Posted 09 January 2007 - 12:44 PM
I think, sadly, that we'll never see the DVD of CR that we'd all want.
The first release of DAD wasn't bad at all, but really only followed what GE, TND and TWINE had done - make use of the Electronic Press Kit and TV material. The Script to Screen doc is a remarkable piece of work, at least in as much as it got much closer to revealing the production than ever before, but it was still made first and foremost for television.
Which is to say, it was cleared for DVD, rather than made for it. Which is a short-cut to bonus material that the post-'95 Bond film discs have always taken.
Now, I'm not against this at all. I'm one of those people who wants trailers and promo materials. Because the film gets extra context from seeing how they were positioned. EPK-based TV-docs do the same thing; they show you how the film was marketed.
What they don't do, usually, is get to the heart of the film's production. They're 'Making Of's in name only. Script to Screen is a wonderful, rare exception. (Rare for 007, anyway; more commonplace on other movies nowadays.) But there was no such documentary on TV for CR, and I suspect this means there won't be one on the DVD.
This early leak backs that up. With an approximate maximum of 3.5 hours of material on a DVD, we're already seeing a lot of space taken up with the various TV docs (and Bond Girls Are Forever? Nice to have it, but it was already used on two separate DVD giveaway promos, takes a lot of disc space, and doesn't even relate to CR itself).
Moreover, Bond's deleted scenes track-record has been very disappointing. I can appreciate that the footage has been lost from most of the early films, but the Brosnans have no such trouble, and what do we get? The conspicuous absence of all the cut Stamper material from TND, no sign of the 'certificate to die' lines from GE (okay, that's a bit petty, but still...) and NOTHING from DAD.
Plus, as has been said, it's worth remembering that the early movies only went the extra mile for deleted scenes when the Ultimate Editions came out. Which is to say - anything that might make us double-dip.
(I did, in the end, but only when they went down to Buy One Get One Free. The extras added were simply too, too minor to impress. Such a shame. While I have issues with the transfers - Lowry, lest we forget, are the guys who 'cleaned up' Star Wars by making Vader's lightsaber pink and mis-timing Kenobi's saber from blue to green in one scene of Episode IV!- but the removal of dirt and scratches and SOME of the colour work really does bring the old films to life again.)
Sad to say - and I hope to be proved very, very wrong - I think this early leak is the start of a grab-all collection of material based on stuff that can be cleared, rather than especially comissioned.
Deleted scenes are possible, but like Superman Returns expect them to be incomplete, saving the good stuff for a double-dip down the line. (SR has done this with the Krypton sequence, fact fans. The sequence was filmed, the FX completed...but it's being held back for a second DVD.)
Screen tests are a problem. The 'rejected' auditionees will certainly not be seen - not for 20 years or so anyway. It simply isn't done, and clearances are a HUGE issue. Craig's might appear, I guess... except the way it was avoided in the Becoming Bond edit makes me suspect hat it's staying in the vault.
Commentary is almost certain, thankfully - Campbell and Meheux are a great commentary double-act - but an actors' one may be best avoided after DAD's attempt. But as for insightful docs, lost material, screen tests and special edits...well, I suspect it'll be never for most, and double-dip for some.