Some people feel that Prometheus is a glorious return to the science fiction genre for filmmaker Ridley Scott, while others view it as a monumental disappointment following years of buildup to the Alien spinoff (or almost-prequel, if you prefer). No matter where you stand on the issue, though, there’s no overlooking how much discussion the film has generated, in regards to the unanswered questions and sheer amount of symbolism inherent to the script (constructed by Damon Lindelof (Lost) and Jon Spaihts (the developing Mummy reboot)).
However, in an ingenious piece of marketing, the trailer for the Prometheus Blu-ray (which releases next month) actually uses that controversy as the main selling point – promising that, indeed, “questions will be answered” through some seven hours of bonus features included.
Some questions look to be answered through hours of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the cast and crew (see: the trailer clip with production designer Arthur Max revealing the original setting), while others are to be provided through some 40 minutes of deleted scenes. That includes alternate cuts of the opening sequence – this time, with the full ceremony involving the ‘Sacrificial Engineer’ – as well as a different version of the (arguably) infuriating conclusion that leaves the door wide open for a sequel (one which we now know will happen, thanks to the film’s $398 million worldwide gross).
Bear in mind, though: it’s best to not expect that this bonus material will change your mind about Prometheus (for the better or, rather, for the worse even).
Prometheus is an undeniably beautiful film overflowing with macabre imagery and impressive 3D composition – though, perhaps a bit too subtle at times – that does stand to benefit from the Blu-ray form. It’s recommendable for purchase on those traits alone, assuming the narrative proceedings and certain characters (cough, Rafe Spall’s biologist, cough) don’t inspire you to yell angrily at the screen while the film is playing.
Moreover, the intriguing supplementary material includes alternate creature conceptual designs such as those glimpsed briefly in the trailer, in addition to the aforementioned featurettes and footage that ended up on the cutting room floor. Again, it’s probably too little, too late, for those who wanted more insight into the Prometheus mythology from the actual film, but for those who were satisfied by Scott’s ambitious attempt to examine the very origins of human existence (and dive deeper into the realm of the Alien-verse), this could be a must-buy.
Prometheus will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on October 9th (you can click on the next page for the full press release).