There is also a Featurette entitled Obsession: The Sex and Violence of Revenge, which takes a quarter of an hour to look at the movie and its colourful production. From getting the rights to the novella it was based upon, to getting a director involved, to the cast they chose, as well as detailed discussion of the sex scenes, it is all very interesting background stuff to absorb, with plenty of behind the scenes stills and recent interview contributions from the cast members involved, as well as the director of course. Although it is quite nice to hear the discussions on why the studios cut the sex down (pressured by the writer's opinion as well), there is no explanation as to why the movie has now been so vastly shortened - other than another brief discussion of streamlining - and I find it hard to believe that the studios insisted on the extra scenes being left in, it seems more likely that Scott, as a fifteen year afterthought, decided to cut them. It's a shame that neither the Commentary nor this Featurette do not delve deeper into the truth behind the changes, nor discuss the implications on the plotting and tone.
Revenge is a superior thriller, held together by a dark tale of lust, betrayal and vengeance and some decent performances. This new Director's Cut is, in my opinion, an inferior version, with pacing that is too fast, character-building scenes no longer included and actions seemingly less justified. Did Tony Scott really think he could take nearly half an hour out of the movie and make it just as good? Still, the movie is a must have for your collection, in whatever form it is in. At least we get a solid picture and a superior aural accompaniment, with a couple of nice extras to boot. I hope they eventually release the original cut, but in the meantime this is definitely one to pick up.
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