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Would you be interested in watching a fourth cut of Alexander from Oliver Stone?

Nov. 9, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

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In an interesting meeting of artistry and commercialism, Warner Bros. has asked director Oliver Stone to return to his 2004 ancient epic ALEXANDER and do a new cut of the film.  Which, in case you're keeping score, marks the fourth version of the film to which audiences will have access.

After the initial release of the film was much-maligned by most critics and fans alike, the footage was reworked twice more - as ALEXANDER - DIRECTOR'S CUT in 2005 and ALEXANDER, REVISITED: THE FINAL CUT in 2007. It was this third reworking which actually sold so well (over a million copies) that Warner Bros. has gone ahead and asked Stone to go back and re-arrange the footage another time - this works just fine for Stone, as he reveals in the comments below that he never quite that any of the previous cuts captured his full intention.

"On ALEXANDER, I released a shorter version [in theaters] because of Warner Brothers issues. And I [was] also rushed. [When] I released the director’s cut – it wasn’t called a ‘director’s cut’. It was called ‘The Final Cut’ because [earlier] there was a rushed director’s cut that I was responsible for. My third version three years later in 2007 was called ‘A Final Cut’ and I actually added forty some odd minutes – which I think makes the film better. [I didn’t go back] for money. I just did it because I didn’t feel I had finished the movie, and I felt like I was rushed… It took three years [for me] to fully understand [ALEXANDER]. I’m going to go back next year actually. I’ve been asked by Warner Brothers because they did so well with ‘The Final Cut’. They actually sold more than a million copies. They’ve asked me to go back next year and do a fourth version."

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Frankly, it’s a movie about history and I just feel like I can add something more. I wouldn’t do it otherwise… I don’t need more footage. I want to cut it down now because I added too much. I want it to come back a little bit. There’s some trimming [needed]. Have you ever heard of Abel Gance and Napoleon? Coppola actually brought back a version in 1980 at Radio City Music Hall. Huge, black and white, silent movie and it worked. It was magic. Gance had like thirteen versions of the film by the time he died because it was done in triptych in those days. They did three screens. This version that he did was unbelievable. I’m not saying I’m going to have thirteen [versions of ALEXANDER], but I just think it’s important to me, this film. DVD has given it that second life because all the people that have seen it, that million people adds up to a huge different base and they get it."

So there you have it.  Stone seems well-intentioned enough, even if this is first and foremost a cash-grab on Warner Bros.' part.  But for you fans of the film out there, are you satisfied with THE FINAL CUT or are you excited to see what Stone discovers in the editing room? And for those of you who remain far from being a fan of the film, would a Stone-approved fourth cut done nine years out be enough for you to give ALEXANDER another shot?

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Extra Tidbit: SAVAGES, Stone's latest, hits DVD/Blu-ray on Tuesday the 11th.
Source: Collider

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11:41AM on 11/11/2012

Slow burners

I liked Alexander when it first came out although no-one else I knew did. I always believed it would take some time for people to appreciate it's detail.
Stone's faith in Farrell was a leap - I never fully understood this but maybe it will become apparent with time. Could have been the coke.
I liked Alexander when it first came out although no-one else I knew did. I always believed it would take some time for people to appreciate it's detail.
Stone's faith in Farrell was a leap - I never fully understood this but maybe it will become apparent with time. Could have been the coke.
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6:49PM on 11/10/2012

If he's going to keep fucking with it then why not give it free to people who paid for the other copy?

