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First Prometheus additional footage release announced

Prometheus.jpgUnsurprisingly Ridley Scott has revealed that there will indeed be a director's cut version of Prometheus, or at least a version with new footage added in. Perhaps this new footage will fill the glaring story, plot and character holes and make the film better than it turned out?

Then again, it might not, and it might also mark a run of Scott revisiting the film until we finally get a version that works.

The news comes from a Ridley Scott interview where he talks about the initial cut length of the film and how much footage is coming to the DVD/Blu-ray release of the film, and when you see both answers you could start to wonder where the added footage versions might end - I won't call it Director's Cut because I don't think we're there yet and it sounds like the footage might just be as extras on the DVD/Blu-ray release.

The interview with Collider gave Ridley Scott the chance to reveal that the original cut of Prometheus (Filmstalker review) was about two hours twenty-seven minutes and that the release for DVD and Blu-ray will have around thirty minutes of deleted scenes, and then while they talk about a specific deleted scene he reveals a longer version of the film:

"The Engineer fight scene was pretty good. It will definitely go on the menu. It won't go on the long version...I'm so happy with this engine, the way it is right now. I think it's fine. I think it works. It can go in a section where, if you really want to tap in, look at the menu. To see how things are long, and it's too long."

It sounds like he won't be releasing a Director's Cut of the film and it will be the standard theatrical version on the DVD/Blu-ray and you can choose to see the film with perhaps twenty minutes of the thirty minutes of additional footage added in. So it doesn't sound like it's going to be a complete new Director's Cut release, not yet.

Talking about the Blu-ray release it does sound like there's going to be a whole heap of footage on the disc and will no doubt include a lot of the viral work that's been released around the film, and on that topic it's worth mentioning that there is another new short viral video that reveals more of the younger Peter Weyland and that means more decent footage of Guy Pearce. I wonder then if there is more in the main film about Weyland before we leave for the journey across space?

The new viral is below, it's the post TED talk moment that compliments the TED talk itself, I've included both right here:

Before the TED Talk:

TED Talk:

The new viral was found on this viral site for Prometheus which MovieViral through First Showing discovered after following the website on the end credits, something I noticed but totally forgot to follow up on as I was so distracted by my growing disappointment of the film.

There's a lot on the Weyland site with five modules and the book Thus Spake Zarathistra spinning around, presumably time will reveal more virals and perhaps more of the book itself.

If you notice there's a link to the Weyland Industries site and selecting this brings you to way more footage about the company, the Prometheus mission, and other information about the technologies and work of the company. There's some fascinating stuff to be had here, and it points to a lot more that could be on the Blu-ray release.

Still, will it make Prometheus (Filmstalker review) any better? Will Scott still consider a Director's Cut in the future?




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No bloody way am I sitting through 5 new cuts of this dribble for the next 20 years like we had to for Blade Runner!

With the facilities and budget available to him, Scott should have made a better film and no amount of poxy enhanced blue ray special editions with added unicorns and fairy dust is going to change that.

I gladly sat through the re-cuts of Blade Runner as I can't seem to get enough of that movie and it's only gotten better...

As for this added footage, I share the opinion that we're probably not going to get a director's cut but I definitely expect one eventually.

I agree, Blade Runner did get better. But it did have the advantage of starting out pretty bloody flawed.

Oh we'll get a directors cut mate. And a super directors cut. I'd be willing to bet we'll still be getting new cuts 10 years after Ridley Scott dies. If he ever does.

In the meantime, my favorite film 'Brazil' can't even muster a set of decent DVD extras! Grrr.

There's no doubting though we could have made one leap to the final Blade Runner Director's Cut, surely even with the opportunity to recut the film you would get it right and be satisfied with it, most directors who do one are.

To be fair though I do remember there are some complex stories behind the different cuts and it's not just as simple as being given the chance to make the film he wanted to.

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