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I've only seen the extended versions of the LOTR movies. I can't imagine them being any shorter.

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ArchangelMadzz said:
Batman Vs Superman is one of these for sure.

The Ultimate Edition WAS better, but let's not act like it didn't still have a ton of problems.

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Lord of the Rings extended cut for me is the one that sticks out. Every year or 2 I will watch them again. After all these years the movies hold up really well. Another one I haven't seen mentioned is Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The director's cut is like 20 minutes shorter, which makes a slow and boring movie into a somewhat tolerable movie.



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gergroy said:
Kingdom of heaven directors cut was awesome. The theatrical release was pretty bland, can’t even watch it anymore. No movie has improved more from a directors cut then kingdom of heaven!

This is absolutely the one. The whole damn genre practically changes with the extended version.

Seems to be the case with multiple Ridley Scott films, since Blade Runner is even more famous of a "Director's Cut is better" film.

Lord of the Rings, particularly the Two Towers and Return of the King, are not only improved with the information they give in the extended versions, but manage to improve the pacing of the films.



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The Abyss. It absolutely made it a different movie. The purpose of the NTIs is completely altered and they aren't as benevolent as seen in the theatrical release.



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SpokenTruth said:
The Abyss. It absolutely made it a different movie. The purpose of the NTIs is completely altered and they aren't as benevolent as seen in the theatrical release.

I actually like the theatrical version better because it keeps you underwater with the main characters for the whole movie. The scenes of what happens up top do add some nice context, yet also take you out of the claustrophobic underwater mindset.

Lotr extended cut is still not long enough for me! Still missing parts!



The Outsiders: The Complete Novel (yeah I know that is a silly name for a extended cut) the 22 minutes that got added makes it much closer to the novel it was based on. Some people don't like that they removed the original score but the music that was added instead goes perfectly with the time and setting of the movie.



I've been hearing for years how the DC of Kingdom of Heaven is supposed to be the "good" version while the theatrical is crap but I've watched the theatrical in the cinema as a teen and later on TV a couple of times and loved it every time. I'd like to watch them both someday to see what the fuzz is all about.

Aside from that, Batman v Superman was better in the extended version but I never found it to be a bad movie like other people. The most popular version of "Aliens" is supposed to be the extended version and that movie is basically flawless so I have to imagine the theatrical version is inferior. The extended version of Watchmen is amazing and my favorite superhero movie of all time but the whole pirate comic side-plot drags the story a bit.



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d21lewis said:
Watchmen. Loved it so much more after the Director's Cut. Still a product of its time and a Snyder film but I didn't want it to end.

Came here to say this

That is the only version I saw and I have to say it's one of the worst movies I have ever watched in my life. I quite literally have hatred for it.



teamsilent13 said:
Bristow9091 said:

Came here to say this

That is the only version I saw and I have to say it's one of the worst movies I have ever watched in my life. I quite literally have hatred for it.

What exactly made it one of the worst movies you've ever watched? Because I've seen the Leprechaun films, I've seen The Room, I've seen Disaster Movie, I've seen Freddie Got Fingered, heck, I've seen so many films that could be added to a list of "worst movies I've ever watched in my life", and Watchmen isn't even close to hitting that list, lol.