So ya I'd watch it but if he expects me to pay money to then his hair plugs must have hit his brain. So I guess my answer is actually: arrrrrrr sure I'll take a gander at yer extra version, matie har har!
So ya I'd watch it but if he expects me to pay money to then his hair plugs must have hit his brain. So I guess my answer is actually: arrrrrrr sure I'll take a gander at yer extra version, matie har har!
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12:43PM on 11/10/2012
I seem to be one of the very few who absolutely love "Alexander". As a matter of fact it is far and away one of my favorite films of all time. I always have to clarify, though, that I am specifically referring to the "Director's Cut" (the second cut of the film that was done for the DVD release). The theatrical cut is clearly compromised by comparison, and the Revisited cut, while certainly intriguing, is strictly for preexisting fans of the film, says I (so, y'know, I like it, but I still
I seem to be one of the very few who absolutely love "Alexander". As a matter of fact it is far and away one of my favorite films of all time. I always have to clarify, though, that I am specifically referring to the "Director's Cut" (the second cut of the film that was done for the DVD release). The theatrical cut is clearly compromised by comparison, and the Revisited cut, while certainly intriguing, is strictly for preexisting fans of the film, says I (so, y'know, I like it, but I still consider the DC definitive). So... do I want more of one of my favorite films ever? Hell yes I do! This is very exciting news for me... and it is also quite nice to hear that WB considers the Revisited cut a success.
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8:56PM on 11/09/2012
To those who have seen the Revisited version, is it worth a blind buy? I saw the theatrical version and wasn't too fond of it, but I've wanted to give these extended cuts a chance.
As for a 4th version, maybe they can release all the version in a single set like Blade Runner. If I hear it improves the film I'll check it out.
To those who have seen the Revisited version, is it worth a blind buy? I saw the theatrical version and wasn't too fond of it, but I've wanted to give these extended cuts a chance.
As for a 4th version, maybe they can release all the version in a single set like Blade Runner. If I hear it improves the film I'll check it out.
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12:45PM on 11/10/2012
As posted above, I am one of the apparently rare folks who adore Alexander. Thing is, though, I mean the DC. The Revisited cut is nice if you're already a fan of the film, but I highly recommend the DC. The theatrical is pretty terrible by comparison, and I can understand why it was so poorly received. But yeah, if you don't mind taking a biased, die-hard fan's recommendation of Alexander... I would say hell yeah, give the DC a try :)
As posted above, I am one of the apparently rare folks who adore Alexander. Thing is, though, I mean the DC. The Revisited cut is nice if you're already a fan of the film, but I highly recommend the DC. The theatrical is pretty terrible by comparison, and I can understand why it was so poorly received. But yeah, if you don't mind taking a biased, die-hard fan's recommendation of Alexander... I would say hell yeah, give the DC a try :)
12:33AM on 03/15/2013
I know I'm late on this and if you still have not seen it, then YES a blind buy of ALEXANDER REVISITED is definetly worth it. I hate to disagree with someone else who is a fan of ALEXANDER but, the other guy who commented that the "Director's Cut" is the best is waaaay off. You get so much less story in that one, way, way less character development and a watered down version of history. I have yet to talk to one single person who disliked ALEXANDER REVISITED even if they hated the theatrical
I know I'm late on this and if you still have not seen it, then YES a blind buy of ALEXANDER REVISITED is definetly worth it. I hate to disagree with someone else who is a fan of ALEXANDER but, the other guy who commented that the "Director's Cut" is the best is waaaay off. You get so much less story in that one, way, way less character development and a watered down version of history. I have yet to talk to one single person who disliked ALEXANDER REVISITED even if they hated the theatrical version. I personally liked the theatrical version but, I only saw it because it was directed by Oliver Stone. So, I am biased towards it in a way but, I know a damn good film when I see one and ALEXANDER REVISITED is a damn GREAT film!
6:12PM on 11/09/2012

I hardly remember this movie...

LMFAO. I think i fell a sleep to it.
LMFAO. I think i fell a sleep to it.
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1:19PM on 11/09/2012

Hell no.

The only good thing would be if they made the sex scene with Rosario Dawson a lot longer.
The only good thing would be if they made the sex scene with Rosario Dawson a lot longer.
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12:48PM on 11/09/2012
I actually really liked the revisited - and i think the film is excellent and super underrated. Since i already got the bluray on this, i really dont want to fork out more money for yet another cut. So love, the film, no reason to do another version. Maybe they can put this energy into fixing up the star wars prequels or something.
I actually really liked the revisited - and i think the film is excellent and super underrated. Since i already got the bluray on this, i really dont want to fork out more money for yet another cut. So love, the film, no reason to do another version. Maybe they can put this energy into fixing up the star wars prequels or something.
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10:01AM on 11/09/2012

Alexander: The Final Final Cut

For real? I can think of films that are more deserving of a directors cut but will never get a chance, i dont think another version will improve this anyhow.
For real? I can think of films that are more deserving of a directors cut but will never get a chance, i dont think another version will improve this anyhow.
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9:54AM on 11/09/2012

One thing

I would watch the fourth cut of Alexander for only ONE reason, if there are gratuitous shots of Rosario Dawson's bewbs. I did not love the movie, but Rosario's Roxane was the hawtness.
I would watch the fourth cut of Alexander for only ONE reason, if there are gratuitous shots of Rosario Dawson's bewbs. I did not love the movie, but Rosario's Roxane was the hawtness.
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10:43AM on 11/09/2012
I agree maybe he could do a cut that is nothing but Rosario Dawson
I agree maybe he could do a cut that is nothing but Rosario Dawson
9:20AM on 11/09/2012

i would

it has potential...shame it cant be rereleased in the theatre...
it has potential...shame it cant be rereleased in the theatre...
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9:07AM on 11/09/2012
I'm not gonna lie, I always loved this movie. Yes, I know, I'm alone in this, but for me, it was the second best of 2004. So, yeah, I would like to see another cut.
I'm not gonna lie, I always loved this movie. Yes, I know, I'm alone in this, but for me, it was the second best of 2004. So, yeah, I would like to see another cut.
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12:46PM on 11/10/2012
Not alone! Not alone!!
Not alone! Not alone!!
8:22AM on 11/09/2012
Nope. I think I've had enough.
Nope. I think I've had enough.
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8:09AM on 11/09/2012
You wanna know something, yes I actually would. Cause as it turns out, each new cut just keeps getting better and better.
You wanna know something, yes I actually would. Cause as it turns out, each new cut just keeps getting better and better.
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