Disc 2 contains the majority of the extras, but it is not bursting at the seams as per other “collector's editions”. The highlight of the disc, for me, is the 72 minute making of documentary Vengeance is Mine. It is split into five titled chapters, of which you can watch individually or all together. It is a very detailed account of the making of the film; each and every cast member and major crew contributor get to have their fair share of screen time. Aspects of production, location, screenwriting, casting, acting, training, you name it, it is covered here. All shot in anamorphic 16:9 it is a very polished piece and one of the better making of documentaries.
Next up is deconstruction of Pita's abduction scene, which can be viewed by screen play, storyboards or four different camera angles with or without Scott's commentary. Watching all four angles works best, with the commentary on, you can see every bit of film used and Scott again talks about the different film stock he used to make the audience aware of what is going on. It runs for about four minutes.
There are 15 deleted scenes that, again, can be viewed individually or all together with or without Scott's commentary. When played together they have a run time of just over half an hour. Most were removed due to timing, though other (like the Washington sex scene) were deemed unsuitable for the character, by Scott, yet others were removed to tone down the violence, by the studio. There is also an alternate ending, inspired by Washington himself and filmed by Scott, that some of the more gung-ho might find more satisfying. However, I personally agree with Scott's ending in a far more anti-Hollywood way. Also fascinating to hear the control Scott has over this release, there were additional deleted scenes that he talks about, but didn't want to include on this DVD because he felt they were too 'saccharin'!
There is a huge photo gallery that uses the remote forward and reverse buttons to navigate through as well as a music video
Finally there are three theatrical trailers and four TV spots.
It probably hasn't escaped your notice that the fist disc in this set is pretty much a straight port from the single disc already available; with that in mind, is it worth upgrading? If you don't own a copy, then it is a no-brainer, this is the version to own. If, however, you do own the single disc, you have to ask whether or not the 72 minute making of and 30 minutes of deleted scenes are worth the extra cash. Certainly there is plenty of run time, though repeat viewing maybe somewhat limited. It is a very cynical ploy on the part of Fox to pull this stunt, since those that know the film would have wanted this release in the first place. As a film though, Scott has produced a stylish drama worthy of accolade and the print and sound quality on this disc are second to none. It is a finely crafted film and a well designed double disc set, it is just a shame it wasn't released along side the single disc version giving people the choice from the outset.
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