You may have missed it in the midst of festival news and awards season chatter, but the extended director’s cut of Sergio Leone‘s “Once Upon A Time In America” is now on Blu-ray. It has been a long road to get the film back to the way Leone intended it when he premiered his four-hour cut at Cannes in 1984, but after 30 years, the 251-minute version is now yours to own. It comes with 22-minutes of newly restored footage, and today you can get a peek at a little bit of that.
Yahoo has a clip with Robert De Niro‘s Noodles talking to a cemetery director about a mausoleum, and if you’re wondering about the video quality, Warner Bros. has presented high-definition scenes from previous cuts, but for whatever reason, this newly added footage has been inserted as is. Given that there isn’t a lot of money these days being thrown at major studio home video divisions, we suppose we’ll take what we can get.
“Once Upon A Time in America” also screened at the New York Film Festival, and below you can check out recollections from De Niro, Treat Williams, James Woods and William Forsythe, who were all in attendance. And as a bonus, you can finish up with Quentin Tarantino‘s thoughts on the movie in a vintage clip.