Director’s Cut (2016) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

Director’s Cut (2016) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: Adam Rifkin
Starring: Missi Pyle, Penn Jillette, Harry Hamlin
Rated: UR/Region O/Widescreen/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Epic Pictures

In Director’s Cut Penn Jillette (Penn & Teller) plays a disgruntled crowd funder who kidnaps the footage, and star, of the film he backed in order to create his own version starring himself. Ironically, the film was actually financed by an elaborate crowdfunding campaign that attracted over 4,500 backers. Written by Penn and directed by Adam Rifkin, Director’s Cut stars Missi Pyle, Harry Hamlin and Hayes MacArthur who are playing both themselves as well as characters in the movie within the movie and cameos include Lin Shaye, Kristy Hill, Nestor Carbonell and Penn’s longtime partner, Raymond Joseph Teller.

If you want something different Director’s Cut is certainly that. It’s a very meta experience that might over the head for some who run across it, but others who “get it” will at least respect it if nothing else. Here’s what we learn pretty quickly, we have an insane person that used crowdfunding to get his way on the set of a movie to basically stalk the lead actress. He uses that footage and inserts “other” footage to make this movie we are seeing, but the kicker is he narrates it movie commentary style from start to finish. I kinda dig that. Of course, our crazy person is played by none other than Penn Jillette and if I have one complaint it might be that he isn’t being bad enough, be it he is being very bad but the movie still staggers over into the comedy area perhaps a bit too much and broad at times. That being said, I still can’t go without respecting the fact that this one does bring something new to the table.

What is this movie missing? Well, it could have had more of a body count. It does try to cover that and the gore side of things with deaths in the movie within this movie and I guess that does help, but it also hides the fact we don’t have it in the proper portion of the movie. That and the more light side is the only negatives, but you could argue this movie wouldn’t be as entertaining to watch without Penn at least doing what he does best part of the time at least. Things get a bit silly in the last act but even with all that I’m still letting the creative side of things allow me to give this one the nod in the right direction for my final score. You also get some really cool stuff in the extras as you’ll see listed here below. All in all, it’s fun if nothing else and one of the more creative things I’ve seen this side of the backward style of Memento.


– 5.1 Dolby Digital English
– Audio Commentary with director Adam Rifkin and writer/star Penn Jillette
– Audio Commentary with crowdfunder Perry Friedman
– English Closed Captions
– Riffin’ with Rifkin and Penn (32 minutes)
– Blount’s BTS: Behind The Scenes of DIRECTOR’S CUT (20 minutes)
– 5 Deleted Scenes
– KNOCKED OFF “Early Cut” (14 minutes)
– Outtakes (6 minutes)
– Slamdance Premiere (9 minutes)
– Brendan Mitchell at the L.A. Premiere (14 minutes)
– The Clap: Slate-Mania from the set of DIRECTOR’S CUT (2:29)
– Make Penn Bad: Original Crowdfunder Pitch Video (4:06)
– Additional trailers from Dread Central Presents

Quality of Transfer: 97%