The Best News of the Year

Okay, so that may be an overstatement, but for me, this is HUGE:

Terrence Malick’s long-awaited director’s cut of The New World is coming out on DVD October 14!!!

Reportedly the film is 30 minutes longer and hand-crafted by Malick himself. This is 15 minutes longer than the forever-lost version that was screened for critics in December 2005 (which I saw). In addition to offering Malick-philes a chance to see more heartbreakingly beautiful footage of what is arguably his most stunning film, the DVD will include a ten-part “making-of” documentary. I wonder if recluse Malick will show himself in the behind-the-scenes footage? Doubtful.

Anyway, I just had to share this exciting news. Coupled with the knowledge that a new Malick film (Tree of Life) is just around the corner, this latest news more than compensates for the 8 year drought I suffered in between The Thin Red Line and The New World.

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3 responses to “The Best News of the Year

  1. petertchattaway

    It sounds like the ten-part documentary is identical to the one on the current North American DVD, i.e. the one with the 135-minute cut. And no, I don’t believe Malick himself ever appears in that documentary — you almost got the impression that the film was directed by the cinematographer!

    So it looks like this new version will be at least 165 minutes long (or more, if it includes all of the footage from *both* existing cuts; if I’m not mistaken, the shorter one had some footage that didn’t appear in the longer one).

    I wonder if the 150-minute version will ever be released to DVD in North America. I gather it was made available in Italy, or some such place.

  2. Does these mean I can start hoping for that infamous 6-hour cut of “The Thin Red Line” to be released on DVD at some point?

    No? Oh. Ok. Siiiiiiiiiiiiiigh.

  3. If a 6-hour cut of The Thin Red Line were ever released I would spend my life savings on the best home entertainment system money could buy, just so I could repeatedly experience the glory of sight and sound that is that movie.

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