Director's cuts - do they make a film any better?

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The recent release of yet another extended cut of Apocalypse Now puts the vexed idea of the director's cut back onto the cultural agenda.
Martin Sheen in the original Apocalypse Now. A new director’s cut of the film was released recently – but is this self-indulgence or part of the artistic process? IMDB
Ben McCann, University of Adelaide

Ridley Scott and James Cameron did it, and George Lucas never stops. Directors ceaselessly return to their work to tweak, tinker, chop and change.

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