Comparison between the uncut Theatrical Version and the Director`s Cut
The US-label Criterion ordered director Terry Gilliam and author Hunter S. Thompson to create a special Director’s Cut. This cut contains a scene that otherwise was only to be seen in part and only in the cinematic trailer. It shows events in retrospect that the main character Raoul Duke remembers fragmentarily when listening to the recorded conversations on his cassette recorder.
Furthermore there is a slightly longer version of another scene shortly before that. There is a bit more conversation going on between Raoul and Dr. Gonzo when they want to leave because of the trouble the kidnapped Lucy (Christina Ricci) is causing.
Director’s Cut’s Pal running time is 144.1 seconds (2:24 minutes) longer because of two extended scenes.
The Director’s Cut was published in 2003 exclusively on US-DVD by the label Criterion. Over five years after that this edition was released in Germany . Since October 23rd 2008 the DC is also available on blu-ray, as was from August 2009 the German counterpart. On the German blu-ray the two extended scenes are only subtitled while featuring the original voices.
As far as the running times in the review are concerned:
The first figure correlates to the German Theatrical PAL Version. The figure following in brackets correlates to the US DVD by Criterion containing the NTSC Director’s Cut.
Mentioned for the books only as the logos are the reason for the additional discrepancies in running times.
The US Director’s Cut DVD shows Criterion’s logogram at the beginning (about 12 sec.)
The Geman DVD shows Tobis’ logo (about 24 sec.)
Only the German DVD shows Summit Entertainment’s logo after the Universal emblem which is in both versions.
The first blend of credits shows discrepancies as well, as once again only the German DVD shows Summit Entertainment’s logo.
In total the German DVD runs 24.7 secs longer in this section
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