It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 10 years since Billy Bob Thornton’s Sling Blade came out in theaters. Now Miramax is releasing a special edition DVD, which includes the director’s cut of the film. The result is a few extra scenes, which are slightly needless, and a film that holds up pretty well after nearly a decade.

The film, about a mentally disabled man named Karl (Thornton) who is released from a psychiatric hospital, continues to be touching. It especially works in its scenes between Karl and the young boy (Frank) he befriends. Karl’s oft-mimicked drawl is still entertaining and poignant. Thornton’s performance remains one of the best of the decade, and is commendably accompanied by the subtle turn of John Ritter as a homosexual friend and the aggressive job by Dwight Yoakam as a bigoted, abusive father figure to Frank.

The style of Sling Blade may have lost something over the years. The meandering pace of the camera and the editing may have been interesting the first time, but may not be something viewers want to return to over and over again. It works to a point, given the slow nature of the film, but over the course of two hours, it starts to wear thin.

As a result, the new scenes are a bit of an unnecessary addition, given the length and pace of the original film. One scene involves a meeting between Frank and a girl he likes – something that Thornton has described as autobiographical. In the film, however, the acting and the placement of the scene don’t work. Another scene features a drunken car ride that reasserts the control that Yoakam’s character has over the police. These scenes only hinder the film slightly, however, while Thornton’s powerful performance and Oscar-winning screenplay are once again engaging and moving.

DVD Grade: B+

Sling Blade: Director’s Cut is currently available.