What editions are available?
- Theatrical Cut (117 min.)
- Unrated Extended Cut (138 min.)
Director Ridley Scott is known for his director’s cuts of film and in the later years a couple of extended cuts have also been released on DVD and Blu-ray. The Cormac McCarthy scripted all-star The Counselor from 2013 was released on Blu-ray with an unrated extended cut that runs 21 minutes longer than the theatrical cut.
The Blu-ray release has a feature called “Truth of the Situation: Making The Counselor” where the unrated extended cut with a commentary from Scott is branched seamless with behind-the-scenes material for total of 216 minutes. There Scott states the following:
“I think I usually I end up with two versions. I end up with the version that goes out and the version that nearly went out. Or sometimes the first cut, if I’m frustrated by the fact that I’ve lost so much, which I am. But I also know what can fly in the theater. I’ve got a pretty good idea of what… When you pass the tolerance level, then you lose the audience. So I also know that the most important thing, not the most important thing, but a very important part of this is to actually make sure that people go and watch the film. That’s the whole point of the business. It is a business. It’s an art. It’s business. It’s commerce. It’s art. Sometime it’s an art, not always.”
“That’s the long version. I hope you like it. You’re seeing some really golden stuff in there that, even though we cut the theatrical version down to just under two hours, if you include titles, there’s some really great relevant stuff here, which is not superfluous. So I really hope you enjoy this. I really enjoyed making the movie.”
Source: Ridley Scott’s commentary on “Truth of the Situation: Making The Counselor”
The director’s preferred edition: Unrated Extended Cut