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Old 07-14-17, 04:26 PM   #1
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Nightbreed: Cabal Cut



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A few years back, Scream Factory in the US finally gave fans the fully loaded release that Nightbreed fans have been clamouring for for years. Nightbreed: The Director's Cut brought in an additional 40 minutes of footage, and a boatload of special features. It's great, and worth seeking out, especially since it took forever for the film to get the kind of treatment that lesser horror movies already had.

So that should have settled that, right? Well, not exactly. You see there's another extended cut of Nightbreed, one even more comprehensive, that made the rounds at select screenings recently. That one is known as Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut, and it contains even more footage.

Nightbreed was based on Clive Barker's short story, "Cabal" and while he directed the film, it had a troubled production. That led to extensive amounts of footage not being used, and for years it was thought to be lost, and nobody ever thought we'd get to see the movie that Barker intended.

The Cabal Cut runs 145 minutes, which is at least a few minutes longer than The Director's Cut from Scream Factory. Some of what's included in The Cabal Cut is of low quality, and according to the folks at the CliveBarkerCast (who had the exclusive reveal) there's still about 12 minutes of footage included in this that comes from VHS footage. But apparently a lot of the other extra footage has been cleaned up considerably since this was screening circa 2013.

Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut is apparently set for "a very limited Blu-ray release" from Seraphim. There's no date yet, but hopefully this arrives in time for a ceremonial Halloween viewing.
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Old 07-14-17, 05:45 PM   #2
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Re: Nightbreed: Cabal Cut

The directors cut was bloated enough and for me didn't really add much. Pass.
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Old 07-14-17, 06:13 PM   #3
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Re: Nightbreed: Cabal Cut

The problem I had with it was the low quality VHS material. Sounds like this will have even more of that.

It will sell out quick though so might make for a good investment. I've never heard of this label before.
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I've never heard of this label before.
I believe Seraphim is Clive's production company.
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Re: Nightbreed: Cabal Cut

During all the hoopla when the driector's cut was released I rewatched the theatrical cut for the first time in years. It was terrible. I'm not sure I could stand an almost 2 and a half hours of Nightbreed.

Yet I'm still oddly interested in seeing this cut...what's wrong with me?
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Re: Nightbreed: Cabal Cut

Definitely in for this (if I can get a copy)!
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Re: Nightbreed: Cabal Cut

I'm just fine with the nice box set I got from Sream thank you very much. Haven't even seen it yet. I can deal with not having the extra crappy VHS footage or whatever. Think I saw this theatrically. Not sure what I thought, but didn't hate it. I think I just didn't appreciate Cronenberg yet and his style, though this seemed a little more fantasy than his others...
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During all the hoopla when the driector's cut was released I rewatched the theatrical cut for the first time in years. It was terrible. I'm not sure I could stand an almost 2 and a half hours of Nightbreed.

Yet I'm still oddly interested in seeing this cut...what's wrong with me?
Did you see the DC version yet?
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Old 07-15-17, 12:15 AM   #9
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Re: Nightbreed: Cabal Cut

This is one of my favorite horrors,so I'm in. I enjoyed the DC, and would welcome a longer cut (although no amount of added footage could fix David Cronenberg's monotonal performance!).As long as it's not obscenely priced.
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Re: Nightbreed: Cabal Cut

I enjoyed the theatrical version when I watched it many years ago, never got around to picking up the director's cut.

Considering that this will most likely be extra expensive due to it being limited in nature, maybe I will use it as an excuse to finally pick up the Director's Cut.
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Oh you found more footage after everybody paid $80 for the limited edition, how convenient.
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I'm in.
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Think I saw this theatrically. Not sure what I thought, but didn't hate it. I think I just didn't appreciate Cronenberg yet and his style, though this seemed a little more fantasy than his others...
David Cronenberg acts in the movie, but it was written and directed by Clive Barker.
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