Apparently this is the original director's cut of the film. It's pretty much the same during the first 2/3's, except they removed Mel Gibson's narrative and the blue filters (both of which were apparently added for the re-cut). If you've seen the theatrical version, you're used to the Kris Kristofferson character. Well, that character is replaced by a woman's voice on the phone and the whole kidnapping subplot is replaced by a violent subway station showdown, which were unfortunately less-effectively depicted than the content which replaced it in the theatrical cut. This version is a little more raw, and apparently closer to the source material, but it's not as tight and fluid as the theatrical cut, and it's lacking the rough charm which simultaneously kept it from being forgettable and made it a little more special than other similar genre-movies. It's a decent, mean movie about a mean world full of mean people who do bad things for a living and worth a watch. But if you were a fan of the theatrical cut, you might not be as satisfied with this version.