Star Trek - deleted dialogue from "The Cage" (1964)




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Published on Apr 4, 2012

Two scenes from the original 1964 Star Trek pilot "The Cage" contained dialogue deleted in the production of "The Menagerie" that was not included in the "restored" versions of the pilot released on DVD and Blu-Ray. This dialogue is presented here in context. The second scene includes a portion of Malachi Throne's original voice performance as the Talosian Magistrate. This sound was recorded at a public screening in 1982, unavoidably resulting in a "large-room" acoustic effect.

It seems odd that a project called a film "restoration" should show so little interest in detail, but both the DVD and Blu-ray versions of "The Cage" have used the pitch-modulated version of the Keeper's voice and failed to restore the lost dialogue and the different pacing of the original pilot. This video is therefore intended to help preserve the historical record in hope that the film will eventually be released in its original form, even if only as a direct transfer of the existing 16 mm black and white print.

"The Cage" in its original form was and remained Isaac Asimov's favorite science fiction film, and it deserves better treatment from an archival perspective.

For some reason, Captain Pike's line "You were like a -- a wild little animal," which is included in "The Menagerie," was deleted from the "restored" all-color version of "The Cage" on DVD and Blu-ray. It is not featured in this video because it is available in its original context in the earlier B&W-and-color edit introduced by Gene Roddenberry.

This is a corrected version of a video posted earlier. One line of dialogue had been transcribed inaccurately in the first version.

Star Trek is the property of Paramount Pictures. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged. This video is created not for purposes of commercial sale, but for purposes of commentary and historical research. No infringement is intended but only fair use. Please purchase the Star Trek products available from Paramount Home Entertainment.


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