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Avengers: Endgame is being re-released in cinemas, with the additional of a deleted scene and a couple of newly-filmed scenes. There have been plenty of jokes on social media about it being "the first movie to have DLC", which obviously isn't true - plenty of other films have had extra footage inserted for re-release or home viewing (certainly, it's unusual for this to happen just two months after the original release).

So this got me wondering: what was the first movie to receive a theatrical re-release containing footage that wasn't in the original release? The earliest I know of was the 1997 Special Edition of Star Wars: Episode IV, but I'm sure there must be an earlier one.

  • An earlier example is 1969's The Wild Bunch of which the director's cut was re-released in 1974 "to a sold-out Los Angeles cinema, with Peckinpah in the audience." – Anne Daunted Jun 22 at 14:47
  • Wikipedia says it's Chaplin [1940s], but Peckinpah brought it to recognition - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Director%27s_cut – disassociated Jun 22 at 14:59
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) had a special edition released in 1980, and was also re-released in 2017. But the above comments indicate it was not the first. – M. A. Golding Jun 22 at 22:16

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