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Glen or Glenda?

Glen or Glenda?(1953)

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Reissued in 1982 with six minutes of additional footage.

Some versions contain material that was pornographic by 1950s standards inserted at the behest of the producer and not direcxted by Ed Wood. It has been released on VHS both with and without this footage. Video Yesteryear's tape, for example, lacks this material, as does Rhino's.

The US release DVD from Image Entertainment appears to be from a censored print, as it differs in many ways from the Australian release VHS from Kiseki Cult.- The VHS version includes a scene in which a gay man approaches a straight man for a light, and makes a pass at him. He is violently rejected. The straight man then approaches Ed Wood as Glenda and makes a pass at him/her. Glenda violently rejects the advance. The commentator explains that transvestites do not dress as women to attract men, unlike some homosexuals. This scene is not on the DVD.- At the beginning of the dream sequence Barbara and Glen are seen wandering about zombie like for a time on the VHS - the DVD cuts straight to agonised close-ups.- On the VHS version, at the end of the conversation between two unseen steel-workers, the voice of the male worker, who has been defending men who have sex changes, turns into the voice of a woman. The DVD version goes straight to sounds of thunder.- At the end of the gratuitous "girlie" S&M sequence (which is the same in both versions), Barbara and Glen fight. In the VHS version Glen rips Barbara's top off violently, revealing her bra. This has been cut in the DVD version.- In the scene in which Barbara and Glen discuss the sex-change story in the newspaper, Barbara twice says "sex change to a girl" in the VHS version. These lines have been cut on the DVD. In a later scene the psychiatrist says the same thing on the VHS - also cut on the DVD.- On the VHS version, in the final psychiatrist scene, the policeman asks the psychiatrist if transvestites have "homosexual tendencies". The psychiatrist explains that this varies from case to case. The question and answer have been cut on the DVD.- In the same scene on the VHS version, the psychiatrist explains how he had to train the sex-change patient "Ann" to understand "the duty of a woman in her sex life". These lines have been cut on the DVD.

An alternate take of one scene exists and has been featured in documentaries. It is the scene where Barbara gives Glen her angora sweater. In the alternate take, she throws it at him; in the final film, she hands it to him more gently. According to actress Dolores Fuller, the "throwing" take more accurately showed her feelings about the film!

The versions titled "I Led Two Lives", "I Changed My Sex", and "He or She?" and some VHS releases, include 6 minutes additional footage ordered by the Producer, and directed by W. Merle Connell, that had been considered too daring at the time of the initial production.

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