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Release: Mar 21, 2008 - Author: KoRn - Translator: enemy - external link: IMDB
Legendary warrior Beowulf (Ray Winstone) faces the monster Grendel (Crispin Glover). Grendel terrorizes townships and King Hrothgar (Anthony Hopkins) for some reasons. Later Beowulf even has to fight Grendel's mother (Angelina Jolie)...


With Beowulf director Robert Zemeckis tried to give new life to the Norse tale with help of latest computer technology. He used the same technique he did on The Polarexpress. Even though this technique has advanced very muchthe film seems cold and soulless. The characters look too smooth and perfect and in action sequences the movement is bold and stiff. The story about the hero Beowulf may be very intersting but Zemeckis can't keep the viewer interested at all times. Many critics thought so as well.

Nevertheless the Director's Cut is an improvement compared to the version running in theaters (although "Unrated would be more suitable since only sexual offensivness and violence were put back in the movie). A Director's Cut usually contains story extensions or character development. Here it seems that storywise the theatrical version was Zemeckis' favored version and it was only trimmed to a PG-13 rating for marketing reasons. The new material completes the movie, especially the fight sequences with Grendel are less edgy.

US-DVD has an "Unrated" note.


Conclusion:

The Director's Cut shows the movie how Zemeckis wanted it to be. Blood and action scenes have been reintegrated, the rest of the story remains the same. Anyone who liked the film in its theatrical version will be very pleased with this Director's Cut.


Director's Cut (DC): 01:54.42 min. with end credits
Theatrical Version (TR): 01:49.43 min. with end credits

Director's Cut (DC): 01:45.52 min. without end credits
Theatrical Version (TR): 01:41.15 min. without end credits


The Theatrical Version from Warner Bros. (PG-13) has been compared to the DVD: Warner - Director's Cut (Unrated).

Overall it comes to 20 cuts = 90 seconds (1 min. 30 sec.) (added cut times)
All time codes are in PAL since the German DVD's have been used for the creation of this report.
01.58
Different shot of the people partying. A man licks the cleavage of a maiden.
5 sec.



02.17
A maiden runs away from a man. They both fall down behind a table. He lays on top of her and pulls her skirt up.
7 sec.



08.45
Grendel rips a leg out of a man's body. A lot of blood is splashing.
1 sec.



09.09
Grendel kills another man. There's a slighlty longer shot of blood dripping out of his mouth.
0,5 sec.



09.13
A longer shot of two men getting speared by Grendel.
3 sec.




Alternate material:
Time index DC: 09.39
Time index TR: 09.14

Another attacker who is thrown across the room be Grendel gets impaled by a chandelier. The DC has a slighty extended shot of this, aside from that there's a lot of blood splattering.
no time difference


Theatrical Release:
Director's Cut:




Alternate material:
Time index DC: 09.41
Time index TR: 09.15

A shot of the impaled guy from underneath. The DC shows more blood and the red color is stronger than in the TR. In the DC the scene concludes with blood dripping on the camera. This is not seen in the TR.
0,5 sec.


Theatrical Release:
Director's Cut:




Alternate material:
Time index DC: 09.49
Time index TR: 09.22

And again someone is thrown against the wall by Grendel. In the DC the opponent gets impaled. There's blood gushing and the scene is slightly longer.
0,5 sec.

Theatrical Release:
Director's Cut:




Alternate material:
Time index DC: 09.53
Time index TR: 09.26

As Grendel's leg is struck by an axe there's a lot of blood gushing in both versions. However the blood is more red in the DC.
no time difference


Theatrical Release:
Director's Cut:




Alternate material:
Time index DC: 10.16
Time index TR: 09.48

Grendel throws the ripped out legs at an opponent. In the DC there' a lot of blood. Aside from that one can see the guy shaking off the legs.
2 sec.



Theatrical Release:
Director's Cut:




10.20
Wealthow secretly observes Grendel drinking the blood from the legless body.
4 sec.



10.34
Wealthow looks slightly longer at the legless torso.
0,8 sec.




Alternate cut times:
Time index DC: 10.26
Time index TR: 09.55

The man who got hit by the legs flees and jumps into the water. In the TR it happens earlier than in the DC.
no time difference




Alternate material:
Time index DC: 38.52
Time index TR: 37.04

A man gets hit by a spear bloodily. In the TR the blood is missing.
no time difference


Theatrical Release:
Director's Cut:




Alternate cut:
Time index DC: 39.42
Time index TR: 37.52

The scene with Grendel biting off the head of a guy is cut differently. In the DC the shot of Beowulf walking towards the camera has been extended. Then there's an alternate shot of Grendel biting the head off its victim and then facing Beowulf. In the TR Beowulf doesn't get this close to the camera, then there's a cut to Grendel and his victim but one doesn't see how the head gets bitten off because Beowulf steps in front of the camera just in time to cover the act. Then there's a cut back to Beowulf walking closer towards tha camera.
3 sec. time difference





Theatrical Release:
Director's Cut:




Alternate material:
Time index DC: 52.03
Time index TR: 49.39

Bloody shot of a killed guy hanging from the ceiling. In the TR he has been shaded.
no time difference

Theatrical Release:
Director's Cut:




Alternate material:
Time index DC: 01:00.01
Time index TR: 00:59.31

In the TR the crotch of Grendel's mother is better lit. In the DC it's more shady.
no time difference

Theatrical Release:
Director's Cut:




Alternate material:
Time index DC: 01:09.25
Time index TR: 01:06.18

In the DC blood is splashing from a neckwound.
no time difference


Theatrical Release:
Director's Cut:




Alternate material:
Time index DC: 01:09.28
Time index TR: 01:06.21

Again blood is only visible in the DC.
no time difference

Theatrical Release:
Director's Cut:




Alternate material:
Time index DC: 01:09.31
Time index TR: 01:06.24

In the DC the blood has been re-colored red. In the TR it looks more black.
no time difference


Theatrical Release:
Director's Cut:




Alternate material:
Time index DC: 01:09.34
Time index TR: 01:06.27

Ditto.
no time difference


Theatrical Release:
Director's Cut:




Alternate material:
Time index DC: 01:09.38
Time index TR: 01:06.31

Only the DC shows blood during the axe hit.
no time difference



Theatrical Release:
Director's Cut:

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