25
Jul
08

Comic book guy says:

“Worst ending ever…”

 

 Whenever you rent a DVD they try to push the “deleted scenes” as some sort of selling point. Most scenes are deleted for a reason, they don’t add anything, they’re not very interesting, or they don’t help the film in any way and actually slow down the pacing or confuse the storyline. My favorite of these tricks is the “Alternate ending”. Let me briefly explain the alternate ending reality; When a movie is shot before they release it they show it to “test audiences” and then the test audience scores the film on a rating scale, they fill out comment cards listing what they liked or disliked about said film, the comment cards go back to the studio, the studio then depending on the comments and the scores the film has received either tell the director to change the film based on the reactions of test audiences, or if you’re Steven Spielberg or someone else with a big time director rep, you can tell the studio to go take a flying leap off a rolling doughnut, unfortunately most directors don’t have that sort of clout, or what they refer to in the biz as “final cut” meaning “its my movie and I will give it to you exactly the way I want it to be seen, I have final cut”. A lot of times the ending of a film is a sticking point, the audience did not like the ending so the studio tells the director to shoot a new ending, usually a “happier” ending blah blah. So when you see an “alternate ending” on a DVD that is usually what the director shot in the first place, they tested it, t tested poorly, they change it, and that’s the ending that you see, and the original ending that the test audience said “boo hiss” to now becomes the alternate ending on the DVD so that the director can massage his ego by anonymously posting on blogs about how the alternate ending on the DVD was so much better blah blah.

 

 I give you this little Hollywood film crash course because I rented “the Ruins” last night a film which i really wanted to see in the theater but was only out for something like three weeks (which should have been my first clue). Horror as a rule is probably the easiest genre to just completely F up in any given film.  SO I watched the ruins THE DIRECTOR’s CUT which ended one way. Then on the special features it had the ” theatrical release ending” which was the way it ended in the theater version which was different than the dvd version. AND THEN it has the “alternate ending” on top of that. So in other words this film was such a mess they couldn’t decide what the hell to do with it to save it. Actually it really was not bad, they obviously just panicked over the ending since they shot three of them.  Let’s review:

 

“The Ruins”:

The Director’s cut which is on the DVD— This was the version that the director wanted in the first place

The theatrical release ending—- This was the way that it ended if you saw it in a theater, obviously the director lost the argument with the studio because they obviously got feedback which said “Jena Malone shouldn’t die she should escape the ruins and be allowed to live” ( OOOPS sorry if I just spoiled it for you)

 

 The “Alternate Ending” — The studio wanted it to end this way, the director did not, the director compromised and shot another different ending that ended up in the film that played in the theaters, yet all the while plotting to release yet another different version on DVD and stick it to the man with his artistic fist raised high in the air in a Che Guavara like show of strength.

 

And you know what? all three of them are actually pretty similar.

 

 That is all, End Transmission!

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