Ridley Scott likes to produce longer versions of his movies and apparently he already knew before the theatrical release that this one would be a good deal longer on Blu-ray. The Unrated Extended Cut is 20 minutes longer, which means that the movie now runs longer than two hours. Reviewers hoped that these extensions would improve the movie, but after watching the extended version the previous tendency more or less remains. One clear difference: more or extended dialogues.
Westray: Well, I'm perfectly willing to believe you had nothing to do with this but I'm not the party you have to convince.
Counselor: Convince of what, for Christ sake?
Westray: That this is some sort of coincidence. Because they don't really believe in coincidences. They've heard of them. They've just never seen one.
|Directed by||Ridley Scott|
|Produced by||Ridley Scott|
Paula Mae Schwartz
|Written by||Cormac McCarthy|
|Starring||Michael Fassbender||Cameron Diaz|
|Music by||Daniel Pemberton|
|Editing by||Pietro Scalia|
|Studio||Scott Free Productions|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Release date(s)||October 3, 2013|
|Running time||117 minutes|
|Box office||$ 71,734,619|
When the Counselor is in Amsterdam, the diamond dealer tells him an Asscher cut diamond is a "modern version of the old mine cut." In fact, old mine cuts are early versions of round brilliants (and sometimes look like modern cushions). An Asscher, by contrast, is a step cut, sometimes called a square emerald cut.
Writing for Serpent Box on October 28, 2013, Vincent Carrella identified the Spanish poet Antonio Machado as the source of the poetic verses used by the cartel kingpin, The Jefe, when speaking to The Counselor. In the second half of the film, The Jefe recites directly from the poem to The Counselor, “Caminante, no hay camino. Se hace camino al andar,” which translates in its original context as: wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking.
This passage is taken from Machado's poem Campos de Castilla with Machado's reflections upon the prospects of his own life after learning of his wife being diagnosed with terminal tuberculosis from which she would die within a year. The Jefe uses the poem to inform The Counselor of his own impending demise.
In the film, The Jefe concludes by telling The Counselor, “You are the world you have created. And when you cease to exist, that world you have created will also cease to exist.”