Will DVD Bring the Real Babylon A.D., Minus Studio Meddling?

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It's never a good sign when your first DVD release has two different versions of your film, but Vin Diesel's Babylon A.D. was a special kind of terrible. In the January 6 DVD release there will be two Babylon A.D. films: One the original theatrical release, and the other an unrated cut. Now, at last, we'll be able to see whether director Mathieu Kassovitz was right that studio meddling is what destroyed his movie. Perhaps this two-movie extravaganza is the result of Kassovitz's justifiable rant against the studio, in which he called making Babylon A.D. a a terrible experience. Or maybe Fox decided to put out a movie people would want to see. We'll have to wait and see just how different this second cut of the original is — hopefully it is because I don't know if anyone could sit through Babylon A.D. twice, no matter how it was re-cut.Besides the two different versions, the DVD will also have a small feature on the adaptation of author Maurice G. Dantec’s novel, detailed looks at both the Hummer and the snow mobile chase sequences, stills, and the Genesis of Aurora, a graphic novel prequel to Babylon A.D. [via Cinemablend]

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Is there any indication that this unrated edition will actually be a director's cut or will it just be a usual unrated edition that adds in a couple scenes here and there but leaves the rest of the film intact?

I think the commentary on Blair Witch 2 is one of the great director rants. On it he talks about exactly what the studio made him do. I'd like to see a director's cut of that to see if it really would have been any better.