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In Gremlins 2 the Gremlins supposedly get into the projection booth and wreak havoc with the film. It snaps and the Gremlin in the projection booth starts making hand shadows.... Etc.

In the home video release, when the same scene occurs, there is a test pattern, the Gremlin then plays in the TV's "White Noise" (Those of you under 30 will have to look that up)

Was this the first time that a scene was changed and adapted for a separate release? I'm not looking for Director's Cuts or remasterings. I'm also not looking for 'edited for TV'. Specifically content changes because of the distribution change.

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I'm under 30 and know what TV's White Noise is :p –  TylerShads Apr 13 '12 at 12:05
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+1 Great question! –  Nobby Apr 13 '12 at 14:33
    
Thanks @Nobby :) –  Andrei Freeman Apr 13 '12 at 18:24
    
I'm just pokin' fun, @TylerShads :) –  Andrei Freeman Apr 13 '12 at 18:24
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The gimmick in Gremlins 2: The New Batch with the projector is actually inspired by the film The Tingler which first introduced it.

Apparently The Tinger was screened in theaters and in drive-ins. When the film went black a voice warned:

Ladies and gentlemen, please do not panic. But scream! Scream for your lives! The Tingler is loose in this theater!

However, in the drive-in version, the voiceover was changed to say

Ladies and gentlemen, please do not panic. But scream! Scream for your lives! The Tingler is loose in this drive-in!

Of course in 1959 there was no such thing as home video.

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Nice find, Jack B! –  MJ6 Sep 7 '12 at 0:21
    
Fantastic. I knew the Tingler blacked out and challenged the audiences. I didn't know that there was a variant release for drive-ins. Thanks VERY much for this find! –  Andrei Freeman Sep 11 '12 at 20:46
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