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Excellent film, mediocre DVD
on June 7, 2000
The directors cut is head and shoulders above the original movie. In the original, the narration eliminated any need to work out for yourself what the movie is about (which is most of the fun of watching a good movie), and the ending was insipid and obviously did not fit. It was clear to me when I saw the movie for the first time that the "happy" ending had been tacked onto the end with no thought given to consistancy. I was not surpised at all to find out that the "executives" had tacked it on to try to make the film gross higher by appealing to the lowest common denominator. In the tug of war between art and profit, the original was clearly compromised by the desire for profit. Interestingly, this is precisely what happened with the TV version of "Brazil", which was pathetic (the director's cut of Brazil was brilliant).
The DVD leaves a lot to be desired. The audio is only sterio; there's no excuse for that. There are virtually no extras included either. No commentaries, no deleted scenes, no "making of" featurette; just some production notes. Whoopie.
But I bought it because I love the movie. If I had it to do over again, I would have waited for a more full featured DVD.