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.

Robin Hood (2010)

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

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

Tropic Thunder ( Blu-ray ) (2008)

Director: Ben Stiller
Starring: Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr, Steve Coogan, Jay Baruchel, Danny McB...

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

JFK (1991)

Director: Oliver Stone
Starring: Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Sissy Spacek, Kevin Bacon, Laurie Metcalf, Gary...

Oliver Stone's triumphant speculative drama is based on New Orleans D.A. Jim Garrison's experience in bringing charges - the only ones ever levelled a... Read more

Kingdom of Heaven: Director's Cut ( Blu-ray ) (2005)

Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Jeremy Irons, David Thewlis, Brendan Gleeson, Marton C...

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

Blood Simple (1983)

Director: Joel Coen
Starring: John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, M Emmet Walsh

A critically acclaimed thriller set in rural Texas combines chilling suspense with offbeat black humour. Double and triple crosses build to a blood-cu... Read more

The Exorcist: Extended Director's Cut (1973)

Director: William Friedkin
Starring: Kitty Winn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Lee J Cobb, Jason Miller, Jack MacGowran...

Controversial and popular from the moment it opened, the frightening and realistic tale of an innocent girl inhabited by a terrifying entity, her moth... Read more

Dark Star (1974)

Director: John Carpenter
Starring: Brian Narelle, Dan O'Bannon, Dre Pahich, Cal Kuniholm

A cult classic that began as a $6,000 project by a group of Californian students, 'Dark Star' is an earth spaceship on a mission to find and destroy a... Read more

Alexander: Director's Cut (2004)

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

Troy: Director's Cut (2004)

Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Starring: Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom, Eric Bana, Peter O'Toole, Saffron Burrows, Rose Byrne,...

Director Wolfgang Petersen finally has the luxury of time and editing control to provide the film he intended - more studied portraits of the characte... Read more

Daredevil: Director's Cut (2003)

Director: Mark Steven Johnson
Starring: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Michael Clarke Duncan, Colin Farrell, Joe Pantolia...

Grittier and edgier than the original theatrical release, this extended-length Director's Cut version of "Daredevil" contains over 30 minutes of never... Read more