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[Exclusive] The ‘IT’ Extended Director’s Cut is Coming in 2018!

[Exclusive] The ‘IT’ Extended Director’s Cut is Coming in 2018!

Earlier this year, IT director Andy Muschietti noted that an extended Director’s Cut of this year’s hit horror film, running approximately 15-minutes longer than the theatrical version, was headed to home video. Alas, when next month’s DVD/Blu-ray/4K Ultra HD release was announced, it was sadly without any sign of the Director’s Cut.

Mind you, the home video release will be packed with eleven Deleted/Extended scenes, including an alternate gag opening, but what about that promised extended cut?

We reached out to Muschietti on Instagram earlier today, asking him if that planned Director’s Cut was still on the menu. “Yes, but in a few months,” he replied.

From what we gather, the Director’s Cut of IT will have all of those deleted/extended scenes put back into it, and we can’t help but wonder if that already infamous “Pennywise eats a baby” scene, absent from next month’s discs, will also be included in the extended version. We’re thinking that scene, and perhaps others, are being held back for the Director’s Cut release in the coming months, as added double dip incentives.

For now, IT can be digitally purchased TODAY, December 19.

IT then arrives on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack/Blu-ray Combo Pack/DVD on January 9, 2018. Best Buy will be getting an exclusive Steelbook, while Target is getting their own version that includes a lenticular cover and “Welcome to Derry” postcards.

Special Features include:

  • Pennywise Lives! –  Discover how Bill Skarsgård prepared to portray the primordial creature known as Pennywise the Dancing Clown
  • The Losers’ Club – Get up close and personal with the teenage stars of “IT” as they bond together during the production,
  • Author of Fear  Stephen King reveals the roots of his best-selling novel, the nature of childhood fear and how he created his most famous monster, Pennywise
  • Deleted Scenes – Eleven deleted or extended scenes from the film



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COMMENTS

66 Comments
  • zombie84_41

    This was a good movie

  • scream4ever

    Thanks for the heads up. I’ll hold out for the Director’s Cut!

  • xcalibrate ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    The movie was over rated. The kids, however were fantastic actors. There was nothing remotely scary about Pennywise going ‘blurgh arghh blurgh yada yada’ and running to the camera for each scare, quite the contrary.

    I’d have much rather had all the Pennywise nonsense removed and just have the kids story of taking on the bullies, a coming of age drama.

    I’d will purchase the Directors Cut when available, however.

    • Frank Gambino

      yeah, thats the one thing I hated, how pennywise ran at the camera all shaky. Weird choice for muschietti. Other than that, I liked it

      • steadymobb

        Yeah that was dumb

    • ScaryLarryV

      Remove all the Pennywise nonsense? IT is a movie about a killer clown from a different dimension, you can’t just change the story from what Stephen King wrote and make it about kids and the struggles of being a kid, go watch Stand by Me. Other than the CGI trashiness of IT, it still wasn’t bad.

      • xcalibrate ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        Over rated, not bad. Plus, if you have read the book then what appears on the screen has little semblance to the written material. SK must have been going through one of his well known, and notorious Drink and Drugs binges.

        I still maintain that the best part of the film were the kids. Thanks for your advice regarding Stand by Me; I’ve seen it but I didn’t like it. Not enough killer clowns from another dimension for my tastes.

        Now, where is there an inter dimensional Turtle when one is needed?

        • john

          YOU: “”I’d have much rather had all the Pennywise nonsense removed and just have the kids story of taking on the bullies, a coming of age drama.”

          ALSO YOU: “Thanks for your advice regarding Stand by Me; I’ve seen it but I didn’t
          like it. Not enough killer clowns from another dimension for my tastes.”

          Sounds like you need to work this out with yourself.

          • xcalibrate ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Lol. Sounds like you need to obtain a sense of humor. I get it, you loved it and would rather not accept any dissent. Good for you. Enjoy it.

            You: “blah, blah, blah”

            Also you: “more blah, blah, blah”

            Sounds like you need less “blah”

            Now, has anyone seen an inter dimensional Turtle around here, and was Ben really TOO big?

            I once watched Saving Private Ryan. I didn’t like it. No freaking clowns. What are the odds of that? They could have had at least one clown in it running at the camera going “blubba blubba blubba” to scare the younger audience.

            I watched ‘Stand by Me’; I didn’t like it. No freaking CLOWNS, ya varmit.

          • john

            My sense of humor is great, thanks. You just made contradictory statements. Let us know which one you pick!

