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Tree of Life, The

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  • Theatrical Version
  • Extended Cut
Release: Nov 08, 2020 - Author: BFG97 - Translator: Mike Lowrey - external link: IMDB

Director Terrence Malick is known for his films with depth, with images peppered with many different interpretations. As a result, the films can be experienced differently by each viewer and their visual language allows them to develop a unique dynamic. But with all these meaningful images, it is not uncommon that you lose sight of the actual film and it is difficult to follow the story.

This can also be said about his family drama The Tree of Life, which contains many flawless animations that visualize everything from the smallest components of life to supernovae. Optically, this is quite impressive and also fits the core message of the film, but still seems too long at times. Nevertheless, The Tree of Life knows how to convince thanks to its outstanding actors and its slow, but in no way boring, but rather intense narrative style. For all those who are open to Malick's creations, there was good news in 2018, as The Tree of Life received an extended cut, which adds another 50 minutes to the film, which lasts almost 140 minutes in its theatrical version. Above all, these extensions shed light on Jack's childhood and illustrate the events that slowly led him down the wrong path.

Although this gives the film an enormous runtime of more than three hours, it also offers a certain added value through the numerous insights, which should not be neglected by fans of the film. On the other hand, the Extended Cut is not likely to change the opinion of those for whom the theatrical version was already too challenging to endure.

The theatrical version was compared to the Extended Cut (both included on the American Blu-ray by Criterion)

- Runtime difference 2994,67sec (= 49:54 min)
- 43 differences

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00:00Min

The Criterion Collection logo was added.

12.6sec



06:15Min

Mrs. O'Brien can be seen in various scenes after she received the news of her son's death.

18.52sec





07:58Min

A neighbor's boy brings over some food.

13.51sec





14:40Min

More people are walking around the building.

5.42sec





14:52Min

Jack greets another friend.

6.63sec





16:58Min

There is a short masked ball to see.

11,35sec





18:17Min

We accompany Jack on his way through a museum, which presents not only numerous animals, but also the ancestors of modern man. He is always accompanied by a woman, while he seems to lose himself more and more in the past.

174,3sec





21:11Min

The pier can be seen longer.

1.34sec





21:18Min

Jack's life doesn't seem to have gone very well. We see some of his confrontations with shady characters. Moreover, his gaze lingers on trees several times and we see him sitting in an airplane in panic.

65,32sec





43:10Min

More shots from the past.

10,55sec





01:01:07Min

The children look at two more chicks that have fallen out of their nest.

41.08sec





01:03:33Min

The prison can be seen from outside, while some of the inmates stick their arms through the bars.

4.38sec





01:11:09Min

Jack and his mother interact more with each other. This also gives you more insight into Jack's activities, like lassoing and weeding.

164.29sec





01:15:08Min

Mr. O'Brien asks his son Steve if he is finished.

<6.51 seconds.





01:15:32Min

The family is eating longer and Mr. O'Brien is drinking from a bottle of spices.

18.02sec





01:18:36Min

We learn something about the father and what happened to him.

128.3sec





01:22:09Min

Jack talks about an experience with a three-legged dog while watching the children play with the dog.

111,53sec

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