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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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