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Director's Cut

A Director's Cut is a specially edited version of a movie that is supposed to represent the director's own approved edit of the movie. It often comes some time after the original release of the film, where the original release differs from the director's approved edit. 'Cut' being synonymous with 'edit' in this context. With most studio films the director does not have final cut, and the studio can insist on changes to make the film more likely to succeed at the box office. This sometimes means happier endings or less ambiguity. Most common, however, is that studios ask that the film be shortened. Thus a Director's Cut is often considerably longer. Sometimes for the better ('Bladerunner'), sometimes not, ('Donnie Darko'), but then it's all a matter of opinion. Scroll below to discover Alice's treasure trove of Director's Cuts and decide for yourself.

Tropic Thunder (2008)

7/10
Director: Ben Stiller
Starring: Jay Baruchel, Jack Black, Steve Coogan, Robert Downey Jr, Bill Hader, Danny McBr...

Ben Stiller directs and stars in this riotous Hollywood satire with Steve Coogan as a desperate director trying to make his Vietnam opus. Among the pa... Read more

Tropic Thunder ( Blu-ray ) (2008)

7/10
Director: Ben Stiller
Starring: Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr, Steve Coogan, Jay Baruchel, Danny McB...

Ben Stiller directs and stars in this riotous Hollywood satire with Steve Coogan as a desperate director trying to make his Vietnam opus. Among the pa... Read more

Troy: Director's Cut (2004)

7.2/10
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Starring: Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom, Eric Bana, Peter O'Toole, Saffron Burrows, Rose Byrne,...

Director Wolfgang Petersen finally has the luxury of time and editing control to provide the film he intended - more studied portraits of the characte... Read more

Troy: Director's Cut ( Blu-ray ) (2004)

7.2/10
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Starring: Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Diane Kruger, Brian Cox, Sean Bean, Brendan...

Director Wolfgang Petersen finally has the luxury of time and editing control to provide the film he intended - more studied portraits of the characte... Read more

Woodstock (1970)

8.1/10
Director: Michael Wadleigh
Starring: Arlo Guthrie, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Joan Baez, Joe Cocker, Richie Havens,...

It was an event destined to become the definitive document on the freaked out craziness of the peace-and-love era. In August, 1969, half a million hip... Read more

Woodstock (Special Edition) (1970)

8.1/10
Director: Michael Wadleigh
Starring: Arlo Guthrie, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Joan Baez, Joe Cocker, Richie Havens,...

It was an event destined to become the definitive document on the freaked out craziness of the peace-and-love era. In August, 1969, half a million hip... Read more

xXx (2002)

5.9/10
Director: Rob Cohen
Starring: Vin Diesel, Asia Argento, Samuel L Jackson, Marton Csokas, Michael Roof

Vin Diesel cements his screen action hero status with this adrenaline-pumping spy adventure refueled for Generation Y audiences. In trouble with the l... Read more

Zodiac: Director's Cut ( Blu-ray ) (2007)

7.7/10
Director: David Fincher
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr, Anthony Edwards, Brian Cox, Eli...

In the late 1960s, Northern California was gripped by fear as a serial killer haunted the nighttime streets of San Francisco. To this day, the identit... Read more