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Director’s Cut: 10 Theatrical Versions Vs. The Filmmaker's Final Vision

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by The Playlist Staff
April 2, 2014 2:55 PM
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The New World

"The New World" (wide theatrical release, 2006) vs. "The New World" (Extended Cut, 2008)
Synopsis: It's the story of Pocahontas and her love affair with pilgrim John Smith (Colin Farrell), which is a story that everyone knows (most musically with the 1995 Disney animated feature). Since this is a Terrence Malick movie, though, there are lots of shots of blowing grass and people in historically accurate Native American face paint.

Background: There are actually three distinct versions of "The New World" that have been viewed by human eyes. In the lead up to the Oscars, a version of "The New World" was released in New York and Los Angeles for a single week in 2005 for awards consideration. This cut ran 150 minutes. When the weeklong engagement in New York and Los Angeles was over, Malick took the film back and re-edited it for the movie's wide theatrical release at the end of January. That version ran 135 minutes. The differences between that initial release and the wide release included a shortening of the movie's first act, the addition of narration in an effort to more clearly define the plot, as well as the reinsertion of some sequences. In 2008, when the movie finally hit home video (including Blu-ray, which lovingly recreated the movie's 65 mm splendor), a third cut emerged (labeled, somewhat nebulously, the "extended cut,") which was an entirely different cut by Malick himself and not some kind of studio cash-in, that ran a whopping 172 minutes. This is the version that is widely available on home video in America, while the 2006 theatrical cut is the version most have in the rest of the world (and the original 150 minute cut was available as a promotional digital download in Italy).

The New World Pocahontas

Differences: The extended cut is a whole 35 minutes longer. Whole sections of the movie are lengthened and given more time to breathe, with even more voiceover. One of the things that even casual viewers of both versions of the movie would notice was the addition of chapter titles sprinkled throughout the film. These titles, with white text against a black background, indicate things like "A New Start" and "The Stranger," and add to the movie's almost novelistic complexity. There are over 90 distinct edits, supposedly, between that widely released theatrical cut and the extended version. Most of these come across in the movie's overall vibe and atmosphere. The longer cut just feels more like the movie Malick intended all along.

Which is Better and Why: Since American audiences don't have much of a choice when it comes to what version of "The New World" we can watch, we've been stuck with the extended cut for more than a half-decade and we're totally cool with that. The extended version flows in that way that only Malick can conjure; it's got a celestial kind of grandeur and an emotional intimacy, both of which were missing from that original, relatively compact theatrical exhibition in 2006. What's interesting is that, despite the talk of the supposed hours of footage that were left out of his previous film "The Thin Red Line," he's never gone back to monkey with that movie's running time. But he was endlessly fussy with "The New World." The version he finally settled on, though, seems to be the best. All those shots of swaying grass really do make a difference.

Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid

"Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid" (1973) vs. "Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid" (1980)
Synopsis: As times change in the Wild West, an aging lawman is hired on by a group of wealthy New Mexico cattle barons to bring down an old friend: Billy the Kid.

Background: Pugilism, alcoholism and acrimony combined to make the production a bitter feud practically before filming began. Director Sam Peckinpah was nearing the apex of his bloody, drunken legend—one that he would fully sanction and fuel—and butted heavy heads with MGM over all of it. Peckinpah rewrote Randy Wurlitzer’s script (originally an existential Western for Monte Hellman) which pleased no one (even star James Coburn said the original was better). The director being the implacable bastard he was, with a nasty reputation that preceded him, did as he pleased nonetheless, ignoring every MGM wish and going 21 days over schedule and $1.6 million over budget according to Marshall Fine’s well-researched Peckinpah book, “Bloody Sam.” MGM president James Aubrey, by all indications a bean-counting philistine, gave Peckinpah a paltry, over-rushed two months to get the movie in theaters for the summer of 1973 which caused even more animosity. Eventually, MGM took the movie away from him and butchered it themselves.

Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid 2

Differences: There are far too many cuts of this film, four of them really, but for these purposes, we’ll stick to the MGM theatrical cut from 1973 (1 hour 46 minutes) and the one that aired on the Z Channel in 1980, also known as the “Turner Preview Version” (released on Laserdisc in 1988; 2 hours and 2 minutes). These days the theatrical cut is hard to come by (even VHS copies floating around are 2 hrs 2min), but by all accounts it favored action, gore, violence and jettisoned all meditative qualities. The preview version (evidently never fine-tuned by Peckinpah so not quite final either), is much more languid, quieter and introspective—it’s in a way a melancholy movie not unlike Wes Anderson’s “Grand Budapest Hotel,” insofar as they both get nostalgic contemporaneously about an era that is coming to an end. It’s also a romantic film about an outlaw living life on his own terms (boy, how Peckinpah identified), and it’s a movie about myth and mythmaking (again, FUBU for Peck). According to Fine’s book, there’s also a 2 hour and 20 minute rough cut that Scorsese saw and called “brilliant,” but occasional adversary and frenemy Pauline Kael was underwhelmed by it, and said it meandered far too much. There’s also a 1 hour and 55 minute “special edition” cut put together by editor Paul Seydor, that’s largely speculative and done long after Peckinpah’s death (on one hand Seydor is a knowledgeable Peckinpah archivist, on the other hand he’s known for editing “Turner & Hooch”).

Which is Better and Why: “The Turner Preview version” because it’s as close as we’ll get to Peckinpah’s director’s cut, and because it’s simply a more realized film.

Superman II Lois and Superman

"Superman II" (theatrical cut, 1981) vs. "Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut" (2006)
Synopsis: In the sequel to the box office smash "Superman," the Man of Tomorrow (once again played by the irrepressible Christopher Reeve) faces off against Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) and a trio of fallen Kryptonians, led by the evil General Zod (Terence Stamp).

Background: Both the first and second "Superman" films were shot concurrently, but with the production running behind schedule (and over-budget), director Richard Donner put a halt on shooting the sequel so he could finish editing the first film for its theatrical release. When the team reassembled to complete the second film, Donner was removed (largely due to the filmmaker's outspoken objection to the producer's removing Marlon Brando's sequences from the sequel to avoid paying him a percentage of the total box office gross), and replaced by "Hard Day's Night" director Richard Lester, who had a much less combative working relationship with producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind, and served as an intermediary between Donner and the producers before he was brought on to direct. Donner claimed that he had completed between 75% and 80% of the necessary shooting for the sequel before he was removed, and since DGA regulations stated that, for a director to have his name on a movie, the director must have shot at least 51% of the finished film, Lester went back and reshot many of the sequences Donner had already completed. (Donner claims that about 25% of the finished film was his.) The Lester shoot was also problematic since cinematographer Geoffrey Unsworth and production designer John Barry both died during his section of the production, and many key creative personnel (including screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz, composer John Williams, Hackman and editor Stuart Baird) chose solidarity with Donner, refusing to return. When "Superman" was being prepped for an extensive DVD release in 2001, much of the Donner footage was unearthed and the conversation began, in earnest, about putting together a version that would recreate Donner's vision for the movie. Even after that Donner resisted the urge to try and reassemble his version, claiming in various interviews that he was too far away from it now. Finally, he gave in, even recruited Mankiewicz to assist in the edit. Williams was asked to return to score the film, and when he replied that he couldn’t do it, Donner re-cut Williams cues from the first film and gave Williams a composer credit on the final cut anyway. On the supplemental DVD features on the "Superman II" Donner cut, the director said, "I never thought my version would see the light of day… Maybe rightly so."

Superman II Zod & Gang

Differences: First and foremost, the Donner cut of "Superman II" reinstates the original Brando material, swapped out in the theatrical cut for a much lamer conversation between Superman and his equally dead but less expensive mother. In terms of screen time, the Donner cut is ten minutes shorter than the original theatrical cut, which isn't surprising given how ruthless Donner has become as an editor. (Some Lester sequences still remain but only for pacing/structural issues.) Much of the overt campiness of the Lester version is gone, which means that there are no giant Superman shields that can wrap people up, that awful opening sequence at the Eiffel Tower or kisses that make your memory vanish. However, it is still goofy—but so is the first Donner-directed Superman movie. It just moves quicker and is more dramatic, overall. You can tell, watching the Donner cut, how much more in line with the first film it would have been, particularly when it comes to the snappily choreographed action set pieces.

