Doctor Sleep ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ – The Director’s Cut
Some at the time were saying this movie “bombed” in theaters, but it didn’t deserve that type of label. It came out just before Halloween 2019 for early access viewing in theaters and the following week for the rest of the United States.
My #2 favorite movie in 2019 and for good reason: it’s an excellent film that managed to do the impossible. If you want to hear why I think this, read my review or follow my critique here: 32+ Doctor Sleep Reviews – Stephen King’s Views Softened On Kubrick’s Adaptation of The Shining
Anyway, I’m excited to see the film is now receiving a new wave of interest and appreciation on social media thanks to its release last weekend on HBO Max.
I wasted no time buying the director’s cut on Vudu when it went on sale (see: Doctor Sleep Director’s Cut adds 30 minutes). $9.99 was an awesome deal.
Great news for those with HBO Max you can see this same version I purchased as part of your HBO Max subscription!
Warner Bros. really got behind director Mike Flanagan in making the best director’s cut he could make.
“I’m really excited that WB let me create this cut, much less release it,” Flanagan shared in some comments to Collider. “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 in it is temp.”Doctor Sleep Fans Are Flooding Twitter With Ewan McGregor Appreciation Posts
My #1 favorite movie of 2019 was the Oscar-award winning 1917 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½, which technically I saw in January 2020, but was released in December 2019, hence counting it as a 2019 release. So, if we say of new movies actually seen in 2019, Doctor Sleep was my favorite. I added another half-star to the rating after seeing the awesome director’s cut version mentioned in this post.
Also, caught Doctor Sleep a week before it was released in theaters thanks to an early release offer from Fandango (see: EARLY ACCESS REVIEW: Doctor Sleep (no spoilers!) Yes, It’s Better than Joker!). I sure hope they do more of those early releases open to anybody that buys a ticket, not just media and film critics.
What’s your favorite director’s cut movie? Perhaps it’s something we haven’t seen. Or if you want to comment on your feelings of what you thought of Doctor Sleep, let us know below.