The differences add up to 3 minutes and 32.76 seconds with:
29 cut in the Theatrical Version = 2 minutes and 39.75 seconds.
7 cuts with alternative footage = 54.32 seconds.
2 cuts in the Director's Cut = 1.35 seconds.
1 zoomed scene in the Theatrical Version
Differences in terms of color have not been considered in this cut report.
The FSK 16-rental-DVD (Theatrical Version) by 20th Century Fox has been compared to the FSK 16-bargain-DVD (Director's Cut) by 20th Century Fox.
The story of The X-Files: I Want to Believe:
The mysterious disappearing of numerous women baffles the police, because everything they find are some human remains and a former preacher with bizarre visions. In the past, this would have been a case for the X-files but those had been closed years before. When an FBI-agent disappears, the ex-agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are brought back into FBI-service. Not an easy comeback, because both are heading toward a case that threatens to cross the borders of the imaginable!
The basic plot of the series:
The start of the mystery-series began in 1993. The story of the up until now unknown series was not only interesting, but had also something new and unique to offer: As a boy, Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) had to watch his sister Samantha being kidnapped by aliens. Years later: Fox Mulder, who now works for the FBI, put down his career as a successful and exemplary FBI-agent for violent fellony offense and since then works for the X-files, which occupy themselves with inexplicable phonemena. Ever since his sister had been kidnapped, he was fascinated by this theme, which animated him in finding his sister one day. Unfortunately, his other colleagues at the FBI thought that, due to his reputation, he was a weirdo and through this lost all the respect he had been paid before. This is why the sceptical FBI-agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) was ordered to be his partner. She was supposed to control his work from now on and lend her scientific support to her. But during her sinister cases with her partner, Scully witnesses events she cannot explain. Unexplainable events, even science cannot provide an answer for.
After the huge success of the series with overall nine seasons, it was no miracle there were two films on the big screen, too. Whereas the first installment (1998) could tie on on the series and was relatively successful, the second one, with a budget of 30 million Dollars, was pretty disappointing and flopped at the box offices. Its plot stayed far away from the actual X-Files-theme and was more like an independent movie offering little action, suspense and mystery. It is rumored that director Chris Carter has a thrid installment planned for the year 2012. The movie is supposed to orient itself again toward the series, because the year 2012 is playing an important role there.
As usual, films are being released in Director's Cuts/Extended Versions. The same applies to the newest X-Files movie. While the shorter Theatrical Version has been used for the rental DVDs, it was decided that the by four minutes extended Director's Cut would be released for the chain stores. Although there are no big expectations to be had here, too. the new scenes do not really offer a lot, so, again, the film is not improving through those.
View of the scratched face of the man.
The beginning of the man's beating is a little bit longer.
The injured man can be seen longer again.
A take of his scratched hand.
He looks at his scratched hand a bit longer.
Scully enters the door and sits down at her desk. She starts crying while not noticing another co-worker sitting in the side room and witnessing her emotional burst. The co-worker goes outside the room to leave Scully alone. Meanwhile Scully rummages around in her bag and gets out the health record of the terminally ill boy who grew on her and puts it on the desk. She gets out a handkerchief and wipes her nose. Then she looks sadly at the medical record.
The car driving to the crime scene is shown slightly longer.
A Pickup appears and drives frontally into a warning sign saying "No Hunting".
The killer takes a plastic bag from the truck bed of the pickup and goes away. He walks over the sign he had ran over just before.
Slightly longer shot of Mulder pushing the snow aside.
The killer climbs up the hill and observes the FBI-team that is busy with a rescue. He proceeds.
The physician strokes the boy's head several times with an OP-tool.
A piece of the boy's skull is being opened with a saw by Scully. Subsequentally, she walks toward a plastic sheet and stands still in front of it. A physician comes to open it up. The actually opening can be seen in the Theatrical Version, too, though.
Scully walking a bit longer to the boy in the Theatrical Version.
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The severed head can be seen longer in the box.
Here, you can see the floor longer as well as a take of falling agent Whidney.
You can see agent Whidney falling down longer and subsequentially hit the ground.
Mulder looks up.
Mulder looks at the mountains. In the next scene he is driving to another place. When he arrives, he gets out of his car and walks a bit forward. But then he notices the run-over sign, which is stained with some blood. He turns towards a ledge which he immediately climbs to obseve the crime scene from above.
The camera is going from the killer down to the man who just gets something injected into him.
A camera panning over the physicians' faces.
A piece of thread gets cut through at the sewn up neck-wound.
Unconscious Cherly is lying in a container filled with icy water.
Closeup of Cheryl's face. The doctor cuts open her neck with a scalpel.
The physicians stand around the stretcher the man lies on. The camera is again going on to unconscious Cheryl in the container filled with icy water.
Mulder takes a few steps inside the room. A cameratake of Cheryl follows. Then you can see Mulder again telling the physicians to stop this.
One more time, Mulder points at Cheryl.
Dafür ist die nächste Einstellung von Mulder etwas länger.
The next take of Mulder is a bit longer, though.
No time difference
Mulder looks disgusted after he has discovered the headless body. Then he threatens the doctor with a vise and orders him to do what he says.
Mulder can be seen a bit longer here.
But in this version you see the severed head longer.
Again, the severed head is shown a bit longer.
A half-naked body is being pulled through the snow. Subsequentally, the killer enters a room grabs Mulders legs and pulls him over the floor.
The scene showing an axe sticking out of a tree stomp and a headless body lying behind it is a bit longer.
In a zoomed-away take, the killer puts the headless corpes on the tree stomp.
The headless corpes is being put on the tree stomp in a closeup. Then the camera is going toward Mulder who is lying on the ground, unconscious. Afterwards, the killer is shown looking down at Mulder.
Skinner is shown longer in the Theatrical Version
Scully can be seen longer.
Skinner suggests googling it. He gets out his cell phone and taps on it.
Mulder is lying longer next to the headless body.
The killer is holding a severed leg in his hand.
The scene showing the killer putting the severed leg in a plastic bag
has been zoomed-in in the Theatrical Version, so you cannot see another severed extremity lying on the ground.
No time difference.
Left: Theatrical Version / Right: Director's Cut
Cheryl's neck is being cut open a bit longer.
The camera sways from the severed head to Cheryl, who is lying in the icy water with hoses in her neck.
A take of injured Cheryl in the icy water is slightly longer.
During the credits pictures of the entire film crew are shown. In the Theatrical Version these pictures have been excluded.