Just ahead of its home viewing releases, two deleted scenes from Marvel’s trippiest movie have just been released by Entertainment Weekly, both of them featuring Mads Mikkelsen as the villainous Kaecilius. One is a build up to him killing a priest in a church [there are rumours that this was removed on religious grounds, which sounds a bit daft – you don’t even see the priest die], the other shows him attempting to make contact with the Dread Dormammu. Unfortunately for one of the Zealots among the group, things don’t go so great and he is treated rather brutally to the full wrath of Kaecilius. Here is what Scott Derrickson had to say about the scenes:
“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.”
Which is fair enough, the scenes are fine though a little darker in tone than the rest of the film, but aren’t missed.
Doctor Strange is set to arrive on digital platforms on February 14, with a DVD/Blu-ray release a couple of weeks later on February 28.