What editions are available?
- Theatrical (155 min.)
- Extended (170 min.)
Gladiator conquered the Academy Awards in 2001 and took home 5 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Actor (Russell Crowe). The Blu-ray edition of the film includes two versions of the movie and in an intro on the extended edition director Ridley Scott states that the theatrical edition is his director’s cut.
“What you are about to see, if you press play, is the extended version of Gladiator. This is not the director’s cut. The director’s cut is the length that went out in theaters. This has a lot of scenes in it that were removed during the editing process and might be worth seeing.”
Source: Ridley Scott intro on Gladiator on Blu-ray.
The director’s preferred edition: Theatrical
Comparison of the editions with courtesy of Movie-Censorship.com