Still from The Yards

The Yards (2000)

What editions are available?

  • Theatrical Cut (115 min.)
  • Unrated Director’s Cut (113 min.)

James Grey’s sophomore crime drama The Yards was shelved for two years by Miramax before it was released in 2000. The theatrical cut is available on DVD and Blu-ray but the unrated director’s cut is only available on DVD dubbed as a “exclusive unrated director’s cut”. The unrated director’s cut includes a commentary track with Gray and fellow director Steven Soderbergh that starts like this:

Steven Soderbergh: Hi, this is Steven Soderbergh, I’m with James Gray. Co-writer, director of The Yards. Which are about to get into here now. First, most importanly, what version of this film are we about to see, am I now going to see a different version than I’ve ever seen before?
James Gray: You are indeed.
Steven Soderbergh: What? Because I heard about this legendary alternative cut that I guess you screen for impressible young women, or something.
James Gray: Well, no. This was screened actually only for about five hundred fellow Americans at a mall in New Jersey.
Steven Soderbergh: Oh?
James Gray: Yeah, this is the cut of the movie as I had wanted it, you know. It was sort of my ideal version of the movie. And I think the final version fairly similar. This version, believe it or not, is about 2 minutes shorter than the final version that came out.


Source: James Grey’s and Steven Soderbergh’s commentary on the unrated director’s cut of The Yards on DVD

The director’s preferred edition: Unrated Director’s Cut

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