7 Great Director's Cut Movies You Can Stream Right Now

Netflix offers what might be the best version of the sci-fi classic  Blade Runner available.
Netflix offers what might be the best version of the sci-fi classic Blade Runner available.
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Since the earliest days of VHS, the home video market has sometimes allowed for filmmakers to reconcile their regrets of studio interference and release director’s cuts of certain movies. These editions, which are often longer and feature restored plot points and more fully fleshed out characters, typically represent the director's true artistic intentions. Check out seven of the most interesting director-approved edits or expanded editions currently streaming.

1. Blade Runner: The Final Cut (1982)

Director Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner was a marvel of sci-fi dystopia when it was initially released in 1982. But Scott was never totally happy with it, and disagreements with Fox led to star Harrison Ford providing a voiceover narration that never quite worked. Later, Scott had a chance to tweak the film to his liking. Through several iterations, he arrived at a final cut in 2007. Now, the movie—about Rick Deckard (Ford) chasing after rogue androids named Replicants in a twisted future—is arguably better than it was when it first wowed audiences.

Find It: $3.99 on Amazon Prime

2. The Hateful Eight: Extended Version (2015)

Quentin Tarantino’s moody chamber drama about a bunch of malcontents holed up in the same stagecoach stop during a blizzard was already long at 167 minutes, but this Netflix-exclusive version edited and supervised by Tarantino sports additional and recut footage that brings it up to 210 minutes. (Minus credits, it’s roughly 25 minutes of new footage.) Because the film is broken up into four “episodes,” the result is the first pseudo-binge watch of the director’s career.

Find It: Netflix

3. Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut (1990)

Director and horror icon Clive Barker directed this effects-heavy cult favorite about a man (Craig Sheffer) drawn to a monster-infested world called Midian. Allegedly pared down for theatrical release, the director’s edition is 20 minutes longer and contains 40 minutes of new and altered footage.

Find It: Shout! Factory TV via Amazon Prime

4. Alien: Director’s Cut (1979)

In the editing room, no one can hear you scream. In Ridley Scott's Alien, starring Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, the spaceship Nostromo is hunted by a stowaway on board—a xenomorph with an appetite for chaos. Scott was asked by Fox to recut the film for a 2003 DVD box set of the franchise. Unlike most director’s editions, his cut is actually a little shorter and more rapidly-paced than the original.

Find It: HBO on Hulu

5. Fast Five: Extended Version (2011)

Vin Diesel and The Rock lead the charge of auto chases and explosions in this entry into The Fast and the Furious franchise that upped the stakes in the summer blockbuster category. While both the theatrical (131 minutes) and extended edition (132 minutes) are roughly the same length, director Justin Lin has said that the expanded version offers more visceral thrills and bone-crunching effects that might have earned the movie an R rating.

Find It: Hulu

6. Apocalypse Now: Final Cut (1979)

Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece about the dogged Benjamin Willard (Martin Sheen) pursuing a rogue Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando) during the Vietnam War was a grueling film to shoot and an even more grueling one to perfect. According to the director, the Final Cut is the best representation of what he had in mind. It’s roughly 14 minutes shorter than Coppola’s earlier Apocalypse Now Redux edit, making for a tighter and more focused effort.

Find It: $3.99 on Amazon Prime

7. Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Director’s Cut (1977)

Steven Spielberg’s provocative film about an everyday husband and father (Richard Dreyfuss) making first contact with an alien race was one of the biggest box office hits of the 1970s. The director’s cut reflects Spielberg’s intentions by blending elements of the original release and a later Special Edition that included an unfortunate coda to an otherwise terrific ending. (It’s been eliminated here.)

Find It: $3.99 on Amazon Prime

13 Father's Day Gifts for Geeky Dads

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Amazon/Otterbox/Toynk

When in doubt, you play the hits. Watches, flasks, and ties are all tried-and-true Father’s Day gifts—useful items bought en masse every June as the paternal holiday draws near. Here’s a list of goodies that put a geeky spin on those can’t-fail gifts. We’re talking Zelda flasks, wizard-shaped party mugs, and a timepiece inspired by BBC’s greatest sci-fi series, Doctor Who. Light the “dad” signal ‘cause it’s about to get nerdy!

1. Lord of the Rings Geeki Tikis (Set of Three); $76

'Lord of The Rings' themed tiki cups.
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If your dad’s equally crazy about outdoor shindigs and Tolkien’s Middle-earth, help him throw his own Lothlórien luau with these Tiki-style ceramic mugs shaped like icons from the Lord of the Rings saga. Gollum and Frodo’s drinkware doppelgängers each hold 14 ounces of liquid, while Gandalf the Grey’s holds 18—but a wizard never brags, right? Star Wars editions are also available.

Buy it: Toynk

2. Space Invaders Cufflinks; $9

'Space Invaders' cufflinks on Amazon
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Arcade games come and arcade games go, but Space Invaders has withstood the test of time. Now Pops can bring those pixelated aliens to the boardroom—and look darn stylish doing it.

