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The Boondock Saints (1999)

What editions are available?

  • Theatrical Cut (108 min., 21 sec.)
  • Unrated (108 min., 26 sec.)

The cult favorite The Boondock Saints has a large following since its initial release in 1999. In 2006 writer-director Troy Duffy returned to his debut to include 5 seconds that were cut out of the original release to ensure R-rating for the film in the US. Originally it received NC-17 rating, and with that rating Blockbuster Video wouldn’t stock it. The unrated cut was originally released as a stand alone release in 2006. The Blu-ray release includes both the theatrical and unrated cuts.

IGN interviewed Duffy in 2006 when the unrated cut of The Boondock Saints was originally released. Although Duffy talks about the difference between the theatrical cut and the unrated being minutes, the time difference is only 5 seconds.

IGN DVD: Maybe just to start off you can talk about the differences between this ‘Unrated’ version of the film and the original cut.

Troy Duffy: What it is was my first cut of the film. It got rated NC-17, and there’s only a few minutes difference, but it’s going to be very noticeable to Boondock fans and it’s only differences in scenes where people die. There’s a lot more blood work, and a lot more sort of slow-motion gun ballet violence in it. I think it’s only about two and a half minutes longer than the regular version. But cutting those scenes, when we got the NC-17 I challenged it with the MPAA. You go before this arbitration board called CARA and you plead your case and MPAA sends a representative over to plead their case and you plead your case and they screen the movie beforehand in front of, you know, nine 60-year old housewives that are just going to basically support whatever the MPAA wants to do. Anyway, I had to cut it to an R to get distribution; we had a deal with Blockbuster and they only release R [-rated movies]. So cutting it was like slicing up your baby; all of those shots, especially the slow-motion violence and the blood and all that, those were hard-earned shots – well-orchestrated, everybody on set had to contribute to getting those correct, and it was real hard to cut those out. I’m glad Fox is releasing this version because it’s the one I originally intended. So the difference though only minute-wise is slight, it’s going to be very impactful for the fans.

Source: Interview: Troy Duffy, IGN

The director’s preferred edition: Unrated

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Live Free or Die Hard / Die Hard 4.0 (2007)

What editions are available?

  • Theatrical Cut (128 min.)
  • Unrated (128 min.)

Live Free or Die Hard or Die Hard 4.0 or simply Die Hard 4 is as the titles vaguely indicate is the fourth Die Hard movie. The relentlessly bloody and profanity filled adventures of John McClane have been the popular franchise trademarks. But in 2007 the franchise strayed from its trademarks and even managed to skip the ever classic line “yippee ki-yay, motherfucker” due to the simple fact that Die Hard 4 was rated PG-13. There are two cuts of Die Hard 4 available: the PG-13 rated theatrical cut and an unrated cut. The difference in length is minimal (unrated is only 8 seconds longer than the theatrical cut) but the unrated cut adds computer generated blood and a different dialog that has strong language.

Film Ireland interviewed director Len Wiseman where he talked about the PG-13 rating and how he lost the ratings fight with the studio:

“The director also admitted his disappointment at how the studio censored that film. ‘I shot a rated R movie,’ he insisted, and referenced the ‘Harder’ cut available on DVD. ‘I had no idea it was going to be PG-13; that came in halfway through the process. And I gotta tell you as a fan I felt like ‘I’m gonna walk.’ If they it PG-13! You know Bruce was really up in arms about it and everything. But in the end it was the most expensive Die Hard. It was also my first studio film, so I lost that battle over the rating. I’m not big on doing the cartoon gore. But McClane is McClane, so that’s really why I was glad to get that (the extended cut) out.’”

Source: Interview: Len Wiseman, director of ‘Total Recall’, Film Ireland

The director’s preferred edition: Unrated Cut

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The Hangover (2009)

What editions are available?

  • Theatrical Cut (100 min.)
  • Unrated (108 min.)

The Hangover was one of the biggest surprises of 2009 and since then it has spawned two sequels. The Hangover is the only one of the trilogy that was released in an longer cut on home video. That’s due to the fact that the director Todd Phillip was quite unhappy with Warner Bros releasing the unrated cut, and he even involved the Director’s Guild of America. Phillips talked about it at South by Southwest in 2011:

“Warner Bros., they’ll make your movie; your movie does well, and they want to create an unrated version, which is entirely against DGA rules because it’s not your cut. And they can’t call it the ‘Director’s Cut’ — they’ll call it ‘Unrated’ or some ridiculous term. Really all it is, is about seven minutes of footage that you cut out of the movie for a reason.”

Source: SXSW: Todd Phillips Lambastes Warner Bros. Over Hangover Uncut Edits: ‘That Won’t Happen Again’, Movieline

The director’s preferred edition: Theatrical

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The Mutilator (1985)

What editions are available?

  • Theatrical Cut (86 min.)
  • Unrated (86 min.)

