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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.

Betty Blue (1986)

7.4/10
Director: Jean-Jacques Beineix
Starring: Beatrice Dalle, Gerard Darmon, Jean-Hugues Anglade

Jean-Jacques Beineix has restored 62 minutes to his romantic masterpiece ('Version Integrale') expanding the adventures of Betty and Zorg. There are s... Read more

Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii (1971)

8/10
Director: Adrian Maben
Starring: Roger Waters, Dave Gilmour, Nick Mason, Rick Wright, Pink Floyd

A classic piece of Pink Floyd history is revisited 30 years later in this brand new Director's Cut. The band plan a trip to Pompeii to perform to an a... Read more

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Extended Edition (2001)

6.2/10
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Andy Serkis, Orlando Bloom, Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd, Viggo Mortensen, Sean...

This Special Extended Edition is a unique version of the film. With no constraints on the running time, director Peter Jackson added more character de... Read more

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - Extended Edition (2003)

6.2/10
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Orlando Bloom, Andy Serk...

The Fellowship's journey is coming to an end. Sauron's forces have attacked Gondor's capital of Minas Tirith in his final siege against mankind. Watch... Read more

Apocalypse Now Redux (1979)

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest, Laurence Fishburne...

Huge production difficulties were faced by Francis Ford Coppola while shooting this epic-scale Vietnam War drama, including disastrous weather conditi... Read more

Blade Runner: The Final Cut ( Blu-ray ) (1982)

8.2/10
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, M Emmet Walsh, Dary...

Ridley Scott's definitive version of the sci-fi noir favourite stars Harrison Ford as a retired detective called back to duty to track down artificial... Read more

Spun (2002)

6.8/10
Director: Jonas Akerlund
Starring: Jason Schwartzman, John Leguizamo, Mena Suvari, Patrick Fugit, Peter Stormare, B...

Three days of epic drug binging becomes a meth-induced odyssey for college drop out Ross (Jason Schwartzman) when he becomes the local Crystal Meth co... Read more

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - Extended Edition (2002)

6.2/10
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchet...

A new version of the second instalment in the epic trilogy now includes over 40 minutes of never-before-seen footage. Frodo Baggins and the Fellowshi... 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

King Arthur (2004)

6.3/10
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