Ok, so by now I'm sure you've all read about "X-Men: Days Of Future Past - The Rogue Cut" and if not - you can find the original story here;
Let me just say that, yes, I feel a bit ripped off that I already paid to see the movie in theaters TWICE and I've already bought the big fancy bluray/dvd combo pack bundle, so... forcing me to spend more money on an extra 10 minutes that should have already been in the movie in the first place? Well "Snikt, bub."
Singer did this to us before way back when, with X-Men 1.5 if anyone else remembers that.
Sure, I like the added features and deleted scenes that come with the "Director's Cuts" and I even understand how/why they come out in the first place.
"The studio really held me back and I wanted more gore and cussing so this is the unrated Director's Cut that I originally envisioned but couldn't release in theaters."
I get that - I really do! But, honestly, some of these deleted scenes they're talking about? Like this "Rogue Cut"? That should have been a part of the initial bluray/dvd release. Period. Really, for as much as we pay for this stuff - the director's cuts and unrated cuts should be included as well. If this continues, where I'm forced to buy a second copy of a movie I already own just to see 10 minutes of footage I didn't see before and a few extra curse words - I for one will stop buying them and I'll just be a dick like a lot of other people and just download them. Sure, I'll buy the initial flick because I do believe in supporting the movies you love. If it keeps you entertained through the whole thing then you should pay for it but that's not the point of my article. As I stated before, I like added/changed features. In fact, I'm just going to come out and say it - I loved what Lucas did with the original Star Wars flicks after the prequel trilogy was finished. And before you say something stupid...
...and I will I have to take care of you "Jay & Silent Bob" style.
So.... just hear me out, k?
Imagine for a moment if Singer/Fox went the way of Lucas and did a few reshoots or just simply changed some scenes with CGI - don't you think it would fix a lot of the continuity issues? Everyone seems to think that DOFP fixed everything but it didn't. How is Xavier alive? Sorry, but the 5 seconds at the end of X:3 left more questions than answers and that's if we ignore the fact that Moira didn't age the last 50 years. How did Wolverine get his adamantium claws back? Sure, it's assumed by many that Magneto helped him out but who knows!? And speaking of which, if I worked on The Wolverine - I'd be pissed knowing that I just worked my ass off on a flick that was essentially erased from the timeline less than a year later... but I digress. Just think of X-Men United (I know, it's a painful memory but hang in there) and imagine how much cooler it would be if McAvoy and Fassbender were there in the flashback scenes. It certainly would have made more sense especially since Xavier and Eric obviously had their falling-out long before the "look" of that time period.
The same goes for when we saw Xavier in the end of X-Men Origins. It would make much more sense to see McAvoy's character, would it not? And again, we just ignore another one of those weird continuity issues for the greater good - you know, the fact that we saw Emma Frost in there younger and hotter than her "First Class" counterpart even though it's supposed to be years later... I think? Does anyone truly know the proper continuity?
The list could go on and on. Lets swap out Sabretooth in X1 for instance with Liev Schreiber. It wouldn't be as hard as one would expect and then we could add ONE single line of dialogue to tie the two together rather than this awkward snarl that Tyler Mane gave when he looked at the dog tags... does he know Logan? Is he simply jealous of the cool name on the dog tags or is it neither? Maybe he was just feeling a bit bound up.... you know, constipation can force you to make all sorts of fugly lookin' faces. Just sayin'. Even Magneto gave a look like he knew who Wolverine might have been and compared the numbers on the dog tags to the numbers tattooed on his arm. Little plot gaps they never really explored/explained or finished... would it really be so bad to go back and make a TRUE director's cut of the entire franchise of films and simply FIX this stuff because DoFP certainly didn't.
The point is - if you're going to do it to one of the movies (DoFP)... THE ONE movie that's supposed to redeem them all and tie up all the loose ends and resolve all the conflicts - then why not go back and "fix" the rest of it. Then you can really milk the money cow and re-release them all individually as they were finished and then, of course, release a giant boxed set with some sort of collector's item! Hey, maybe a limited re-release in the theaters? If Singer promises to remove the really lame and awkward scene where Wolverine spins around one of the spikes on the Statue Of Liberty's head to pummel Tyler Mane's terrible Sabretooth - then I'm game! That's just wishful thinking though. I'd happy if they just fixed the plot gaps.
Oh and maybe remove the ridiculous accent Storm has in the first one (but magically not in the sequels) and PLEASE save her from saying "the" line. You know which one. "What happens to a toad when it's struck by lightning?" Ugh!
Ok, so I very rarely post on here and I don't really have a method to my madness - I just type how I speak and I speak what I feel so; it is what it is. Agree? Disagree?
On a side note - I'm a HUGE Star Wars fanatic. Second only to X-Men. I can quote every line in every movie. I've read just about all the expanded universe books. I played Star Wars Galaxies from launch until the final day and even ran one of the largest guilds on my server and built two cities from nothing that were voted "Best looking City" many times over (because I'm picky and awesome like that) and I've been playing The Old Republic since Beta. I own the original VHS tapes. I own a recorded copy of the Wookiee Christmas Special. I'm a Star Wars geek. And just for the record - I respect all sci-fi geeks but I will punch a Trekkie in the face if he/she says Star Trek is "better". Also, I don't care who shot first in the cantina - both cuts make sense and I like them. With all that being said.... to all the ridiculous fanbois that cried like 8 year old girls when Lucas announced he was going to go back and add CGI fight scenes to the original flicks to amp up the lightsaber battles.... screw you buddy. Thanks for ruining it for me and countless others. Again, I LOVE the Star Wars edits. They just make sense! Replacing puppet Yoda with CGI Yoda - best move ever for today's technology.
Replacing Anakin in the originals with Hayden Christensen's Anakin? It just made sense.
Cleaning up the film, swapping to digital and enhancing the special FX? Thank you George! I just wish we could have seen Luke and Vader really go nuts flipping around and using their lightsabers like true swordsmen. It would have fit in seamlessly and added so much to the original movies.... but Lucas got tired of the bitching and, sadly, he dropped the project. I just don't understand the old-school fanboi's perspectives. You'll always have your original movies. They're not going anywhere. So let the rest of us enjoy the original movies cleaned up and loaded with more special effects and fight scenes. I've been a die-hard Star Wars geek since I was a small child and I respect the originals for what they are - but there's nothing wrong with improving them... especially when you can always save a copy of the original exactly the way it was. I say - lets do the same with the X-Men franchise.
All these hot-rod collectors that keep their cars "all original", lol... you really think they're pulling 400-500hp out of bone-stock 30-50 year old cars? No way. See, I'm a car guy too. Logically, it just doesn't work that way.
Look, I know it's a pipe-dream but I think it would be amazing if they fixed all the X-Men movies in a similar fashion. Musicians do it all the time with their classic hits and any good musician will tell you that no song is ever "finished". That's just art at it's finest for ya. Oh yeah, I'm a musician too so I know these things.
Hey, thanks for reading!
Is the "Rogue Cut" really necessary!?
And one more poll just for $hits and giggles!