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Director’s Cut

Director’s Cut

Jan. 22, 2016 USA90 Min.
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Director

Adam Rifkin
Director

Cast

Missi Pyle isHerself / Mabel
Herself / Mabel
Penn Jillette isHerbert Blount
Herbert Blount
Harry Hamlin isGodfrey Winters
Godfrey Winters
Lin Shaye isCaptain Wheeler
Captain Wheeler
Gilbert Gottfried isSuperintendent
Superintendent
Adam Rifkin isAdam Rifkin
Adam Rifkin
Marshall Bell isMoving Company Guy
Moving Company Guy
Teller isRudy Nelson
Rudy Nelson

Synopsis

Herbert Blount aspires to replace the real director of a movie and make it his own by capturing the lead actress and inflicting much horror upon her in his version.

Director’s Cut
Original titleDirector's Cut
IMDb Rating6.5 92 votes
TMDb Rating8 1 votes

(2) comments

  • ejonconradJuly 7, 2016Reply

    Entertaining and original movie.

    Full disclosure: I contributed enough to the crowdfunding site to get
    invited to the premiere and meet Penn and Teller, so I would have
    enjoyed the experience even if the movie had been terrible. Luckily, it
    wasn’t.

    The plot is pretty original. It’s about – surprise – a crowd funded
    movie. One particular contributor – Herby Blount, played by Penn –
    donates enough money to hang out on the set and even film with his own
    hand-held camera. It turns out he’s obsessed with Missi Pyle, who, like
    all the actors, plays herself. He uses his footage together with raw
    footage he steals from the movie to cobble together his own version of
    the movie, in which he’s the hero. What we’re supposedly watching is
    the director’s cut of *that* movie, with his commentary. How meta is
    that? The result is something of a cross between a classic ”movie
    within a movie” and a ”found footage” documentary.

    It’s really two separate movies. They create a good part of the movie
    ”Knocked Off”, a low budget but completely credible slasher/horror
    movie, and they also create Herby’s amateurish additions and edits.
    During the Q&A, they claimed all of ”his” editing and special effects
    were done with free software that a crazy person really could use.

    The acting is quite good. The main characters in the ”movie” are Missi
    Pyle and Harry Hamlin. She in particular does a good job of playing
    both her role and herself playing her role.

    Of course, the whole thing is narrated via Herby’s (Penn’s) ”director’s
    commentary”, and that’s where all the humor comes in – and it is very
    funny.

    All in all, a quite enjoyable movie.

  • kosmaspApril 16, 2017Reply

    Live commentary

    Since Laserdiscs and even more so DVDs and Blu Rays (and who knows
    what’s next apart from streaming), the special feature that involves
    filmmakers and stars or crew commenting on the movie you’re watching,
    the question is, if sometimes the movies may only be entertaining or
    watchable with the audio commentary on. It’s certainly true with most
    films by Uwe Boll and it’s a feature you get here for free.

    I do wonder if there will be an audio commentary for this one. Which
    would be breaking more than just a fourth wall, which the movie
    incidentally does already. It’s funny and it’s a gimmick, that does pay
    off if you like this sort of thing. Some jokes (most of them actually)
    are not really sophisticated, but rather low and simple. Still this was
    a lot of fun to watch and the actors obviously had fun doing this. Sit
    back, relax and enjoy this silly fun too then

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