This "Director's Cut" Is An Outrage
J. Bryant | 08/15/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"For many years, I'd been hoping to see "The Executioner's Song" released on DVD. But now that it's finally available, the result is extremely disappointing.
A "director's cut" usually indicates that a movie has had footage ADDED to it. But Lawrence Schiller has done the unimaginable and ripped 50 minutes from his three-hour film! I mean, WHY? Did Schiller actually believe that anyone would be happy to see nearly one-third of "Executioner's Song" hacked away?!
For anyone who is familiar with this movie (either from the VHS version or broadcast viewings), watching Schiller's "director's cut" is a very frustrating experience since none of the many deleted scenes were superfluous to the film!
In addition, the total lack of any extras on this DVD is another big disappointment. I'd have gladly paid more to see a "making of" documentary or interviews with the principal actors (who are all still living 26 years after the production of this movie).
"The Executioner's Song" was one of the very best made-for-TV films of the 1980s and deserved far better than the cheap, hack-job of a DVD release it's gotten. I would advise a search for the VHS version--and then enjoy "The Executioner's Song" as is was meant to be seen.
Please, Please Please bring it to DVD
Davina Bowker | Geelong, AUSTRALIA | 02/02/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I absoulutley love this movie and recently went searching to buy a copy only to be faced with having to a pay a minimum of $55.00 for a used copy. Please, Please, Please bring this movie to DVD. Its a classic and stars Tommy Lee Jones any other better reason ????"
a movie fan | Orangevale, CA USA | 05/23/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A well-acted film, with one of Tommy Lee Jones' most compelling performances. There are two versions of the film, though: a censored U.S. tv print, and an uncensored, edgier rest-of-the-planet version. The one shown recently on Universal's HD channel is the censored version, which probably doesn't bode well for us getting the complete print.
MUCH LATER: as you can probably tell from the other reviews, this release, allegedly the director's cut, is the US tv version. On the plus side, the transfer is very good - better than any version I've seen."
Why cut it ? Why ?
D. Butler | Hillsboro, Ohio United States | 08/09/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"People listen to me save your hard earned money and buy the first VHS tape of this, not the Euro one but the first one include 50 more min of the movie not shown on this DVD. I waited a long time for this to come out on DVD ,then you only see half of it ."