The long lost ’80s slasher flick The Mutilator was finally restored to it’s former glory on Blu-ray and DVD by Arrow Video. Previously The Mutilator was only available on bootleg DVDs. Directors Buddy Cooper and John Douglass had to cut out a scene so the MPAA wouldn’t slap the notorious X-rating on the film:

Edmund Ferrell: “We think, having combed through all the released prints and the cuts we made to make a MPAA approved release, that we finally restored this the way that Buddy Cooper intended it and the way you want to see it.”
Buddy Cooper: “We hope you like it.”

Source: Introduction with writer/director Buddy Cooper and assistant special make-up effects artist/assistant editor Edmund Ferrell on the Arrow Video’s Blu-ray release

The director’s preferred edition: Unrated

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Superbad (2007)

What editions are available?

  • Theatrical Cut (113 min.)
  • Unrated Extended Edition (119 min.)

The Judd Apatow produced comedy Superbad holds up pretty great a decade after its premiere in 2007. When it debuted in 2007 it received critical acclaim and launched the career of two time Academy Awards nominee Jonah Hill. When Superbad arrived on home video format it was released in three separate editions: a theatrical cut DVD, an unrated extended edition DVD and an unrated extended edition Blu-ray. The theatrical cut is unavailable on Blu-ray.

Director Greg Mottola confirmed with This or That Edition which edition he prefers:

The director’s preferred edition: Theatrical Cut

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Wolf Creek (2005)

What editions are available?

  • Theatrical Cut (99 min.)
  • Unrated (104 min.)

The 2005 Aussie horror flick Wolf Creek was released on DVD as an unrated cut in the US. Since its release the Ozploitation has been considered a cult classic. The theatrical cut is widely available on DVD and Blu-ray while the unrated cut is only available on DVD in the US and in Germany on Blu-ray. Director Greg McLean confirmed with This or That Edition which edition he prefers:

The director’s preferred edition: Unrated

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Hannibal Rising

Hannibal Rising (2007)

What editions are available?

  • Theatrical Cut (121 min.)
  • Unrated (131 min.)

The Silence of the Lambs prequel Hannibal Rising was slaughtered by critics and fans alike of the sophisticated cannibal Hannibal Lecter. Hannibal Rising is the fifth entry in the Hannibal-franchise that started with Manhunter in 1986. Hannibal Rising was released in the States on DVD in a unrated cut but has still not found its way to Blu-ray although the UK release on Blu-ray is the unrated cut. Director Peter Webber confirmed with This or That Edition which edition he prefers:

The director’s preferred edition: Neither

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Central Intelligence

Central Intelligence (2016)

What editions are available?

  • Theatrical Cut (107 min.)
  • Unrated (116 min.)

The action juggernaut Dwayne Johnson and comedian Kevin Hart teamed up in the mismatched-buddy comedy Central Intelligence in 2016. The Blu-ray release of the action-comedy included the theatrical cut along with an unrated cut. The DVD release only includes the theatrical cut.

Writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber confirmed with This or That Edition which edition he prefers:

The director’s preferred edition: Theatrical Cut

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The Boss

The Boss (2016)

What editions are available?

  • Theatrical Cut (99 min.)
  • Unrated (105 min.)

The 2016 comedy The Boss is the director Ben Falcone and actress Melissa McCarthy second outing. The husband and wife team collaborated before on Tammy and before that acted together in the hit comedy the Bridesmaids. The Boss was released on Blu-ray where it included the theatrical cut and an unrated cut. The DVD release has only the unrated cut. Falcone confirmed with This or That Edition which edition he prefers:

The director’s preferred edition: Theatrical Cut & Unrated

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Crimes of Passion

Crimes of Passion (1984)

What editions are available?

  • Theatrical Cut (100 min.)
  • Unrated (107 min.)
  • Director’s Cut (112 min.)

The cult label Arrow Video recently issued a dual format edition of Ken Russell’s Crimes of Passion. The edition includes both the unrated and the director’s cut of the film.  A collector’s booklet comes with the dual format where Paul Sutton writes about Crimes of Passion and includes a quote from a conversation between Russell and him where the director talks about the censorship of the film:

“The (American) censors complained I’d put too much art in the film. I’d bought a few books of erotic art from the corner bookshop, nothing new, most of it a hundred years old and available in every school library, Aubrey Beardsley and Japanese watercolors, and I’d used some of the more famous prints in the film. The censors insisted I took it all out. ‘YOU CAN’T SHOW ART TO AMERICANS!’ If I’d have made a rip-roaring farce about hookers they’d have left it alone, and if I’d made a sadistically violent film for children, and changed my name to [Steven] Spielberg, they’d have left it alone, but because I’d made a serious film for adults, about American sexuality, they cut twelve minutes out and did what they could to damage its prospects. And they succeeded. But it went out uncut on video and went straight to number one.”

Source: Essay Jules et Jim for 42nd Street by Paul Sutton from the booklet of Arrow Video’s release of Crimes of Passion

The director’s preferred edition: Director’s Cut

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