Nuke The Fridge
At nearly three hours long, nobody’s calling Christopher Nolan‘s theatrical cut of The Dark Knight Rises lean, but does the filmmaker have a director’s cut of his final Batman film in his back pocket? Possibly, says one source.
The news comes from Nuke The Fridge, who say that as much as 30 minutes of footage might be added to the new cut of the film for its Blu-ray release later this fall. Aforementioned scenes depicting Bane’s origins and more Ra’s al Ghul flashbacks are amongst the rumored additions. Here’s the full quote from NTF:
The thing that you should have seen during that sequence is [Bane] being injured in his youth. So one of the fundamental things about his costume is that he has this scar from the back injury. Even if he hasn’t got the bulletproof vest on, he still has to wear the waist belt and the braces. In that scene in the prison, where he’s learning to fight the same way Batman learned to fight, he’s wearing an early version of his waist belt. It’s showing support, but it’s not the finished one he eventually wears. He’s also wearing an early version of his gas mask, all glued together … If you look at the film, unless they’ve cut it—and I’m sure they haven’t—there’s a whole early section for Tom Hardy where he’s fighting and being taunted by people. He’s got chains on him, and he’s standing on a wooden thing while people are attacking him. And in that scene, he’s wearing a much more ragged, primitive version of the mask.
It’s an interesting possibility seeing as how Nolan hasn’t indulged in the practice of director’s cut video releases before, and his old school adherence to letting the finished theatrical cut be the only cut of the film. He didn’t do it for The Dark Knight and he didn’t do it for Inception, but maybe there just wasn’t enough there to be worth going back into the editing room to put back in.
Naturally, it should be pointed out that this is merely a rumor. Even Nuke The Fridge, to whom this news counts as an “exclusive” seems oddly pessimistic about their own scoop, saying, “Until I see the Blu-ray I’m treating this as a rumor.”
More news as it develops.
Few movie scenes have caused as much nerd lament as the infamous Indy taking a magic fridge ride to escape the blast of a full on nuclear explosion. Yes, George Lucas has done his best to prove to us all (and Steven Spielberg) that he put it in in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull because it was totally and completely scientifically possible. Did we listen? NO!
Well, maybe this will help sooth some nerd nerves. The Geek Twins have used the awesome power of physics and infographics to illustrate how feasible such a feat would be.
Hit the thumbnail to embiggen and learn with science!
Source: Geek Tyrant
Recently speaking with The New York Times about his Tuskegee Airmen flick Red Tails, George Lucas raised two points we think you you would be interested in.
1) He won’t let the whole ‘nuke the fridge‘ thing go.
Apparently Lucas gave Steven Spielberg a six-inch-thick dossier that proved the much lambasted scene was not only plausible, but also rather survivable. According to his extensive research, in a lead lined refrigerator, and assuming the impact didn’t turn him into paste, after the landing all Indy would have to do is straighten his hate and walk away unharmed. “The odds of surviving that refrigerator—from a lot of scientists—are about 50-50,” Lucas said.
2) HE’S RETIRING FROM BLOCKBUSTER FILMMAKING?!?!?
Yep, that’s right. Red Tails will be his last big budget Hollywood extravaganza. He will now apparently go the Francis Ford Coppola route and make smaller, more personal movies. In his own words, “I’m retiring… I’m moving away from the business, from the company, from all this kind of stuff.” Why the move? Apparently its all our fault with our nerdrage. “Why would I make any more when everybody yells at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are?” he asked. Longtime Lucas producer Rick McCallum adds “Once [Red Tails] is finished, he’s done everything he’s ever wanted to do… He will have completed his task as a man and a filmmaker.”
Lucas then took his bat and his ball and went home.
The whole New York Times piece is rather long, but honestly still a fascinating read and I will fully admit the shot about fanboy feedback with his retirement set in heavy. Is he really packing it in because the fanboy criticism? I let the years of things I have said and wrote on the topic wash over me. I felt bad. I felt as though I was unnecessarily harsh at times. Then I remembered how stupid anything he’s done in the last 20 years has been and just how one dimensional his story telling can be, especially over the last two decades. I felt better.
The prequels sucked, Han shot first and, my ewoks don’t blink.
Mr. Lucas, If this retirement materializes, I want to thank you for all you have done up until 1989. Good luck in all your future endevours.
Source: /Film Vutlure Blastr
Goddamnit!!! Just when I thought I cleared my memory of the suck fest that is Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull Sideshow Collectibles had to go and do this. Ya know that horrendous scene where Indy takes refuge in a lead-lined refrigerator to escape a nuclear blast, gets rolled around the desert and emerges without a scratch? Well now you can commemorate that scene with this 12 inch, super detailed, fully articulated Indy, with fridge and all. Yep, that’s right, it comes with the fucking fridge! I dunno what I am more shocked by. Sideshow actually making this atrocious figure or the fact that all 600 of these things have already sold out.
Indiana Jones Sideshow Exclusive Edition
Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
12 inch Figure
Item Number: 39121
Manufactured by: Sideshow Collectibles
Price: US $174.99