it’s interesting and amazing that famed filmmaker Steven Soderbergh has apparently been re-editing classic movies and posting them online. Last year, he re-edited Psycho, Heaven’s Gate and Raiders of the Lost Ark. For whatever reason this hasn’t gotten too much attention until yesterday, when he also released his re-edit of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
I think this is wonderful — and a great way to show off some creative editing ideas (and also just how much editing truly makes a movie).
But here’s the weird bit: Steven Soderbergh, as much as I admire him as a filmmaker, is a bit of a copyright maximalist, who has fought for stricter copyright laws, greater punishment and (get this) against the right of anyone but the director to make edits of films.