One viewer’s is pleasure is another movieger’s pain.

Out of the blue, an announcement was just posted from Businesswire that Terrence Malick‘s already-legendary extended versionof his masterpiece, The New World, my favorite film of the decade so far, is coming to DVD on October 14.

This edition of the critically-acclaimed, Oscar-nominated epic recreating the turbulent first days of the new America now features more than 30 minutes of never-before-seen footage, heightening the viewing experience with more battles, more intensity and more visual splendor. Also included is a comprehensive, ten-part documentary, Making the New World, which captures the unique creative challenges filmmakers faced.

That means the film will now span 172 beauty-filled minutes. I’m deliriously happy at this news.

But the question remains: Is this just an extended cut from Warner Brothers, with the integration of several cut scenes? Or is it THE director’s cut that Malick was reportedly crafting on his own?

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