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.

Highlander II: Renegade Version (Special Edition) (Blu-ray) (1991)

Director: Russell Mulcahy
Starring: Christopher Lambert, John C McGinley, Michael Ironside, Sean Connery, Virginia M...

It's 2024 and MacLeod (Christopher Lambert) and Ramirez (Sean Connery) are back to save planet Earth. Ozone depletion, time travel and corporate greed... Read more

Halloween (Blu-ray) (2007)

Director: Rob Zombie
Starring: Brad Dourif, Tyler Mane, Malcolm McDowell, Sheri Moon Zombie, Scout Taylor-Compt...

He of the bluish-white Captain Kirk mask and bloody butcher knife comes home to Haddonfield once more in Rob Zombie's remake of the 1978 John Carpente... Read more

Beowulf: The Director's Cut (2007)

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins, Brendan Gleeson, Crispin Glover, John Malkovich...

Director Robert Zemeckis ('The Polar Express') again pushes the boundaries of film animation in this visually stunning take on the oldest of English t... Read more

Robin Hood 'Director's Cut' ( Blu-ray ) (2010)

Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Eileen Atkins, Mark Addy, Mark Strong, Max von Sydow

The early exploits of Robin Hood are chronicled in this adventure starring Russell Crowe as the famed outlaw hero. After fighting in the Third Crusade... Read more

Blade Runner: Ultimate Collector's Edition (1982)

Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Harrison Ford, Sean Young, Rutger Hauer, Daryl Hannah, Edward James Olmos, Joe T...

And this really is the ultimate collection with all five known versions of the film - Ridley Scott's newest cut includes added and extended scenes and... Read more

Crash (2005)

Director: Paul Haggis
Starring: Brendan Fraser, Don Cheadle, Larenz Tate, Matt Dillon, Ryan Phillippe, Sandra Bu...

Writer/director Paul Haggis brings together a high-powered ensemble cast to explore the sensitive subjects of race and gender in this provocative L.A.... Read more

1941 (Director's Cut) (1979)

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