Directors Cuts? Are we losing films we remember?

The other night my better half and I settled in to watch one of my childhood favorites, Superman The Movie, on bluray. I will say that seeing this on bluray was like being a kid again, but all of that will be talked about when I get the review written. The Superman bluray of course is only available as the director’s cut. Which made me ask the question, “Will I ever see the cit of the movie that I was so fond of as a child?”

Some of the directors cuts of films I enjoy, and some are not so good. It is disturbing that the studios for the most part do not include both cuts of a film when you purchase a movie. Some do, such as American Gangster that I recently watched, but most don’t. Awhile back I watched Crash on bluray, and even though I couldn’t find the words director’s cut on the package, it has the same running time as the directors cut I own on regular DVD. So, the Academy Award winner for Best Picture, the cut that won the award, will never make it to bluray. I have noticed some other films out or coming out on bluray that seem to be including director’s cuts only. ┬áRobin Hood: Prince of Thieves was an enjoyable film, but I thought the director’s cut was junk and nothing more than a way for the studios to sell another version to fans getting them to “double dip.” One of my favorite movies., The Last of the Mohicans (Daniel Day Lewis) is available on DVD as a directors cut only, a version which I hated, and is one of the sole reasons I have kept my trusty old laserdisc player, so I can watch the version I prefer. My guess, when it makes it to bluray, it will be as the the directors cut.

There are director’s cuts that I have preferred to the theatrical cuts, including James Cameron’s ┬áTerminator 2 and The Abyss, both adding material that enhanced the movie for me and made it more enjoyable. However, I would still like the choice to watch a movie as I remembered seeing it in the theatre for the first time.