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.

King Arthur (2004)

Director: Antoine Fuqua
Starring: Clive Owen, Keira Knightley, Stellan Skarsgard, Stephen Dillane, Ray Winstone, H...

Placing the legendary ruler in a historical context, director Antoine Fuqua's ("Training Day") ambitious epic begins in the wanning days of the Roman... Read more

Kingdom of Heaven: Director's Cut (2005)

Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Brendan Gleeson, David Thewlis, Edward Norton, Jeremy Irons, Liam Neeson, Marton...

Ridley Scott directed this epic-scale historical drama inspired by the events of the 12th century Crusades. Balian, (Orlando Bloom) a humble French bl... Read more

Kingdom of Heaven: Director's Cut ( Blu-ray ) (2005)

Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Jeremy Irons, David Thewlis, Brendan Gleeson, Marton C...

Ridley Scott directed this epic-scale historical drama inspired by the events of the 12th century Crusades. Balian (Orlando Bloom), a humble French bl... Read more

Lawrence of Arabia ( Blu-ray ) (1962)

Director: David Lean
Starring: Alec Guinness, Anthony Quayle, Anthony Quinn, Arthur Kennedy, Claude Rains, Jack...

Director David Lean follows the heroic, true-life odyssey of T.E. Lawrence (Peter O'Toole) in this dramatic portrait of the famed British Officer's jo... Read more

Little Shop of Horrors: The Director's Cut ( Blu-ray ) (1986)

Director: Frank Oz
Starring: Bill Murray, Christopher Guest, Ellen Greene, James Belushi, John Candy, Rick Mo...

The film of the off-Broadway musical of the horror movie spoof... an hilarious, tuneful story of a nerd and his man-eating plant starring Rick Moranis... Read more

Margaret (2011)

Director: Kenneth Lonergan
Starring: Anna Paquin, Jean Reno, Mark Ruffalo, Matt Damon, Matthew Broderick, Allison Jan...

The youthful ideals of a New York teenager are set on a collision course with the realities and compromises of the adult world in "Margaret", a psycho... Read more

Mood Indigo ( Blu-ray ) (2013)

Director: Michel Gondry
Starring: Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh, Aissa Maiga, Omar Sy, Charlotte Le Bon

Based on the 1947 novel 'Froth on the Daydream' by Boris Vian and directed by Michel Gondry this French fantasy drama is the story of handsome, wealth... Read more

Natural Born Killers: The Director's Cut ( Blu-ray ) (1994)

Director: Oliver Stone
Starring: Juliette Lewis, Robert Downey Jr, Tom Sizemore, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson

Dubbed 'A Clockwork Orange' of the 90s, this all-out audio-visual experience is something that comes along all too rarely. Oliver Stone has, with the... Read more

Payback ( Blu-ray ) (1999)

Director: Brian Helgeland
Starring: David Paymer, Gregg Henry, Maria Bello, Mel Gibson

Based on the same Richard Stark novel ("The Hunter") that inspired 1967's "Point Blank", this stylish mob actioner stars Mel Gibson as a career crimin... Read more

Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

Director: Peter Weir
Starring: Rachel Roberts, Dominic Guard, Helen Morse

A spellbinding mystery set in 1900 and filmed with stunning beauty, about a group of schoolgirls, some of whom mysteriously disappear on a St. Valenti... Read more