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Gathering, The

Comparison:

  • Theatrical version
  • Director's Cut
Release: Jul 20, 2008 - Author: brainbug1602 - Translator: jack ass - external link: IMDB
German broadcasting station „ZDF“ gave a comment on the extended version of „The Gathering“ on their website:
After scoring a surprise hit with the tricky teen-thriller “The Hole”, the British production company Granada tried to top that lucky strike with “The Gathering”. But Granda had a hard time selling the movie in the troubled international distribution market and the company eventually found no one willing to buy the rights for theatrical release.

Before American company Miramax agreed to bring the movie into American theaters – yet in a heavily shortened and speed-up version – German broadcasting station ZDF managed to buy the rights for TV release and this way received the uncut version from Granda.

German distributor Universum bought the rights to bring the movie into German theaters months later from Miramax and received only the shortened version, accordingly.

Over 10 minutes are missing in this “slimer“ version of the film. This fact damaged mainly the psychology of the characters and the logic of the story. The ZDF was very happy to be able to present the “Director’s Cut” in German television.




Review:
I don’t think that we can speak of a “Director’s Cut” of the movie in this case but rather of an early, rough cut of it. There are no truly new or interesting scenes here. The relationship between Cassie and Dan is elaborated a bit more (more dialog and a sex scene), but that’s about it. Additionally, there are a lot of extended scenes that the average viewer normally wouldn’t notice anyway plus some alternate cuts of scenes. Personally, I think the theatrical version is the better one: firstly because the framing is superior (at times there are crucial details missing, cp. the examples below), and secondly because the theatrical version is just more straight forward.

Comparison of the framing:

DC; 1.85:1 (zoomed in) | DVD; 1.85:1




One can see that the DC is trimmed at all the four edges.
Comparison of the DVD/theatrical version and the Director’s Cut that the ZDF broadcasted on 1/3/2005.

running times:

DVD: 83:29 min. (with end credits.)
DC: 93:55 min. (with end credits)

Note: the run time with the extended scenes is only estimated due to the equipment used.

The accounts in the square brackets are part of the theatrical version and should only help to keep track of where the scene is.

The run time statements are according to the DVD.

[00:00:56]

Brad and the girl walk up the hill a bit longer.

2 sec.


[00:01:20]

Dito

2 sec.


[00:01:34]

The girl is seen a bit longer.

1 sec.


[00:01:37]

The rocky landscape is seen a bit longer.

1 sec.


[00:01:47]

The girl is again a bit longer on screen (from a fronted perspective and in the next shot from behind).

3 sec.


[00:01:52]

DC:

The girl is seen longer from a fronted perspective, then she walks up a few steps and says:

Girl: "Brad, I don’t think that’s funny anymore!“

She’s seen earlier in the next shot as well.


Theatrical version:

The camera moves towards her.


[00:02:27]

The girl is on screen a bit earlier.


[00:02:21]

The girl is seen a bit longer.

1 sec.


[00:02:25]

The figures on the wall are seen. Cut to the girl.

3 sec.


[00:02:31]

The figures on the wall are seen a bit longer.

1 sec.


[00:02:37]

The impaled Brad is seen a bit longer.

1 sec.


[00:02:40]

The close-up of the dead Brad is a bit longer. Then the screaming girl is seen once again.
.



2 sec.


[00:02:59]

The scene starts a bit earlier in the DC.

No time difference.


[00:05:18]

The ray of light is seen a bit longer.

1 sec.


[00:05:23]

The explorer is moved down into the cave a bit longer.

4 sec.


[00:05:25]

The explorer is seen a bit earlier.

2 sec.


[00:05:32]

Dito.

2 sec.


[00:05:45]

Dito.

1 sec.


[00:05:55]

The explorer looks at the figures on the wall a bit longer.

3 sec.


[00:06:36]

The car is seen a bit longer from behind.

1 sec.


[00:07:00]

Ms. Kirkman pulls a cellphone out of her bag and dials a number.



5 sec.


[00:07:38]

The dialog between Ms. Kirkman and the doctor is a bit longer in the DC.

[Doctor: "No, she’s just sleeping."]

