‘Midsommar’ Director’s Cut Release Includes Scorsese Foreword

Distributor A24 this week announced a special Director’s Cut version of Ari Aster’s 2019 horror hit Midsommar, compete with a foreword written by Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese.

This extended Director’s Cut will be released on home media in both 4K and Blu-ray formats, with pre-orders on the film shipping out July 20, according to comicbook.com.

The release was announced on A24’s Twitter page, as the company said, “Everything gets reborn, including Ari Aster’s Midsommar movie Director’s Cut. Special collector’s edition Blu-ray now available…clothbound, harga-yellow slipcase, 62-page booklet featuring foreword by Martin Scorsese and original artwork from the film, 4K UHD or standard HD.”

It’s not known what Scorsese has written for the special edition, but he has had very nice things to say about Aster’s past work. During an interview during the New York Film Festival, Scorsese gave high marks to 2018’s Hereditary, calling it a “remarkable film. There’s one cut–one camera move–that’s quite something. The restraint in the frame is extraordinary.”

The Director’s Cut–which runs 171 minutes total, 23 minutes longer than the theatrical cut–reportedly is highlighted by “an additional ritual in the middle of the movie, in which a child is almost drowned in a lake.”

Aster, during an interview regarding the Director’s Cut last year, said, “I like long movies, obviously. I really like to just live in worlds and live in movies. Talking as a viewer, if a movie’s good, I want to stay in it. So, the intention here was always to make something that viewers can live in.”

As fans of last year’s Midsommar know, the film–which stars Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor and William Jackson Harper–follows a group of friends who travel to Sweden for a festival that takes place once every 90 years, only to find themselves in the clutches of a pagan cult. The movie was a box office success, grossing $48 million on a $9-million budget.

Stay with Horror News Network for a sneak peek into any future horror-themed projects from the cast and crew of Midsommar.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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