One of the biggest movies of the year is available to buy right now on FandangoNOW. The title in question is the horror blockbuster It (now also known as It: Chapter One) and the goods to share pertain to its deleted scenes.
Now, we’d heard before that director Andy Muschietti had to cut some significant scenes from the Stephen King adaptation for budget reasons, but those were never actually filmed and might be later shot and worked into the sequel. These deleted scenes, described by someone with a copy of the It Blu-ray in the forums at Blu-ray.com, are mostly just bonus bits.
Let’s break them down:
– “Georgie Catches Boat (Opening Gag Scene)”: When Georgie grabs for the boat in the opening…he gets it and walks away, saying “See you later!” to a frustrated Pennywise. Gotta admit, I laughed.
Apparently the reel begins with some humor as this scene is an alternate take on the opening scene that obviously was never intended for inclusion.
– “Stanley’s Dad corrects him (Extended scene)”: Stanley is reciting Hebrew in a synagogue, but his Dad jumps in to correct his pronunciation.
– “Denbrough family dinner”: Bill sits at the dinner table while his Dad reads a magazine and his Mum washes up. Bill starts talking about their family trip for the year, but his Mum walks off upset. His Dad explains that Georgie was really looking forward to it.
– “Bill’s Dad looks in the basement, et al”: After Bill has his encounter with Pennywise in the basement, he runs into his father. His Dad has a look in the basement, doesn’t find anything, and tells Bill to go to bed. Meanwhile, Henry tries to sneak out past his Dad, and gets into a car with Victor and Belch. They see Mike ride past on his bike.
What these three scenes have in common is a greater involvement of some of the parents than the finished film entails. Given that It works so well by being focused on the kids and their POVs, it makes sense that whatever adult scenes could be cut would be.
– “Outside the Neibolt house”: Mike, Beverly, Ben and Stanley are outside the house while Bill, Eddie and Richie are inside. Stanley talks about not being able to go inside while Mike comforts him. Ben places his hand on Beverly’s shoulder.
– “Evacuating the Neibolt house (Extended scene)”: Just an extended scene of the Losers’ Club leaving the house and getting on their bikes.
– “Stanley’s Bar Mitzvah speech”: Self-explanatory. Stanley delivers a speech after his Bar Mitzvah about “indifference,” during which there’s a brief montage showing what the other kids are up to. He makes a bit of a scene and storms off while Richie claps.
– “Eddie at Keene’s pharmacy (Extended scene)”: Just an extended scene at the pharmacy as Eddie talks to the girl who signs his cast with “Loser.”
A lot of these deleted scenes are extensions of existing scenes in the movie or additional scenes within larger sequences, and they must have been chopped for time and pacing. The Bar Mitzvah montage sounds like it was probably one of the last things to go since it sounds like a good sequence for the story. but maybe just didn’t feel right with the rhythm of the rest of the movie in the end.
– “Henry and Bullies wait outside (Extended scene)”: As the Losers’ Club heads into the Neibolt house, Henry sits in his car with his face covered in blood. Belch and Victor are dead with throats slit.
This deleted scene is actually a revelation of two significant characters’ fates. Maybe it was removed for editorial reasons, but without their deaths being in the movie, Belch and Victor could show up in the sequel, which takes place 30 years later. They probably won’t, but they’re available as characters if Muschietti needs them.
– “The Losers find Georgie’s walkie”: Bill picks up Georgie’s walkie right before Henry attacks Mike at the top of the well.
– “Denbrough family vacation”: After saying goodbye to Beverly at the end of the movie, Bill and his parents are packing for the family vacation Bill was talking about in an earlier deleted scene. This subplot does kind of enhance the family dynamic. As the car drives away, the camera pulls in to the drain where Georgie was taken. Camera stops, and rain starts to hit the pavement. This would have been a perfect final shot.
Here’s more of Bill’s parents, which are better off not being in the movie so much, though the cutting of these scenes does also decrease Bill’s prominence as a character of greater significance than the other Losers’ Club kids.
The total running time for the above scenes is about 15 minutes. Other bonus features include a featurette on Pennywise the clown, a featurette about the movie’s young actors and a lengthy interview with Stephen King about his book.
You can pick up your own digital copy of It right now at FandangoNOW