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Canyons, The

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  • Theatrical Version
  • Unrated Director's Cut
Release: Feb 11, 2014 - Author: Buster - Translator: DaxRider123 - external link: IMDB
The erotic-thriller The Canyons - based on the book written by Bret Easton Ellis (of "American Psycho"-fame) - was supposed to be a comeback for Paul Schrader (who directed "Cat People" and wrote "Taxi Driver") as well as a way to rehabilitate Lindsay Lohan who lately was rather surrounded by scandal. Both didn't happen: The movie with a Budget of 250,000 US-$ - gathered through crowdfunding - bombed in every department. The Sundance Film Festival declined the flick for being too awful, and many critics have torn it apart.

Those who hoped to see some more nudity on the (Blu-Ray exclusive) Unrated Director's Cut will be disappointed: There is no additional footage of the female actors (as it would normally be the case), rather the contrary. Thus, this is an Unrated Director's Cut unworthy of the name, plain and simple a fraud.
This movie does not enrich the résumé of any of the participants.


For this report we compared the R-Rated Theatrical Version (DVD) with the Unrated Director's Cut (Blu-Ray).


Runtime:
Theatrical Version: 99:55 min. [NTSC] (excluding credits)
Director's Cut: 99:37 min. [NTSC] (including credits)

Overall difference in time: 18 seconds

This results from:

2 scenes with alternative footage: No difference in time
1 scene with additional footage in the Theatrical Version (credits): 18 seconds
Alternative Footage:
00:13:52
Christian invited Reid over to his house. Together with Tara they want to shoot a sex tape. When Christian gets intimate with Tara Reid starts to masturbate. In the Theatrical Version you only see him getting his fingers wet. The Director's Cut shows more of his "act".

No difference in time.

Theatrical VersionDirector's Cut




The Same Scene, Slightly Later:
00:14:08
Again, there's alternative footage. While you see a close-up-shot of Reid grinning in the Theatrical Version, the Director's Cut shows him a little more explicit.

No difference in time.

Theatrical VersionDirector's Cut




Extended Credits in the Theatrical Version:
01:39:37
At the end of the Theatrical Version's credits follow a few acknowledgements as well as the obligatory information about copyrights.

Theatrical Version +18 sec.

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