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.

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

Apocalypse Now ( Blu-ray ) (1979)

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Albert Hall, Dennis Hopper, Frederic Forrest, Harrison Ford, Laurence Fishburne,...

Francis Ford Coppola directed, produced, and co-wrote this masterful Vietnam War-updating of Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness." The film chronicles... Read more

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

Director: James Cameron
Starring: Robert Patrick, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Arnold Schwarzenegger

Schwarzenegger the cyborg is "baaack" in a big way, this time defending Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) and her young son from a killing machine from th... 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

Dark City ( Blu-ray ) (1997)

Director: Alex Proyas
Starring: Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Richard O'Brie...

A Kafkaesque slice of sci-fi noir from director/co-writer Alex Proyas ("The Crow"), this haunting thriller stars Rufus Sewell as a man who awakens to... Read more

Spawn (1997)

Director: Mark A Z Dippe
Starring: John Leguizamo, Michael Jai White, Martin Sheen, Theresa Randle, Nicol Williamso...

Five years after being murdered by corrupt colleagues in a covert government agency, Al Simmons (Michael Jai White) makes a Faustian pact with the dev... Read more

Amadeus ( Blu-ray ) (1984)

Director: Milos Forman
Starring: Elizabeth Berridge, F Murray Abraham, Jeffrey Jones, Simon Callow, Tom Hulce, Ch...

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

Tombstone (1993)

Director: George Pan Cosmatos
Starring: Bill Paxton, Billy Zane, Charlton Heston, Jason Priestley, Joanna Pacula, Jon Te...

A star-studded western that follows the Earp brothers (Kurt Russell, Sam Elliott and Bill Paxton) as they encounter villainous types in the Old West.... Read more

Damage (1992)

Director: Louis Malle
Starring: Ian Bannen, Jeremy Irons, Juliette Binoche, Leslie Caron, Miranda Richardson, Ru...

Director Louis Malle ("Atlantic City") peels back the layers of one family's tragedy to reveal a middle-aged man and his son's fiancee entangled in an... 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