The director's cut


Does anybody know what the difference is between the Director's Cut and the original theatrical release?

Saw it available for free via ROKU channel if anybody is interested.

Thanks:)

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There is no 'director's cut' as such.. There's the 'American' cut and the International cut.

The version of the film released in the Europe was trimmed by around 20 minutes, as Kubrick decided that parts of the movie didn't need to be there as it was explained somewhat by the later events in the movie, and so he removed segments at the beginning explaining Danny's illness and Jack's alcoholism, amongst other things.

The shorter version is often seen as the better version, but personally I prefer the longer of the two.

You can see a rundown of the differences here:-

https://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=1215

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I prefer the longer version.

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Do you know if they actually filmed the scene at the hospital that was cut out of the movie's ending? I'd very much like to see it if it exists somewhere on media👍

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Good luck on that one, as supposedly all copies of the original epilogue were destroyed, though I keep hoping it might pop up somewhere. I imagine Leon Vitali could point you in the right direction but would probably never do so out of respect for Kubrick's intentions. Kubrick had already released the film in a few key markets like LA and New York with the epilogue intact before changing his mind and ordering the prints to have the scene removed.

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