Once upon a time, a pop star named Britney Spears released a ballad titled “Perfume” off her eighth studio album. She filmed a music video for it, but thanks to a last minute edit, the video her fans saw was watered down and basic.
Director Joseph Kahn said of the original treatment:
“It sucks, especially since my director’s cut is an entirely different video. The released edit is missing half of the story and all of the editorial structure. It took a lot of serious salvaging of footage to get it to an acceptable place after the concept was gutted. It’s like watching people pet a shaved, bald, declawed cat. I don’t gain any satisfaction from people liking work I did that’s heavily compromised… If they liked the weak version, I’d bet they’d love the strong one. No one knows what they’re missing, and they’re missing a lot.”
It was unclear exactly WHAT happened in the original, but rumor had it Brit Brit killed off the male lead and his chick on the side. Now the original video storyline, including alleged leaked screen caps showing a bruised and beat up Britney (some believe these are shopped) is online: