Movies: Extended Editions

Fangirls, I love watching deleted scenes in movies. I love watching what apparently wasn’t good enough for the final cut and trying to figure out why they weren’t good enough. Sometimes deleted scenes are lengthy and can add quite a bit. Sometimes they take barely thirty seconds, but in that thirty seconds there’s a look or a single line that can add a lot to a character. It’s fascinating to me watch these and think, “Why was this cut? Surely this small little scene could have been left in.”

But what I love more than simply watching deleted scenes is watching those scenes inserted back into the movie itself. I love extended edition films. Seeing not only the scene that was cut – seeing it where it was meant to be, with the graphics finished and the score playing how it was meant to (Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit even have extended soundtracks to go along with the extended films). There’s something incredible and beautiful about it.

Of course, the most obvious example of an extended film is The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit series. Especially with The Hobbit series, the extended scenes add so much more to the story. In The Desolation of Smaug, we got to see more of Beorn and understand his character better. In The Two Towers, an entire speech by Faramir was originally cut, and with the extended edition and the insertion of that scene, Faramir’s character becomes so much more than Boromir’s little brother. He becomes a man who doesn’t want to kill, who sees those who are dead and wonders what they’ve left behind because they marched to war.

Scenes like these have me in great anticipation for The Battle of Five Armies extended edition. I loved the theatrical edition, as I loved the theatrical editions of the five previous movies in the realm of Middle Earth. The first movie back in 2001, The Fellowship of the Ring, is what introduced myself and my family to J.R.R. Tolkien. Immediately after seeing it, the books were bought and read. But with the extended edition of The Battle of Five Armies coming, and reading what some of the rumored/anticipated scenes will be, I cannot wait to own it, watch it, and then have a great marathon of all six movies.

But Middle Earth is no longer the only world to be built upon with extended editions. Several other films have been released to DVD and Blu Ray with uncut and extended versions. Besides The Battle of Five Armies, the next world I am excited to see expanded upon is the world of the X-Men.

I saw X-Men: Days of Future Past in theaters when it was released last summer and greatly enjoyed it. After seeing it, however, I read an article that said there was an entirely different version where Rogue, a character I had loved since the first X-Men film, was rescued and made an important part of the fight. She was meant to be more than just a cameo at the end, and this other version proved it. And now this alternate and extended version is coming out this summer. I already own DoFP, but if this version lets Rogue be important to the story, I might have to own two versions of the film.

Extended edition films are more than just longer movies. They can add so much more to the film and the story. They can make things that seemed cut and short and odd in the theatrical version much greater and more explained. Deleted scenes are nice and are great to watch and speculate about where they’d go and how they’d affect things. But extended editions are amazing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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