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5 Must-Watch Director's Cuts That Leave The Original Far Behind

5 Must-Watch Director's Cuts That Leave The Original Far Behind
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These extended cuts will make you forget the inferior theatrical versions because they improve the experience immensely.

While getting more of your favorite movie is usually a good thing, most of the time the director's cuts just add a bit of unnecessary extra world building or some dialogue.

However, after watching the extended versions of these five films, you will never be able to go back to the original and will always prefer the director's cut to the theatrical cut.

Blade Runner

There are several versions of Ridley Scott's iconic sci-fi masterpiece, but The Final Cut, released in 2007, offers the most complete experience of them all.

It includes the never-before-released full unicorn dream scene, along with several others that were edited out of the theatrical cut, and some fans even prefer its alternate ending to the original.

Doctor Sleep

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Mike Flanagan 's 2019 film is considered by many fans to be a worthy successor to Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, though not everyone was impressed by it.

But the director's cut managed to save the film even for those skeptics, as almost every new scene adds depth to the characters and their motivations, especially the villains.

Watchmen

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There are three cuts of this 2009 superhero movie from Zack Snyder, but the Ultimate Cut just adds a frankly unnecessary story within a story, showing the events of the Tales of the Black Freighter comic book featured in the movie in animated form.

The Director's Cut, on the other hand, is slightly shorter and improves the film immensely, as the theatrical cut was criticized for its disjointed story, restoring the most important parts and adding even more depth to the plot.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

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If you loved Peter Jackson's iconic trilogy, choosing between the theatrical and director's cuts is a no-brainer, as the latter adds a ton of scenes to all of the Lord of the Rings films.

While none of them are particularly essential, if you want to fully immerse yourself in the world of Middle-earth and experience the epic adventure to its fullest, these are the ones to watch.

Justice League

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Zack Snyder is back on our list, and considering the director's tendency to release extended cuts of his work, it's not surprising.

In this case, however, it wasn't Snyder's fault, as his vision of Justice League was completely butchered after Zack's departure due to personal tragedy.

Zack Snyder's Justice League is almost a completely different movie, one that will make you want to erase the embarrassing 2017 theatrical version from your memory.