I'm watching the recent DVD rerelease of David Lynch's DUNE, which includes the theatrical cut, the extended TV version, a further compilation of deleted scenes not used in either version (including the long-lost suicide of Thufir Hawat) and a number of documentaries. No commentaries...I have yet to see Lynch record one for any of his films.
Both film versions are anamorphic widescreen and look gorgeous. Peviously, the TV version was pan-and-scan and the additional footage had different colour, contrast and sharpness from the original - it looked terrible when spliced together. Now it's all been regraded and looks fantastic.
The theatrical cut still has its problems - basically from too much story condensed into too short a running time. The TV version still starts out with "A Alan Smithee Film" (you know you're in trouble when you encounter a grammatical error in the first three seconds,) still includes that wretched prologue about the Butlerian Jihad with the crappy chalk drawings, and still suffers from that "Dune Muzak" which plays through the whole film without any real reference to anything. Still, it includes complete versions of most scenes (some shot in one long take) and additional important scenes which didn't make the theatrical cut.
The extra deleted scenes are only workprint-quality...scratchy and without any post-production. However, they contain other sequences essential to the story.
I've wanted for 15 years to re-edit the two versions and do one proper reconstruction (since the TV version sucks in many ways - especially the horrible narration - and Lynch did have his name removed from it.)
Now that I have some editting software, I plan to finally assemble that version - which will also included some of the work-print scenes. It will still be a "Mom's Kitchen Frankenstein" in some respects, but I know the story will play much better than in either of the release versions.
I've just been reading the books again, so I was in the mood...
Sto Pro Veritate