Iron Sky: Director’s Cut released!

March 15th, 2013 by Timo Vuorensola

Today we have released the all-new version of Iron Sky, titled Director’s Cut. This version, 20 minutes longer, fitted with more visual effects from Troll, new music from Laibach, and all new scenes featuring Götz Otto, Julia Dietze, Udo Kier and all the other crazy characters of the Iron Sky universe, is the ultimate take on Iron Sky. But why call it Diretor’s Cut? Why didn’t we release this version on theaters? What’s so new about this take? And last, but not least – how do I get it?

Let me address these questions one by one. First, the name – Director’s Cut. The original version, which I’ll call Theatrical Version from now on, was just as much director’s version as this one, but this version is closer to the original vision of the film, which was the cut down for several reasons before the theatrical premiere.

The reasons were both time and money. We didn’t have enough time to finish the film to hit the Berlin premiere in February’12, so we decided to cut some corners and focus on getting the film out. Second, as you know, we were always tight on money, and we just didn’t have enough resources to finish some of the more complex sequences with adequate quality. But it’s not to say that the Theatrical Version would’ve been anyhow lesser or minor version of the film; the two versions are quite different and it’s interesting to find out which one you will prefer. Theatrical Version is much faster paced and dashes on relentlessly, where Director’s Cut takes a little more buildup, staying a bit longer on scenes on the Moon and establishing the characters, thus rendering the pace to a more epic and grander scale movie. Both have their pros and cons. I prefer the Director’s Cut.

So, what’s new then? Well, first, we went back to the original script and storyboards and decided to slam together several scenes we had skipped in the storyboard phase, and finish them. Most of that stuff was already somehow planned, either as animatics or simple scribblings on paper, but our adamant idea was to not to bring anything new to the film that wasn’t there in the planning stage. This meant, of course, a lot of more work to Troll, the VFX company of Iron Sky, who finished the visuals in an amazingly beautiful way.

Then, we opened the very first cut of the film, slammed together by Suresh Ayyar, our editor, and pulled in scenes we felt that would fit the film that had ended up on the cutting room’s floor for whatever reason. We were giggling through a lot of awesome stuff, and decided to bring in most of the scenes – there were few bits we knew were left out for good reason, but mostly the stuff was just too brilliant not to tuck in. Then, we sat down with editor Iikka Hesse in Finland and took a new stab on the material, trimming and squeezing it, finishing with almost 20 minutes longer cut of the film.

Last but not least, we of course needed a lot more music, so we contacted Laibach and introduced them to the idea of composing new music to the film. They, of course, were interested, but the process proved to be a bit more complex than we expected. Adding to music is much different than just putting new material in here, adding few beats there – basically, much of the stuff had to be either completely re-composed or at least had to be torn open and put back together from much bigger portions than just the added new material.

We then finished the sound with our sound designer Heiko Müller in Münich, color-graded in James Post in Finland and — well, here we are! All new shiny version of Iron Sky is now out, and we are eager to hear your thoughts! You may post them either to our Facebook page, or as a comment here – I really want to know what you thought of the new version of the film, especially those who’ve seen the first version, and which one you prefer?

Wolfgang and his cronies greet the troops as they march into the next Great War

The last question that remains is: where to get Director’s Cut. Well, the answer is Netflix Nordic. If you don’t have Netfix and you live in Finland, Sweden, Norway or Denmark, now is a great time to get it. I can’t appraise enough the service, and premiering Iron Sky there is a great honor for us.

We are right now opening the discussion with our distributors on getting the new version available on Blu-Ray and DVD, and hopefully even on a small theatrical run – and will keep you informed! So stay tuned!

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22 Responses to “Iron Sky: Director’s Cut released!”

  1. Yay!

    Best new addition to the Nordic Netflix ever! A good reason to shut down the Media-Hint plugin and watch your epic movie made even more epic :)

    Will also slam “Star Wreck: In the Pirkkining” into my DVD-player as foreplay ;)

  2. Alexander_R says:

    In France, the blu-ray version edited by “condor” is good for the image and the sound but the disc has just a micro making of and the audio commentary is missing.

    So for the Director’s Cut, I have no hope :/

  3. Brian says:

    Any plans for the Director’s Cut to replace the Theatrical Version on Netflix U.S. anytime soon?

  4. Becky says:

    Argh! I only just bought the Bluray a couple of months ago!

  5. Jens says:

    Definitely waiting for a physical release

  6. Neil says:

    Please please get it on Netflix UK if poss

    Or even better Bluray or dvd release

  7. Jens says:

    “Sorry, Netflix is not available in your country yet.” :(
    Greetings from Germany / Switzerland.

  8. JJ says:

    Onks tossa avaruus screenshotissa easter egginä Serenity ton USS GWB:n yläpuolella? :D

  9. Aapo Ahtola says:

    Joku fyysinen versio vaikka blue-ray, dvd tai molemmat mikäli mahdollissta iron sky director’s cut versiosta koska voin toki katsoa sen netfkix:istä, mutta levy versio olisi totta kai mukavampi nähdä.

  10. Chris says:

    Blu-Ray release please, I brought the original on DVD, and would love to get the DC on Blu-Ray!

  11. Stuart says:

    As a UK fan (who begrudgingly rented the Revolver BR release) I can only say, can you find another distributor or allow us Brits to buy the movie direct from yourselves? Revolver’s treatment of Iron Sky and you fine ladies and gents was appalling. A one-day release (for most) in limited cinemas, on a day when many of us couldn’t get to see it anyway….the mind boggles. I didn’t buy the BR because of those issues…Revolver don’t deserve to make any more money from your efforts.

  12. Gordon says:

    Another one from the UK. Please release a proper extended DVD with out-takes, commentary etc. I expect there are a lot of people that just refuse to buy a DVD with zero extras these days.

  13. David says:

    Argh, Netflix just doesn’t work on Linux! So until the DVD comes out, where can I buy a non-DRM copy that I can play in VLC?

  14. Carl says:

    I have two copies of the theatrical version, and as soon as I can afford it, I’ll buy 5 of the DC! (gotta share with the feens!)

    Anyone know why Wreckamovie is down?

  15. John Willaford says:

    Have you ever just sent a copy of this film to Mel Brooks? He’s gotta see this. Maybe you’ll inspire him to go for History Of The World Part 2.

  16. Stroh says:

    Please publish it on DVD/BlueRay, there are LOT of people who simply don’t want to subscribe to channels or services that are mainly full of crap.

  17. Michael Seifert says:

    I just can´t wait to get the german version on DVD.
    Hurry on,folks! And don´t forget loads of extras.

  18. Steve says:

    Another UK fan hoping this is to be released on dvd with extras…not a fan of netflix

  19. Nikolas says:

    I am also waiting for the DVD release of the Director’s Cut. I watched the theatrical version twice. I would purchase one DC copy for myself and few more as presents to my friends and relatives.

  20. Gordon says:

    Come on we need this as a DVD that we can buy instead of Netflix.

  21. Lone Browncoat says:

    Like Steve, I hope this gets to DVD for Canada (Region 1)
    until then I’ll buy the earlier version.

  22. Edward says:

    Need to add subtitles for the hearing inpaired. I’m getting older and have a little trouble hearing all the dialog. Loved the movie – lots of great acting.