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September 26 2005

Latino Review interviews Joss Whedon. They talk about Joss inspiration for Serenity, sequels, DVDs, Buffy Movie, X3 and Wonder Woman. "There will be many deleted scenes, and stuff like that, but there won't be a director's cut. What you saw was the director's cut."Some similar comments from previous interviews. It doesn't contain spoilers.

While I do appreciate Joss' thoughts about making the release version the best version of the movie, I can't help wanting a longer cut, anyway. Deleted scenes are all well and good, but seeing them outside the dramatic development detracts a lot from their impact. Couldn't we just call it "longer version" instead of "director's cut" and have both in the dvd version ;-)

I agree that often the tighter release version of a movie is better, but not always (The Fellowship of the Ring is to my mind a lucid counter example) - and Serenity is so tight it's literally at bursting point. Of course, I can't be sure that I'd like a longer version better - all I'm saying is that I can't help wanting to see it :-)
Am I the only one who gets upset with grammatical and typographical errors in Websites like this?

"Latino Review: Would you incorporate Linda Carter into the movie somehow?"

Err, shouldn't the Latino Review know her name is Lynda? It's that sort of thing that makes me discount a publication.
There might not be a director's cut but could the studio bring out an extended version without consulting Joss?
The worst trend to come out of the DVD age is the prevalence of "director's cuts," "extended cuts," and all of that nonsense. I'm a big believer in making a movie as good as it can be, putting that on the big screen, and then releasing the exact same film on DVD without slapping in 10 extra worthless minutes just to promote it as a "never-before-seen version" of the film on the freakin' DVD box. These longer versions are usually bloated and unwieldy, and more times than not, the idea of "less is more" proves to be a wise mantra.

With that being said, there are always exceptions. For example, I'm fine with a director re-editing a film that was originally butchered by an interfering studio. The best example of this would be James Cameron's "The Abyss," which has a director's cut that is a vast improvement over the film that was originally released. I'm also gonna let Peter Jackson slide with "The Lord of the Rings" special editions because New Line was never gonna release those movies at their special-edition lengths and because the longer cuts of those films are actually better.

But, again, these are the exceptions that prove the rule. There's no need for a longer version of "Serenity."
I am actually reminded of the Lion King DVD.
The one that double disk was released about a year or two ago.
They had a really interesting approach to it, including two versions of the movie.
The Original Untouched version, which is still great. A classic, which should remain as it is, so people can look back, at remember how it was. And an exclusive extended DVD version, with some re-mastered sound and additional scenes, which fit smoothly and organically with the rest of the movie, despite the fact that they had to get a new actor to voice Simba.

Maybe Joss could make one of that, just for the fans.

After watching the extended versions of the Lord of the Rings, I did enjoy the movies even more. Though it makes harder to watch the shorter versions, but the extended one, input so many new informations, that help the story flow even better.
You want Joss to get some actor to voice Mal in the new scenes? ;)
Universal own Serenity (the credits at the end of the movie actually include "Based on characters created by Joss Whedon") so in theory they are within their rights to launch multiple DVD editions.

Will they? Depends on how the movie does at the box office (domestically and internationally). For example, Universal's Chronicles of Riddick is on it's 3rd DVD release now, as it fell well short at the box office, so they're trying to make the money back somehow - the latest version has 10 minutes extra footage blah blah. However, they have the director on board for that so you never know.
As one of his fans, I want to see what he intends us to see. Which is the theatrical cut.
The problem here is that Joss specifically cut stuff out of the movie that he figured was fan-service, little moments that only people who had knowledge of the series would appreciate, and didn't serve the overall plot. I would really love to have those moments put back in because one of the things I love about Firefly is that even in the not-so-good eps, there are little character moments that are just plainly charming. I can see why he'd streamline the movie to make it newbie-friendly, but I'd really like a longer cut.

I'm so-so with director's cuts. Some are pointless, like the extended cut of Hellboy, while some are just plainly better movies, like the LotR ones.
Sometimes the studios really do botch movies, but when a director has control over the final cut, as Joss appears to, then it's hard to justify a "director's cut" that's different. LotR is kind of an exception.

OTOH, Blade Runner benefited so much from a director's cut, and Ridley Scott mostly removed things from the studio cut.
"As one of his fans, I want to see what he intends us to see. Which is the theatrical cut."

Absolutely. I think giving the deleted material as separate extras is the best way to do it. If Joss had not been able to make the film he wanted to, and had been forced to make changes because of studio interference, that would be a different matter. But the film Joss made is the one he wants seen, and that has to be right. In Joss we trust, and all that.
Yeah but an extended cut wouldn't supercede a theatrical cut, it would supplement it. I like having the choice. No extended edition has bumped a theatrical edition off the shelf, and if anything, it's more money for everybody. Fans, like me, can rent the longer cut and decide if they want to buy it or not.

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