director's cut of a film is usually just a marketing ploy to get you to purchase one of your favorite films on DVD, as it implies that there are a lot of new scenes and details to the story that were cut out of the original theatrical release. Most of the time these director's cuts are only a few minor scenes that have little to no bearing on the actual story; in fact, many just drag the film down and hurt it overall. However, there are a number of director's cuts that make already classic films so much better, almost recreating the viewing experience as a whole. Check out five of the best director's cut films.
"Blade Runner: The Final Cut".
The Ridley Scott science fiction epic has been re-cut and dubbed the director's cut numerous times, but this one is truly the director's cut, as it contains all the great scenes left out of the original and the top notch special effects they couldn't quite do at the time the film was made. The voiceover is also removed, and a new twist ending is added, leaving the entire story open for interpretation.
James Cameron's directors cut of "Aliens" adds about 40 minutes back into the film, with some important dramatic scenes between Ripley and Newt, as well as some great action sequences. While these scenes may not have technically been needed in the theatrical release, they are great for fans of the film, allowing them to see more of the awesome world that is created in this sequel.
The greatest submarine movie of all time, a film about Nazis trying to survive undersea battles, the longer version of "Das Boot" is truly remarkable. Longer versions are often boring scenes added to the film, but this director's cut of "Das Boot" is a new film.
"The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers".
While "The Lord of the Rings" may have seemed long enough to most people out there, the director's cut is not only longer, but also much better. Just about every scene has been slightly re-cut, making the entire film much darker and more foreboding, with all characters on the verge of a very destructive war.
Oliver Stone's epic conspiracy film is one of his best, and the director's cut adds another 40 minutes of conspiracy theory on top of what is already rambled off throughout the movie. Whether or not this is true is up for debate, but one thing is for certain: it's incredibly entertaining.