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Old 09-17-2007, 06:05 PM   #466
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I think it's all an issue of Exposition vs. Pacing when it comes to all those scenes. Personally, the benedit of the added material doesn't quite outweigh the problems it causes to the film's pacing.

I do enjoy watching the Special Edition though, no doubt. But the "Better" version, I'd have to say is the Theatrical. The Extended version of Terminator 2 is just god-awful though. And I'm still waiting for a propper DVD release of that film. The Extreme Edition sucks my nuts.
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Old 09-17-2007, 06:31 PM   #467
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T2 on a real high-def transfer will be mind-blowing.

The pacing of almost every movie is hurt by an extended edition, but the pros outweigh the cons for me with Aliens.
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I don't know, I felt all three Lord of the Rings films benefitted from their added material, especially Fellowship. I can't imagine watching any of the theatrical versions ever again.

I guess because it's a three-film saga, pacing isn't as much of an issue, but if it looks like you're rushing from scene to scene, that's bad pacing also.

For me, if I love a film, more of it is rarely a bad thing. Of course, most Donnie Darko fans appear to not be supporters of that Director's Cut.
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Old 09-17-2007, 08:57 PM   #469
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Yeah, the LOTR movies are one of those exceptions. Apparently the Donnie Darko Director's Cut completely changes some parts of the movie? I still need to check that one out.

This really sweet prodcast The Hollywood Saloon has an excellent show detailing Director's Cuts on iTunes that you guys might be interested in.

Another superior Director's Cut: Blade Runner. It gets rid of that awful, awful narration.
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I loved the LOTR trilogy and thought that the extended versions only made them better. Like Lazarus, I cannot imagine watching anything but those extended versions. These were not deleted scenes, per se, just scenes cut for time.

I loves me some Blade Runner.
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The LOTR films are bloated to begin with...the director's cuts are difficult to watch in one sitting...it gets to be like 4+ hours for each one.
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Almost every Ridley Scott flick has a Director's Cut and Theatrical Cut; he's probably the biggest supporter for them, moreso than George "I'll add Hayden Christensen at the end of fucking Return of the Jedi" Lucas.
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The LOTR films are bloated to begin with...the director's cuts are difficult to watch in one sitting...it gets to be like 4+ hours for each one.
Difficult for you, a pleasure for me. I love them and consider them anything but bloated.
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I feel badly that Hayden Christensen will forever be associated only with the Star Wars prequels. His performances in those two films was obviously not great(although whoever wrote the dialog has to take some of the responsibility). He's done other films where he's shown some real chops - 'Life As A House' is a prime example - but no one's ever going to think of them when they think of him.
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I liked him in Shattered Glass.
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That's a good point, and I try to forget that Natalie Portman was even in the prequels, she was just godawful.
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A British magazine or paper voted Portman/Christensen as the couple having the worst on-screen chemistry of all-time.
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George Lucas should not be allowed to direct motion pictures.

Can't we pass a bill through Congress or something?
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He directed the original Star Wars and American Graffiti
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When did he make the horrible leap from talented visionary to money-grubbing no-talent?

It had to to have been sometime between Empire and Jedi. Raiders perhaps?
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