25 best director’s cut movies

Sometimes the final cut isn’t the final cut. These movies were altered (for the better) by directors after their cinematic release

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

George Lucas gets a lot of stick for the Star Wars Special Editions, shoehorning CGI Jabba the Hutts, mugging Boba Fetts and – most heinously – Hayden Christensen into the original films. But his extended cut of The Empire Strikes Back is an altogether different beast, with subtle additions that actually enhance the film – like the CGI windows in Lando Calrissian's Cloud City, and an extended Wampa attack sequence that makes a good deal more sense than the original version. If only they'd all been like this.

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