One of the best films of 2019 was Mike Flanagan's phenomenal adaptation of Stephen King's Doctor Sleep, and the director took to Twitter this morning to let us know that the film is now available for digital streaming, including both the theatrical and the director's cut!
The latter's extended runtime will be 3-hours long (180-minutes), making it 28 minutes longer than the theatrical cut. That's nearly 30 minutes of unseen footage!
"I’m really excited that WB let me create this cut, much less release it," Flanagan told Collider last month. "They really supported it – to the point that they made sure all of the new material with VFX was fully finished, additional score was composed and orchestrated just for this cut, and we did a full mix as well. They really let us do this right – it’s a finished, complete, fully polished new cut of the movie. Nothing is temp."
He added, "There is new material throughout the whole film. Some of it is brand new stuff that was never included in the theatrical cut, and there’s also a handful of extended (or altered) scenes as well. There was never any intention to release this cut theatrically, we always knew it was too long. But we worked on it alongside the theatrical cut throughout post, and it made it a lot easier to make hard decisions in the edit, knowing that someday this cut might see the light of day."
Flanagan also stated that the director's cut is more literary than the theatrical cut, and it very much feels like reading a novel, given the fact it's broken into chapters.