I don't understand why the so-called Director's Cut version didn't end up as the film shown last summer(Michael Mann, on commentary, states this is the revision of the original "after only 2 months from initial release "). For me, this recut version filled in a lot of character exposition and more visual, mood and atmosphere (like the opening sequence with the boats and the water). On the face of it, seven minutes more running time, from the theatrical version, doesn't seem like it would have much to add, but it makes the difference between an unsatisfactory movie experience and one that truly upgrades the Miami Vice brand. If any of you were half-satisfied with the original movie, give the DVD version a look. It's almost feels like a different movie.