Ed Driscoll

To Paraphrase Woody Allen

Boy the food here is terrible–and such large portions, too:

Warner Home Video has just officially announced the DVD and HD release of a new unrated version of Oliver Stone’s Alexander. The new version, called Alexander Revisited: The Final Cut, is some 45 minutes longer than the previous versions. Stone apparently wasn’t happy with either the original theatrical version or the previous director’s cut of the film. Says Stone of the new Revisited cut: “Over the last two years I have been able to sort out some of the unanswered questions about this highly complicated and passionate monarch — questions I failed to answer dramatically enough. This film represents my complete and last version, as it will contain all the essential footage we shot. I don’t know how many filmmakers have managed to make three versions of the same film, but I have been fortunate to have the opportunity because of the success of video and DVD sales in the world, and I felt if I didn’t do it now, with the energy and memory I still have for the subject, it would never quite be the same again. For me, this is the complete Alexander, the clearest interpretation I can offer.”

How bad was the theatrical version of Alexander? Normally, it’s just the movie itself that studios want to edit down as much as possible before its theatrical release. In Alexander’s case, it was the quotes from critics–Warner Brothers Dowdified them, often down to single-word blurbs, just to have something to put into the ads.

(In the US, Stone’s $150,000,000 Alexander grossed only $34,293,771 during its theatrical run. Which, combined with the themes of so many of his movies and his own thoughts on the subject, made him even more of a slam dunk choice by Paramount to be given the helm of what would be his next project.)