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DVD Shopping Bag: Wolfman Unrated Director’s Cut Blu-ray

Dark Days Ahead?

By Robert T. Trate     June 01, 2010


Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt, Hugo Weaving and Cap Wolf
© Bob Trate

 

The Wolfman arrives today on Blu-ray and DVD. Normally I would have skipped this title altogether but two words stopped me, Director’s Cut. I’ve been in the business long enough to know that this used to mean something special. Today I know it means one more way to milk the movie loving public out of a few more dollars. I thought about hitting you Maniacs with the Book of Eli a week early but my curiosity got the better of me. Curiosity and what I call the “Dead Poet’s Syndrome”. Several years ago I watched an 14 minute extended cut of the Dead Poets Society. What happened in these few additional minutes of Peter Weir’s classic fleshed out the characters, especially Ethan Hawk’s, and gave a greater depth and meaning to the overall film. Since then the words “Director’s Cut” have had some sway over me.
 
Captain Wolf – Theatrical Cut
I hated the original theatrical cut of Joe Johnston’s The Wolfman. So much that I have little to no expectations for Captain America (2011). This was the director that brought us the Rocketeer (1991) so initially I thought he was an excellent choice. After sitting through the mind numbing Wolfman I hunted down a picture of Captain America turned into the Wolfman just in case the Comics2Film part of Mania would need it. I felt nothing for these characters. The love story was a joke. The pacing was nonexistent. However the biggest annoyance in the whole film was how many times there was a full moon. It felt as if there was one every other night.
 
Moondance – Unrated Director’s Cut
“Well it's a marvelous night for a moondance…” as 17 minutes have been added to this film. Lawrence Talbot (Benicio Del Toro) no longer just arrives at his father’s (Anthony Hopkins) estate and then the movie goes into wolf mode. No, we see Lawrence in his theater company as his brother’s wife Gwen (Emily Blunt), begs then guilts him into coming home to help. On his way Lawrence meets a kindly stranger, as in Ming the Merciless himself Max von Sydow, who gives him the wolf’s head cane. This is merely the beginning to a film that should have been seen in a darkened movie theater. Unfortunately there is no commentary track or interview to explain why this cut was done or why the theatrical cut went into the movie theaters. Thankfully we see a film that has better pacing, character development, gore and carnage we all expected from a modern telling of this classic story. To go through and describe it all would ruin the surprise that is this Director’s Cut.
 
Blu Moon / She-Wolf of London
The picture quality is amazing as it should be with any modern film. There are over 11 minutes of deleted and extended scenes but only one rises above the rest. Again it has to do with character development between Lawrence and Gwen. Theatrically their “love story” was a joke. In this unrated Director’s Cut their relationship grows from guilt, to trust, to friendship and then on to the beginnings of love. The very first deleted scene is so simple and yet solidifies the road these characters are on. If everything else now wasn’t there this scene should have been reincorporated back into the film. Now it is just a tad redundant but completely worth watching.
 
There are two different alternate endings for the film. The one they chose theatrically was the correct one. Yet both alternate endings are curiosities that open the film to different sequels. Sequels mind you that might have happened if the Director’s Cut were screened in theaters. The first has Wolfman Lawrence biting Gwen at the falls and then dying, whereas the second has him biting her and living with a quick cut to black. The would be sequel was already sewn with Hugo Weaving’s Abberline getting bit but this could have really opened the door to a She-Wolf of London (1946) remake or some other twisted triad of werewolves terrorizing London.
 
Dark Days Ahead
Why did this happen? Why did a better film come out on Blu-ray and DVD than the one we saw in the theater? Did the already delayed production schedule keep Johnston’s cut from hitting the theaters? Did Universal think that the theatrical cut was better? The dark days ahead look better for Captain America as I now see that Joe Johnston has not lost his touch. Yet on the horizon I see no sequel to The Wolfman. Everything seemed to be in place but someone somewhere screwed it up. Perhaps there are dark days ahead as Hollywood once again shows us it still doesn’t know what its doing.
 
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Bad Boys [Blu-ray] ~ Martin Lawrence
 
Beautiful Creatures ~ Rachel Weisz, Susan Lynch, Iain Glen, and Jake D'Arcy
 
The Beguiled ~ Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page, Elizabeth Hartman, and Jo Ann Harris
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Blood Work (Ws Dub Sub Dol Ecoa Rpkg) ~ Clint Eastwood, Jeff Daniels, Anjelica Huston, and Wanda De Jesus
 
Bronco Billy (Full Ws Ecoa Rpkg) ~ Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, and Scatman Crothers
 
Charley Varrick ~ Walter Matthau, Joe Don Baker, Felicia Farr, and Rudy Diaz
 
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Firefox (Full Dub Ac3 Dol Ecoa Rpkg) ~ Clint Eastwood, Freddie Jones, David Huffman, and Warren Clarke
 
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Mystic River (Ws Dub Sub Ac3 Dol Ecoa Rpkg) ~ Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, and Emmy Rossum
 
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Outlaws: The Legend of O.B. Taggart [Blu-ray] ~ Ben Johnson, Randy Travis, Larry Gatlin, and Ned Beatty
 
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Rampage ~ Brendan Fletcher, Matt Frewer, and Shaun Sipsos
 
The Red Baron ~ Matthias Schweighofer, Til Schweiger, Lena Headey, and Joseph Fiennes
 
