Over two months after it hit theaters, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus is still dividing moviegoers and leaving behind as many questions as answers. It looks like we may get answers — to some degree — in the upcoming Blu-ray & DVD release. Spoiler-y spoilers of spoiling-ness below the pic, so beware…
While Prometheus has clearly established itself as existing within the Alien mythology, it’s still unclear exactly what turn of events led the “Space Jockey”/Engineer seen in Scott’s original Alien film to crash-land on LV-426. Nor does the film cleanly clarify how/why the xenomorphs were created, what the Engineers were trying to do with the nasty acid-blooded critters, and what exactly the Engineers’ true motivations are. Given how Prometheus ended, and the fact that a sequel is in the works, I’m guessing many of those questions will be answered to some degree in a few years.
In the mean time, however, Bleeding Cool has gotten their hands on a listing of the release’s deleted scenes, and several of the scene titles, with all due respect to C+C Music Factory, may make you go, “Hmm….” Here’s the list, and we’ll commence wild speculation afterwards:
- 00:02:31:16 (ARRIVAL OF THE ENGINEERS) (DELETED SCENE)
- 00:00:58:05 (T’IS THE SEASON) (DELETED SCENE)
- 00:00:42:08 (OUR FIRST ALIEN) (DELETED SCENE)
- 00:00:42:14 (SKIN) (DELETED SCENE)
- 00:01:22:01 (WE’RE NOT ALONE ANYMORE) (DELETED SCENE)
- 00:02:57:01 (STRANGE BEDFELLOWS) (DELETED SCENE)
- 00:01:25:04 (HOLLOWAY HUNGOVER) (DELETED SCENE)
- 00:00:23:12 (DAVID’S OBJECTIVE) (DELETED SCENE)
- 00:03:27:07 (JANEK FILLS VICKERS IN) (DELETED SCENE)
- 00:03:40:12 (A KING HAS HIS REIGN) (DELETED SCENE)
- 00:02:01:24 (FITFIELD ATTACKS) (DELETED SCENE)
- 00:04:06:06 (THE ENGINEER SPEAKS) (DELETED SCENE)
- 00:05:30:04 (FINAL BATTLE) (DELETED SCENE)
- 00:05:05:19 (PARADISE) (DELETED SCENE)
Right off the bat, we’ve got “Arrival of the Engineers,” a title that suggests we’ll see a longer version of the opening scene featuring Chalky McSixPack up there. The theatrical scene already shows the “Departure of the Engineers,” so this will likely be the opposing bookmark. I’m not expecting too many revelations, aside from possibly confirming or denying that the scene in question is set on prehistoric Earth.
The other one that should raise some eyebrows is the last one, “Paradise.” This is pure guesswork, but since the end of the movie finds Shaw and David’s recently liberated head climbing aboard an Engineer ship to go in search of that species’ home planet, could this “Paradise” scene actually show them arriving at the Engineers’ world? That would make the film’s ending even more of a cliffhanger, so I can understand why they might have chosen not to use it. Either way, the five-minute running time suggests that the scene has some meat to it. Just what exactly that meat is will have to wait until Prometheus‘ home video release this October.
Do I even need to address the potential importance of the scene entitled “The Engineer Speaks?”
Of course, even if the disc does provide more clarity, it’s still not going to address some of the logical gaps or places where characters inexplicably act like complete buffoons (RUN SIDEWAYS FOR GOD’S SAKE).