Sunday, July 15, 2007

Zodiac Director's Cut Coming

This press ad for Zodiac's imminent DVD release has announced a 2008 double dip for the film, next time offering a Director's Cut. Really a Director's Cut? Fincher was forced to fiddle with this first version?

I have no idea what the differences will be but - sheesh - it can't be any longer, can it?

[EDIT: This appears to have first popped up at DavisDVD. Thanks for those of you who sent it to me. They're reporting an audio commentary from Fincher, Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., James Vanderbilt, Brad Fischer and James Ellroy. Yeah - Ellroy. Go figure. We can also expect 'extensive featurettes' as well as plenty of other business about the real events and murders - which should appeal to fans of all those sleazy 'True Crime' shows]


Devin said...

The only thing I remember Fincher having to trim was during the part where the screen is black and the text reads "Four years later". His original intent was to have the screen remain black for a longer period of time, in which he would play a montage of popular songs from those four years, which would show the passage of time. Though, I'm sure there's a lot more stuff Fincher had to cut out. There always is.

I think Fincher is a great filmmaker, but I hate that he always pulls this crap. For the longest time, "Seven" and "Fight Club" (and, to a lesser extent, "Panic Room") had bare-bones DVD releases, and then Fincher comes out of nowhere with fully-loaded packages. Why not just release the fully-loaded versions at the same time?

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Zombie Drew said...

As far as I understand, they wouldn't allow him to do the director's cut, all the special features (again produced by the genius David Prior), etc. without this version coming out first.

So, buy both so it'll ensure the special edition actually gets released. (Think about how long it took the Panic Room disc to come out - and even at three discs the content was severely trimmed at the last minute.)

Here in the U.S. the first edition of "Fight Club" was the one with all the special features. And the "Seven" and "Panic Room" discs were worth the wait.

Now if only Criterion can get around to putting out that "Game" DVD...