The Poughkeepsie Tapes: Blu-ray vs. Workprint

When it was finally released in 2017 on Blu-ray, the Blu-ray was notably different to the version that had been leaked online since 2009. The leaked bootleg that was sourced from a workprint that was meant to be a submitted copy at the Tribeca Film Festival. This workprint has multiple deleted and alternate scenes that are not featured anywhere else.

Difference Report:

0:02

The workprint contains an alternate and shorter scene. The workprint has Ed filming himself moving Cheryl’s body after exhuming her from her grave. The Blu-ray has Cheryl’s funeral commencing with home videos of Cheryl and a car interview of Felton spliced in between the procession. Then, Ed records himself exhuming Cheryl’s body from her grave.

Workprint:

Blu-ray:

0:42

The workprint has some alternate credits.

Workprint:

Blu-ray:

1:32

The workprint contains an alternate and longer scene of Alice introducing herself. In the workprint, Alice asks if the camera is rolling and explains that she owns multiple houses as a landlord in Poughkeepsie.

Workprint:

Blu-ray:

2:23

The workprint contains removes a scene. Simon says that he could only get one hour of sleep on the first month of reviewing the tapes. He also reveals that he still gets nightmares about it.

Blu-ray:

3:21

The workprint contains a longer shot of Pam, where she comments that one of the bodies found was the original tenant of Ed’s house.

Workprint:

3:29

The workprint contains a longer shot of Pam talking about the manner of death of Ed’s victims.

Workprint:

3:44

The workprint contains an alternate and shorter scene of Alice showing where Ed had hid the Poughkeepsie Tapes.

Workprint:

Blu-ray:

3:51

The workprint contains a longer shot of Leonard but also misses a scene of Simon showing how many tapes there are.

Workprint:

Blu-ray:

4:18

The workprint contains a deleted scene. Mike explains that the Poughkeepsie Tapes are mandatory to watch for those wanting to go into psychological profiling. He also says that the tapes are the main focus when he teaches courses.

Workprint:

6:09

The workprint contains a slightly longer shot of Mike.

Workprint:

9:19

The workprint contains a longer shot of Ed filming himself driving and two additional shots of Walter.

Workprint:

9:48

The workprint contains a longer shot of the Gorman’s house.

Workprint:

10:08

The workprint contains a longer shot of the Gormans and an alternate and longer scene of the Gormans interview. In the workprint, Joel reveals that he wanted to move, but Cynthia did not. Cynthia explained that Jennifer possibly could’ve returned home. The Blu-ray has some alternate shots of the Gormans and Cynthia crying.

Workprint:

Blu-ray:

12:20

The workprint contains a longer shot of Ed filming the Andersons driving him to a gas station.

Workprint:

14:00

The workprint shortens a shot of Jeannette getting knocked out and a scene of KSTP-TV reporting the disappearances of the Andersons. The workprint also contains an alternate shot of Felton.

Workprint:

Blu-ray:

16:29

The workprint contains a deleted scene. Mike explains that in order to work as a psychological profiler, they must leave their work life at work. He dives into his backstory, revealing that he had lost a sister and that is what motivated him to go into that occupation. He then says that he was one of the best profilers in the country before he had a mental breakdown. This resulted in him getting institutionalized. He explains that not separating work from home life is a big risk in the job.

Workprint:

18:21

The workprint removes a scene of KSTP-TV reporting the discovery of Andersons dead bodies and has two additional shots of Dr. Mansourian.

Workprint:

Blu-ray:

18:26

The workprint contains an alternate and longer scene of Dr. Mansourian describing the condition of Jeannette’s body.

(Since some of the footage is explicit, I will only be posting some of the screenshots)

Blu-ray:

20:03

The workprint contains an alternate shot. The workprint stays on Mike talking about the Red House Tavern while the Blu-ray shows an image of the Red House Tavern.

Workprint:

Blu-ray:

20:15

The workprint contains a slightly longer shot of Leonard.

Workprint:

20:51

The workprint contains an additional shot of Pam talking about what Ed had done with Elizabeth’s body.

Workprint:

21:00

The workprint shortens a shot of Pam talking about what Ed had done with Elizabeth’s body.

Blu-ray:

21:02

The workprint contains a longer shot of Ed amputating Elizabeth’s legs.

