After proving to be yet another box office hit for Marvel and Disney, “Doctor Strange” is due to hit Blu-ray and DVD on February 28. Unsurprisingly, the Sorcerer Supreme’s first home video release will be packing a host of extras, and Entertainment Weekly has a first look at what fans can expect — including a scene that was left on the cutting room floor.
Take a look at the cut segment, spotlighting the villainous Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) as he summons the entity Dormammu — in a scene titled “Nervous Zealot” — here.
Justifying why he cut certain scenes, director Scott Derrickson had this to say:
“I really liked those scenes and I think everyone did a good job on them, but they weren’t hard to cut. We tested the movie with and without them. It wasn’t just about the audience’s reaction, it was really how the movie felt. Pauline Kael used to always talk about the director needing to know where the audience wants to be, and at that point of the movie, the audience didn’t want to be jumping around, they wanted to stay with Strange, who’s on this very interesting, very personal, and very dramatic journey. The intrusion of those scenes was breaking up the soul of the movie in a way that just wasn’t necessary. We didn’t need it. When we removed them, we found that we lost very little, and we gained more power in the major arc of the character. So, it was a pretty easy choice in the end.”
“Doctor Strange” proved to be a success with both fans and critics alike, as the film is on its way to amassing an impressive $660 million at the global box office. Despite the star power involved, notably Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular surgeon-turned-sorcerer, and the controversy surrounding the casting as Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One, “Doctor Strange” was a bit of a shot in the dark for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Up until “Doctor Strange,” the MCU had largely kept the more magical elements of Marvel Comics off the screen with “Thor” being the obvious exception. However, much like “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Ant-Man,” the cinematic adventures of Marvel’s preeminent Sorcerer proved a gamble worth taking. The good Doctor is now expected to play a role in the upcoming “Thor: Ragnarok” and Derrickson is already contemplating where a sequel might go.
Look for “Doctor Strange” On-Demand on February 14, and on Blu-ray and DVD on February 28.
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