Doctor: "No internal damage, nothing. She’s in a shock. Her short-term memory will be affected by this, but that’s no reason to keep her here.”
Ms. Kirkman: "You want to release her?"
Doctor: "I’ll do the necessary check-ups in my office.“
Ms. Kirkman: "I just can’t drive off and leave her alone. Who’s gonna check on her? It’s terrible. I don’t even know her name.”
Doctor: "Her name is Cassie Grant."
Ms. Kirkman: "When is she supposed to come for the check-ups again?"
Doctor: "Just make an appointment with my secretary."

(the dialog is heard in the theatrical version while Michael enters the room.)

When Michael opens the door there’s a different shot used in the DC.



26 sec.
[00:07:53]

The succession of the scenes was changed a bit:

DC:

  • Dialog Ms. Kirkman <-> Doctor
  • Michael walks into the room, moves the chair towards the bed and sits down.
  • Cassie looks at Michael and says: "Michael".


    Theatrical version:

  • Dialog Ms. Kirkman <-> Doctor (but shorter)
  • Michael walks into the room and moves the chair towards the bed.
  • Cut to Ms. Kirkman (She says: "I just can’t drive off and leave her alone. Who’s gonna check on her?“)
  • Michael sits down.
  • Cassie looks at Michael and says: "Michael".


    [00:11:43]

    Cassie is seen longer on the couch.

    3 sec.


    [00:11:53]

    Dito.

    1 sec.


    [00:11:58]

    Dito.

    1 sec.


    [00:12:38]

    Michael is seen a bit earlier in bed. He looks around.

    7 sec.


    [00:13:20]

    The talk between Mr. And Ms. Kirkman runs a bit longer.

    Mr. Kirkman: "Did you go to Dr. Luis?"
    Ms. Kirkman: "Yes yes, of course, first thing this morning. She…erm…said that he’s still under shock and that we would need much patience with Michael. She said we could try it with some medicine.”
    Mr. Kirkman takes a bag.
    Mr. Kirkman: "No, that’s out of the question.“
    Ms. Kirkman: "I thought so."
    Mr. Kirkman: "He will still get over it."
    He walks up to her.
    Mr. Kirkman: "I will drive out again tomorrow morning. I’m sorry. Everything allright?”
    Ms. Kirkman nods. Mr. Kirkman leaves.



    50 sec.


    [00:13:20]

    Again the succession of the scenes was changed a bit:

    DC:

  • Michael lies in bed (he is seen earlier in the DC, around 3 sec. longer)
  • Afterwards comes the dream sequence with the hallway (run time identical in both versions).
  • Cassie lies in bed (she looks around a bit in the DC, circa 3 sec.)

    Theatrical version:

  • Cassie lies in bed.
  • Then the dream sequence with the hallway.
  • Michael lies in bed


    [00:15:55]

    The children are seen a bit longer.

    1 sec.


    [00:15:41]

    The camera moves upwards along a figure.

    Mr. Kirkman: "Why do you hide something from me?“



    11 sec.


    [00:16:12]

    In the theatrical version the figure is seen here.

    No time difference.

    [00:16:40]

    An old man and an old woman are seen.

    2 sec.


    [00:17:00]

    The old folks are seen a bit longer.

    1 sec.


    [00:17:02]

    Cassie is seen a bit longer.

    1 sec.


    [00:17:36]

    The dialog between Cassie and the doctor is a bit longer:

    Doctor: "And do you sleep well?"
    Cassie: "Yes, I think so."



    4 sec.


    [00:17:56]

    Cassie is seen a bit longer.

    2 sec.


    [00:17:57]

    Blood runs from the doctor’s mouth a bit longer.

    1 sec.


    [00:17:59]

    Cassie is seen a bit longer.

    2 sec.


    [00:19:15]

    The dialog during dinner is a little different in the DC:

    Cassie: "Since when do you live here?"

    DC:

    Mr. Kirkman: "Emma was born here. She is nine years old now..."
    Ms. Kirkman: "Ten!"
    Mr. Kirkman: "Ten!"
    Ms. Kirkman: "Emma was born in Ashby Wake. She was nine already when we moved into this house.We thought this would be the best place for a fresh start.“

    Theatrical version:

    Mr. Kirkman: "One year."
    Ms. Kirkman: "Emma was born in Ashby Wake. She was nine already when we moved into this house.We thought this would be the best place for a fresh start.“


    The DC runs 6 sec. longer.


