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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.

1408 (2007)

6.8/10
Director: Mikael Hafstrom
Starring: John Cusack, Samuel L Jackson, Mary McCormack, Tony Shalhoub, Jasmine Jessica An...

John Cusack gives a riveting performance as Mike Enslin, cynical author of 'occult travel guides' in this stand-out horror. Though successful as a wri... Read more

1408 ( Blu-ray ) (2007)

6.8/10
Director: Mikael Hafstrom
Starring: John Cusack, Samuel L Jackson, Mary McCormack, Tony Shalhoub, Jasmine Jessica An...

John Cusack gives a riveting performance as Mike Enslin, cynical author of 'occult travel guides' in this stand-out horror. Though successful as a wri... Read more

1941 (Director's Cut) (1979)

5.8/10
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Dan Aykroyd, Ned Beatty, John Belushi, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Christoph...

Steven Spielberg's monumental comedy spectacular, based on a true incident, about the war panic that erupted in Southern California after a Japanese s... Read more

Alexander Revisited: The Final Cut (2004)

Director: Oliver Stone
Starring: Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins, Jared Leto, Val Kilmer

This two disc set is apparently the final cut (the third thus far) and is arguably the best, with a more thorough - and therefore easier to follow - l... Read more

Alexander Revisited: The Final Cut ( Blu-ray ) (2004)

Director: Oliver Stone
Starring: Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer, Anthony Hopkins

This two disc set is apparently the final cut (the third thus far) and is arguably the best, with a more thorough - and therefore easier to follow - l... Read more

Alexander: Director's Cut (2004)

5.6/10
Director: Oliver Stone
Starring: Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer, Jared Leto, Rosario Dawson, Anthony H...

Oliver Stone recreates the towering, true story of Alexander the Great (Colin Farrell), who in the 4th Century BC conquered Greece, Persia, Afghanista... Read more

Alien (1979)

8.5/10
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hu...

On its way back to Earth, a spacecraft is re-routed to a remote planet to investigate a distress call. When a member of the landing party returns to t... Read more

Alien ( Blu-ray ) (1979)

8.5/10
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Harry Dean Stanton, Ian Holm, John Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronic...

Space explorers on a routine mission bring an extremely adaptable life form on board that has attached itself onto a crew member and then regenerates... Read more

Alien Quadrilogy (1979)

Director: David Fincher, James Cameron, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Ridley Scott
Starring: Veronica Cartwright, Ian Holm, John Hurt, Yaphet Kotto, Harry Dean Stanton, Sigo...

Celebrating one of the most popular sci-fi series in history, this 9 disc box-set features the two-disc special editions of 'Alien' (1979 theatrical v... Read more

Amadeus (1984)

8.3/10
Director: Milos Forman
Starring: F Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Simon Callow, Roy Dotrice, Chri...

Winner of eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Actor and Director, this soaring, engrossing story of genius, jealousy and passion stars Tom H... Read more