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Old 04-10-05, 12:57 PM
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Ridley Scott talks: Kingdom of Heaven [Director's cut]

The upcoming Ridley Scott Crusades epic "Kingdom of Heaven" clocks in at around 135 minutes, but be prepared for a multi-disc set some time next year which will add another full hour of footage.

The assorted actors and Scott himself confirmed today that the original cut of the film clocked in at a little over three hours (around 195 mins). Actress Eva Green revealed that the longer cut focuses more on the characters, and less on the crusades themselves.

Amongst the stuff edited out is more of the love story between Green and Bloom's character, and a subplot involving her son. Green says her Lady Macbeth style tragic character is more complex in the longer version - a journey of self discovery.

Why then did they bother with a shorter theatrical cut? Scott says "The DVD world is a different experience. A theatrical audience goes out to see the movie, and I think to a degree there's a tolerance...do you think operas tend to be a bit long? do you think theatre tends to be a bit long? You think 'oh my god' there's going to be another act...The extended version, you can tell why we had certain scenes in the extended version. The one that went out was the best version, no question about it in my opinion."

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Sounds, good. I'm really looking forward to seeing this next month.

Sounds like we'll get the theatrical version on DVD first, given that this directors cut isn't slated to release until next year according to that article.
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Great to hear in advance that there will be a director's cut.
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Ill pass. I just care about the violence.
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Nice! I'm in, providing the film is good, but this is Ridley my man, so I suppose it's gonna be pretty good.
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Originally Posted by matrixrok9
Great to hear in advance that there will be a director's cut.
The theatrical verison is the director's cut.
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Any Sam Peckinpah fans out there??
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Bummed we have to wait another year to see the extended...
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Originally Posted by William Fuld
The theatrical verison is the director's cut.
Or are we talking semantics here?
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Semantics, I guess. Calling the extended version the "director's cut" suggests somebody else edited the theatrical version, which isn't the case.
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The director's cut is not always what gets shown in the theater. Sometimes it has to do with ratings and other times it just has to do with time constraints. Some movies will draw less people if they run longer so therefore they are trimmed down. This doesn't mean that the longer version isn't what the director ultimately wants released as their film. I can't speak for Ridley Scott on this one to whether or not it is his cut of the movie.
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Exactly, sometimes the studio forces the director to cut more than they'd like for the theatrical version for content, time etc.

So in that case it isn't really the directors cut.

No way to tell right now if that's the case here or not.
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"The one that went out was the best version, no question about it in my opinion."

I guess I'm misinterpreting that, I took it to mean the theatrical version.
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Hopefully, the DVD will be out before the end of the year.
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Is it just me, or is it a little early to be talking about an eventually DVD release to a movie that hasn't even been released?
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Originally Posted by critterdvd
Is it just me, or is it a little early to be talking about an eventually DVD release to a movie that hasn't even been released?
It's just you. The filmmakers brought it up, so we are discussing it.

I guarantee someone will come back furious when the extended DVD release comes out, completely forgetting about this announcement, which is probably a year ahead of time.
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I took it to mean he's happy with the theatrical cut and the extended is to give us more of a good thing.

If the film is indeed as good as I hope it is, I'll try to hold out for the extended but may get both if a good deal arises.
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Thanks Ridley. Now I don't have to see it in theatre! Oh wait, this is Ridley Scott, I forgot, his director's cuts are ALWAYS inferior to the theatrical versions.
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Originally Posted by PopcornTreeCt
Thanks Ridley. Now I don't have to see it in theatre! Oh wait, this is Ridley Scott, I forgot, his director's cuts are ALWAYS inferior to the theatrical versions.

which of scott's movies are you talking about.
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Originally Posted by ruk
which of scott's movies are you talking about.
Blade Runner?
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ok, thanks
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Also, the Alien DC is worse than the Theatrical, but Scott knows that.
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Well the DC of Legend was actually better than the TC. Not night & day better but better nonetheless.
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I'm looking forward to seeing this as well and I know I'll also ending up buying the DC when it comes out (assuming of course I liked the movie).
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This strategy is retarded, audiences can handle three hour movies.

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