Original Runtime: 170 minutes (approx)
New Runtime: 129 minutes (approx)
Amount cut: 41 minutes
DVD Details: 2:35:1 Widescreen NTSC, English 5.1 Dolby Digital, Chapter Selection
Summary: I consider The Thin Red Line to be a beautiful film. It is a film I hold in high esteem, yet it is a film that I seemingly don’t watch that often, possibly just twice in the last 5 years. So with the up most respect, I decided to attempt a fan edit, which would result in more frequent viewings, and to that end, I think I have achieved my aim. I have cut out 41 minutes of footage and brought the length of the film down to 2 hours and 9 minutes. All of the flashbacks to the soldiers wives has been cut and scenes I felt didn’t necessarily further the overall plot have been removed. The most significant changes are the beginning and end. The film arrives at the initial beach landings much quicker and the film ends with Witt being shot - thus, the pointless George Clooney cameo is removed. I believe that with the reduced runtime, lesser characters feel slightly more prominent (such as John Cusack).
In no way do I claim that this is in any way superior to the original, it is simply an alternate look at the film. It is not meant as an insult to the original, which remains a favourite of mine.
Basic cover art and further info can be found at fanedit.org