Still from Bad Santa (2003)

Bad Santa (2003)

What editions are available?

  • Theatrical (93 min.)
  • Unrated (100 min.)
  • Director’s Cut (88 min.)

Bad Santa is without a question the raunchiest Christmas movie of all time. The film is must-watch for some at Christmas and has gained a cult following since its release in 2003.

Bad Santa has been released in three different cuts: Theatrical, Unrated and Director’s Cut. The US Blu-ray edition of the film includes both the Unrated and Director’s Cut. Director Terry Zwigoff provided a commentary on the Director’s Cut where he opens the movie by saying:

“I’m Terry Zwigoff… This is the film as I originally intended it to be seen. Never thought I’d actually live to see this cut come out.”
Source: Terry Zwigoff’s commentary on Bad Santa Director’s Cut

Also on the Blu-ray is an interview with Zwigoff and editor Robert Hoffman conducted by Roger Ebert at Ebertfest in 2006 following a screening of the Director’s Cut where Hoffman states:

“This version existed basically as Terry’s first cut he presented to the studio.”
Source: Interview with director Terry Zwigoff and editor Robert Hoffman by Roger Ebert

The director’s preferred edition: Director’s Cut

Comparison of the editions with courtesy of

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