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Brahms: The Boy II

Comparison:

  • Theatrical Version
  • Director's Cut
Release: Oct 11, 2020 - Author: brainbug1602 - Translator: Mike Lowrey - external link: IMDB

The sequel to The Boy that functions well on its own

Liza and Sean lead a harmonious life in the city with their son Jude until one evening Liza is attacked by two burglars. Jude can only watch helplessly and hasn't spoken a word since the incident. The family decides that it's time for a change of scenery and moves to the Heelshires estate in the country. During a walk, Jude finds a doll buried in the forest, which he gives the name Brahms. The doll is accompanied by a note with rules that must be followed. Increasingly, Liza notices how the doll has an influence on Jude, who begins to speak again, but slowly develops a dark side. When several accidents and mysterious events occur, Liza investigates and discovers that the doll has been involved in several murders that go back several decades. She tries to eliminate the doll, but Brahms already has Jude under his control.

Four years after The Boy, director William Brent Bell brought a sequel to cinemas, which, although it takes up some elements from its predecessor, basically works as a film in its own right. A pleasant surprise is Katie Holmes as a traumatized mother trying to free her son from the clutches of the demonic doll. The plot itself is quite formulaic and relies on well-known clichés of horror movies. The mixture of cursed doll, old mansion and the dark secret works surprisingly well. The film makes up for the lack of innovation with good actors and a technically coherent staging.

The Director's Cut is less shocking than the Theatrical Version

In addition to the theatrical version, there is a Director's Cut that is a good three minutes longer with many, mainly smaller, differences. Some of the shots were only extended by a few frames, sometimes alternative footage was used or dialogues were slightly extended. If you don't look at the versions in parallel, you probably won't even notice most of the changes. The Director's Cut differs from the theatrical version in two fundamental points. In the theatrical version, Brahms moves his head or eyes independently, which makes it clear to the viewer that he has a life of his own. This is not the case in the Director's Cut. Until the finale, it is not quite clear whether Brahms actually leads a life of his own or not. When Sean smashes Brahms' head, the theatrical version shows a charred corpse under the porcelain cover. In the Director's Cut, instead, the doll is completely hollow.
It is reasonable to assume that the Director's Cut is the original cut version of the film, which was reworked for the theatrical release. This is suggested by the partly only minimally shortened scenes and the attempt to make the film even more scary by using additional CGI scenes, be it the eye movements of the puppet or the corpse in the cover.

In the US, only the theatrical version was released on Blu-ray with the alternative scenes in the bonus material. The German Blu-ray/DVD by Koch Media, on the other hand, only contains the Director's Cut. On the 4K UHD by Koch, again only the theatrical version is included. As already mentioned, the differences between the versions are only marginal despite our extensive report. The theatrical version makes it clear early on that Brahms is possessed by a demonic presence, and the charred corpse in the finale is a bit more shocking. The Director's Cut, on the other hand, is a bit more subtle. I personally prefer the Director's Cut. If you like a bit more shock, you should go for the 4K UHD or US Blu-ray.

Runtimes:

Theatrical version: 87:00 min.
Director's Cut: 90:44 min.

The theatrical version was compared to the Director's Cut.

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[00:05:51][00:05:26]

Theatrical Version:

One of the burglars grabs Liza and takes her upstairs. Jude runs to the alarm button and activates it. When the second burglar notices this, he pushes him into a room. Liza manages to free herself from the grip of the first burglar. She jumps on the second burglar. She throws him to the floor and beats him up.



DC:

The sequence of events is similar to the theatrical version, but the scene was mounted differently. Some shots run a little slower.



Theatrical Version: 15.7 sec.
DC: 16.5 sec.


[00:06:11][00:05:46]

Theatrical Version:

When Liza is hit on the head by the burglar, she tilts to the side.



DC:

Instead, the DC fades to the next shot earlier.



Theatrical Version: 0.3 sec.
DC: 0.4 sec.


[00:06:16][00:05:51]

Theatrical Version:

Jude can be seen after the burglar has discarded his percussion instruments.



DC:

In the DC, the shots in which the tool is stored are slightly longer. This is followed by another shot of the two burglars and the unconscious Liza.



Theatrical Version: 1.8 sec.
DC: 1.8 sec.


[00:10:29][00:10:04]

The DC has an additional shot of the car at the beginning when the family leaves the city.



DC: 5.0 sec.


[00:11:08][00:10:49]

Pamela says during the greeting that she forgot to say that the reception is quite bad. For this, there is WLAN in the house.



DC: 6.7 sec.