Workprint:

21:25

The workprint contains an alternate scene of Ed mutilating Elizabeth’s corpse.

(Since some of the footage is explicit, I will only be posting some of the screenshots)

Workprint:

Blu-ray:

21:39

The workprint contains a slightly longer shot of Ed holding an axe.

Workprint:

21:46

The workprint contains extended scene of Jason talking about how Ed had changed his dismemberment methods.

Workprint:

22:21

The workprint contains an alternate shot. The workprint stays on Jason talking about circular saws while the Blu-ray shows a circular saw.

Workprint:

Blu-ray:

 22:32

The workprint contains an alternate and longer scene of Jason talking about how killers do not usually revert using a handsaw to dismember someone.

Workprint:

Blu-ray:

22:45

The workprint contains an alternate and longer scene of Jason talking about how Ed changed the types of saws he had used while dismembering his victims.

Workprint:

Blu-ray:

24:42

The workprint contains an extended scene. Cheryl talks with Tim on the phone about how she is thinking something bad will happen. Tim tells her that it’s probably the midterm exams and that it is just stress.

Workprint:

26:42

The workprint contains an extended scene of Ed filming himself walking around Cheryl’s house with a knife.

Workprint:

32:40

The workprint contains a longer shot of Ed stabbing Tim.

Workprint:

33:29

The workprint contains an alternate and longer scene. The workprint shows the news station KUSA reporting on Cheryl’s kidnapping and Tim’s murder while the Blu-ray shows KTSP-TV reporting the topic.

Workprint:

Blu-ray:

35:40

The workprint contains an alternate scene of Edgar talking about how they found Tim’s body and what they had suspected about Cheryl’s disappearance.

Workprint:

Blu-ray:

36:36

The workprint contains an alternate and shorter scene. In the workprint, Edgar tells the camera that Tim was found animal poop in his mouth. It then shows an alternate version of Felton talking about how Ed is able to plan ahead his killings and use theatrics. The workprint has Felton at his desk while the Blu-ray has Felton in the car. The Blu-ray has Ethan talking about the history of commedia dell’arte, where the Italian government had to prohibit people from using weapons while wearing masks. Felton theorizes that the mask gives Ed two functions, that it allows to draw out the killings and to alleviate guilt. Ethan then shows the character that Ed is using, which is the plague doctor.

Workprint:

Blu-ray:

40:29

The workprint contains an alternate and longer scene. The workprint shows the news station KUSA reporting on Cheryl’s disappearance while the Blu-ray shows KTSP-TV reporting the topic. In the workprint, Victoria says that Cheryl is a good girl and asks on the news for the kidnapper to bring her home.

Workprint:

Blu-ray:

42:53

The workprint contains a longer shot of Ed approaching Cheryl.

Workprint:

43:05

The workprint contains a longer shot of Cheryl putting on the mask.

Workprint:

44:19

The workprint contains an alternate and longer scene of the news stations reporting on another killing by Ed. The workprint has the Police Commissioner Richard confirming that the latest murder of a prostitute was the sixth killing from Ed’s crime spree. A reporter asks if the reason for the police’s inactivity to these murders is because all the victims are prostitutes. The Blu-ray has Tom reporting that police are advising prostitutes to avoid working on the streets.

Workprint:

Blu-ray:

45:44

The workprint contains a slightly longer shot of Joseph.

Workprint:

47:23

The workprint contains a longer shot of the woman dying from the knife wound Cheryl had inflicted.

Workprint:

(Since the footage is explicit, I will not be posting screenshots)

49:11

The workprint contains a slightly longer shot of Leonard.

Workprint:

53:13

The workprint contains an alternate shot of the glass of water that had James’s DNA on it.

Workprint:

Blu-ray:

53:23

The workprint contains an alternate scene, with the workprint staying on Joseph while the Blu-ray switches to an image of James’s fingerprints.

Workprint:

Blu-ray:

54:02

The workprint contains a deleted scene. Police Commissioner Richard announces the arrest of James as the suspect for the murders.

Workprint:

54:23

The workprint contains an alternate and longer scene. In the workprint, Sandra introduces herself as the lead prosecutor for James’s case and said that they had him extradited to Pennsylvania so that he can get the death penalty. Then, James’s son Hank explains that his fiancĂ© had broken up with him because she did not want to have a serial killer’s grandchildren. The Blu-ray has some alternate shots of Hank recounting what had happened to his social life after James was arrested.

