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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

Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

7.6/10
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

Tropic Thunder (2008)

7/10
Director: Ben Stiller
Starring: Jay Baruchel, Jack Black, Steve Coogan, Robert Downey Jr, Bill Hader, Danny McBr...

Ben Stiller directs and stars in this riotous Hollywood satire with Steve Coogan as a desperate director trying to make his Vietnam opus. Among the pa... Read more

Drag Me to Hell (2009)

6.6/10
Director: Sam Raimi
Starring: Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Lorna Raver, Dileep Rao, David Paymer, Adriana Barra...

Sam Raimi returns triumphantly to his horror roots with this camp frightener about a good-hearted Southern girl who attracts a nasty curse. Christine... Read more

Halloween (2007)

6.1/10
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

The Last Emperor (1987)

7.8/10
Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
Starring: John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole, Victor Wong

A stunning milestone in the history of cinema; John Lone stars as Pu Yi, emperor of China, who comes from a long history of a tradition that is irreve... Read more

The Wild Bunch ( Blu-ray ) (1969)

8/10
Director: Sam Peckinpah
Starring: William Holden, Warren Oates, Robert Ryan, Ernest Borgnine, Ben Johnson

Peckinpah at his violent best. In the Southwest of 1913, Pike Bishop (William Holden) is leader of 'The Wild Bunch', a gang of outlaws coerced by a Me... Read more

Brazil (Special Edition) (1985)

8/10
Director: Terry Gilliam
Starring: Jonathan Pryce, Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm, Bob Hoskins, Michae...

Pitting the imagination of a common man against the oppressive stormtroopers of the Ministry of Information, this bitter parable for the Information A... Read more

Zodiac: Director's Cut ( Blu-ray ) (2007)

7.7/10
Director: David Fincher
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr, Anthony Edwards, Brian Cox, Eli...

In the late 1960s, Northern California was gripped by fear as a serial killer haunted the nighttime streets of San Francisco. To this day, the identit... 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