Do you think George Lucas made the original Star Wars trilogy better with the CG-heavy Special Edition releases? Do you agree the government agents in E.T. should be holding walkie-talkies instead of guns? Do you own the Richard Donner cut of Superman II because it's the proper version? If you answered yes to even one of these questions you've helped encourage the practice of "improving" an old movie through modern special effects and corrective editing.

There's nothing wrong with going back and fixing a film so it's more faithful to the filmmaker's original vision. Look at Touch of Evil or the recently restored Metropolis. Of course, the effects thing can be tricky. What if while adding the rediscovered lost footage to Metropolis the Murnau Foundation also decided to update the sci-fi classic with some extra aircraft here, a little tweaking of the robot's transformation there? Maybe it's revealed that Fritz Lang originally had wanted random ronto creatures walking around the city, so they put those in, some in comic relief situations.

The latest campaign for a film to be bettered with an effects-improving special edition is Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. TrekWeb is behind the mission, directed at Paramount and CBS, as well as the film's director and star, William Shatner, whose blessing they hope to receive. Apparently the main issue is with the poor quality of effects employed for the sequel, which is currently thought to be one of the worst installments in the franchise, and with the deletion of certain scenes intended to be a part of the climax which were excised due to their especially inadequate visuals.
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