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Moments Lost In Time – Blade Runner’s Deleted And Alternate Scenes

With Blade Runner The Final Cut released on the big screen, here in one place are the alternate takes and deleted scenes from the original film, including such scenes as Deckard visiting fellow Blade Runner Holden in hospital, and more screen time for Gaff and Bryant. To further mark the occasion, the BFI, who are […]

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Unscene Is Believing: The Empire Strikes Back

In which C3PO is a bad-ass In The Empire Strikes Back, a whole sub-plot about Wampas (the type of monster that attacks Luke out on patrol on his Tauntaun) infiltrating the rebel base on the ice planet of Hoth was mooted, even filmed, but the scenes didn’t make the final cut. If they had, maybe […]

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Unscene Is Believing: Interstellar – Absolute Zero

Christopher Nolan doesn’t do deleted scenes, but if he did, they’d probably be…hang on, this is beginning to sound like a certain lager commercial. He does occasionally fill in back story in comic strip form, though. He did so with Inception, now, under his guest editorship of the December issue of Wired, he’s doing it […]

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Unscene Is Believing: Batman (1989)

  Tim Burton’s Batman has a number of unused scenes and ideas. In an early draft, the Mayor was to unveil the statue of Gotham City founder, John T. Gotham, during the city’s 200 year celebrations. The dedication ceremony is interrupted by the Joker, who reveals the statue outside the Flugelheim Museum has been replaced […]

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Unscene Is Believing: Indiana Jones And The Temple of Doom

Temple Of Doom scriptwriters Bill Huyck, Gloria Katz, and director Steven Spielberg deliberated over several iterations for the sequence where Indy, Willie and Short Round escape a poisonous night out in Shanghai’s Club Obi-Wan onboard a small cargo plane. Two ideas that didn’t make the final cut were an elaborate Mousetrap – like gag, and an […]

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Unscene Is Believing: Gladiator

There’s a lot to be said for cutting to the chase. A big, stirring speech is a powerful and moving moment before the climactic battle of Henry V, say. But David Franzoni’s first draft of Gladiator gives Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) the early limelight, with an extended speech to his troops that would have […]

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Unscene Is Believing: The Godfather

A popular image used to publicise The Godfather on its initial release features Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) in a scene, just one of several, that didn’t even make the final cut. Francis Ford Coppola’s initial cut of The Godfather ran to over four hours. Before shooting The Godfather Pt II he was tickled by the […]

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Unscene Is Believing: Who Framed Roger Rabbit

As an adjunct to our regular “Scene Is Believing” slot, I’d like to start examining scenes that didn’t make the final cut, whether they be at script stage, or completed shots. To begin, let’s look at Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and what became known as “The pig head sequence”. According to SFX supervisor Ken Ralston, the film […]

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