Terrence Malick’s BADLANDS May Come to Criterion; Director Working on an Extended Cut of THE TREE OF LIFE

     November 22, 2011

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Terrence Malick has surprised movie nerds in the past couple months by deciding not to take decades between his movies, and instead he already has two films in development with a third one likely to be released next year.  He also has the documentary The Voyage of Time in the works, and now it turns out there’s more Malick on the way.  Malick’s longtime editor Billy Webber says that there will be a new home entertainment release of Badlands, which is welcome news considering there’s currently only a barebones DVD.  Webber says, “Warner Bros. or Criterion is putting out a new version of ‘Badlands’ fairly soon,” and although he’s recorded a commentary track, he’s not sure if it will be used.  Since Criterion has already picked up The Thin Red Line and Days of Heaven, it’s safe to assume they’ll get the disc (although part of that assumption comes from wishful thinking—the best kind of thinking).

Hit the jump for more on getting more The Tree of Life.

tree-of-life-movie-image-brad-pitt-jessica-chastain-02Malick’s The Tree of Life runs 2 hours and 19 minutes, but that’s less than half of the director’s original cut.  Back in June, cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki told Les Cahiers du Cinéma [via The Film Stage] that Malick was preparing a six-hour cut of the movie and

“the longer version will have to/will likely, for the most part, relate to the children part. There were outstanding things, we’ve shot many, many things about Jack’s childhood: his friends, his evolution, his changes, his awareness of the loss of his childhood.”

Webber confirmed to All Things Shining [via The Playlist] a longer version is in the works:

“I know Terry is doing a longer cut of ‘Tree,’ but we had so many scenes that were cut out that it wouldn’t be that hard to put together a longer version. Other than that, I really don’t know what he is going to put back in, but I’m sure that it will be interesting.”

Those who felt that the movie was too long are going to roll their eyes at this news, but the movie’s ardent supporters are probably going to go nuts for this, especially since the new Blu-ray doesn’t have any deleted or extended scenes.  However, if you’re hoping for extended cuts from other Malick movies, you’re going to be disappointed because Webber says that footage is gone.

The whole Webber interview is a great read if you want some more insight into Malick’s work and his process.

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