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Friday, July 9, 2010

Trailer scenes NOT coming to a cinema near you

After a friend of mine and I saw Predators, we discussed whether the film's TV spots had a discrepancy with the film we just saw. We're pretty sure that the two don't quite match up, but in the interest of avoiding a (practically nonexistent) spoiler, a reserve that point for after the cut. The discussion brought up the weird phenomena of movie trailers that don't match the final cut. Some trailers will be edited months in advance of a film's completion, so scenes meant to pique an audience's interest might be eventually excised, which can make for a perplexing viewing experience. Perhaps the classic example is the teaser for Twister: the flying truck-tire made audiences jump for months, but no comin'-at-ya tire turned up in the final film. The summer of 2010 seems to have more of its shares of trailers that don't match the finished product.

Iron Man 2
The funny little exchange with Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow before he leaps from the plane seems to be absent.

Get Him To the Greek
This trailer seems to have a ton of unseen scenes, including Russell Brand driving the little car ("I am a motorist!"); Brand waking up Jonah Hill at 5 a.m. to go jogging; the two doing tai chi in a park; Hill looking lost on a playing field; and Brand (bungee?) jumping off a bridge.

The Last Airbender
Absolutely nothing from last year's teaser is in the final cut. Perhaps it was never intended to be.

The trailer includes a scene of Adrien Brody with multiple Predator laser-sights on him (reminiscent of Buzz Lightyear in the beginning of Toy Story 2). The film includes this shot, but with much, much fewer laser-sightings. The seemingly-minor detail proves rather misleading about the number of Predators actually hunting the humans.

If you can think of other examples (or if I made mistakes above that need correction), let me know in the comments field. At any rate, if it weren't for deleted scenes, we'd have less reason to blow money on DVDs.

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