Still from Mask

Mask (1985)

What editions are available?

  • Theatrical Cut (120 min.)
  • Director’s Cut (127 min.)

In 2004 director Peter Bogdanovich finally got to release his preferred version of the 1985 drama Mask – only one year shy from the 20th anniversary of the film. His director’s cut of the film included new scenes and more importantly, the right music that Bogdanovich wanted to include in the theatrical cut of the film. In a featurette on the 2004 director’s cut DVD Bogdanovich states the following:

“It has taken 20 years for me, for us all to get to the place where we could show this version. It’s thanks to Universal’s home video department and Bruce Springsteen, who made, I think, an offer to them they couldn’t refuse, finally getting this out there. Because I know Bruce always liked the original version and was sorry nobody saw it.”

Eric Stolz, Cher and Sam [Elliott], We all… This is the version we made, and the version we wanted to put out there and for various reasons, couldn’t. So 20 years later, here it is.”

Source: Mask Revealed: A Conversation with Peter Bogdanovich on the director’s cut DVD

The director’s preferred edition: Director’s Cut

Comparison of the editions with courtesy of Movie-Censorship.com