    [00:19:32]

    Again a minor difference:

    Mr. Kirkman: "She was seriously sick for a long time.”
    Both times Cassie’s face is seen.

    DC:

    Ms. Kirkman: "I think this was just too much for him.“."


    Theatrical version:

    Ms. Kirkman: "Michael could hardly take it. He had to fight pretty hard. It was terrible to see how much he had to suffer."

    no time difference.

    [00:19:44]

    The house is seen a bit longer. Then Michael is seen a bit earlier.

    6 sec.


    [00:20:08]

    One sees how Cassie climbs out of the bed.

    5 sec.


    [00:20:36]

    Cassie sees an old man.

    2 sec.


    [00:21:00]

    The boy climbs off the bike.

    2 sec.


    [00:21:05]

    The other guy on the bike is seen a bit longer.

    1 sec.


    [00:21:14]

    Bevor she is circled by the bike, Cassie is seen a bit earlier.

    2 sec.


    [00:21:22]

    One sees a bit longer how Cassie runs from the bike.

    2 sec.


    [00:21:24]

    Cassie is seen a bit earlier.

    3 sec.


    [00:21:28]

    Cassie is seen a bit earlier when she runs through the alley.

    3 sec.


    [00:21:33]

    The theatrical version is a bit longer here:

    Cassie is seen a bit earlier when she enters the restaurant.

    3 sec.


    [00:21:45]

    Minor difference:

    DC:

    Cassie is seen from behind.



    Theatrical version:

    Cassie is seen from a fronted perspective.

    no time difference.


    [00:22:00]


    DC:

    The dialog between Cassie and Dan is longer in the DC.

    Cassie looks around.

    Dan: "Are you sure everything is allright?"
    Cassie: "I’m fine. Well, some weird people chased me.“
    Dan: "What people?"
    Cassie: "Well, some guy on a bike and there was one really thin guy as well…erm…and these three old ladies…”
    Dan walks to the window.
    Dan: "Three old ladies? Actually I cant’t see anyone besides a Marshall, a cowboy and some old ladies there.“
    Cassie: "I’m Cassie...Grant."
    Dan: "Dan, Dan Blakeley"



    Theatrical version:

    Cassie walks to the chair.

    The DC runs 46 sec. longer.


    [00:22:36]

    Dan is seen a bit longer. The dialog is moved a bit as well.

    1 sec.


    [00:22:54]

    Again there’s some more dialog betwen Cassie and Dan.

    Dan: "Why do I have the feeling that we’ve met before?“
    Cassie: "Because we have: in front of the school."
    Dan: "No, no, earlier. Did you use to travel a lot?“
    Cassie: "Well, I really have to go now."
    Dan: "If you want to I can drive you there. Just because of the old, dangerous ladies.”
    Cassie: "Ok."



    25 sec.


    [00:23:16]

    Mr. Kirkman and Luke Fraser are seen a bit earlier.

    4 sec.


    [00:24:00]

    Alternate scene:

    DC:

    There’s a camera slide over the stone figures.



    6 sec.

    Theatrical version:

    Luke Fraser looks critically at the stone figures and looks around (this scene follows a little later in the DC).

    31 sec.


    [00:24:39]

    Cassie climbs out of the bed and walks to the window.



    6 sec.


    [00:24:59]

    Cassie is seen a bit longer.

    1 sec.


    [00:25:44]

    Dito.

    1 sec.


    [00:27:52]

    Michael screams; this is seen a little later in the theatrical version.

    No time difference.


    [00:27:54]

    In the theatrical version he’s seen screaming now.

    No time difference.


    [00:28:05]

    Cassie strokes Michael’s back longer.

    Cassie: "It’s allright."



    4 sec.

    Now there’s a big re-shuffling of the scenes:

    DC: Now comes the scene with Luke Fraser at the stone figures.

    The following is longer:

    The light goes out, Luke points around with his flashlight.

