What a truly amazing and beautiful film. I bought the five plus hour Director's Cut (for $60 here!, but that's the lowest I could find anywhere) after seeing the shorter American release through Itunes, and really enjoyed seeing all the extra footage and missing scenes that Wenders was forced to snip in order to satisfy Hollywood. The shorter version does have its merits, namely being a tighter streamlined sci-fi story, but it left me confused and lost. The Wim Wenders approved Director's Cut is a whole other animal. Here I discovered many scenes and dialogue which filled in all the gaps of confusion. They're really two different films, and in the longer version one gets a clearer understanding of the nature of the love triangle between Claire, Gene and Sam. Secondary characters like Philip Winter, Chico and Mario, and David and Burt (the Aboriginals) are allowed time and space to breathe, making them come across more fully rounded and interesting -- they each have their own...
A journey through several countries, so be prepared. As stated film doesn't have english subtitles which was fine, except my understanding of french is not strong at all. A great film, am hoping for a criterion release with director notes and english subtitles.. This was one of the first of several films that included digital painting on screen (before it became common place). This, What Dreams May Come, and Akira Kurosawa's Dreams were the first films that used the technique as a dream in a painted sort of impressionistic style. Mind you it was early in the development of computer graphics and each film only has small but very striking parts. At the time I was lucky to see all 3 in theaters on the big screens and it was fantastic. Now on smaller screens (and we've been inundated with computer graphics) it's not as amazing. Still an interesting story with very good performances and an always great director make this a must see. As stated this is region locked so can only be played on...
I have always enjoyed Until the End of the World and was very sad it had not been released on DVD. And then I discovered this release... wow! The movie has been significantly expanded, I gather to mirror Wender's original ideas, and is spread across three DVDs. New voice-over work was done by Sam Neil to tie everything together and it works beautifully. Obviously, if you thought the theatrical release was too slow, this is not for you. But if you thought that the theatrical release let you wanting to know more about the stories of this collection of characters then you will be very happy. The story is spread out and all the scenes are allowed to develop more organically. I found the pacing excellent and really enjoyed the chance to see more story and more of the world imagined for the film. Other reviews here will give more technical details and talk about lack of subtitles (yes, they would be great but hardly necessary), but all you need to know is that if you loved (or even liked)...
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