I watched Heaven's Gate for the first time ever today on the Criterion BLU edition. To think that this cut would be thought of as bad at all, maybe the film was just ahead of its time. I don't think the audiences were ready. I hate to bring up another work when discussing another work. I really don't want to compare them at all they should be judged on their own. However if you have seen Deadwood than it owes a lot to Heaven's Gate. Pacing, rawness and letting a storyline flow I see comparisons. Yes, Brad Dourif is in both Deadwood and H.G. Heaven's Gate is just as fresh now as it could have been in 1980. Only that one shot on the boat blue screened at the end of the film hurts the film at all. The film IMO is never boring and to be honest is a much better film than most films released in the last decade. The cinematography itself is a wonder to look at. Isabelle Huppert is a revelation in the role of Ella, I've seen her in films before but this role is a great one and she owns it. Michael Cimino should be very proud of this release, to see his film finally released in a caring manner.