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– by Nick Doll

Extended Cuts and Director’s Cuts are all the rage in the home video market. Sometimes, these longer cuts turn out to be just bloated versions of the film with all the deleted material, that was best left deleted, packed back into the movie. “Extended Cut” or “Unrated Cut” often represent a cash grab in this way, only existing to entice you to buy a slightly different version of the same film you saw in theaters.

When done correctly though, a director’s cut or extended cut can improve a film. Compare Blade Runner‘s final cut or director’s cut to the original theatrical release and you’ll be amazed how much better the home video release was. Watch in amazement as the nonsensical Batman V Superman begins to make more sense in the 30-minute longer ultimate edition.

The latest film to get a director’s cut is this month’s smash hit, IT. Yahoo Movies reports that director Andy Muschietti is working on a longer, director’s cut of IT that will be released on home video by the end of the year.

Muschietti shared with Yahoo Movies a scene he is considering putting into the Director’s Cut; a scene that was hard to part with but had to be lost due to the film’s 2 hour 15 minute run-time:

“There’s a great scene, it’s a bit of a payoff of the Stanley Uris plot which is the bar mitzvah, where he delivers a speech against all expectations… it’s basically blaming all the adults of Derry [for the town’s history of deadly ‘accidents’ and child disappearances], and it has a great resolution. … Maybe it will be in the Director’s Cut!”

Muschietti revealed there would likely be an extra 15 minutes of material also including an extended version of the quarry scene:

“After the spitting contest it escalates into something that is completely weird and irrelevant to the scene but is so funny. Jack Grazer, who plays Eddie, does something that is completely bonkers.”

IT was a great horror film, and I could totally have sat for an extra 15 minutes! Especially since it sounds like most the deleted material means more time with The Loser’s Club, who were the highlight of the movie. I guess I have something extra special to look forward to in the home release.

Will you be checking out the director’s cut, or is 2 hours 15 minutes long enough for you? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Source: Yahoo Movies

  • samjacksonswig

    Bring it on!!!! If it adds value to a movie that is already rock solid then I’ll fork out a few quid for “it”.

  • Moby85

    It’s not a bad idea and were I to purchase it, it would be that version. But I’d instead prefer that the director spent his time getting chapter 2 into production, not doing this cut. The kids are going to grow up quick and the time-frame to use them in extended flashbacks, as planned, is short.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      I thought they weren’t going to do any flashbacks. That is why chapter 1 is the kids and chapter 2 will just be adults. At least that’s the impression I’ve gotten from every article I’ve read.
      And I think the studio is going to make sure part two comes out by September next year to make the 27 year anniversary.

      • Nick

        That would be awesome.

      • steadymobb

        The director has already revealed there will be many flashbacks with the kids and he wants to film their scenes sooner rather than later for that reason.

  • Food4Thought

    If IT ain’t broke…….