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.

xXx (2002)

Director: Rob Cohen
Starring: Vin Diesel, Asia Argento, Samuel L Jackson, Marton Csokas, Michael Roof

Vin Diesel cements his screen action hero status with this adrenaline-pumping spy adventure refueled for Generation Y audiences. In trouble with the l... Read more

The Big Blue (1988)

Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Rosanna Arquette, Jean-Marc Barr, Jean Reno

Luc Besson ('Nikita', 'Subway') delves into the watery mysteries of the deep in this salute to the legendary free diver Jacques Mayol who has plunged... Read more

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)

Director: John Cassavetes
Starring: Ben Gazzara, Morgan Woodward, Seymour Cassel, Timothy Carey

Cosmo Vitelli (Ben Gazzara) owns a strip joint; he loves his girls and he loves his job. Trouble is, however, he also loves to gamble and this has res... Read more

Terminator Salvation ( Blu-ray ) (2009)

Director: McG
Starring: Christian Bale, Helena Bonham Carter, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin, Bryce Dall...

It is the year 2018, John Connor (Christian Bale) is attempting to organise the human resistance against the machines, when a mysterious stranger arri... Read more

Halloween II (2009)

Director: Rob Zombie
Starring: Brad Dourif, Malcolm McDowell, Danielle Harris, Sheri Moon Zombie, Scout Taylor-...

Director Rob Zombie's sequel picks up at the exact moment that his 2007 "Halloween" stopped as Michael Myers' sister (Scout Taylor-Compton) gets a bri... Read more

Battle Royale ( Blu-ray ) (2000)

Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Starring: Takeshi Kitano, Masanobu Ando, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Taro Yamamoto, Kou S...

At the dawn of the new millennium, Japan is in a state of near-collapse. Unemployment is at an all-time high, and violence amongst the nation's youth... Read more

Red Dwarf IX: Back to Earth (2009)

Director: Doug Naylor
Starring: Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Jeremy Swift, Robert Llewellyn, S...

Kochanski's dead and the crew are hurled through a portal and discover they're just characters from a TV series. Knowing they will die in the final ep... Read more

Hellboy: The Director's Cut ( Blu-ray ) (2004)

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Jeffrey Tambor, Karel Roden, Rupert Evans, John Hurt

Guillermo del Toro's unique and stunningly realized adaptation of Mike Mignola's acclaimed comic book series stars a perfectly cast Ron Perlman as the... Read more

Crash ( Blu-ray ) (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

The Wolfman (2010)

Director: Joe Johnston
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Benicio Del Toro, Geraldine Chaplin, Hugo Weaving, Emily Blunt

Lawrence Talbot (Benicio Del Toro) is lured back to his family estate to investigate the savage murder of his brother by a bloodthirsty beast. There,... Read more