I’ve noticed some interesting info on the BBFC website regards the Prometheus Blu-ray release. According to the BBFC, they have certified two commentary tracks (up to now I’d only heard of a Ridley Scott track). The second track could be even more interesting than Ridley’s own commentary, as it features ‘WRITER JON SPAIHTS AND WRITER/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER DAMON LINDELOF’. So that’s the writer of the original script and the guy who butchered it, sorry, re-wrote it. Actually maybe I’m being unfair to Lindelof there, but we’ll see. It would certainly be interesting to hear what the original script was and how much was changed and why. I doubt either will be particularly candid but it could well be an interesting track and will certainly be welcome.
Also the BBFC have detailed the deleted/alternate scenes, that total some 35 minutes in total:
00:02:31:16 (ARRIVAL OF THE ENGINEERS) (DELETED SCENE)
00:00:58:05 (T’IS THE SEASON) (DELETED SCENE)
00:00:42:08 (OUR FIRST ALIEN) (DELETED SCENE)
00:00:42:14 (SKIN) (DELETED SCENE)
00:01:22:01 (WE’RE NOT ALONE ANYMORE) (DELETED SCENE)
00:02:57:01 (STRANGE BEDFELLOWS) (DELETED SCENE)
00:01:25:04 (HOLLOWAY HUNGOVER) (DELETED SCENE)
00:00:23:12 (DAVID’S OBJECTIVE) (DELETED SCENE)
00:03:27:07 (JANEK FILLS VICKERS IN) (DELETED SCENE)
00:03:40:12 (A KING HAS HIS REIGN) (DELETED SCENE)
00:02:01:24 (FITFIELD ATTACKS) (DELETED SCENE)
00:04:06:06 (THE ENGINEER SPEAKS) (DELETED SCENE)
00:05:30:04 (FINAL BATTLE) (DELETED SCENE)
00:05:05:19 (PARADISE) (DELETED SCENE)
As you can see some of the titles are intriguing and would seem to be in chronological order. Imagine how annoying it will be if some of those scenes are great and should have been included in the (broken) theatrical cut. The concern I have about it is that with that much material I don’t see the likelihood of them one day releasing a Directors Cut at all; having seen those deleted scenes ‘outside’ of the movie already, it kind of defeats the ‘pull’ of any Directors Cut. Surely had they intended to release a further cut they would have withheld those scenes for now?
The film is definitely getting a substantial release, what with all that deleted material, three hours of docs/featurettes and two commentary tracks; this release pretty much says it all regards Prometheus. . We usually get burned into double-dipping to get stuff like this, and compared to most releases these days (the upcoming Avengers Assemble is particularly disappointing) it’s really something special, and makes me look forward to this release more than I probably should considering how disappointed I was with the film at the cinema.