More Director’s Cuts – Apocalypse Now, The Act of Killing, Iron Sky

While Netflix only had Nightbreed out of the various director’s cuts I talked about, they do have a number of others available.

Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now (1979) – Rated R

During the Vietnam War, Capt. Willard is sent to Cambodia on a top-secret mission to terminate Col. Kurtz, who’s gone completely insane.”

Apocalypse Now Redux (2001) – Rated R

Obviously Francis Ford Coppola’s other masterpiece should be seen on a big screen but, barring that, stick to the two and a half hour original. The Redux at three hours and fifteen minutes is still powerful but feels a little bloated.

The Act of Killing

The Act of Killing (2012) – Not rated

A 2014 Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Feature, this film follows two former Indonesian death squad leaders as they reenact war atrocities.”

The Act of Killing: The Director’s Cut (2012) – Not rated

The director’s cut is more than half an hour longer. I found the original to be a very brutal (yet riveting) sit through and another half hour might put me over the top so I’ll pass but fans of the original may like the additional footage.

Iron Sky

Iron Sky (2012) – Rated R

The Nazis retreated to the Moon in 1945, but after they’re discovered by an American shuttle in 2018, they relaunch their plans to invade Earth.”

Iron Sky: Director’s Cut (2012) – Not Rated

I have no idea why this quirky 2012 movie got a director’s cut. While it is eighteen minutes longer, it is not appreciably different from the original. I did not feel the extra running time added anything important. Iron Sky was a great concept that made for an entertaining, though not especially memorable, film. There is a sequel in development: Iron Sky: The Coming Race