What editions are available?
- Theatrical Cut (96 min.)
- Pre-release version (101 min.)
The notorious filmmaker Abel Ferrara made his directing debut with The Driller Killer in 1979. In 2016 Arrow Video released the film on Blu-ray where it included the theatrical cut of the film and never-before-seen pre-release version of the film. Arrow Video included an booklet with the Blu-ray/DVD release where the longer cut is addressed:
“While restoring The Driller Killer for Arrow’s release, it became apparent that the film’s negative represented an earlier cut, running 100m 52s, which included five minutes of material excised from the prints (95m 51s) shown theatrically and used for all previous video and DVD transfers. Abel Ferrara confirmed that it had been his decision to remove the footage in question, but gave us permission to provide the option of watching this “pre-release version” on the disc.”
Source: The pre-release version by Brad Stevens The Driller Killer Blu-ray release booklet by Arrow Video
The director’s preferred edition: Theatrical Cut
Comparison of the editions with courtesy of Movie-Censorship.com