They might have debuted that stellar trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s “The Get Down,” but it hasn’t been a great start to 2016 for Netflix in terms of their relationships with filmmakers. First, Xavier Dolan wrote an open letter to the UK branch of the streaming giant after discovering that his film “Mommy” was being screened in the wrong aspect ratio, ruining one of the film’s key moments (the service claimed a technical fault was to blame, and moved quickly to fix it).
And now it turns out that the final episode of one of the most talked-about series in TV history is on the service in strangely truncated form. EW revealed yesterday that the divisive final episode of “Lost,” which originally aired in a 104-minute cut, is eighteen minutes shorter in its Netflix form. While some would argue that might be an improvement (though we actually were kind of into the finale), “Lost” showrunner Damon Lindelof wasn’t happy, telling the site “I am totally befuddled by all this. Love it or hate it, the finale that aired is the definitive finale and to alter it in any way defies explanation.”
Lindelof accepted it might have been an honest mistake and Netflix later tweeted “We are in the middle of correcting now, and will have the uncut version back streaming as soon as possible.” Graciously and with good humor, Lindelof responded “If governments moved with the same determined alacricity that Netflix just did, there would be worldwide harmony. This is harmony. Netflix is awesome. Ken Kratz is not awesome.” (the latter joke referring, as many will be aware, to the much-hated prosecutor in the network’s “Making A Murderer.”
Credit to Netflix for their quick response in both issues, but it’s a little troubling that this has happened twice in a week. Are there other faulty versions of movies and TV shows on the service? A different, better ending to “How I Met Your Mother?” A non self-indulgent take on ‘A Very Murray Christmas?” Is Adam Sandler’s “The Ridiculous 6” all a mistake? We’ll be keeping our eye out in the near future: in the meantime, hold off your “Lost” binging for the moment.