So I bought the DVD today. After hearing kumadapuma
's and galvanize_icons
's remarks I knew not to expect much. There wasn't going to be many extras and they certainly didn't have much to do with Magneto. But I pick up the box only to see the following statement on my version (non-collector's edition, widescreen): "The greatest X-Men movie yet!" I think to myself -- who are these people kidding? I look to see what idiot wrote this review quote. In tiny, tiny miniscule lettering you can see it was Maxim Magazine, the men's magazine that proudly proclaims its preference for low taste fare. How apropos
But I pop the DVD in thinking 'let's give this thing a try'; at least its good for screen caps. Every deleted scene was deleted correctly. They're bad and they're wasted screen time, seriously. The Magneto scenes give some clarification as to that room he was in. It's not Magneto's old island hideout that we know and love but some Al Queda terrorist-esque underground cave in that sequoia forest. Magneto is in the scenes I think for exactly two seconds each time. Its blink and you miss stuff. In one version he has a mangy beard a la Saddam Hussein. It was so bad looking I laughed for five minutes straight. It's totally OOC. Magneto is a dashing dresser and sophisticated man who plays chess, reads "The Once and Future King" and listens to classical music. Why on God's green Earth would he sport a mangy beard? Brett Ratner must have been dropped on his head as a child. I have lost all respect for the man. At this point I consider it criminal if he ever works in Hollywood again. I listened to commentaries to learn why this monstrosity was rendered into life. Apparently Ratner has some preverse affinity for Che Guevara.
In another cut scene we get to see that Erik is wearing a black poncho in the forest sequence. Another WTF moment. In the cut scene you don't notice its a poncho but in the original scene you see it. We also finally get to see Magneto ask Jean to help fight in the battle. This was a sore point among fans because its a story point that needs to be cleared up. Instead its forgotten about. In the cut scene the reason she gives not to help the Brotherhood doesn't make any sense, but why should it? Nothing else has up until this point.
And then there's a cut Rogue scene/alternate ending and it was almost a redeeming moment. Well, it made me happy at least. If they had included it, it wouldn't have saved the film by in far, but it might have offered one moment of light in the horrible abyssimal dark. I like Rogue not taking the Cure. I like her trying to accept herself as she is. It's a good message the film could have sent and didn't. I can't figure out why. There is also one longer alternate ending featuring Logan -- read unseen beginning to the Wolverine movie.
So the commentaries on *the*
scene, you know the one I'm referring to: They say they did it to show that Erik was cold. WTF is that? What planet are you people living on? Why must villians always be ruthless, manical people with no redeeming qualities whatsoever? Erik isn't cold. He's not even a vilian, in his mind he's a hero. Why must they vilify Magneto rather than taking his idealogical statement as enough conflict to situate his character as an opposing force. I'm pissed. Totally pissed. Angry. He didn't neet to this to Mystique and everything up until this point had suggested they were an item.
Overall, the DVD is worth it because Ian looks so beautiful in every scene. His beauty is *guh* my mouth was watering. The crystal clear images of Ian in those beautiful scenes... they floored me. I paused the movie and used zoom and a beautiful Ian image is showing right now.
One interesting thing is mentioned in the commentaries with Ratner & Co. is internet chatter, as though maybe they listen and care about what we fans think. It
's mentioned several times. But something tells me they don't care. Maybe it's the fact that Ratner & Co. sound like immature 12 year old boys given millions of dollars to make a movie. "Despite all the criticism that was going on the internet, you really stood by me." - Ratner says. Why would anyone stand by this creep? One of the hundreds of facepalm worthy moments in the commentary.
I also recommend watching the commentary for a really strange *read comic book style* explanation for Charles' return.
Okay, I'm in the mood to stay up and write Erik smut. Chapter 4 of You Are There, here we go.