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.

Highlander II: Renegade Version (Special Edition) (1991)

Director: Russell Mulcahy
Starring: Christopher Lambert, John C McGinley, Michael Ironside, Sean Connery, Virginia M...

It's 2024 and MacLeod (Christopher Lambert) and Ramirez (Sean Connery) are back to save planet Earth. Ozone depletion, time travel and corporate greed... Read more

Army of Darkness: Director's Cut ( Evil Dead III ) (1992)

Director: Sam Raimi
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz

The third film in Sam Raimi's "Evil Dead" series. Forced to lead a makeshift Dark Ages army against the demonic Deadites, who possess all the deadly m... Read more

Impostor (2001)

Director: Gary Fleder
Starring: Gary Sinise, Madeleine Stowe, Vincent D'Onofrio, Mekhi Phifer

This sci-fi thriller stars Gary Sinise as a weapons designer in 2079 who goes on the run when authorities believe he is a booby-trapped replicant, sen... Read more

Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut (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

Payback ( Blu-ray ) (1999)

Director: Brian Helgeland
Starring: David Paymer, Gregg Henry, Maria Bello, Mel Gibson

Based on the same Richard Stark novel ("The Hunter") that inspired 1967's "Point Blank", this stylish mob actioner stars Mel Gibson as a career crimin... Read more

Das Boot ( aka The Boat ) ( Blu-ray ) (1981)

Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Starring: Herbert Gronemeyer, Jurgen Prochnow, Klaus Wennemann

A.k.a. 'The Boat.' Totally restored and with over an hour of never-before-seen footage, Das Boot: The Director's Cut is Wolfgang Petersen's acclaimed... Read more

The Green Inferno (2013)

Director: Eli Roth
Starring: Daryl Sabara, Magda Apanowicz, Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Sk...

From director and co-writer Eli Roth, the mastermind behind the "Hostel" franchise and "Cabin Fever", comes "The Green Inferno", a non-stop barrage of... Read more

Beowulf ( Blu-ray ) (2007)

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich, Robin Wright, Brendan Gleeson, Cr...

Director Robert Zemeckis ('The Polar Express') again pushes the boundaries of film animation in this visually stunning take on the oldest of English t... Read more

Das Boot ( aka The Boat ) ( Mini-series) (1981)

Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Starring: Jurgen Prochnow, Herbert Gronemeyer, Klaus Wennemann

A.k.a. 'The Boat. Totally restored 'Das Boot: 6-part mini series presented as one complete feature lenegth uncut version. Wolfgang Petersen's acclaim... Read more

Little Shop of Horrors: The Director's Cut ( Blu-ray ) (1986)

Director: Frank Oz
Starring: Bill Murray, Christopher Guest, Ellen Greene, James Belushi, John Candy, Rick Mo...

The film of the off-Broadway musical of the horror movie spoof... an hilarious, tuneful story of a nerd and his man-eating plant starring Rick Moranis... Read more