Alright, I have an interesting topic. My father has gotten upset because he did not get the "full" Chronicles of Narnia film on DVD.
He claims that several sections of the film are missing, namely during the first part of the film, where the children get used to their new home, before finding the wardrobe. Edited to fit it on DVD maybe? Anyway, he thought the extended release would have those scenes added back in, but it didn't.
I never saw the film in theaters, but he had the chance to see it at the El Capitan. I was wondering, has anyone else noticed anything similiar? Movies that have lost entire sequences, when released on DVD? I wonder if the rest of the country saw the same film, as the El Capitan did...
A regular DVD disc holds up to 8.5 gigabytes of storage so I doubt they did that to 'fit' it on a DVD. I don't have the answer for your question... :(
Not counting Ridley Scott's cut of Blade Runner, I've seen this happen in at least one film before.
In the theatrical release of Jackson's Fellowship of the Ring, Gimli has a line in Lothlórien to the effect of "these woods are perilous; we should leave quickly" after being 'captured' by the elves. This isn't in the extended collector's edition cut, though I can only assume that it's in the theatrical DVD.
Can't say that I'm aware of it being a common occurrence, though.