that this cut is the one released on May 23rd, 1980. Why be so anal about the premiere date unless they're trying to communicate, through the length and date, that it's the original edit? I'm totally baffled about it too, but this would be a hell of a lot of mistakes (on film festival sites, in press releases, etc) all at once.Roger Ryan wrote: ↑Thu May 16, 2019 4:36 pmThe thing is, as I guess has already been pointed out, is that it would be easy to call the standard U.S. edit the "premiere version" since the film was subsequently edited-down for the European market. We need Warner Home Video to specify it contains the previously unseen hospital coda. If it does, there's no way the standard U.S. edit would not be included as well since it's the version Kubrick wanted for general U.S. release (and the shorter European cut should be on there as well).
We will know by the end of the weekend, once the 4K restoration has screened at Cannes and in Toronto, whether it includes the hospital coda or not.