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The Tin Drum

by Jake Mulligan
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Tuesday Jan 22, 2013
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"The Tin Drum" is back, though perhaps not quite as you remember it. An allegorical masterpiece about a German boy - at 3 years old, as brilliant as he is young - who decides to stop aging in protest of the then-rising Third Reich; "Drum" is now re-released in an never-before-seen extended cut.

But this is no longer the film you fell in love with. Criterion’s new Blu-ray contains a new cut from director Volker Schlondorff; which re-institutes 20 minutes of lost scenes - a whole reel’s worth of footage. Much like Coppola did with "Apocalypse Now," this re-do transforms the anger into something more contemplative - the slower nature of the pace reconstituting the entire mood of the film. No doubt, many will be excited to see more of this classic, and many more may even prefer the new cut to the old. But for those who’ve felt close to "The Tin Drum" their whole life; best hold on to the previous Criterion DVD - it’s likely to be the last release of the original, 140-minute edition (the film currently runs 162.)

For their part, Criterion and Schlondorff have included quite a bit of features that go to great lengths to justify the redo. There’s a massive amount of interview footage here, comprising four different sections of extras, and questioning everyone from Schlondorff himself (multiple times,) to the author of the source novel, the cast, and the crew. While I may not agree entirely with them re-writing cinematic history, as it were, their enthusiasm for the newly discovered scenes is still contagious. This may not be "Tin" as you recall it, but Oskar continues to pound the drum all the same.

"The Tin Drum"
Blu-ray
$39.95
Criterion.com

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