Friday, December 27, 2019

Tape to Tape Trump Edit Feature

Some memories came back to me after hearing this business, over and over again, about U.S. prez Donald J. Trump and his faithful getting in a knot because the CBC ran Home Alone 2: Lost in New York sans The Donald's seven-second moment. ("Disrupters!")

A few times in my videotape-operator days I received a work order specifying the removal of scenes or shots from a supplied tape of a given feature film. This was, and still is, done to carve special shorter versions of movies. The new cut might be for airlines, television stations/networks, or home-video.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation would have run a trimmed-down version to allow for commercial time. With these necessary edits, a 108-minute film, for instance, could fit comfortably into a 120-minute time slot. (Then there's "time compression".) The Corp claims the edits were done in 2014. Two years before The Man took the White House. I believe them.

That's the way it goes. Trump and his supporters can bellyache and rage all they want. It changes nothing.

It's not personal. It's business.

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