When the Star Wars: Rogue One Blu-ray was announced earlier this year, some people were disappointed why it doesn't contain any deleted scenes. The movie's director has now spoken out on the topic and he gave a valid reason for this.
Director Gareth Edwards talked about the lack of deleted scenes on the Star Wars: Rogue One Blu-ray during a recent interview with Fandango. He says that there was not one scene that they could just drag and drop into the movie. You can read his comments on the situation below.
There's not an individual scene that you can drag and drop and put on a Blu-ray," he said. "There are little things that would come and go during the process of post-production, but they're not scenes. They're more moments within the scenes, or a single shot. So it's impossible to be able to do that, and that's why the decision was made.
He then further said scenes like the TIE Fighter shot from the trailers won't fit into the overall story. He said the movie changed lots of times during production so we won't know for sure what happened. Fandango grilled him for more information about the TIE Fighter scene, but Edwards remained silent on the topic. He said it will remain a mystery and that one shot was just something that marketing liked which is why it was added to the trailers, but it didn't end up being in the final cut.
In terms of an alternate version of the Scarif battle, sadly we are not going to see any of that either. This is simply because the team never finished the entire visual effects of it. The theatrical cut is basically all of the finalized shots of the movie and the version that Disney/Lucasfilm was most satisfied with. It paid off in the end with Rogue One getting good reviews and earning over $1 billion at the Box Office.
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