Yeah, I remember Ridley Scott saying the same thing about Alien. He actually considered the theatrical version the true director's cut. It's what he wanted but he was ok with a 'directors cut' and took part in the process. It was great to see some of the extra scenes but I thought Alien was always a great movie before. Sometimes it goes the other way. I know Robert Wise felt rushed with TMP and was happy to update it for the DE (crossed fingers for a Blu-Ray release--come on Paramount---A 40th Anniversary Directors Edition Blu-Ray would look great ). And I know for some horror movies the director makes a 'directors cut' on purpose because they know they have to tone it down a bit for theatrical release to avoid the NC-17 curse. But I agree. Many times the theatrical version is the one that the director intended all along.