[00:11:13][00:11:00]

The family walks a little longer to the house.



DC: 0.9 sec.


[00:13:16][00:13:04]

In another shot, Liza and Sean walk past the house. Sean says that they should investigate, because the house certainly has an exciting history.



DC: 6.1 sec.


[00:13:40][00:13:34]

The previous shot comes in the theatrical version before Jude kneels down to the doll.



Theatrical Version: 6.1 sec.


[00:18:01][00:17:49]

Jude can be seen a little longer after Liza said that it is nice to watch what he is playing.



DC: 1.2 sec.


[00:18:10][00:18:00]

Liza can be seen leaving the room in the theatrical version for a little longer. Afterwards, Jude continues playing the piano.



Theatrical Version: 9.5 sec.


[00:21:07][00:20:47]

Joseph's dog can be seen 4 frames longer in the DC.

DC: 0,2 sec.


[00:22:09][00:21:49]

The theatrical version shows Jude walking back to the house with Brahms on his arm.



Theatrical Version: 2.3 sec.


[00:25:51][00:25:29]

In the theatrical version, Brahms can be seen before the parents' bedroom is shown.



Theatrical Version: 4.3 sec.


[00:26:46][00:26:20]

The theatrical version shows Liza once again before she is attacked from behind.



Theatrical Version: 2.3 sec.


[00:26:50][00:26:21]

Theatrical Version:

Liza is pressed against the wall by the attacker. He pulls her up and chokes her.



DC:

In the DC, the scene is longer. In alternative shots, the attacker pushes Liza against the wall. He pulls her up and chokes her. Liza manages to pull the mask off his face. It's Joseph, who says that he told her that they would meet again after all. Sean can be seen leaving the room earlier.



Theatrical Version: 3.5 sec.
DC: 12.4 sec.


[00:28:34][00:28:14]

Theatrical Version:

After Liza has read the rules of Brahms, a short cut to Sean. After that you see the room with the clothes earlier.



DC:

In the DC, Liza takes a sip from her mug. In the next shot, she runs through the house with a laundry basket. Sean says that his cell phone still doesn't work. Liza says he should try restarting it.



Theatrical Version: 4.0 sec.
DC: 13.3 sec.


[00:28:52][00:28:42]

Liza holds the separated plush paw a little longer in the DC.



DC: 0.4 sec.


[00:29:01][00:28:51]

Theatrical Version:

After Liza has discovered the tattered cloth bunny, the theatrical version shows Jude and Brahms sitting on the sofa. Liza joins in.



DC:

In the DC, you see Sean instead, who suspects that it is not the reception but the SIM card.



Theatrical Version: 5.9 sec.
DC: 6.0 sec.



[00:30:29][00:30:20]

Liza can be seen longer after she said that Jude becomes violent. The next shot starts a little earlier.



DC: 1.3 sec.


[00:30:39][00:30:31]

Liza can be seen a little longer after she has moved the knife block.



DC: 3.2 sec.


[00:30:48][00:30:42]

Theatrical Version:

Liza looks longer at Brahms. When she looks back into her book, Brahms turns his head to her. When Liza hears a murmur from Brahms' room, she stands up.



DC:

Liza looks back at her book. Suddenly, she hears the television from the next room.



Theatrical Version: 24.1 sec.
DC: 7.0 sec.


[00:31:12][00:30:49]

In the DC, a cartoon can be seen on the television. The theatrical version shows only noise. Concerns all the following shots where the TV is shown in the picture.





[00:31:22][00:30:59]

The cartoon can be seen longer on TV.



DC: 0.8 sec.


[00:31:24][00:31:02]

In the theatrical version, Brahms can be seen earlier on the sofa.



Theatrical Version: 0.8 sec.


[00:31:40][00:31:17]

Theatrical Version:

The theatrical version shows a shot of Brahms sitting on the couch after Liza has left.



DC:

The DC shows a shorter alternative shot.



Theatrical Version: 3.7 sec.
DC: 0.8 sec.


[00:32:54][00:32:28]

Theatrical Version:

When Liza leaves, the eyes of Brahms follow her.



DC:

In the DC, he stares further ahead.



Theatrical Version: 4.1 sec.
DC: 3.5 sec.


[00:33:18][00:32:52]

In the DC, the empty couch can be seen for a little longer before Liza is shown.



DC: 1.0 sec.


[00:34:08][00:33:43]

Theatrical Version:

The theatrical version cuts once again to Brahms in Jude's room.



DC:

In the DC, Liza can be seen longer instead.



Theatrical Version: 3.5 sec.
DC: 1.7 sec.
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