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Replacement Killers / S.W.A.T [Blu-ray] ~ Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez, and LL Cool J
 
Revolver / Run Lola Run [Blu-ray] ~ Jason Statham, Ray Liotta, Franka Potente, and Moritz Bleibtreu
 
The Rookie [Blu-ray] ~ Charlie Sheen, Raul Julia, and Tom Skerritt
 
Rules Limited Collector's Edition ~ Zak Lee Guarnaccia, Darren Kendrick, Amanda Chism, and Nina Manni
 
Savage Land [Blu-ray] ~ Corbin Bernsen, Corry Carrior, Brion James, and Martin Kove
 
Space Cowboys (Ws Amar Rpkg) ~ Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, and James Garner
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Tempo ~ Melanie Griffith, Rachael Leigh Cook, Hugh Dancy, and Malcolm McDowell
 
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Tightrope (Ws Sub Dol) ~ Clint Eastwood, Geneviève Bujold, Dan Hedaya, and Alison Eastwood
 
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Unforgiven (1992) (Ws Dub Sub Ac3 Dol Ecoa) ~ Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, and Richard Harris
 
The Unsaid ~ Andy Garcia, Vincent Kartheiser, Trevor Blumas, and Chelsea Field
 
Where Eagles Dare (Ws Dub Sub Dol Ecoa Rpkg) ~ Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood, Mary Ure, and Patrick Wymark
 
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Dreadtime Stories Double Feature: The Woods / The Craft ~ Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, and Lauren Birkell
 
Dreadtime Stories Double Feature: Hollow Man / Flatliners ~ Kevin Bacon, Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, and William Baldwin
 
Easter Bunny, Kill! Kill! ~ Timothy Muskatell, Charlotte Marie, and Ricardo Gray
 
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Foyle's War: Set 6 ~ Michael Kitchen
 
Ghost Hunters International: Season One, Part One ~ Robb Demarest, Barry Fitzgerald, Dustin Pari, and Brandy Green
 
Mister Ed: The Complete Third Season ~ Alan Young
 
Rescue Me: Complete Fifth Season ~ Denis Leary, Adam Ferrara, Mike Lombardi, and Steven Pasquale
 
We'll Meet Again ~ Michael J. Shannon
 
UNDENIABLE CLASSICS
 
The Sting ~ Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, and Charles Durning
 
BOX SETS
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Peanuts: 1970's Collection, Vol. 2 (Be My Valentine Charlie Brown / You're a Good Sport / It's Arbor Day / What a Nightmare / It's Your First Kiss / You're the Greatest) ~ Charlie Brown
 
The Professionals / The Quick & The Dead [Blu-ray] ~ Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Burt Lancaster, and Lee Marvin
 
The Three Stooges Collection, Volumes 1-8 Bundle ~ Moe Howard, Shemp Howard, and Larry Fine
 
Robert Trate writes two weekly columns for Mania the DVD Shopping Bag and the Toy Maniac. To hear Robert’s original review of The Wolfman check out the 49th episode of the You’ve Got Geek on You podcast.
 

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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redhairs99 6/1/2010 7:53:19 AM

Bob, I picked up a few Blu-Rays at the end of last when when my Blu-Ray player arrived.  So far, what I've seen has been pretty good.  Last Starfighter looked great, but I agree with what you said about it last year with respect to the special effects are what hurt the HD version.  They really looked like a video game and were maybe a little too neat and clean.

The Wild Bunch director's cut was amazing!  It looked like it could have been shot yesterday.

Carpenter's The Thing looked great too, but the lack of special features that easily could have been ported over from the special edition DVD was very disappointing.

1966's Batman feature looks pretty good too.  Of course, the special features are what makes it worth buying for me.

I borrowed a few others from a friend like the original Planet of Apes.  The picture looked good, but I've caught bits and pieces of the movie on the HD pay channels over the last year so it didn't "WOW me"that I really need to dig out my old DVD and do some comparsions.

themovielord 6/1/2010 6:57:50 PM

 The Thing was one I didn't get because the Universal edition (a direct Laser disc transfer) was awesome. I'll hold out until they do right by that title (probably around the sequel/ prequel). Check the Search for Spock, looked and sounded incredible. 

redhairs99 6/2/2010 2:06:38 AM

I only picked up The Thing on Blu-Ray because Wal-Mart.com has it for $9.49, so I took my phone to Best Buy, pulled up the walmart.com site and got a price match.  I figured for 10 bucks, "What the hell, I'll try it."

CaptAmerica04 7/26/2010 9:48:01 AM

Hollywood has NEVER known what it is doing, other than trying to make money as fast and cheap as possible.  They've just accidentally stumbled into success over the last few years.  But most of the greatest films are still the ones made outside of the traditional "Hollywood" production environment.

CaptAmerica04 7/26/2010 9:53:25 AM

Oh, and Rob, as for Director's Cuts... I was sold when I saw the "Aliens" Director's Cut on laser disc back in the 90s.  When Cameron's Director's Cut of that movie hit DVD, I bought it instantly.  SO much better character development, motivation for Ripley to go back to LV-426 with the Marines, and a few awesome extra action scenes.

It was my love for the term "Director's Cut" (and a few positive comments from fellow Maniacs) that led me to buy the Director's Cut of "Daredevil," which is also worth checking out (still not a "great" film, but much better than the original theatrical cut).

So, I definitely share your love and endearment for those two beautiful words "Director's Cut."

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