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LOOPER's Director Tells Monty Cristo About Deleted Scenes on the Blu-ray!

"Monty Cristo" here once again.


I had the pleasure of talking with LOOPER director Rian Johnson on my podcast "Screen Time" yesterday afternoon (here's an iTunes subscription link if that's your thing), and he mentioned that the LOOPER Blu-ray will feature around 45 minutes of cut scenes.

He noted to me the other day that the cut in theaters is his final, perferred cut, and that we should not expect some sort of Extended Ultra-Mega-Super Cut.

The brief mention of the Deleted Scenes occurred in a spoiler-laden "After Dark" episode I'm posting later this weekend , but the above-linked main show is required listening, as he gets into what it was like producing this independent with a huge scale and big stars, as well as his big influences both for this film and across his entire career.

There's a pile of other stuff frontloaded in the episode, so if you want to skip to the interview with Johnson, it begins at about 24:30.

I look forward to you guys tearing me apart and saying how shitty my show is in the Talkbacks.



Moisés Chiullan / "Monty Cristo"
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  • Sept. 28, 2012, 5:21 p.m. CST


    by Scrunchie-Scroochie

    First, so allow me to say... ARSE WOMBLES

  • So this entire article is a cock tease?

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 5:46 p.m. CST


    by Glenn

    What a shitty show. Someone far brighter than myself should tear you apart. ;-)

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Well-realized. Liked it, didn't love it.

    by justmyluck

    I liked Jeff Daniel's relationship with his lackey the most, which may have been his younger self (hinted at, not really a spoiler). Lots of missed opportunities for mind-bending, character-building exchanges between Gordon-Levitt and Willis, just sort of grazed over in their diner meeting. JGL's painted-on eyebrows and eyeliner were a distraction throughout. The look remained too unusual and, for all the the effort, had only minor resemblance to Willis. SPOILERS: Solid opening, but noir-like narration wasn't really needed, and didn't make sense considering that older and younger Looper are eliminated from the primary timeline. The action beats at the end with Willis blowing everyone away, the flying motorbike faceoff, and the AKIRA kid floating people felt like a tacked on climax, and much of the dialog (while professionally delivered with coolness and/or meaning) didn't say much. What I did like was the ending implying that, by erasing the later instances of himself from time, the Looper helped evolve the world in a way, but SOURCE CODE did that better, IMO. Still, it was engaging and better than average.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 6:01 p.m. CST


    by Monty Cristo

    You could put it that way, but I intentionally waited to post that piece because it's full of spoilers. The news info is as briefly mentioned as I report it up there. That's the extent of the info regarding this specific bit of news, so in a manner of speaking, you unwittingly got a quickie handjob than a cocktease.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 6:36 p.m. CST


    by Tehrasha

    Topical anesthesia + no happy ending == Worst handjob ever.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 6:53 p.m. CST

    How about just TYPING out the cut scenes for us

    by Logan_1973

    You on THIS website?

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 7:11 p.m. CST


    by Monty Cristo

    He didn't detail them beyond that.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 7:30 p.m. CST

    nice try, but not even close to a cigar

    by trevanian

    The gun stuff is very American John Woo, with professionals missing way way way too often, and all of the action undermines credibility. There was a lot of smarts at work here, but only selectively, which is more infuriating than seeing a well done dumb movie. The makeup only works in one scene, when Levitt is seated across from Daniels. For 2min, he really does seem something like a young Willis, with something of the appropriate smirk. The little kid is just phenomenal, there's no disputing that. (see I promised myself to put a good spin on the experience.)

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 7:41 p.m. CST

    The "Review" Posts Here Reek...

    by Rebeck2

    Of failed writers with time-travel scripts in their top drawers that will never be read let alone made into films. You guys are so transparent. LOOPER is one of the best films I have seen all year and certainly better than anything ever written by jealous talkbackers.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 8:15 p.m. CST

    i take exception to that!!

    by mcgillj

    my top drawer has a circa 1998 scream sequel, batman 5, Trek TNG and some rough outlines for a fantasy novel trilogy and some beyond bad rom coms.. not a single time travel script thank you. lol.. seriously tho.. so looking forward to this but its sadly not playing here. next weekend.. knock on wood.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 8:36 p.m. CST

    @rebeck2: Here, trollie, trollie, trollie!

    by justmyluck

    Your review of the reviews here speaks volumes in your inability to analyze, discern or otherwise vocalize a valid opinion beyond *one of the best films I have seen*, which isn't worth the ASCII text committed to it. If you are transparently jealous of people who can succinctly speak their mind, try not to draw attention to that failure so predictably and boringly!

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 9:11 p.m. CST

    rebeck 2, I actually did have a time travel treatment

    by trevanian

    but I shelved it when 12 MONKEYS came out, because that excellent film actually eclipsed the main aspect of my story with just a throwaway line of dialog. When something has already been done well, only a studio exec is going to want to do more and inferior versions of same. But I can tell you that half of my pitches to TNG (some of which were dug by Ron Moore, but dismissed by Jeri Taylor, which I take retroactively as a compliment) absolutely SMOKED that thing passing for a TREK movie vomited up by Abrams a few years back. Feel free to dispute w/o information to back it up and print whatever legends you like about people you don't know (the internet was probably founded by people who couldn't have understood THE MAN WHO WHOT LIBERTY VALANCE even if they managed to watch all of it), but count on more 'feedback' than you can swallow unless you have a deep deep throat.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 9:59 p.m. CST


    by Avon

    This only came out today and we're already onto deleted scenes.

  • Sept. 29, 2012, 12:56 a.m. CST

    Thanks For Confirming My Suspicions

    by Rebeck2

  • Sept. 29, 2012, 9:32 p.m. CST

    thank you for living down to my expectations

    by trevanian

  • Sept. 29, 2012, 11:28 p.m. CST

    LOOPER was the best film I've seen in the theater this year

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    ...tied with BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD. I'm not going to download some podcast to listen to a description of a youtube video that contains the URL of a tumblr that has a flash animation that tells about deleted scenes, but damn was Looper good. rebeck2 is right on re: angry wannabes. "The studios didn't respond to my e-mailed script for a gender-swapped time-travel Buffy reboot!! Fuck the system!!"