Just over a week before the release of Doctor Strange on digital home release, we’re being treated to one of the deleted scenes that found its way cut from the final version of the movie.
In the clip, as seen above, it’s revealed how the film’s primary antagonist, Kaecilius, received the scars we see on his forehead. Surrounded by his minions, Kaecilius and company perform a ritual in which they are seen beginning the process to summon Dormammu, the keeper of the Dark Dimension and Stephen Strange’s arch-nemesis.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson reflected on how tough certain scenes were to cut from the movie.
“I really liked those scenes and I think everyone did a good job on them. [But] they weren’t hard to cut. We test the movie with and without theme,” Derrickson said. ‘It wasn’t just about the audience’s reaction, it was really how the movie felt.”
Derrickson, the filmmaker behind Slither and The Exorcism of Emily Rose, reflected that the scenes they chose to cut helped create more power in the main story arc of the film.
“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,” said Derrickson. “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.”
Doctor Strange will appear next in Thor: Ragnarok, and is also due to appear in Avengers: Infinity War, which began principal photography this week. Doctor Strange hits digital HD February 14, and DVD/Blu-ray on February 28.
[HT] Entertainment Weekly