Which is Better and Why: The Donner cut is better, but that will largely depend on your taste and point of view. There are some who favor the more slapstick approach that Lester took to the material, emphasizing the comic nature of the comic book film. But as charming as that can be, that movie is riddled with fucking awful bullshit, and while Donner's new cut isn't 100%, it's of a whole, and the Brando footage goes a long, long way. The Donner cut is far from some unearthed masterpiece, but it's still a much more dramatically cohesive work. (For more on Supers check out our Ranking the Superman Movies feature here)

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61 Comments

  • Max Fraley | May 14, 2014 1:26 PMReply

    I recently was "blown away" with William Freidkin's 70's existentialist film, THE SORCERER.
    Freidkin presented it at the TCM Festival in the Hollywood Grauman's IMAX theater. The near capacity audience was quickly caught up in this refined edition and their serious appreciation for this "rediscovered" gem was quickly circulated throughout the festival's many activities. It deserves a recognition long overdue. I know a Blu-Ray edition has recently been released with many enhancements over the original DVD.

  • ROBIN | May 11, 2014 8:14 PMReply

    What about Das Boot? The Counselor? Blood Simple? I almost said Godfather 3, but forget I said Godfather 3. Legend? Dawn of the Dead? Amadeus? Terminator 2? And if anyone's seen them, All The Pretty Horses and Wild At Heart?

    Wonderful article by the way. Thank you.

  • Kyle | May 10, 2014 11:03 PMReply

    Fascinating article and I'm very glad you went with the original cut of Apocalypse Now, I was mightily disappointed to see that extra footage had sapped the life from one of my favourite films.
    As far as suggestions go for the next one...
    1) Alexander - I deliberately sought out the 'Final Cut', bypassing the theatrical and director's cuts, and found it to be a sprawling historical epic that sufficiently entertains...as long as you can get past Colin Farrell's blonde wig.
    2) Gladiator - I can't even remember the theatrical cut since I only own the extended one!
    3) Donnie Darko - Haven't seen the director's cut but any version of that film sounds intriguing.
    4) Alien, Aliens, Alien 3 - Some of my favourite sci-fi films, although the more interesting story for Alien 3 is the initial wooden monastery-planet idea. That would have been brilliant!
    5) Daredevil
    6) Kingdom of Heaven - Another Scott extended cut which felt more like an epic to me with slight hints of Lawrence of Arabia.
    7) King Kong - Is PJ over-indulging? Almost definitely yes, but is it better?
    and finally...
    8) The Lord of the Rings trilogy - Hard to say anything about these films that hasn't been said but even though I adore them and I only watch the extended editions now, the added footage seems to run the gambit from enthralling narrative addition and insight, all the way to bizarre cheerful comedy (Aragorn and the soup!). Still love it though.

  • JK1193 | May 9, 2014 8:06 PMReply

    Personal Favorites (Alphabetical Order):
    The Abyss
    Aliens
    American Gangster
    Blade Runner
    Kingdom of Heaven
    Legend
    Robin Hood
    Sucker Punch
    Terminator 2: Judgment Day
    Tombstone
    Watchmen
    Zodiac

  • JK1193 | May 9, 2014 8:14 PM

    Forgot the Alexander directors cut, which is a huge one in my opinion.

  • Eric M. Van | May 6, 2014 3:33 AMReply

    I have to chime in, in advance, on Donnie Darko, an easy choice for your next round of this fabulous feature. Richard Kelly's Director's Cut has aspects that are unquestionably superior: the restoration of a bunch of great and valuable scenes, and of the originally intended pop-music cues. It's also true that the DC gives answers to the film's mysteries; only the original cut has Lynchian ambiguity and is open to multiple interpretations, and a lot of people value that, and for good reason, and mourn its absence from the DC. Hence the common opinion that the original cut is better.

    The unasked question, by too many, is: how good are the answers Kelly provides? Kelly didn't want to make a Lynchian ambiguous film; he wanted to make a fairly rigorous time-travel-paradox sf film that would serve as a metaphor for (and examination of the nature of) free will. And the thing is, the answers are brilliant: next to DD/DC, "Twelve Monkeys" (a very good film) is the work of a small child on an Etch-a-Sketch.

    So we have a strange pair, where the Donnie Darko DC is unquestionably less satisfying than the original as ambiguous weirdness, but perhaps makes up for it by being the best science fiction film ever made -- if you're willing to do the work. (It's closer to Shane Carruth's Primer than to anything by Lynch.) I've been meaning to write a blog post unpacking the film's literal and thematic meanings, and maybe this is a good excuse to finally do so.

  • Rick | May 1, 2014 4:22 AMReply

    What's with 'Star Trek' and especially 'Dance with Wolves'?!

