Over 45,400 have saw my original rough cut, 57,000 have seen the newer edit and now I present the final edit with loads of new material. Surely this shows that Warner Bros should release the original version of the movie and give fans of the story what they want! :)
This video has been designed to give an idea of what the true ending to 'The Golden Compass'/'Northern Lights' looks like. Also this being a video of the end of a story, major spoilers are ahead. Do not watch if you've not seen the film or read the book.
This video begins where the film ends. It wraps the whole film up, it explains the intro to the film, Dust, and finishes the first book. The Golden Compass originally ended this way, but test audiences found the ending difficult to swallow (with a belief that Lyra was walking into Heaven). New Line decided to take it out at the last minute. The removal of the ending, mixed with New Line determind to keep the film less than two hours means that at times the theatrical version is just not what it should be. Endless scenes, that were filmed, were cut (mainly any that involved character development). To add insult to injury the whole order of events were changed to suit the new 'happy ending'.
This is how the film was supposed to end, and I have to say good ridance to New Line for managing to waste a great opptunity to make one of the most defining movies of our time. Internationally the film was a huge success, but it's now looking unlikely that we'll ever see the sequels due to poor takings in America.
Hope still remains that one day we'll recieve a directors cut. However it's looking like that's going to be down to the dedication of the fans. Either way, I hope this video kind of pieces together what should of happened. There are clips from trailers, the game, preproduction videos and more to walk you through what we know the ending was supposed to be. I hope you enjoy :)
Music used: Alexandre Desplat - The Golden Compass Alexandre Desplat - Letters From Bolvangar Alexandre Desplat - The Ice Bridge Brain Tyler - Narnia Trailer / Children of Dune Music from Romeo & Juliet (on preproduction video as a temp soundtrack) Two Steps From Hell - Painted World
This is an unofficial video and has no connection to the finalised film. I hope that fans will enjoy this and hopefully one day we'll see these scenes in their full glory.