Inglourious Basterds Final Running Time is 1-Minute Longer
Well that settles it. Quentin Tarantino has confirmed on Variety's BFDealMemo blog (via The Playlist) that the final finished running time of Inglourious Basterds is a complete 149 minutes. "I've heard these rumors that the studios told me to cut out 40 minutes. These are complete lies. The movie is actually a minute longer, in running time, than it was in Cannes. It was 2:28, without end credits, and now it's 2:29, or 2:32 with end credits." The scene he added was the one that was first mention during Cannes, a filler sequence between when Michael Fassbender is sent to meet the Basterds and the infamous bar sequence.
That new scene helps smooth out that jolt in the progression of the overall story - as the bar sequence and Fassbender's introduction don't fit back-to-back that well. I'm sure he made some other tweaks we don't know about as well; The Playlist is also reporting that Tarantino has added four new music cues. "Harvey wanted me to add more music, he asked me to go through my music collection again and just find a couple more pieces," Tarantino explains. I don't know how these will fit in, but I'm still curious. I'm actually very excited to see this finished, polished cut in hopes that it's slightly better than the version I saw in Cannes.
Another scene that Tarantino added involves a laugh-out-loud moment from the script where it quick-cuts to Hitler's minister of propaganda Joseph Goebbels having raucous sex with his French translator. I'll be sure to look out for this, since it wasn't in the version I saw. But don't expect to see that notorious sequence where Eli Roth, aka Sgt. Donny "The Bear Jew" Donowitz takes his baseball bat around Boston and gets it autographed by all the Jews in his neighborhood. Tarantino says he's putting that "in reserve" and will potentially use it if he ever makes a prequel. Sounds like we won't be seeing it on the DVD at all either.
Not only is this good news for everyone who wasn't in Cannes, but it makes me very excited to see this new cut. The more I think back to it, the more I love Inglourious Basterds. I hope it holds up just as well the second time around. And as for that over-two-hours length, don't worry, you'll relish every minute of it.