  • jaime | April 29, 2014 1:30 PMReply

    I could have used the Blade Runner piece a few years ago when I desperately searched and inquired as to which version was best. Finally went for the Final Cut, thankfully.

  • Benny Profane | April 25, 2014 9:56 AMReply

    US and European versions who co-exist : "The Shining" by Kubrick and "Dawn of the dead" by Romero.

  • Chris Renaud | April 24, 2014 12:05 PMReply

    My memory of the Sid Sheinberg cut of Brazil is that nearly every edit in the movie seems to have been revisited, and becomes more awkward - even in simple dialogue scenes. I'm not sure that would make sense (it would certainly be more work and $$$) nor would it make sense from a technical (negative cutting) standpoint (separating glued negative, potentially losing frames of image) - but I do remember being confounded by hamfisted editing rhythms. Time to sync those things up again. Summer project.

  • AddictedAICN | April 9, 2014 8:26 PMReply

    Here's a few ideas:
    1. Donnie Darko
    2. Kingdom of Heaven
    3. The Abyss
    4. Mimic
    5. Payback
    6. Almost Famous
    7. Zodiac
    8. Anchorman versus Wake Up Ron Burgundy
    9. Watchmen
    10. Margaret
    11. Little Shop of Horrors
    12. Dark City
    13. Alien
    14. Terminator 2
    15. Aliens
    16. Osterman Weekend
    17. Touch of Evil

  • Glint | April 8, 2014 11:49 AMReply

    I'd be interested in the first three Alien films' theatrical versus directors cut/special edition.

  • Raul | April 7, 2014 5:15 PMReply

    How about a writer's cut? Quentin Tarantino's True Romance was supposed to have a jumbled story line just like Pulp Fiction. The studio didn't trust him enough for directing duties and Tony Scott ended up taking the helm. Sometime before the movie was released he panicked and put it all in chronological order unfortunately. I was able to find the script and edited the scenes in their right order though! Even took a while to find alternate scenes that worked better with Tarantino's vision!

  • Bill | April 6, 2014 9:27 AMReply

    Daredevil. The theatrical version is dreadful, but the directors cut is a wholly different film and vastly superior.

    Payback, another one wher the director's cut is a different film. The entire second half is replaced, even some of the cast.

  • hank | April 4, 2014 3:27 AMReply

    The Paul Seydor cut of Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid is an abomination. As you said, completely speculative and more in line with what a studio stooge of an editor would want to see rather than Peckinpah.

  • Chris138 | April 4, 2014 1:12 AMReply

    Heaven's Gate is a mess. The longer director's cut is unbearably long. The film represents the full blown self-indulgence that Cimino only flirted with in the first hour of The Deer Hunter.

  • Alex | April 15, 2014 2:24 AM

    Heaven's Gate is odd. There's a lot of great in it and those parts are really great but there's also a lot of bloat and dullness. The Directors cut is better but even then it could benefit from a lot of fat trimming. Overall it would've benefitted from the director/editor/screenwriter doing the unthinkable and that's dumbing it down.

  • MistaTMason | April 5, 2014 12:54 AM

    I haven't seen heaven's gate in either form, but maybe one day I'll give it an afternoon. As for The Deer Hunter, the first hour plus, before they go to Vietnam is the best part of the film. Everything feels real and tragic. The wedding scene is gorgeous, without feeling like a Hollywood set piece. It's like the cathedral is this shining temple in their run down industrial PA town. The characters are fleshed out as the kind of friends who are almost brotherly. They can be complete drunken assholes to each other, playing off one another's emotional weaknesses, but they stick together because they are a family.

    While the second half is still good, a lot of the Vietnam stuff goes off the rails. The first battle scene with Green Beret De Niro running while firing a machine gun and throwing a grenade in to the hideout bunker of a Vietnamese family is so unrealistic and obnoxious it's reminiscent of some twisted Chuck Norris Movie. And the Russian roulette really works at first, but that final scene with the "just one shot" line is pretty melodramatic. Cimino was much more effective on the story at home.

  • dan | April 3, 2014 10:53 PMReply

    Once upon a time in America. The theatrical version was a joke, incomprehensible. The director's cut is a masterpiece--in my opinion the greatest gangster movie ever made (even better than The Godfather).

  • Theo | April 15, 2014 9:09 AM

    I love that movie! It makes me angry that the theatrical version ruined its reputation and so it isn't considered the brilliant epic that it should be, but at least the director's cut was released eventually.

