This year kicked off with the release of Mike Flanagan‘s Director’s Cut of last year’s Doctor Sleep on home video and streaming, and that extended cut is now available through HBO Max!
The Director’s Cut of the film is 3-hours long (180-minutes), compared to the 152-minute theatrical cut. Yup, that means just under 30 minutes of footage not seen in theaters.
“[Warner Bros] really let us do this right – it’s a finished, complete, fully polished new cut of the movie,” Flanagan explained to Collider late last year. “There is new material throughout the whole film. Some of it is brand new stuff that was never included in the theatrical cut, and there’s also a handful of extended (or altered) scenes as well.”
He continued, “There are some big new scenes, for sure. I don’t want to spoil any of that, but I can say that there is new material throughout (including in the final act at the Overlook). Some of my favorite stuff involved Young Danny and Wendy (there’s some terrific material with Alex Essoe that I’m thrilled is restored here), and will be familiar to fans of the book. There’s also a fair amount of new stuff involving young Abra in the film’s first act, learning about her shine, and how it affects her parents.”
“And there are some surprises I definitely won’t spoil here.”
In Flanagan’s own words, the “Director’s Cut” presents a “more literary” version of the film, with an entirely different structure; this cut breaks the film up into chapters, like a novel.
You can stream both the Theatrical Cut and the Director’s Cut via HBO Max.
— Mike Flanagan (@flanaganfilm) June 28, 2020