Podcast: Batman Forever (The Schumacher Cut, unreleased) and Cats (The Butthole Cut, unreleased)

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Two mythical cuts of two big films: the stories of Batman Forever and Cats in slightly different form told in this podcast…


In this episode of Film Stories, a pair of films that enjoyed varying fortunes on their original cinema release – both of which are said to have unreleased alternate cuts.

In the case of 1995’s Batman Forever, reports of a longer version of the movie – said to be a lot darker – started surfacing a couple of years after the film’s original release. Then came a DVD release added some striking deleted scenes – and director Joel Schumacher’s 170-minute version of Batman Forever was starting to gather interest. Right up to 2023, when it actually screened…

2019’s Cats meanwhile was up against a ferocious schedule to be finished on time. But finished it was, albeit with an upgrade patch sent to cinemas days after its release (!). Then came the rumours: was there really a cut of the film where digital feline backsides were, well, really rather obvious?

Stories of both are told in this episode…

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