  • Alex | April 15, 2014 2:15 AM

    Omg. You are so right. I remember as a kid trying to watch the original version and being really lost and confused. Years later I got to watch the extended cut and saw a beautiful masterpiece that makes sooo much more sense. When I tell people how great that movie is people don't believe me or blow my opinion off because it's not one of those movies with a "must see" reputation.

  • My life in movies | April 3, 2014 2:58 PMReply

    The 1992 "director's cut" of Blade Runner is the best one. The Final Cut is cut too tight and the Final Cuttish color correction is unnecessary. 1992 version has the best rhythm and atmosphere too.

  • MAL | April 3, 2014 1:15 PMReply

    I have never seen the "newer" version of Cinema Paradiso because of all the reasons you mention. There were such perfect mysteries in that film that I knew would destroy the emotional impact if ever revealed. That said, I originally had reservations about viewing the full television version (almost 5.5 hours) of Fanny and Alexander. But Bergman is a much more controlled filmmaker than Tornatore, so when I finally did, I was even more in love with the film. In fact, I can't watch the theatrical version anymore because of all the added richness and depth that would be missing. (And it would be great to have your take on Fanny and Alexander in your next essay on this subject!)

  • Josh O | April 3, 2014 7:46 AMReply

    The 'Kingdom of Heaven' director's cut is a masterpiece; it's a completely different movie and far superior than the theatrical edition.

  • Steven Applebaum | April 3, 2014 6:24 AMReply

    I would like to see you guys discuss the various cuts of David Lynch's Dune film, but it probably wouldn't fit the scope of this article as he never produced a "director's cut." Hopefully one day he will.

    Ridley Scott's Legend of Kingdom of Heaven (especially the latter) would both be great films to delve into.

    Probably the strangest would be Highlander II.

  • Alex | April 15, 2014 2:18 AM

    I have the director's cut of Kingdom of Heaven but I actually really like the extended cut of Dune better. The beginning is not as slick and artistic but overall it explains the movie much better. As someone who hasn't read the book it's a more satisfying experience.

  • bohmer | April 6, 2014 3:59 PM

    Yes for Dune and Kingdom of Heaven. I might had Oliver Stones' Alexander also.

  • fabian | April 3, 2014 6:23 AMReply

    Kingdom of heavan. Or any other new Ridley Scott epic. Ie. american gangster, robin hood, Gladiator. All these have director's cuts. Especially kingdom of heaven, is amazing.

  • JK1193 | May 9, 2014 7:58 PM

    Ridley Scott is the modern day master of director cuts. For the life of me, I've yet to see the Gladiator cut, but the others are top-notch. Haven't watched The Counselor directors cut (haven't had time), so I really want to see that one.

  • ED | April 2, 2014 10:30 PMReply

    "“I want more life, f8cker” which is changed to “I want more life, father” in one of the Final Cut’s more pointless alterations."

    God, that is so painful. Thanks for the reminder. God, horrible.

  • MMS | April 2, 2014 7:01 PMReply

    Re: THE NEW WORLD

    "the movie's 65 mm splendor" is largely, if not exclusively limited to the "mushroom sequence" (only present in the Extended Cut) where Ms. Kilcher's character sees eye-to-eye with a near-suicide, until being distracted by beautiful bird singing from the adjacent tree above her.

  • FRANK | April 2, 2014 6:26 PMReply

    Donnie Darko

  • Steven Applebaum | April 3, 2014 6:07 AM

    Definitely. The two cuts are radically different in execution. Most people I've encountered seem to prefer the original.

  • droop | April 2, 2014 6:10 PMReply

    Miami vice theatrical vs. extended cut for next feature?

  • Donella | April 2, 2014 5:39 PMReply

    I'm interested in your thoughts on the theatrical release of Aliens vs the version with about twenty-five minutes added back.

  • joel | April 2, 2014 5:03 PMReply

    once upon a time in america

  • Bruce 100 | April 3, 2014 5:45 AM

    Just what I was thinking. Though isn't the non-chronological version more of a European cut rather than, strictly, a directors cut?

  • Jamie | April 2, 2014 4:30 PMReply

    I really hope that someday Hooper will let us see the four hour version of Les Miserables. The flow of a great film was hurt by edits to get it down to distribution size and I would love to see some of the scenes that were chopped.

