MARGARET was close to my favorite film of 2011. It’s a staggering piece of cinema that was mostly overlooked in it’s limited release, after fighting for over five years to see the light of day. Long story short: Kenneth Lonergan didn’t want to cut his film in length, Fox wouldn’t release it. Scorcese ultimately oversaw the editing process to mediate and get it out there. (Thank you, Marty)
I’ve been waiting for this month so I can catch it again on DVD, having seen it in London in December.
<rant> Here’s the problem: The US release is only 150 minutes long. The UK release is 179 minutes long, i.e the nice, juicy, full, director-approved version I’ve been curious about. WHY ARE STUDIOS SUCH DICKHEADS? What the hell does Fox have to gain by only letting the British cinephiles gain access to the extra footage?! Why can’t this film (and it’s admirers) catch a break???!!! Now I have to pay extra to get it from across the pond, and only be able to play it on my multi-region dvd player? Not fair. </rant>