          • xcalibrate ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Oh jeez; you are now just embarrassing yourself. I bet that you are fun at parties. Never mind. The joke wasn’t that funny anyway as to have to spend this amount of energy. You enjoy your Clown. BD is out soon. Then DC, so plenty to come to start greasing your palm for.

    • theundead

      Neither was the original

    • john

      “I’d have much rather had all the Pennywise nonsense removed and just
      have the kids story of taking on the bullies, a coming of age drama.”

      Then watch Stand By Me.

  • YES!

  • Jack Derwent

    Hm, wonder if it’s worth getting the upcoming release then.

    • JoeInTheBox

      Actually, if you can wait, probably hold out for after Chapter II comes out. You know they’ll be a box set of both movie director cuts with tons of extras.

  • Brandon

    Folks really want to see that baby get eaten.

    • Frank Gambino

      I thought that scene never got filmed?

      • Georgie’s Arm

        It did, it was shown at early test screenings. The actual baby eating happens off screen, though, with the camera focused on the mother listening to the eating sounds. It’s said to be an effective scene, but audiences apperently found it confusing to suddenly have a flashback to the 17th century at 2/3 of the movie and disruptive of the pacing.

        • Nahuel Benvenuto

          test audiences are as dumb as a rock

          • Robert Denton

            You don’t want a 19 year old telling you how to make a movie?

      • Brandon

        Who knows.

    • Baron Von Marlon
  • Mike Brinker

    Definitely going to get the director cut version

  • Trav

    Sounds like some of the extended scenes will focus more on Bill’s home life. That’s good, because that was such a big part of his character after Georgie died. The theatrical version didn’t show that as much.

    • Georgie’s Arm

      The mini-series didn’t go much into it either, but I feel those parts were some of the most effectively written scenes in the book. Certainly in conveying the cold sadness of Bill’s childhood after Georgie’s death. Surprised they pretty much cut that all out, seeing how much they focused on Bill & Georgie’s relationship in this movie.

      • I think that tends to be a problem with quite a few King adaptations. His books are so much more than just straight horror novels. There’s a ton of character development and additional story within them that doesn’t make it to the screen both because of the time constraints of film but also because all the focus gets put on the scares. This, at least in my opinion, is why we’ve still never gotten a decent adaptation of ‘Salem’s Lot, because everyone jumps to the “Dracula” part of the book while ignoring the fact that’s it’s also at least 60% “Our Town.”

  • Christopher Nickerson

    Sweet, now I don’t have to buy it until the director’s cut, double dipping bastards

  • Eat the baby!

    • Miles Ellis

      That scene was never shot

      • SirSpark

        Yes it was

        • Miles Ellis

          You’re right I thought I read they had written it but never shot it my bad

    • Baron Von Marlon

      Baby! The other, other white meat! Baby! It’s what’s for dinner!

    • Pyronaut

      Don’t eat the baby (said in an Ike voice)

  • J Jett

    i wonder if the studio is pissed that he is revealing this director’s cut info since it will probably convince many people (like myself) to pass on this initial theatrical dvd/br release and just wait for the director’s cut.

    • There seems to be a small trend with some artists doing what they can to undermine what they see as cash-grabs with their work. In the music world, Pet Shop Boys did a re-issue/re-master campaign this year that continued the work they began in the early 2000s. Parlophone then announced they would be re-releasing the original remasters that have been out of print for years with “brand new remastering” to incite people with the original issues to buy them again. Neil Tenant, lead singer of the group, went on the record as saying they sounded the exact same to him and that anyone with the original versions should just stick with those. Which I’m sure had some executives pulling their hair out somewhere.

      • Michael McParland

        Neil going on record is what kept me from being like not again and not worrying I was missing something if I didn’t have the money. I’m grateful for artists like this.

        • Me too. If at some point, after they come out, there are reviews from impartial outlets that say there is an actual improvement, then I might consider getting the new remasters, but I don’t see much wrong with the old ones. I’ve heard complaints about brickwalling, but they don’t sound that bad to me.

  • Hmmm… maybe I’ll just wait and not bother buying the current release then?

  • Bloodspatta

    Geez I hate this double dip shit. Nothing but blatant cash grabs. Fuck this, I’ll DOWNLOAD the directors cut.

    • IWC-3PO

      That’ll show ’em…

  • Brian McNatt

    Anyone else holding off for the inevitable combined edition once Chapter 2 is released?

    • Nicolas Caiveau

      Yep. I’m waiting for the extended director’s cut pack of the 2 movies.

  • Papa_spoosh

    Bought the digital so I can just wait out the inevitable “complete” package which is hopefully only 2 chapters but I’m not holding my breath that they won’t make this a 3 parter given its enormous success. To those going on STILL about how it’s overrated… Fuck off already, it’s on home video now, find something else you don’t care about to comment on.

    • xcalibrate ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Why are you so sensitive to others opinions? Opinions are like onions but with no pi.

      In my opinion the film was over rated. You thought it great, I presume. I say; good for you. You say; F off.

      The real world is not an echo chamber.

      • Papa_spoosh

        Or maybe don’t go on the 4th article about bluray editions to continue to talk about how you didn’t like it… get over it, we get it you’re too cool to like something popular and successful.. congrats. going out of your way to continue to bitch and Moan is just lame

        • xcalibrate ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          Get a grip of yourself. Are you 5? No thinking adult speaks that way.

          Opinions are valid even if you don’t like them. If YOU don’t want to read others musings that are contrary to your own, then I suggest that it is you who should stop coming onto these comment pages.

          The only individual being impolite around here is you.

          Stop being childish. The film was simply okay. Nothing special. Simply okay. Or… meh even, but the child actors were great.

          • Michael McParland

            It’s about the morons who seem to click on every single article to complain. That’s just trying to give some sort of meaning to a troll like existence.

          • xcalibrate ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Then I would suggest not responding to these alleged trolls would be a good step. Just who defines the troll? If someone posts on multiple threads they hate IT with a passion, are they a Troll, trolling those who loved it? What about the person who posts they love IT with a passion, are they a Troll too, trolling those who hated it?

            How many posts, how many articles are too many? One? Two? Who decides? You? Certainly not me.

            Again, IT was simply okay. Watchable. Serviceable. Nothing special. The film was aided greatly by a wonderful and talented cast of youngsters.

          • Michael McParland

            Why would anyone waste that much energy on something they hate is pretty much the point. I do ignore them and I never said my opinion was the almighty right one. I never stated how I felt about IT even. My point is simply that why waste energy on what you hate? Trolling is also having to tell every single person that loves the movie it sucks which I see a ton of.

          • xcalibrate ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Trolling is also having to tell every single person that hates the movie it’s brilliant, which I see a ton of.

            The blade is sharp on both sides, and can be equally cutting.

            How people choose to spend their energy is down to them. If I believe someone is trolling then I simply will not engage with them. This helps to deny them the oxygen that makes them burn. Why waste energy on what you hate?

          • Michael McParland

            I’m well aware of that being trolling as well and just neglected to make that point as well. I can’t tell people how to spend their energy but I can say. It’s a waste to just sit and troll the other guy. I have no interest in a pissing contest with the other persons opinion but seriously it is stupid to waste energy on complaining on every single article. I’m not gonna try and convince them of my opinion, which I love the movie, so yes I am gonna get really pissed by always being bothered. Just like they would if I always went around trashing what they like or love. It is a waste of energy and they need to find a better outlet.

      • Saturn

        Opinions are like onions but with no pi.

        I’m nickin’ that line.
        🙂

  • john

    They weren’t making a joke. But, cute.

  • NOCC Monkey

    A director’s cut later? Just once I wish they would release a movie like this once with everything included. I’m glad I read this.

  • Don Peterson

    Well I just cancelled my amazon order of the standard 4k. I’ll gladly wait for the director’s cut.

  • Carl Chrystan

    And so the bulls**t scam continues! Studios holding back scenes from theatrical cuts, taking as much cash as possible from theatrical run, and then coming back to say, “Hey! You’ve not watched the whole film yet!” and then sell you the exact same film but with a few pacing issues. A con job as old as home media. And the public still pay up blindly!

    • Nahuel Benvenuto

      not to mention most movies now have half of the stuff from the trailers missing

    • beavis

      yep, doing just like game DLC.

  • Trav

    I’m kinda hoping the just put the baby scene in Chapter Two.

    Also, now I’m conflicted. I was planning on getting the steel box set at Best Buy, but now I kinda would rather wait for the Director’s Cut.

  • Nahuel Benvenuto

    so i guess i should not watch the movie until the complete edition gets released?

  • IWC-3PO

    Meh. I’d rather watch The Horror Icon Johnathon Schaech eat a baby.

    • Johnathon Schaech eating a baby with the face of Johnathon Schaech

  • Pyronaut

    I hope the extended director’s cut still has Dolby Vision and Atmos on the UHD release.

  • JeffCStevenson

    Scenes are deleted for a reason and extended scenes are cut back for the same reason–they are boring and add little to nothing to the film. I wasn’t a fan of the film–Pennywise running at the camera over and over wasn’t scary, it was a desperate attempt to goose a pretty dull film. I seriously doubt there will be anything of great merit in these “extras”–and if there are, you can see them online.

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