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Release: Nov 24, 2010 - Author: brainbug1602 - Translator: brainbug1602 - external link: IMDB
Comparison between the Theatrical Version and the Director's Cut. Both version are on the US-DVD from Sony.

After her divorce and an affair writer, Liz Gilbert wants to start in a new life. She leaves New York and travels to Italy, India and finally Bali to discover herself through good food, meditation and love.

If you scratch on the surface, remove all the landscape shots and the beautiful people in them, furthermore all the good advices Liz recieves during her travels, all that remains is a New Yorker yuppie girl, who really needs to get laid. Another big question, which is left unanswered is, how a newly divorced women is able to afford her yearlong travels through the world.

The Director's Cut is about five minutes longer than the Theatrical Version and features five new scenes, for example a new scene with an argument between Liz and David, which motivates their break up later and another scenes deepens the figure of Delia, but generally these new scenes aren't that interesting. One could say, they only speak out what has so far left unsaid. Since both versions are on the same DVD/BluRay there's no need to decide which version to buy. If you liked the Theatrical Version you might give the Director's Cut a try.

Running Times:

Theatrical Version: 139:57 Min. (NTSC)
Director's Cut: 145:30 Min. (NTSC)

The Director's Cut features a new scene in which Liz gives a speech in front of an audience. She talks about her break up with David. In between are scenes of the argument between Liz and David.

Liz: "It begins when the object of your affection bestows upon you a heady hallucinogenic dose of something you've never even dared to admit you wanted an emoitional speedball of thunderous love and excitement. Soon you start craving that attention with the hungry obsession of any junkie. When it's withheld, you turn sick, crazy, not to mention resentful of the dealer who ecouraged this addiction in the first place but now refuses to pony up the good stuff.

Scene change. Liz and David argue.

Liz: "Just frustrated, I'm concerned. I don't understand."
David: "What don't you get?"
Liz: "What's going on? You don't look me in the eye. You don't finish your..."
David: "Nobody's asking you to make the bed!"
Liz: "You don't have sex with me!"
David: "Sometimes I'm not in the mood!"

Scene change. Liz gives her speech.

Liz: "Goddamn him, and he used to give it to you for free. Next stage finds you skinny, shaking in a corner certain only that you'd sell your soul just to have that one thing more time."

Scene change. Liz and David argue.

Liz: "Well, then why don't we discuss it? Why don't we sort it? Why don't we act like adults?
David: "Okay. Can I have a little space? How about that?"
Liz: "Meanwhile the object of you adoration is now repulsed by you."
David: "You don't always make me miserable."
Liz: "There's a comfort."
David: "I just... Sometimes I need to come home and have a little David time."
Liz: "He looks at you like someone he's never met before."
David: "Is that okay?"
Liz: "Yeah. No, it's fine."
David: "And not have to, like, you know, justify it."

Scene change. Liz gives her speech.

Liz: "The irony is you can hardly blame him. I mean, check yourself out. You're a mess. Unrecognizable even to your own eyes."

Scene change. Liz and David argue.

Liz: "You asked me to come here? Here I am."
David: "And it turned into something else. Didn't it?"
Liz: "You are such a child."
David: "Right. I can't take this anymore."
Liz: "Great. Perfect. That's a great response to a conversation. Goddamn it."

Scene change. Liz gives her speech.

Liz: "You have now reached infatuation's final destination. The complete and merciless devaluation of self."

DC: 2:00 min.



Another cut to New York.

Liz and Delia are at the airport.

Liz: "You know what's funny? This is the first time in my life there's no one waiting at home for me. I don't even have a home to come back to."
Delia: "Oh, God. You'll make friends. You'll make friends with a backpack, of course. It'd be great to get away. Andy and I were talking about getting a little villa in Florence for a month. You know, in 18 years when Jack is older..."
Liz: "What?"
Delia: "You know why I was giving you such a hard time? I love my job, my guy and my kid, but... I wish I could go."

Liz gives Delia a hug.

Delia: "I love you and I'm proud of you. Now go."

Liz moves on the escalator.


The Theatrical Version fades directly to Rom.

DC: 1:12 min.
TV: 1 sec.


Liz enters a church, sits on a bench and looks at the paintings on the wall.

40 sec.



There are more speeches at the Thanksgiving dinner.

Sofi: "And Giulio."
Giulio: "Me, I'm gratful for my beautiful family. My two little daughters and my wife."
Maria: "I thank God and the Holy Virgin for this very, very special day. And for this beautiful family that today is so much bigger. Very much bigger."
Luca: "I thank you all for this new custom of celebration. And Liz's stuffing and God for my sexiness. And you, Ruffina?"
Ruffina: "I thank God for my sexiness. Go ahead. Giovanni."
Giovanni: "I thank God for..."


The Theatrical Version shows Giovanni a little bit earlier.

Giovanni: "I thank God for..."

DC: 1:02 Min.
TV: 2 Sek.


The praying scenes was newly edited in the Director's Cut. Liz thumbs through her book, in between are four cuts to a group discussion.

Guru: "The Guru Gita is an ancient text 182 verses long. In it the goddess Parvati is asking Shiva, or God for the secrets of fulfillment. It's said to have transforming qualities."
Liz: "I would just like to take a risk here and say. Me and Guru Gita, we just do not get along."
Guru: "What is it you have trouble with?"
Liz: "Everything. It's long, it's tedious, I can't keep up and I get these insane anxieties about everything in my life and I've lost my place."
Guru: "Sounds like it has a positive effect if you're having such strong emotions and physical reactions. You keep trying."


In the Theatrical Version are alternative scenes of Liz thumbing through her book and finally closing it frustrated.

DC: 51 sec.
TV: 12 sec.

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