View Full Version : How long is too long?

23-01-2004, 22:40:05
I enjoyed Lagaan which, clocking in at 3:45 is probably the longest movie I'd ever seen. But I'd probably enjoy it a lot more if an editor cut it down a fair bit. After the first hour the course of the rest of the movie seems fairly obvious. But I feel like I have finally a bit of a clue about the sport of Cricket now, if nothing else.

Tad Williams Otherland is... I don't know... two or three thousand pages and four volumes. None of the first three volumes comes to anything resembling an ending; each are just a continuation. Again, I liked it but I would have liked it a lot more if the editor hadn't been asleep at the switch.

23-01-2004, 22:46:01
Any film over 90 minutes better have a damn good reason for it. Ditto any book over 200 pages.

24-01-2004, 18:57:15
The thought occurs to me that if a 3:45 movie, plus extras like deleted scenes, actors' bios, optional subtitles and so on can all be included on a DVD, then they could easily slap two regular sized movies on a DVD.

Scabrous Birdseed
25-01-2004, 00:41:26
More. If all the menu screens etc. are stripped off you can fit a 90-minute moive on a CD in many cases.

Lazarus and the Gimp
25-01-2004, 10:30:16
I watched "Mahabharata", which was 6 hours long.

27-01-2004, 21:46:18
6 hours! One way to get a sore butt without any brown card.

I have trouble sitting through a double feature which is typically less than four hours. I hope you had a rental movie instead of seeing all at one go at the theatre.