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3.0 out of 5 stars Differences between the Extended Cut and the Theatrical Cut, February 10, 2014
This review is from: The Counselor (Unrated Extended Cut) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I'm primarily interested in the storyline differences between the theatrical and extended cuts.

The Extended Cut runs roughly 21 minutes longer than the Theatrical Cut. Most of the extra time comes from extended dialogue, although there are one or two new minor scenes.

SPOILERS follow so read at your own risk.

1) The opening scene between the Counselor and Laura is a bit longer.

2) More dialogue between the Counselor and the diamond dealer regarding the dealer's Semitic background.

3) Longer conversation between Reiner and the Counselor regarding women and Clarissa.

4) The Green Hornet buys dog food, sarcastically telling an onlooker that he eats it. This scene seemed unnecessary, since the Green Hornet was more interesting as a mysterious character.

5) At the nightclub, Reiner relates a story about Peterson's Brazilian cousin to the Counselor.

6) The Malkina-car-scene is described in a little more detail/slightly longer.

7) New scene where Laura calls Malkina to tell her about a dream she had.

8) Wounded Cartel faux cop asks for medical help at the junkyard.

9) Malkina and Reiner's cheetahs wander over to a random family's swimming pool.

10) Longer conversation between the Counselor and Jefe.

11) New scene where paramedics pickup Westray's body post-bolito, and his head falls off. Completely gratuitous and unnecessary scene, I think.

12) Longer closing conversation between Malkina and her banker, and her stating an intention to flee to China.

The significantly longer Extended Cut primarily comprises extended conversations and a few unnecessary new scenes. Beautifully shot movie, but I think that most of its symbolism was lost on me unfortunately.
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Showing 1-7 of 7 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Feb 26, 2014 11:01:22 PM PST
droceankddd says:
i thought the dog food scene was great.
reminded me of "no country for old men," when javier goes into the gas station.
although i think that scene(no country) is indisputably better.

i never saw the regular version. i can't imagine anything being left out.
such a brilliant, ethereal and scary film!!!!!!!!!

Posted on Mar 16, 2014 11:58:52 AM PDT
David says:
A useful summary. The last thing the film needed was more pointless dialogue.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 6:34:55 PM PDT
JimyD says:
Thanks for the summary. I thought I might have missed something by watching the theatrical version but it turns out I should have missed this movie in its entirety, regardless of either cut.

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 7:01:33 PM PDT
Michael says:
I had read online that the scene near the end with Brad Pitt dying had to be cut down to avoid an NC-17 rating. It was bloody in the theatrical version, I imagine it could have been more graphic.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2015 1:26:12 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 27, 2015 1:40:21 PM PDT
Easy Goer says:
I have seen both versions. You are correct about the death of Westray; it was the scene which gave it either the R or NC-17 rating in the US. For me, I liked the extended version more, although 1/2 of the extra scenes are gratuitous. It is a hard hitting film; difficult to watch in some places. There is beautiful cinematography in it as well. Lastly, I like the humor Westray injects to the film; especially after the deal goes south, when he orders the Counselor OxyContin with a side of Maalox. I liked the film a lot; for me, it was vastly underrated.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 7, 2015 1:00:38 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 7, 2015 1:03:43 AM PDT
OKKS says:
"Brilliant,ethereal and scary." Perfect.
Thank you so much for this information. It was needed.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 11, 2016 12:17:07 PM PST
Can't help but agree with you on the film being underrated.... an ardent admirerer of a great many "Scott-Free" productions. Both the late Tony and the inimitable Ridley have done me good in a great many instances. This film is one of the better ones although the symbolism was lost on me as well. Fassbender is definitely one of my favorite actors working in the now and I really took a shine to Diaz in the film simultaneously. For me a helluva good epic.
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