Digital HD Release: 54: The Director’s Cut

Digital Release Date: June 2, 2015
Studio: Lionsgate

54: The Director’s Cut, the 1998 music-and-dance-filled drama that relives the outrageous escapades of Studio 54, features 44 minutes of never-before-seen material.

Breckin Meyer (l.) and Ryan Phillippe in 54: The Director's Cut.

Breckin Meyer (l.) and Ryan Phillippe in 54: The Director’s Cut.

Directed by Mark Christopher, the film stars Ryan Phillippe (The Lincoln Lawyer), Salma Hayek (Savages), Sela Ward (The Fugitive), Breckin Meyer (Stag Party), Neve Campbell (Scream) and Mike Myers (Austin Powers).

The story of three friends — a busboy (Phillippe), a bartender (Meyer) and a coat-check girl (Hayek) — and the sordid love triangle that nearly tore them apart, set against the glittery excess of New York’s Studio 54 dance club, the film originally included a menage-a-trois plot between Phillippe, Meyer and Hayek. That was snipped away after a disastrous test screening, along with nearly all traces of Phillippe’s character’s bisexuality.

The new cut of the film, which debuted positively at the Berlin International Film Festival, also screened at Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta Film Festivals as well as the BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival. 54: The Director’s Cut will continue to screen at festivals around the world.

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.