When visiting the digital bits website, they listed TCP as a director's cut. I immediately became concerned (being how Spielberg butchered E.T.). Sure enough when I went to dvdempire.com it lists both dvd's. The original has a running time of 154 minutes and is rated PG-13. The special edition's running time is 152 minutes and is not rated. Dvdplant's site list the same thing except the rating is PG. If the running time is true and this is indeed a 'director's cut', you can probably guess what scene is being omitted or heavily edited. The movie contains numerous acts of abuse on women: mental, sexual, emotional and definitely physical. However a scene of implied lesbianism--or what I call the "Ms. Celie being made love to for the 'first' time" scene--I guess would be way over the top for small children (if they are watching this movie at all). Also if this scene is cut, if it's the one I'm thinking, how would you explain the scenes where Celie follows Shug Avery a lot, fainting when Shug leaves and Celie spitting in her father-in-law's water because he insulted her. I hope that these are errors based on incorrect preliminary information. If this info is correct though, I'd rather have the 'flipper' edition. If I'm totally wrong, please blame the left over egg nog mixed with cheap champagne. Happy Friggin New Year.