    Cut: Cassie and Dan walk around the garden together with the children.

    Michael: "Wait for me. Where are you going? Emma."
    Cassie: "Beware kids. Not too close to the water. Michael don’t run away! Stay with Emma.“
    Dan: "Nothing’s gonna happen to them."
    Cassie: "I’m worried about Michael."
    Dan: "But why? Just look at him: He’s fine. What’s wrong with you? What’s on your mind?"
    Cassie: "I don’t know. It’s really hard to explain."



    Then both versions continue with the scene where Mr. Kirkman and Luke talk to each other.

    The DC runs 1:02 min. longer.


    [00:29:22]

    Mr. Kirkman is seen a bit longer.

    1 sec.


    [00:31:02]

    The rotten eye of the priest is seen longer.

    1 sec.


    [00:31:11]

    The old people are seen a bit longer.

    1 sec.


    [00:31:14]

    The guy riding the bike is seen a bit longer.

    1 sec.


    [00:31:17]

    The couple with the cigarette is seen longer and then a shot of a panting dog. Cassie and the children are seen a bit earlier in the next scene.

    5 sec.


    [00:31:57]

    The owner of the dog is seen a bit longer.

    1 sec.


    [00:32:28]

    The painted Emma is seen a bit longer.

    1 sec.


    [00:33:26]

    A bit more dialog when Dan comforts Cassie:

    [Dan: "I help you."]

    Dan: "I do anything for you. Really anything.“



    5 sec.


    [00:33:37]

    [Dan: "You are not alone."]

    Dan and Cassie kiss longer and more passionately. Then the two have sex. In between you constantly get glimpses of the people (e.g. the old people) that Cassie feels threatened by. After the two have finished there’s again more dialog:

    Cassie: "You know, there was this guy with his dog, he had locked him in his van. Michael was totally scared."
    Dan: "Scared of the guy, the dog or the van?“
    Cassie: "Of the dog. You know what’s weird? This awful dog comes to our house every night and barks at the windows like crazy. We’ve seen him. Actually, just Michael and me. I have to find the owner. Will you help with this?“
    Dan: "For what?"
    Cassie: "I don’t know, maybe because I want to tell him that he shouldn’t let the dog loose at nights."
    Dan: "You said he’s driving a van? You didn’t recall the license plate, did you?"
    Cassie: "No."
    Dan: "He has to gas up some time. There’s only one gas station in Ashby Wake. We ask the people there.“
    Cassie: "This means you’re coming with me?"
    Dan: "I won’t leave your side."

    The two kiss again.



    2:17 min.


    [00:33:42]

    Luke is seen a bit longer.

    1 sec.


    [00:33:44]

    Luke takes a sip of the wine.

    5 sec.


    [00:33:55]

    The picture on the table is seen a bit longer and Luke appears earlier in the next shot.

    1 sec.


    [00:33:58]

    Luke looks around, puts the pictures together and walks over to the DVD player.

    5 sec.


    [00:34:18]

    The screen with the figures is seen longer; then Luke appears.

    1 sec.


    [00:34:26]

    The screen is seen a bit longer again.

    1 sec.


    [00:34:31]

    Dito.

    2 sec.


    [00:34:43]

    Dito.

    1 sec.


    [00:34:47]

    Here the DC misses something out:

    Dan and Cassie are sitting in the car and talk to each other.

    Cassie: "How this dog in the van barked at us; that was really scary and how this guy looked at Michael – a nightmare.”
    Dan: "There’s only one garage in Ashby. Let’s start there.“

    11 sec.


    [00:35:09]

    Cassie walks towards the van a bit earlier.

    2 sec.


    [00:35:35]

    The mechanic’s wound is seen longer in Cassie’s flashback.

    2 sec.


    [00:35:39]

    Dito.

    1 sec.


    [00:36:12]

    The following is missing in the DC:

    Cassie walks from the car towards the building.

    6 sec.


    [00:36:28]

    Cassie looks around longer.

    5 sec.


    [00:36:39]

    Dito.

    6 sec.


    [00:37:25]

    The camera slide around the building is a little longer.

    4 sec.


    [00:39:56]

    Another newspaper article is seen.

