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Will there ever be a DVD release of the superior director’s cut of “54″ starring Ryan Phillippe?

By Greg Hernandez

I was so happy to read Brent Hartinger’s AfterElton.com article today on the original director’s cut of the 1998 film 54.

Brent recently viewed the original cut by writer-director Mark Christopher which included a scene of Ryan Phillippe’s character briefly kissing co-star Breckin Meyer.

Brett writes: It was yet another in a long line of Hollywood “de-gayings,” where gay content is removed from a movie’s source material or edited out of a film before its theatrical release, and it’s still one of the most notorious examples.


And it’s not just the kiss between Shane and Meyer’s character (who doesn’t reciprocate) that was cut from the theatrical release: the heart of the original version is a touching love triangle between Shane and the characters played by Hayek and Meyer — three more-or-less doomed souls.


In 1999, a DVD was released, which included some alternate takes and additional footage not seen in the theatrical release. But this was not the director’s original cut.

He mentions the 2008 screening of the film at the Outfest film festival. I was in the audience that night at the Fairfax Theatre and it was stunning to see how different – and far superior – the director’s original version was from the mess the studio ordered which included additional scenes ordered by the studio beefing up a relationship between Phillippe’s character and a soap actress played by Neve Campbell.

To read more go to GregInHollywood.com.


About Greg Hernandez

Greg Hernandez has written about the entertainment world for more than a decade. He is a veteran of covering many Academy Awards shows (plus Emmys, Grammys and Golden Globes) as well as film festivals, movie premieres and philanthropic events. Hernandez founded the popular Out In Hollywood blog while a writer and columnist for the "Los Angeles Daily News." He’s also a former staff writer at the "Los Angeles Times" and "The Hollywood Reporter" and has been a contributing writer to "The Advocate." Greg is the founder and editor of Greginhollywood.com

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One Comment

  • April 15, 2010 | Permalink |

    i hadn’t heard of this movie before this post, but now that i’ve read this i want to see it, thanks for the tip off

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