In a world of cinematic double-dipping, studio interference, hard-to-reign-in directors, and a mania for deleted scenes and more-more-more footage, "director's cuts" have become common place. Rarely is it any big deal when a new cut is released -- there's often more footage to share, package, and sell off to fans.
Sometimes things slip through the cracks. The rediscovered footage of Metropolis -- or Clive Barker's Nightbreed for example -- they reveal a world where film clips disappear, only to be found years later, to our delight. And then there's other footage that should never see the light of day, the stuff that should slip into a vortex forever, like Richard Kelly's director's cut of Donnie Darko. But what about the cuts we haven't seen, but are definitely out there? Every time I watch Across the Universe (I know I'm in the minority, but I adore the film), I wonder what Julie Taymor would have made of it if the studio hadn't interfered and cut the film without her. Would there be more acid-trip wonder? More Beatles covers? Would it have really been too wild? With Taymor, I'd say there's no such thing.
I've also spent about a decade heading to sites like Dugpa.com to see if we'll ever get to see the many deleted scenes from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. According to reports, pretty much all of the big characters were filmed for the movie, but later cut -- Pete Martel, Dr. Jacoby, Lucy Moran, Sheriff Harry S. Truman. It's like making an Arrested Development movie and then cutting out George Michael, Maeby, or Tobias.
Chatting with Scott Weinberg, he also suggested Eyes Wide Shut (people can't seem to agree about whether Stanley Kubrick ever finished it before he died) and Friday the 13th Part 7 (there's a petition for it here).
But these are only four examples. What director's cuts are you dying to see?