Workprint:

Blu-ray:

55:56

The workprint contains an alternate and longer scene. In the workprint, a news reporter asks Hank if he believes his father had committed the murders. Hank says he does. Another news reporter, Bill, reports outside the court room. One of the victims father’s, Albert, says in court that he will never forgive him and hopes that he suffers. Another victim’s family members, Susan, asks the courts to give him the death penalty. Bill is then seen reporting that James will be executed within the hours and says that his final meal was a steak and some mashed potatoes. The Blu-ray has a montage of the court proceedings, the police efforts and the protests. Then, Tom reports that the governor of Pennsylvania refused to reprieve James’s execution and that he will be executed within the hour.

Workprint:

Blu-ray:

59:47

The workprint removes a scene of Ed with Cheryl filming a news report of James’s execution at a bar.

Blu-ray:

 1:00:13

The workprint contains a deleted scene. Bernard explains that a guilty man would make logical decisions while an innocent man will try to make everyone believe he is innocent. He says that James never took a plea deal and had maintained his innocence throughout. The workprint also has a slightly longer shot of Hank.

Workprint:

1:01:16

The workprint contains an extended scene. Hank says that people would slowly walk away from him when they realize that he is related to James, and that people have heard about James’s trial and execution but not his exoneration.

Workprint:

1:01:37

The workprint contains an extended scene of Hank saying that it was unfair James’s exoneration was overshadowed by the September 11th attacks.

Workprint:

1:02:01

The workprint contains an alternate shot, with the workprint staying on Irwin while the Blu-ray switches to Irwin’s article of how Ed got away with framing an innocent man.

Workprint:

Blu-ray:

1:02:18

The workprint contains an alternate shot, with the workprint staying on Felton while the Blu-ray switches to a news article about a murder committed by Ed.

Workprint:

Blu-ray:

1:09:57

The workprint contains a longer shot of the prostitute dying from her puncture wound.

Workprint:

(Since the footage is explicit, I will not be posting screenshots)

1:11:49

The workprint contains an extended scene. Joseph says that they had tracked the IP of the MapQuest download and traced it back to an ISP. He mentions he is not very good with the technical terms.

Workprint:

1:13:59

The workprint contains a slightly longer shot of Victoria.

Workprint:

1:14:10

The workprint contains an alternate shot, with the workprint staying on Victoria while the Blu-ray switches to a missing billboard for Cheryl.

Workprint:

Blu-ray:

1:14:28

The workprint contains an extended scene, with Victoria explaining that she realized she did not have enough hope on finding her daughter than she thought she had.

Workprint:

1:14:46

The workprint contains an alternate and longer scene of Dr. Montufar describing the injuries that Ed inflicted on Cheryl.

(Since some of the footage is explicit, I will only be posting some of the screenshots)

Workprint:

Blu-ray:

1:15:27

The workprint contains an alternate and longer scene of a photo slideshow of Cheryl in the hospital.

Workprint:

Blu-ray:

1:16:03

The workprint contains a deleted scene. Victoria describes her experience of seeing Cheryl for the first time. She says that Cheryl was asking for her to be taken home. When Victoria had taken Cheryl home, she had kept asking the same question. Victoria realizes that Cheryl was talking about going back to Ed.

Workprint:

1:19:23

The workprint contains an alternate shorter scene of the news station reporting on the exhumation of Cheryl’s grave. The workprint shows the news station KUSA reporting on Cheryl’s exhumation while the Blu-ray shows KTSP-TV reporting the topic. The Blu-ray has some shots of the exhumed grave. 

Workprint:

Blu-ray:

1:19:50

The workprint contains an alternate and longer scene of Leonard speculating that the town that Ed resides in now is probably unaware of his presence.

Workprint:

Blu-ray:

1:20:18

The workprint contains an alternate scene of Simon talking about twenty seven video tapes that were missing. The workprint stays on Simon while the Blu-ray switches to the evidence log and the Poughkeepsie Tapes.

Workprint:

Blu-ray:

1:21:10

The workprint contains an alternate and shorter shot. The workprint stays on neighborhood while the Blu-ray shows a home video of Cheryl.

Workprint:

Blu-ray:

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