  • DaemonX | April 2, 2014 4:13 PMReply

    BTW, the article is great, but i very miss Dark City from this list. But it's good to see the Richard Donner's Supe is here. In my opinion, this is the best Superman movie ever. Oh, and sorry about my bad English.

  • DaemonX | April 2, 2014 4:11 PMReply

    So where the hell is Dark City (Director's Cut) ?
    It is one of the best sci-fi movies ever made.

  • Mark | April 2, 2014 4:08 PMReply

    The Abyss. STILL unavailable on Blu. I mean, what the hell?

  • Alex | April 15, 2014 2:21 AM

    The directors cut is a better movie that actually improves the story and adds more suspense.

  • Xian | April 2, 2014 6:05 PM

    Cameron is too busy playing on Pandora (the planet, of course). Sigh.

  • burt | April 2, 2014 4:19 PM

    Seriously

  • drawing | April 2, 2014 4:02 PMReply

    You guys have, per uge, got your facts wrong on The New World. The theatrical cut is still very easy to find on DVD, and can be had through Amazon for 8 bucks, new. Plus a million used and new copies on eBay. So, yeah, one does have the choice. Both extended and theatrical are readily available in the US (150 minute cut is another story). I prefer the first act of the extended cut, but the second and third acts of the theatrical. Both are wonderful

  • Frank | May 7, 2014 4:40 PM

    The 150 minute cut (PAL = 144 mins) is (or was) available on DVD in Italy (I own it).

  • James | April 2, 2014 4:00 PMReply

    I only nitpick out of love:) The New World 150 min cut is on DVD in Italy. It's a two disc set with the wide release cut.

  • James | April 2, 2014 4:02 PM

    You also got it for a few months as a digitl down load with the US extended cut DVD, but I suspect that was an accident. You've accidentally combined those two facts.

  • rhunt | April 2, 2014 4:00 PMReply

    If I remember correctly, Cimino had nothing to do with the shorter, theatrically released "Heaven's Gate". As for "Pat Garrett", I prefer the "Turner" version, but I'm not convinced that it can truly be called a "Director's cut". It's missing the scene with Garrett's wife, which was added to the 70s tv cut,.. but more mysteriously, it's missing Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" , which Peckinpah reportedly loved.

  • yer | April 2, 2014 3:59 PMReply

    The New World has to be one of the most reversed opinion films from release to post-release ever. I remember it being on every other 'best of the decade' list when those lists were being made a couple of years ago. Brilliant film.

  • James | April 2, 2014 3:59 PMReply

    I was lucky enough to see the 150 min version of The New World twice on the big screen in Los Angeles. It's by far the superior version, in my mind. The shorter one eviscerates the movie and removes an absolutely KEY shot of an eskimo girl on a beach in Iceland in the final portion, who looks just like Pocahontas, showing how much John Smith still thinks about and loves her. The extended cut adds most everything back, but also adds some unnecessary stuff and also some jarringly modern jump-cuts.

  • Spoiler alert! | April 2, 2014 3:50 PMReply

    Better get ready for a new cut of the New World... coming soon on a Criterion blu-ray near you.

  • MMS | April 2, 2014 7:22 PM

    Very good to know. Oh, and so am I.

  • SPOILER ALERT! | April 2, 2014 6:54 PM

    MMS, not joking. Too old for April Fools.

  • MMS | April 2, 2014 6:48 PM

    SPOILER ALERT! --

    Seriously, you better not be joking. If this is true, both TNW and ToL re-cuts out on Criterion Blu-ray's in the near future - well, I'll be one goddamned happy guy.

    "Coming soon" - like, before years end..?

  • James | April 2, 2014 4:53 PM

    April 1 was yesterday.

  • Spoiler alert! | April 2, 2014 4:21 PM

    Nope, no joke. It'll be announced alongside the extended edition of the Tree of Life.

  • halb | April 2, 2014 4:05 PM

    Joke I'm not getting?

  • James | April 2, 2014 3:47 PMReply

    Great article! However there's no Criterion release of "Touch of Evil", though Universal is releasing it on Blu-Ray next week.

  • James | April 2, 2014 3:47 PM

    Oops, I meant in two weeks.

  • Sebastian | April 2, 2014 3:43 PMReply

    Great article. I loved reading it so much. Great job!

    Here are some cuts that might go into a follow up: (1) The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (2) Once Upon a Time in America (3) Payback, the Mel Gibson movie (4) True Romance (5) Sin City

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