Review: Daredevil - The Director's Cut

If you have been paying attention to our show, you will recall my saying that the Director's Cut of Daredevil is considered the most improved movie of 2004. I know you're all saying, "come on." "More than the extended version of The Lord of the Rings? More than The Chronicles of Riddick?" In a word, Yes.

Rating 4 out of 5

In fact, it is my opinion that The Director's Cut of Daredevil is without a doubt the most improved movie to come out on DVD in the past few years. So much of the story was cut out of the theatrical release, that at times I completely forgot that I had already seen this film; hell I own this movie, and was still blown away at how much the added minutes changed the overall feel of this flick.

Now I know most will think that I am overstating, but I want to impress on everyone what has been added. The main story is just as you remember from the original theatrical version, and if you have not seen the movie, forget about the original and take a look at the director's cut. There is no reason for anyone to start with the badly cut film to get the best version later. I only wish that I had the chance to forget the original and start over. (But I digress)

The director's cut contains an entirely unseen storyline featuring Coolio in the role of a man accused of murder. I can see why they cut this from the movie to save time, as it is not an important part of the film, but the story fleshes out many aspects of characters that were left in the shadows of Matt and Electra's romance. There are also a few extra scenes with Bulls-eye that I simply loved. I like the Bulls-eye character and these scenes are just as wild and twisted. The end of the movie changes quite a bit as well, leaving room for a sequel that brings all the members of the cast back for round two.

All in all, if you have been holding off renting or buying another version of Daredevil because you were not all that impressed with the first film, it may well be worth your time to take another look at a movie that really got edited into mediocrity by the studios. The Director's Cut of Daredevil is just a whole lot of fun, and impressively improved from the original release.

Put on your Darewear and get ready for the film that we should have paid our $7.50 for the first time around.