It’s no secret that Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master went through significant growing pains throughout its production. From frequent script changes to its falling out at Universal, The Master has changed considerably from its original conception to the film that was released this past year. With its release on Blu-ray a few days ago, someone posted the deleted scenes reel that Anderson has included. Most auteur filmmakers, like Woody Allen and Christopher Nolan, choose not to include deleted scenes when their films are released to DVD and Blu-Ray, but Anderson’s inclusion of the 20 minute reel provides a more in-depth look into what could have been. The fact that it is edited and scored helps it to stand out as more than just a deleted scenes clip, and serves as more of a parallel story to the film. Hit the jump to see the footage of what almost made it into the final cut.
Before Real Steel hit theaters, I got to sit down with director Shawn Levy for an extended video interview. While I’ve already posted what he said about how the soundtrack came together and his goal for the film, Neighborhood Watch, what happened to his Flash movie, and what’s up with Night at the Museum 3 and The Hardy Boys, I’ve got one more bit and it concerns what he cut out of Real Steel and what will be on the eventual DVD/Blu-ray.
For fans of deleted scenes, Levy told me you can expect about 15 minutes to be on the DVD/Blu-ray and he explained why he cut out some of the footage. In addition, he says the home video release will have an extensive behind the scenes look at the making of Real Steel and he makes use of second screen (which is where you can use your computer or iPad to have a more interactive experience while watching the movie). Hit the jump for more.