Ridley Scott’s Prometheus was a movie that met with some very mixed responses. Some (myself included) enjoyed the fact that Scott chose to not spell out every single element, leaving many of the story and atmospheric elements mysterious and subject to speculation. Others had trouble figuring out what the movie was about, preferring instead if Scott would have been a little more clear-cut. The upcoming Blu-ray release may be a boon to both sides of the argument, offering up an extra 35 minutes of footage that ended up deleted from the final cut.
Whether you prefer being left in the dark or need the spoon-fed experience, another 35 minutes is a definite boon to the film. Scott has already mentioned some of the scenes that got axed, including an extended beginning with the Engineers adding their genetic stuff to Earth and an actual conversation with the awoken Engineer before he went ape-shit and started killing everyone. The rest of what got taken out can only be implied from the following list of the 14 missing scenes:
00:02:31:16 – ARRIVAL OF THE ENGINEERS
00:00:58:05 – T’IS THE SEASON
00:00:42:08 – OUR FIRST ALIEN
00:00:42:14 – SKIN
00:01:22:01 – WE’RE NOT ALONE ANYMORE
00:02:57:01 – STRANGE BEDFELLOWS
00:01:25:04 – HOLLOWAY HUNGOVER
00:00:23:12 – DAVID’S OBJECTIVE
00:03:27:07 – JANEK FILLS VICKERS IN
00:03:40:12 – A KING HAS HIS REIGN
00:02:01:24 – FITFIELD ATTACKS
00:04:06:06 – THE ENGINEER SPEAKS
00:05:30:04 – FINAL BATTLE
00:05:05:19 – PARADISE
The last scene almost makes me wonder if Scott had a different plan for the ending, perhaps one he changed in order to make the film into one piece of a larger franchise plan.
Personally, I’m hoping they provide an option to view the whole thing with deleted scenes included. I really hate having to go through them separately, watching them out-of-context. Now if only they had an option to improve the acting in the movie, we’d be set.
The Prometheus Blu-ray is set to release on October 9th and will hopefully calm the nerd-rage of many Alien fans.
Thanks to slashfilm for the heads-up.