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.

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie: Director's Cut (1978)

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

Gritty and compelling John Cassevetes film. A proud Los Angeles strip club owner whose gambling debts get out of control, would rather take the option... Read more

Donnie Darko ( Blu-ray ) (2001)

Director: Richard Kelly
Starring: Drew Barrymore, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Katharine Ross, Mary McDonnell, No...

During the presidential election of 1988, a teenager named Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal) sleepwalks out of his house one night, and sees a giant, dem... Read more

Alexander Revisited: The Final Cut ( Blu-ray ) (2004)

Director: Oliver Stone
Starring: Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer, Anthony Hopkins

This two disc set is apparently the final cut (the third thus far) and is arguably the best, with a more thorough - and therefore easier to follow - l... Read more

Dark City (Director's Cut) (1997)

Director: Alex Proyas
Starring: Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, 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

1408 ( Blu-ray ) (2007)

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

The Outsiders: The Complete Novel ( Blu-ray ) (1983)

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: C Thomas Howell, Diane Lane, Emilio Estevez, Leif Garrett, Matt Dillon, Patrick...

Set in 1960s Oklahoma, Francis Ford Coppola's exciting adaptation of S.E. Hinton's classic tale chronicles a bitter gang war between the working-class... Read more

Natural Born Killers: The Director's Cut ( Blu-ray ) (1994)

Director: Oliver Stone
Starring: Juliette Lewis, Robert Downey Jr, Tom Sizemore, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson

Dubbed 'A Clockwork Orange' of the 90s, this all-out audio-visual experience is something that comes along all too rarely. Oliver Stone has, with the... Read more

In the Electric Mist ( Blu-ray ) (2009)

Director: Bertrand Tavernier
Starring: James Gammon, John Goodman, Kelly Macdonald, Mary Steenburgen, Ned Beatty, Tommy...

While investigating a series of grisly murders, veteran detective Dave Robicheaux (Tommy Lee Jones) navigates his way through the Louisiana bayou and... Read more

The Hired Hand (1971)

Director: Peter Fonda
Starring: Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Verna Bloom, Robert Pratt, Severn Darden

Peter Fonda stars in and directed this underrated Western that subtly subverts the macho genre. Harry (Fonda) and his buddy Arch (Warren Oates) have... Read more

Robin Hood ( Blu-ray ) (2010)

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

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