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Mist, The


  • Director's Choice (B/W Version)
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Release: Jul 22, 2010 - Author: ButtHead88 - Translator: Matar - external link: IMDB


A small village in front of Maine's coast is haunted by an strange mist in which deadly creatures are hidding. A group of survivors manage to barricade in a mart. The situation grows dangerous because of Mrs. Carmody, a religious lunatic, who sees the attack as the wrath of god and wants to please him with a human sacrifice. When more and more people are dying the mood of the remaining people turns and favors her view...


A lot has been written about Darabonts third adaption of Stephen King's novels. Some people are excited because of a tight atmosphere and one of the most gruesome endings, others are mocking about the fact that this ending does not belong to the original novel and because of cheap effects.
Of course, compared to great movies like The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption The Mist looks a bit weak, generally I really like the movie and the ending, ignoring the lousy CGI effects.

Rent the movie and if you like it take the "3-Disc Limited Collector's Edition". It is worth the money.


In the German 3-Disc edition with the 3D handprint cover two versions are contained, beside the theatrical version also the DC version, which is a version made in black and white. The name Director's Choice is the right expression because this version is Darabont's favorite (what can be read in his interview).

For the colored original theatrical version the German Label Senator clearly used the German master. The DC version though is based on the US master and is suprisingly cut in two takes. This will not make any differences while watching it and therefore both versions can be strongly recommended.

"Director's Choice" (Black/White) = 120:45 minutes
"Original theatrical version" (Colour) = 121:04 minutes

The DC version is cut in two takes (logo and blackscreens are not taken into consideration) and this makes the TV run 19 additional seconds. The runtime remarks are based on the TV.

Before the Cirector's Choice cersion starts, Frank Darabont gives an 3:15 min interview. He does not go into detail for the two missing scenes but explains why he prefers the black-white version.

Here you are, the interview:

"Hey, this is Frank Darabont! Welcome to the black and white version of "The Mist". I always had it in mind actually to wanna do "The Mist" in black and white. Because there is something about Stephen King's story that is a bit of a throwback. In fact even he says - in an afterword he once wrote - when he was writing the story, concieving the story, he was inspired by those old black and white, Bert I. Gordon-inspired monster movies of his youth. That I think has planted a seed in my head as well as many of the fans of the story through the years. Because I've heard that from a lot of people, wouldn't it be cool to do "The Mist" in black and white? So, I just kinda wanted to do that. But it's a hard argument to make with the studio, 'cause not many people are into black and white these days - which I think is a shame. Youngsters especially don't wanna see anything in black and white. They think it's old-fashioned or out of date or it doesn't look real - I heard that one! That to me is what makes black and white so very cool. It doesn't look real! Film itself isn't real. It's a heightened reality. It's manipulating light through a lense, you know, to create a heightened recreation of reality. To me black and white takes that even one step further. It gives you a view of the world that really doesn't exist in reality and the only place you can see that representation of the world is in a black and white movie. So, to me this has always been a bit of a throwback to that mid-sixties, "Night of the living Dead", pre-colour, Ray Harryhausen-era of film. And I always wanted to do it in black and white. Luckily, nowadays we don't actually have to make that choice. Nowadays, we can decide that we are going to put a black and white version on the DVD because we don't really cut a negative anymore what's called a D-I. Coen brothers did this with "The Man who wasn't there". They shot the movie in colour, but they actually released it in black and white - which I think was a fantastic looking film. So, now you can have both. Now a director can actually have both. That's what the idea is here of this black and white version of the film. The colour version winds up being really cool. Winds up feeling very much lika a mid-seventies kind of movie to me. Another kind of movie I grew up watching - but the black and white version feels like that mid-sixties era version. The two, I feel, are completly different viewing experiences. I dig them both. But if there's something on this disc that someone would consider the director's cut or the director's version of the movie, it would have to be the black and white. It's my preferred version for my fellow filmbusting geeks who really dig black and white movies. This would be the version to watching - in my opinion. I really hope you enjoy the black and white of "The Mist"."


The theatrical version starts with the Senator logo, this is missing in the black-white version.
[15 Sec]

To the right: the coloured version offers the German title Der Nebel.
To the left: The DC shows the original title The Mist.
[no time difference]

David tries to grab Norm while a tentacle comes close. In the backgound Ollie yells to David that there is no chance, in the black-white version one can only hear that there is no chance, without the name.
[3 Sec]

The scene in which David tries to close the door with the boomstick starts earlier in the coloured version.
[1 Sec]

The blackscreen is here...
[+ 1 Sec]

... and here longer in the black/white version.
[+ 2 Sec]

The final blackscreen is longer in the theatrical version.
[3 Sec]