    Cassie: "Priest discharged."



    7 sec.


    [00:39:58]

    Another shot of the guy approaching the house.

    2 sec.


    [00:42:13]

    Additional shot of Luke.

    2 sec.


    [00:42:27]

    Carl looks longer at the screen.

    2 sec.


    [00:42:27]

    Another shot of Luke staring at the screen.

    3 sec.


    [00:43:46]

    Another shot of Luke staring at the screen. He looks shocked.

    8 sec.


    [00:45:15]

    A little more dialog when Luke shows the slides to the priests:
    Priest1: "Isn’t this a little exaggerated?“
    Priest2: "We have to bury everything"
    Priest1: "Luckily nothing has slipped through to the public so far." (this sentence is not in the theatrical version, although you see the priest.)

    Luke is seen a bit earlier after that.



    5 sec.


    [00:45:54]

    Again there’s some more dialog:

    [Priest2: "We have to ask ourselves: why?"]

    Priest2: "W e can only make assumptions, but I’m sure that the measure was taken for the public’s good.“



    6 sec.


    [00:46:11]

    The priest is seen a bit longer.

    1 sec.


    [00:46:23]

    Dito.

    1 sec.


    [00:46:34]

    Luke: "I will drive to him first thing in the morning.“

    Priest: "Good, may the Lord bless you.“

    Luke goes.

    Priest: "We all need his protection right now.“



    1 sec.


    [00:49:38]

    The scene begins earlier.

    No time difference.


    [00:50:11]

    The people from the town prepare their summer festival.



    12 sec.


    [00:51:18]

    Luke gets off the car earlier.

    2 sec.


    [00:51:44]

    The mayor talks to Dr. Byworth (there’s no dialog audible.)

    3 sec.


    [00:51:59]

    Fred loads blue cans into his car (this scene comes a little later in the theatrical version). The next shot has Mr. Kirkman a little earlier on the telefon.

    Mr. Kirkman: "Yes."



    5 sec.


    [00:52:55]

    Now comes the scene with the blue cans.


    [00:53:04]

    Fred walks towards the door.



    8 sec.


    [00:53:24]

    One sees the dying dog.



    2 sec.


    [00:53:41]

    The BMW is seen a bit earlier.

    4 sec.


    [00:53:50]

    Mr. Kirkman is seen a bit longer.

    3 sec.


    [00:57:08]

    Cassie walks around a bit longer.

    4 sec.


    [00:57:31]

    Fred is seen a bit longer.

    1 sec.


    [00:57:35]

    Fred’s rifle is seen a bit longer.

    1 sec.


    [00:57:36]

    Fred is seen a bit longer.

    1 sec.


    [00:57:51]

    Fred points the rifle at his boss a little longer.

    2 sec.


    [00:57:54]

    Dito.

    1 sec.


    [00:58:11]

    The transition between the scene with the men on the log and Cassie is a bit different: the theatrical version features a quick fade-in, the DC not.

    No time difference.


    [00:59:05]

    Same thing once more.. scenes: people standing at the shore <-> highway.

    No time difference.


    [01:00:56]

    Minor change in the succession of the scenes:

    DC:

  • Fred shoots the priest.
  • Fred tucks the weapon in and leaves the cemetery, then a woman appears and looks at the dead priest.
  • One sees the dead priest.
  • One sees the woman (missing in the theatrical version; Dan reports).

    Theatrical version:

  • Fred shoots the priest.
  • One sees the dead priest.
  • Fred tucks the weapon in and leaves the cemetery, then a woman appears and looks at the dead priest (Dan reports).


    [01:01:10]

    In the DC one sees more shots of Cassie and Dan while Dan tells his story.

    10 sec.


    [01:01:53]

    The following sentence is missing in the DC:

    [Dan: "...that we can be useful as well..."]

    Dan: "...by taking care that everything is prepared, that the inevitable can happen, that happens what’s supposed to be happening.“

    [Cassie: "But that’s sick."]

    7 sec.


    [01:02:23]

    Cassie walks through the crowd and takes her place in front of the mic.

