PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A REVIEW OF A DIRECTOR'S RE-CUT OF "BIG JUNIOR", AND IS MOSTLY JUST COMPARING THIS TO THE ORIGINAL VERSION. THAT IS THE REASON WHY THINGS LIKE "LANGUAGE", "DIRECTOR" AND THE RATINGS HAVE BEEN LEFT OUT IN THIS ONE. FOR THE INFORMATION THAT IS LEFT OUT, AND FOR THE ORIGINAL CUT'S REVIEW, CLICK HERE.
When Scott Swan first said that he was gonna make a new cut of his latest piece of sleaze "Big Junior", it wasn't without making me wonder why. It was always clear that his first cut would be more shocking than the new cut, but what interested me the most was that he wanted to take on a more experimental approach with the second cut. If you know me you know why that would interest me. But it's important to remember that "Big Junior" is a movie that you can't mess around too much with without losing some of the impact that it has.
To me, the original had an almost documentary feel even though some of the scenes were filtered heavily. It made the movie work because it's pretty much just taking place over a night in a motel room and even though not too much happens, the goal was to disgust and gross you out by the rawness of the events that take place. And that worked for me, I thought it was a gross movie. This new cut eliminates a small part of what I enjoyed in the original so it's hard for me to downright compare them and say which one is better. The new cut has a shorter "bathroom scene" (if you've seen the original you know which scene I am talking about) which makes it less gross. To me the long damn scene in the original movie was part of what made "Big Junior" stick out from the masses. It was one of few times where I think poo and pee affected me. Maybe not in a shocking way, but as far as exploitation goes. The "Director's Re-cut" makes that scene less gross, but it also makes the rest of the movie look and feel better, and tighter.
Instead of showing the time now and then it splits the movie up into chapters such as "Welcome To Hollywood" and "Regnif" which served its purpose by making us interested in finding out what the chapter was named after. You could argue that the feeling that it took place during an entire night was more clear when the time was shown, and you'd be right but I'm not sure it changes the overall movie enough to matter.
The re-cut overall looks much better and has sharper colors, but I'm not sure if I liked the parts where the entire screen was filtered to a color (such as green), and the added sunbeams weren't always for the better. That doesn't mean all color-filtered and sunbeam scenes were bad either. But I must give it to the re-cut here, these scenes that weren't filtered well were a small price to pay when the rest of the movie looks better. The filtering also saved the knife scene towards the end by not showing the knife without the blood as clearly. And not to mention the "Nigger-songs" were better in this cut as well - especially the later one where Mr. Swan worked harder on the oldie look and gave it an additional laugh or two.
Overall, the re-cut of "Big Junior" improves a lot but there are some parts of the first cut that I think would make you remember the movie more (the bathroom scene). However, this one cuts out some of the bull that went on for too long and makes the film about 10 minutes shorter and I think that's a good thing as well. There are some additional things that it could be completely without but that I think work pretty good to spice the re-cut a bit and one of those scenes is when a face is faded into a skull. It's definitely coming down to taste which cut you will prefer so if you get the chance (and still want to) watch them both then I don't see any reason not to. But the cuts aren't so different that you should feel that you have to watch them both, one will do just fine.