The 1993 film adaptation of Super Mario Bros: The Movie left a lot of questions. Even some scratched heads. As well as injuries to its main stars, Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo. Yet somehow, it’s become a cult classic after all these years, despite the fact that the story makes little sense and the directors even lost control of their production at one point. No matter, though. BO-BOMB!
Now, for those curious to see what might have been, a director’s cut has made its way online, put together by editor and artist Garrett Gilchrist. The Super Mario Bros: The Morton Jankel Cut, named after the directors of the original movie (Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel), is available for viewing – and even download! – over on Archive.org.
The cut includes twenty minutes of extra scenes, which are easy to spot with time stamps throughout the film. However they aren’t the greatest quality, as Gilchrist basically had to save them from a VHS tape after many years of production – albeit he did a solid job considering what he was given.
On top of that, there’s also a neat little commentary video, discussing the scenes that were restored for the Morton Jankel Cut, that you can check that out below. It’s fascinating to see what all was missed the first time around for the film.
So get your viewing party together and enjoy this cut of Super Mario Bros. It probably won’t change your mind on its craziness, but, hey, at least you can say you’ve finally seen it, right?
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