    Cassie: "Please listen to me, I have to warn you. You’re in great danger. This place must be cleared immediately, listen up…"

    Cassie is pulled from the podium.

    Cassie: "Believe me."

    Mayor: "I beg your pardon. Let’s move on to the awards show. I want to introduce to you Dr. Byworth. He’ll tell you who’s the winner this time. Applause for Dr. Byworth!“



    The theatrical version begins when the mayor is seen, but the speech is a little different:

    Mayor: "Dr. Byworth has the honorable task to present the winners. Applause for Dr. Byworth!“


    [01:02:30]

    Minor changes in the succession of the scenes:

    In the theatrical version one sees an old man; this scene is featured in the DC right before Cassie enters the podium.

    No time difference.


    [01:04:25]

    The burning car wreck is seen and Fred walks through the agitated crowd.



    3 sec.


    [01:04:28]

    One sees only now how Fred walks through the agitated crowd in the theatrical version.

    No time difference.


    [01:04:50]

    Cassie lies on the ground and struggles to her feet.



    8 sec.


    [01:05:52]

    Mrs. Kirkman is seen a bit longer.

    1 sec.


    [01:06:20]

    Minor difference:

    DC:

    One sees from behind how Cassie and the children walk through the field.

    Theatrical version:

    One sees from the side how Cassie and the children walk through the field.

    [01:06:38]

    Fred is seen a bit longer.

    1 sec.


    [01:06:37]

    There’s a slightly different framing used when the balloon flies away.



    From here on the DC featurs a different succession of the scenes:

  • Fred looks fierce and walks towards the field.
  • One sees from behind how Cassie and the children walk through the field.
  • One sees from a fronted perspective how Cassie and the children walk through the field.
  • Fred is seen from behind how he walks through the field.
  • Fred is seen from the side how he walks through the field.
  • Cassie and the kids from the side; Emma cries.
  • The balloon is seen flying above the field.
  • Fred pulls out his rifle.
  • Cassie and Emma; Cassie pulls the balloon downwards.
  • Fred shots.
  • Cassie and Emma flee.
  • Fred chases them.
  • The camera moves along the field from above; people vanish inside the field.


    Theatrical version:

  • Cassie and Emma; Cassie pulls the balloon downwards.
  • One hears the sound of something bursting; Fred looks towards the field.
  • Cassie and Emma flee.
  • Fred looks fierce and walks towards the field.
  • The camera moves along the field from above; people vanish inside the field.



    It makes more sense in the theatrical version, because it doesn’t become clear in the DC why the balloon bursts. It wasn't shot by Fred, because Cassie pulled it down just in time.

    The DC is 27 sec. longer.


    [01:07:13]

    Cassie and the kids are seen a bit earlier.

    2 sec.


    [01:07:37]

    The kids are seen a bit longer.

    2 sec.


    [01:07:46]

    Fred is seen a bit longer.

    1 sec.


    [01:07:51]

    Dito.

    1 sec.


    [01:08:03]

    Cassie and the kids are seen a bit longer.

    1 sec.


    [01:08:14]

    Dito.

    3 sec.


    [01:08:40]

    Cassie and the kids are seen a bit earlier.

    1 sec.


    [01:11:22]

    Again the DC misses out the fade-in. Scenes: Cassie on the floor <-> people are seen.

    No time difference.


    [01:11:25]

    Cassie is seen once again. The DC misses out the fade-in to Dan.

    3 sec.


    [01:11:31]

    There’s another shot used of Cassie on the floor.




    [01:13:42]

    Fred winces longer in the water.



    5 sec.


    [01:13:52]

    The people in front of the barn are seen bit earlier.

    4 sec.


    [01:14:08]

    Dito.

    6 sec.


    [01:15:00]

    Minor difference:

    Theatrical version:

    The camera moves towards the painting.

    DC:

    Only the painting is seen, without the camera move.

    No time difference.


    [01:16:15]

    Minor difference:

    Theatrical version:

    The stone figures and the cross are seen from a fronted perspective.

    DC:

    The stone figures are seen in a long shot.

    No time difference.


    [01:18:39]

    The crumbling stone is seen a bit longer.

    1 sec.


    [01:19:43]

    The end credits are different:

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