As is usually the case with the best extended cuts, scenes that develop character and/or setting are reinstated to the benefit of the whole. In the case, we get a much better sense of the cast from some quieter scenes, especially in the first act. All in all, this is a perfect version of one of the great horror movies -- and honestly best comedies, action movies and, for long stretches, laid-back 70s vibing movies. The longest possible version of one of the greatest films of all time? Why you'd have to be brain-dead not to love it!
Fantastic job. If you loved this movie for as long as I have, seeing it in a whole new light is wonderful, and inspiring. In fact re-locating this version recently, lead me to this forum, and lead me to try my hand at re-editing myself. Great job, great picture, great movie!!
Already watched this twice already. I’m glad this was made because I can still remember seeing film for the first time 11 years ago when I was a wee lad of 16. Stayed up until 2:30am to finish watching it. I never stayed up late like that when I was that age. This movie pulled me in THAT MUCH. I can still still remember jumping out of my bed and getting all excited when one of the main characters had a sudden change of heart (no spoilers here). Upon finding out that the version I had seen was the “director’s cut” and that there were 2 other versions, I knew I had to see it. I never saw the Argento version until the 4 disc DVD set. I said “hopefully someone finally goes and puts the footage from all 3 together to make the longest running cut of the film”. And now, I finally have it. Before this, there were bootlegs circulating on ebay that were vhs (and probably bad editing to boot).
That being said, this is my preferred version now. My only problem with it is, since I’ve seen the Director’s cut about 8279 times, I’m so used to the music in that version, that this one will take some getting used to.