The Executioner's Song (Director's Cut)
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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 it was meant to be seen.
Put simply, the original was white hot in it's display of the sexual magnetism between the two exceedingly pitiful main characters - hot enough to be the work Tommy Lee Jones and Roseanne Arquette's future performances would forever be judged against.
But it isn't just the fleeting but heavenly sights of Ms. Arquette skirting in and out of the sheets that we're missing here. It's giant chunks of storytelling and character development.
Dumbed down and made safe as milk, a daring film made dull as dishwater.
Avoid at all costs. I mean it... if you see it at a yard sale for 49 cents, leave it on the pile with the broken 8 track player and the baby sneakers. Total rubbish.
The only reason to purchase this chopped to pieces version is to use it as an example of our purtain, censorious moral beliefs in a society that rates violent movies as G or PG and lovemaking or nudity as R or X.
What a perfect example of our upside-down beliefs.
You are missing a great movie here, but not this gutted version!
also it would be nice too have reveiws that are specifically for the product in question and not for every edition they produce it in.
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.
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Very in-depth story about Gary Gilmore, which I recall was all over the news when I was in either high school or college, can't recall which. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mrs. Diane M. Giorgio
This was a made for TV movie and has most of the R-rated scenes removed. Still a good movie, but the uncut version is so much better.Published 8 months ago by Atlas 1943
First time I remember seeing Tommy Lee Jones in anything. Damn he was creepy and still is in the Executioner's Song. Hopefully will see a DVD release on of these days.Published 13 months ago by Numismata
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Other sites are still showing a release date of 8/5. Which version or cut is a bit of a mystery; different sites have different run times from 135, 157 and 188. Take a look at CD Universe or Buy.com.
Jul 20, 2008 by rp | See all 6 posts
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