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One of my favourite films, but the director's cut does it no favours
on 30 January 2016
I purchased this specifically to get the shorter, cinematic release (since most single dvd versions seem to be the longer, director's cut). And it's in my opinion of the two versions that I'm likely to be at odds with most reviewers.
The shorter cinematic release is a fine film; nicely paced with moments of folly, fun, humour and sadness beautifully filmed. And a terrific score too. There a just a handful of cringe moments where the story, script or acting don't convince, but many more moments that are genuinely brilliant.
The Director's cut adds an unwelcome homophobic undercurrent to the film without adding anything of merit. To my mind, the editors got it spot on and did the film a massive favour when they cutout the flab for the shorter release.
Many reviewers will disagree, and I know the director certainly does (he was scathing about the cuts imposed to create the shorter cinematic version). Stll, that's the way I see it and the great news is that with this set you get both versions and can form your own opinion. Enjoy :)