A few weeks ago I saw the 1974 Saul Bass science-fiction film Phase IV at Cinefamily. I love science-fiction and didn't think I had seen this movie about ants turning into a collective mass of killers, but early on I realized that I had seen this as a young kid and it had really freaked me out. I forgot the title, but I hadn't forgot a few of the scenes that were seared onto my delicate childhood imagination. I would have enjoyed just watching this lost movie from my youthful subconscious, but somehow the folks at Cinefamily found a long-rumored, barely seen ending of the movie that the studio had forced out of Saul Bass' sole directorial effort. Evidently, this sequence's existence has just been a rumor for a long time, but on this night, rumor became reality.
So, after we watched the movie and took a break, we watched the intended ending and it was an absolute mindblower of a montage. It is a three or four minute sequence that is full-on 1970s tripped out weirdness that is proof of how criminally wrong the nitwits at Paramount were to not include as the ending of the movie. Maybe it wouldn't have been a flop had they included this ending? It is so good that Cinefamily immediately re-threaded the film print and the bulk of the audience watched it in silent reverence a second time! I wrote a short typewriter review of Phase IV after I saw it, but felt I should say a little more about it--hence this paragraph + the review below. News of this unearthing spread like wildfire to film geeks on the internet--google "original ending phase iv" for more articles about the screening.