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Bong Joon-Ho's Snowpiercer will be released uncut, but in a limited capacity

Feb. 7, 2014by: Paul Shirey

Director Bong Joon-Ho's SNOWPIERCER has had a timultuous ride to the theaters, which is metaphoric given the film's storyline. The film was bought by Harvey Weinstein in 2012 "on the basis of script and some sample footage" and decided to have the film cut down after seeing the finished cut, which ran just over 2.5 hours. Naturally, this caused quite a stir and Joon-Ho was very vocal about his disappointment with the edits, but it appears that a truce has been reached.

According to Deadline, Joon-Ho and Weinstein have entered into an agreement that "keeps the length of his action film but instead of a wide release, it will be a platform release with a roll out." So, what SNOWPIERCER loses is a wide release, and what it gains is the integrity of the director's vision. Who wins here? It's hard to say. It's great that the film will remain uncut, but sad that it won't reach a wider audience. That said, it probably was never going to reach a wide audience anyway, as your average moviegoer isn't typically game for a lengthy sci-fi pic like this, even when it's lauded by critics (CLOUD ATLAS anyone?)

Still no official release date, but once this deal is finalized you can expect to hear something soon.

Source: Deadline

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11:07AM on 04/10/2014

Incredible

Just watched the uncut version. That was one of the most amazing movies I've seen in a very long time. Takes me back to the first time I saw Battle Royale...just wow.
Just watched the uncut version. That was one of the most amazing movies I've seen in a very long time. Takes me back to the first time I saw Battle Royale...just wow.
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12:39AM on 02/08/2014
Dieing to see this. If there is a God this will play at my local theater. But my local theater didn't even play Inside Llewyn Davis so I'm not counting on it.
Dieing to see this. If there is a God this will play at my local theater. But my local theater didn't even play Inside Llewyn Davis so I'm not counting on it.
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10:20PM on 02/07/2014
I don't even mind if it's limited as long as I get to see the uncut version. If I have to wait for the dvd, that's fine.
I don't even mind if it's limited as long as I get to see the uncut version. If I have to wait for the dvd, that's fine.
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3:58PM on 02/07/2014

If it was edited, it would probably be better

Just sayin'. There were two "train cars" that were absolutely pointless and merely re-iterated exposition from the opening text and what people said throughout the movie up to that point and afterwards. So why not excise that stupid bullshit?
Just sayin'. There were two "train cars" that were absolutely pointless and merely re-iterated exposition from the opening text and what people said throughout the movie up to that point and afterwards. So why not excise that stupid bullshit?
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6:23PM on 02/07/2014
cuz thast not the "bullshit" they wanted to edit out. They wanted to edit out the "depth" from the movie so that red neck states of America could understand what the movie was about.
cuz thast not the "bullshit" they wanted to edit out. They wanted to edit out the "depth" from the movie so that red neck states of America could understand what the movie was about.
3:57PM on 02/07/2014

Nice!

First I d heard of it.
Glad I watched the trailer, it looks awesome!! There is a real Luc Besson Fifth Element feel to it (in tone and visuals). That is perfectly fine with me. And John Hurt, the "missing" Doctor, is in it, too!!
Too bad I'll have to wait for the BluRay...
First I d heard of it.
Glad I watched the trailer, it looks awesome!! There is a real Luc Besson Fifth Element feel to it (in tone and visuals). That is perfectly fine with me. And John Hurt, the "missing" Doctor, is in it, too!!
Too bad I'll have to wait for the BluRay...
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2:52PM on 02/07/2014

I love long movies...

but they have to be like sci-fi or certain action movies I can't do dramas at all. Cloud atlas was such a fantastic moving film. It will deft gain cult status. I'm so glad this is comin out uncut but also very sad cus I won't be able to see it anywhere prob :(
but they have to be like sci-fi or certain action movies I can't do dramas at all. Cloud atlas was such a fantastic moving film. It will deft gain cult status. I'm so glad this is comin out uncut but also very sad cus I won't be able to see it anywhere prob :(
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2:05PM on 02/07/2014
I agree with you, Paul. Obviously, some sci-fi epics attract a large general audience: Star Wars, superhero flicks. But, mostly, they have niche audiences and cult followings: 2001, Cloud Atlas, Watchmen, Brazil, Contact, Prometheus, Benjamin Buttons. Snowpiercer should be very popular on video and at future special screenings.
I agree with you, Paul. Obviously, some sci-fi epics attract a large general audience: Star Wars, superhero flicks. But, mostly, they have niche audiences and cult followings: 2001, Cloud Atlas, Watchmen, Brazil, Contact, Prometheus, Benjamin Buttons. Snowpiercer should be very popular on video and at future special screenings.
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2:12PM on 02/07/2014
I'm really looking forward to it, but yeah, I'm part of that niche audience. I just don't see Snowpiercer ever being a big smash hit that rakes in hundreds of millions. It's just not that movie, even if it's a great one. I loved Cloud Atlas, but it's obvious that it was way too much for most average moviegoers. Ultimately, I'm just happy we'll get to see the uncut version, even if I have to rent it from iTunes.
I'm really looking forward to it, but yeah, I'm part of that niche audience. I just don't see Snowpiercer ever being a big smash hit that rakes in hundreds of millions. It's just not that movie, even if it's a great one. I loved Cloud Atlas, but it's obvious that it was way too much for most average moviegoers. Ultimately, I'm just happy we'll get to see the uncut version, even if I have to rent it from iTunes.
12:56PM on 02/07/2014

Typical Weinstein

Im glad that its being released uncut. However, this is typical Weinstein Bullshit. Their way or the highway. If you get your way, they make sure your movie sinks. Limited release? Bullshit. Only director they support is Tarantino (which is good) but come on. Hate these guys.
Im glad that its being released uncut. However, this is typical Weinstein Bullshit. Their way or the highway. If you get your way, they make sure your movie sinks. Limited release? Bullshit. Only director they support is Tarantino (which is good) but come on. Hate these guys.
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