Basterds gets longer
To all those online critics who spread rumors that INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS could be cut for US release by up to 40-minutes, Quentin Tarantino has this to say: Fuck you, I'm gonna make it LONGER!. Quentin didn't actually say that (at least not outside of his internal monologue) but did confirm to Variety that the rumors were "complete lies" and that "the movie is actually a minute longer, in running time, than it was in Cannes. It was 2:28, without end credits, and now itís 2:29."
That isn't to say that scenes weren't excised from the Cannes cut. Some things were cut but some things were added like this scene that Tarantino describes: "Iíd shot another scene...where Fassbender meets The Basterds, before they go to La Louisiane. Thatís back."
If you read the script, you know there's an extended sequence that shows how Donny Donowitz gets his trademark Nazi-beating baseball bat back in Boston but Tarantino says he didn't edit it back in because he's saving it for a prequel. "This and other scenes I shot, Iíll put in reserve. If I were to do a prequel, I can just use that stuff, itís ready to go," says Tarantino, though later adding, "Then again, I was going to do all these animated prequels to Kill Bill. I didnít end up doing any of those."