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According to IMDB, the theatrical release of The good, The Bad and the Ugly is 2hr 28mins long. This corresponds with the (old) DVD I have of the movie.

But I recently saw an online version that claimed to be 2hr 58mins long. Is that an alternative, longer, version? And, if it is, what are the key differences?

  • My copy (burned to HDD long ago) is 02:58:41 with no extras like director's interview or deleted scenes, 00:02:55 of opening credits and a surprising 00:00:30 of closing credits. Sorry, I cannot tell you what additions were included over the 02:28:00 version but I found this. – Jeeped Dec 30 '18 at 1:00
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Yes

On 12 May 2009, the extended version of the film was released on Blu-ray. It contains the same special features as the 2004 special edition DVD, except that it includes an added commentary by film historian Sir Christopher Frayling.

The film was re-released on Blu-ray in 2014 using a new 4K remaster, featuring improved picture quality and detail but a change of color timing, resulting in the film having a more yellow hue than on previous releases. It was re-released on Blu-ray and DVD by Kino Lorber Studio Classics on August 15, 2017, in a new 50th Anniversary release that featured both theatrical and extended cuts, as well as new bonus features, and an attempt to correct the yellow color timing from the earlier disc

Wikipedia (which has a list of the previously deleted scenes)

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