The 10 Greatest Director's Cut / Extended Edition Versions of Famous Films
Ten terrific examples of how letting an artist have their way leads to amazing cinematic statements.
In the waning days of the VCR's grip on home video, the studios were stumped. Sell through titles were stalled, the eager movie fan frustrated with the format's lack of definition and extras. While laserdisc provided an avenue for these desired bonus elements, the digital revolution finally stepped in and made such special editions possible -- and along with all the added bells and whistles came the director's cut. With the added space on the DVD disc, studios gave filmmakers a chance to flesh out their films on the new media, giving contractually obligated commercial versions a viable supplement -- and in a few cases, supplanting. Indeed, as the new technology thrived, almost every release saw a "uncut" or "extended" take, with material sometimes added without the artist's consent or control.
When the filmmaker has been involved, however, something movie magical has happened. In fact, there have been several cases were an otherwise dismissed effort has been resurrected and reconsidered thanks to a new, longer cut. Of course, we also have those instances where studio insanity has led to a complete creative bastardizing of an otherwise stunning work of brilliance (we're looking at you Universal, and your horrid "Love Conquers All" take on Brazil) but for the most part, the active participation from those involved (or who knew those involved) has led to some amazing finds. In that regard, and in light of the recent home video release of a longer version of the final Twilight film, Breaking Dawn, Part 2, we present our look at 10 updates that have fulfilled the promise of the original motion picture presented. In each instance, the inclusion of new material and the reediting of the existing have turned something troubled into something terrific. That's the nature of the new high tech beast.
We begin with an incomplete vision, but a compelling one nonetheless: