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22 May 2018, 10:22 | Updated: 14 October 2020, 22:26
Danny and Sandy having finally got their proper movie ending 40 years after it was cut.
Grease director Randal Kleiser has rediscovered and restored the scene which showed John Travolta's Danny and Olivia Newton-John's Sandy sharing a kiss in their flying car at the end of the movie.
The kiss was meant to end the classic 1978 musical, but was cut from the final version.
Watch the scene below:
The kiss was mysteriously removed from the film during the editing process, and can now be seen as an extra on the 40th anniversary edition of Grease on Blu-ray and digital HD platforms.
"It's so cool," Travolta told USA Today. "Danny and Sandy kiss on the beach at the beginning of the movie, and I think people would like to see that kiss at end."
Kleiser said of the ending: "They were up in the car, and I said, 'Why don’t you kiss?' And they did. I don’t know what happened, why that never got in. It astounds me that it wasn’t the ending."
The filmmaker added that he doesn't remember any studio instructions to remove the kiss. He went to look for the scene in the Paramount Studios vaults about 20 years ago, but found that the original colour negative had been destroyed.
However, he did find a black-and-white 35mm work print, so he sent the clip in for colourisation, but they couldn't quite get a perfect colour sync with the rest of the film.
Kleiser said that modern colourising technology is now good enough for use as a deleted extra. He hopes to include a better version in time for the 50th anniversary edition.
"I’d love that. As time goes by and the technology gets better, hopefully we’ll be able to switch [the ending] over with the film's natural colour. I have a feeling the technology is coming where we might be able to do that for the 50th anniversary."