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Old 04-18-2013, 02:49 PM
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Default Theatrical Cut or the Uncut/Director's Cut version?

If you are watching a movie you have never seen before, and the disc gives you the options of the Theatrical Edition, or an Uncut/Unrated/Director's Cut version?

I tend to look at the Theatrical cut like the version of a film that airs on TV. Edited for content and time. Sometimes a movie is deemed just too long for theaters, and the cut material really contributes to the story.

I do know that there are times when a theatrical cut is the better version because of a better flow, but I can't think of any off hand. I CAN think of many examples where the Director's Cut improved greatly over the Theatrical Cut.

So which do you start with?

If you watch the non-theatrical cut, do you ever go back and watch the theatrical cut?
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Old 04-18-2013, 04:11 PM
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Depends on the movie. There are a number of films where the "Director's Cut" ruins something that was otherwise good in the original version (:ahem:Star Wars). If I've never seen the movie before, I generally look at how long it was between versions. If a movie comes out on video with an "Unrated Cut" a few months after the theatrical run, that generally means that the theatrical cut had to be watered down for a rating and the director really wanted the Unrated version all along, so I'll start with that.

On the other hand, if it's a decade or more between versions, that usually means that the director is being a revisionist and imposing his modern viewpoint onto older works. This usually ends badly, so I'll start with the theatrical cut in that case.

There are exceptions, of course. Such as Blade Runner, where the theatrical cut was badly compromised due to studio interference and Ridley Scott never had the opportunity to correct it until decades later.
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