Although it seems as if I've been hired exclusively to write articles about or concerning Tarantino-themed projects, I assure you it's merely a private obsession. That said, it feels necessary to announce that on August 25, 2009, Warner Home Video will release the Natural Born Killers Director's Cut on Blu-ray and DVD. The forthcoming set features a collection of all-new bonus materials and a 44-page booklet on the production and its cultural significance.
Perhaps even moreso than director Oliver Stone's theatrical version, The Director's Cut has something of a storied history; rather than the director's or extended cuts that DVD and Blu-ray producers churn out purely as a cash-in, this was in fact the original incarnation of the film that was truly Stone's vision, and was changed because the MPAA balked at the inclusion of some four minutes of material, including images such as a horrifically comic point of view shot through the bullet hole in a character's hand. On the other hand (no pun intended), it remains subjective which version is truly better than the other; once you've succumbed to the visual onslaught that Stone unleashes, it's tough to determine what additional impact such shots and sequences really effect.
The single disc Blu-ray will be available for the MSRP of $28.99, while the two-disc DVD set will retail for $20.97. Both sets will feature the following extras (located after the jump):
*Introduction by Oliver Stone (New Intro HD)
*Commentary by director Oliver Stone (from original SD release)
*Featurette: NBK Evolution: How Would It All Go Down Now? – a new documentary providing a look at how the film might be different if today's technology advancements were available (in HD)
*Chaos Rising: The Storm Around Natural Born Killers – a 'making-of' documentary about the storm of controversy surrounding the film (from original SD release)
*Six deleted scenes with optional commentary by Oliver Stone (from original SD release)
*Alternate Ending with introduction by Oliver Stone (from original SD release)
*Charlie Rose Interview – Charlie Rose interviews Oliver Stone on the making of this violent film (from the HD DVD release in SD)
*NBK Director's Cut Trailer
Also, take a look at the box art for the Blu-ray: