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Snowpiercer To Get An Uncut Release
The tracks are now clear for Bong Joon-Ho's sci fi

07 February 2014  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: Deadline

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Let joy be unconfined! For months, there has been behind-the-scenes wrangling over Korean director Bong Joon-Ho's Snowpiercer, as US and UK rights holder Harvey Weinstein apparently proposed to cut the film's two-and-a-half hour running time for its release here. Now, it seems, a deal has been reached and the film will arrive on these shores in all its uncut glory  - although a UK release date remains to be set.

The film is an adaptation of French comic Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob & Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette, and takes place in a world where a misguided attempt to end global warming has frozen the planet. The only remaining life is aboard the titular train, racing around the globe powered by a perpetual motion engine. An elite group live at the front of the train; the have-nots have fallen to the back, and they begin to revolt against their poor living conditions.

Weinstein had bought the North American, UK, Australian, South African and New Zealand rights to the film back in 2012, before it was finished, with the promise of a wide release. After months of reports that he would cut the final running time to facilitate that release, a deal has now been reached whereby the film will go out on a smaller number of screens and expand outwards, but at the original length. Hurrah!

The film from the Host director, his first in English, stars Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Song Kang-ho, Octavia Spencer, Ed Harris, Go Ah-sung, Ewen Bremmer, Alison Pill and Luke Pasqualino.

It's already been released to good reviews in France and South Korea, so UK and US audiences can now rejoice that we get to see it as nature intended. There's no word yet on its arrival date, but it suddenly seems that there's light at the end of the tunnel.


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RE: Better than being released widely in a butchered cut
Nah, pretty much everywhere it got released gave it rave reviews, some calling it one of last year's finest. More

Posted by Deviation at 15:40 on 09 February 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Better than being released widely in a butchered cut
L: Deviation L: UTB It'll be a shame if this turns out to be shit, wunnit? he reviews for it have been magnificent though, claiming it is magnificent. hat's good news, then. I was just hoping this particular news story wasn't the most interesting thing about it. More

Posted by UTB at 21:49 on 08 February 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Better than being released widely in a butchered cut
L: UTB It'll be a shame if this turns out to be shit, wunnit? he reviews for it have been magnificent though, claiming it is magnificent. More

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RE: Better than being released widely in a butchered cut
It'll be a shame if this turns out to be shit, wunnit? More

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Better than being released widely in a butchered cut
Even if SNOWPIERCER doesn't get shown in more US cinemas, depending on how well it does in the cinemas it's released first, at least Bong Joon-Ho will have the last laugh. Remember when Universal refused to release BRAZIL and cut it, Terry Gilliam was furious. The movie flopped, but Gilliam was victorious in getting his film released, and is now hailed a masterpiece. I'm so glad it will get to be shown in it's uncut form. Harvey Weinstein needs to see it from the point-of-view of others rather t More

Posted by bb at 19:29 on 07 February 2014 | Report This Post

Thank you!
Fantastic news. I've pre-ordered the Amazon France release, mind you, but it means I can see it at the cinema without Harvey's scissors going snip. More

Posted by elab49 at 13:31 on 07 February 2014 | Report This Post

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