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

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • April 2, 2014 2:55 PM
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Directors Cut Feature
Blessed/cursed with one of the most confusing and prolonged release strategies in recent memory, (blessed in that it has kept the movie in the conversation longer; cursed because that’s longer for everyone to get bored and irritated with it too) the second part of Lars von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac” opens in the U.S. this weekend (our ‘Vol II’ review is here). Our stock of sex puns may have been well and truly plundered (note how we couldn’t even bring ourselves to say “this coming weekend”) but that’s still not the end of it, as ‘Vol II’ also has a director’s cut on the way (the director’s preferred version of ‘Vol I’ played Berlin some weeks after the theatrical cut had already opened).

John Williams Turned Down Scoring 'Heaven's Gate' & More Learned From The Criterion Edition Of Michael Cimino's Cult Film

  • By Simon Abrams
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  • November 29, 2012 10:59 AM
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A critical re-assessment of "Heaven's Gate" is now underway thanks in no small part to the Criterion Collection, who just released on DVD and Blu Ray the new 2K restoration of the controversial 1980 Michael Cimino-directed western. The film's notoriously troubled production history, scathing first-run reviews and poor initial box office is the stuff of “movie disaster” legend, and understandably downplayed in this new, director-approved release.

Restored 'Heaven's Gate,' Director's Cut Of 'Little Shop Of Horrors' & More Added To NYFF Masterworks Slate

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2012 4:51 PM
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It has been a pretty exciting year for restorations. Earlier this year, a new cut of Sergio Leone's "Once Upon A Time In America" screened at the Cannes Film Festival (but is currently headed back into the lab for more work), while in just a few days, Michael Cimino's infamous "Heaven's Gate" will unveil at the Venice Film Festival in a new director's cut and now, New York cinephiles will get their shot to see it on the big screen.

Director's Cut Of 'Heaven's Gate' Leads Criterion's November Lineup; Jean Luc Godard's 'Weekend' Also Coming

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2012 5:27 PM
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Every December, Criterion usually ends of the new year quietly, with not much of in the way of new releases. But they are making sure you'll be able to buy the cinephile in your life the best Christmas presents(s) ever, as their November lineup is, to put it politely, fucking epic.

Michael Cimino's 'Heaven's Gate' Restored & Headed To Venice Film Festival; Criterion Collection Edition On The Way?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 25, 2012 12:33 PM
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A cautionary tale and a film that stood as the symbolic end to a great era in American filmmaking, when cinema history looks back on Michael Cimino, his infamous "Heaven's Gate" will be discussed in equal measure to his masterpiece, "The Deer Hunter."

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