Sylvester Stallone is looking to turn 1986 cop thriller “Cobra” into a streaming TV series. With this news it makes sense to bring out the old discussion on why the film is still not released in a “Director´s Cut” version. The first rough cut was over two hours long (the closest estimated original running time is 130 minutes). It was then shortened to a roughly two-hour director’s cut which was intended to be released in theaters. However, after “Top Gun” became a smash hit, Stallone and Warner Bros. were worried that Cobra – which would premiere the following week – would be overshadowed, so in order to ensure at least one extra screening each day the movie was heavily re-edited. Stallone removed much of the plot and scenes involving characters other than his own. Warner Bros. also demanded that the more graphic scenes be cut down or removed entirely because they were “too intense,” and that some action scenes be cut for pacing.

I still want to see the two-hour director’s cut as it was intended. Make it happen Mr. Stallone and Warner Bros.

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