Buy it: Amazon

3. Legend of Zelda Flask; $18

A 'Legend of Zelda' flask
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Saving princesses is thirsty work. Shaped like an NES cartridge, this Zelda-themed flask boasts an 8-ounce holding capacity and comes with a reusable straw. Plus, it makes a fun little display item for gamer dads with man caves.

Buy it: Toynk

4. AT-AT Family Vacation Bag Tag; $12

An At-At baggage tag
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Widely considered one of the greatest movie sequels ever made, The Empire Strikes Back throws a powerful new threat at Luke Skywalker and the Rebellion: the AT-AT a.k.a. Imperial Walkers. Now your dad can mark his luggage with a personalized tag bearing the war machine’s likeness.

Buy it: ShopDisney

5. Flash Skinny Tie; $17

A skinny Flash-themed tie
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We’ll let you know if the Justice League starts selling new memberships, but here’s the next best thing. Available in a rainbow of super-heroic colors, this skinny necktie bears the Flash’s lightning bolt logo. Race on over to Amazon and pick one up today.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Captain America Shield Apron; $20

A Captain America themed apron
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Why let DC fans have all the fun? Daddy-o can channel his inner Steve Rogers when he flips burgers at your family’s Fourth of July BBQ. Measuring 31.5 inches long by 27.5 inches wide, this apron’s guaranteed to keep the cookout Hydra-free.

Buy it: Toynk

7. Doctor Who Vortex Manipulator LCD Leather Wristwatch; $35

A Doctor Who-themed watch
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At once classy and geeky, this digital timepiece lovingly recreates one of Doctor Who’s signature props. Unlike some of the gadgets worn on the long-running sci-fi series, it won’t require any fancy chronoplasm fuel.

Buy it: Toynk

8. Wonder Woman 3-Piece Grill Set; $21

Wonder Woman three-piece gill set
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At one point in her decades-long comic book career, this Amazon Princess found herself working at a fast food restaurant called Taco Whiz. Now grill cooks can pay tribute to the heroine with these high-quality, stainless steel utensils. The set’s comprised of wide-tipped tongs, a BBQ fork, and a spatula, with the latter boasting Wonder Woman’s insignia.

Buy it: Toynk

9. Harry Potter Toon Tumbler; $10

Glassware that's Harry Potter themed
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You can never have too many pint glasses—and this Father’s Day, dad can knock one back for the boy who lived. This piece of Potter glassware from PopFun has whimsy to spare. Now who’s up for some butterbeer?

Buy it: EntertainmentEarth

10. House Stark Men’s Wallet; $16

A Game of Thrones themed watch
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Winter’s no longer coming, but the Stark family's propensity for bold fashion choices can never die. Manufactured with both inside and outside pockets, this direwolf-inspired wallet is the perfect place to store your cards, cash, and ID.

Buy it: Toynk

11. Mr. Incredible “Incredible Dad” Mug, $15

An Incredibles themed mug
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Cue the brass music. Grabbing some coffee with a Pixar superhero sounds like an awesome—or dare we say, incredible?—way for your dad to start his day. Mom can join in the fun, too: Disney also sells a Mrs. Incredible version of the mug.

Buy it: ShopDisney

12. Star Wars phone cases from Otterbox; $46-$56

Star Wars phone cases from OtterBox.
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If your dad’s looking for a phone case to show off his love of all things Star Wars, head to Otterbox. Whether he’s into the Dark Side with Darth Vader and Kylo Ren, the droids, Chewbacca, or Boba Fett, you’ll be able to find a phone case to fit his preference. The designs are available for both Samsung and Apple products, and you can check them all out here.

Buy it: Otterbox

13. 3D Puzzles; $50

3D Harry Potter puzzle from Amazon.
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Help dad recreate some of his favorite fictional locations with these 3D puzzles from Wrebbit 3D. The real standouts are the 850-piece model of Hogwarts's Great Hall and the 910-piece version of Winterfell from Game of Thrones. If dad's tastes are more in line with public broadcasting, you could also pick him up an 890-piece Downton Abbey puzzle to bring a little upper-crust elegance to the homestead.

Buy it: Hogwarts (Amazon), Winterfell (Amazon), Downton Abbey (Amazon)

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16 Priceless Treasures We've Lost Forever

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jeanyfan, Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

Steven Spielberg is known for crafting such masterpieces as Jaws, E.T., Schindler's List, and Jurassic Park. With such a long and acclaimed film career, it probably wouldn't surprise anyone to learn that Spielberg got his start behind the camera at just 17 years old when (with the help of his friends and his high school marching band) he directed his first feature-length film, Firelight.

What's that? You've never seen Firelight? Well, you're certainly not alone; sadly, just under four minutes of the original footage remains. After screening Firelight for around 500 people, the young director sent a few of the film reels off to a producer for review. When the budding director later went back to retrieve his film, he discovered that the producer had been fired—and his movie had vanished.

Firelight is just one example of the many priceless items that have disappeared from history. On this episode of The List Show, we're rediscovering all sort of treasures—from writing by Ernest Hemingway to natural landmarks—that have been lost to time (or circumstance). You can watch the full episode below.

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