It’s a rarity these days of “director’s cuts,” “extended cuts,” and all sorts of miscellaneous re-cuttings of motion pictures, that one arrives that’s beautifully reconsidered, re-cut, and longer….
and it’s far better than the theatrical original.
No need to go into the battles that occurred behind the scenes with The Cotton Club, but for the uninitiated, be aware that the original release did not tell the tale desired by director, Francis Coppola.
Now re-envisioned, the film which runs 138 minutes, seems far shorter than the 129 minute original.
Arriving for the first time on Blu-ray, Stephen Goldblatt’s cinematography can now shine through.
Camera negative, trims, work picture all come together to tell a far more interesting and cohesive tale of the Harlem club in the late 1920s and early ’30s.
For the first time, I’m loving this film, especially the ending, which to me per the editing of the late Barry Malkin and FFC is absolutely magical.
If you feel that you’ve seen this film, you’d be wrong.
Image – 4.75
Audio – 5 (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)
Pass / Fail – Pass
If you feel that you've seen this film, you'd be wrong.