Krampus: The Naughty Cut is now available for purchase on Blu-ray.
Managers’ cuts are having a moment. Earlier this year, I was very pleasantly surprised to see the foundational changes made to Zack Snyder’s Justice League result in Significantly better movie. Francis Ford Coppola and Sylvester Stallone recently re-cut the less-starred entries from Spiritual father And rocky series. DC fans were lobbying for Warner Bros. to let David Ayer turn him over original vision Suicide Squad. The common line I can draw with the films above is that none of them were well received upon their original release, so you can see how the new cut is kind of a “can’t-lose” prospect. While alternative cuts for theatrically released movies could become fans’ favorite (looking at you). The Lord of the Rings: Extended Edition), it could also be a marketing ploy to lure fans into double-dip and buy a copy of the movie that brings back shots that are better left on the cutting room floor. Krampus: Naughty Cut doesn’t go so far as to add background scenes that detract from the experience, but the modifications are too minor to recommend over the version released in theaters.
Director Michael Dougherty (Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Trick ‘r Treat) grim and funny about the modern meaning of Christmas was already much appreciated, so any new material that should make that more than a case of itself feels like the easy choice on theatrical storytelling. . The embellishments for The Naughty Cut are incredibly few, and in the end add very little to the story. Most of the new dialogue scenes reinforce the family drama at Krampus’ heart. Sisters Sarah (Tony Collette) and Linda (Allison Tolman) lament how far apart they are, lead child Max (Imjay Anthony) makes a peace offering to his cousins amid the chaos created by the shadow of St. Something we already knew.
The most tempting possibility of cutting the unranked Krampus was the chance that the savage little monsters making their way through the Engel family would be one by one. more Savage. Now, I’ve decided not to re-watch Krampus before The Naughty Cut premiered – it’s perennial to me, so I guess I watched it with better than average knowledge of the film’s beats – and can’t honestly point to any of the footage they added back to the horrific scenes. Maybe Tom (Adam Scott) was stabbed for a few extra seconds by a killer toy? maybe? Anyone hoping for a steady, elongated bit that was completely missing from the theatrical Krampus cut or the particularly horrifying new wrinkle of the Engel family’s struggle to survive until Christmas might feel like they pulled coals from their stockpile.
In the end, recommending Krampus: The Naughty Cut isn’t really about which version of the movie is better; It’s more about what you want your home viewing experience to be. The Naughty Cut is the only home version of Krampus in 4K and with Dolby Atmos, so if your home theater setup can take advantage of these criteria, there’s no real reason to choose the older transmission instead.