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20 Minutes Of Deleted Scenes Coming To 'The Master' DVD Plus Watch The John Huston Docs That Inspired The Film

by Kevin Jagernauth
November 3, 2012 12:41 PM
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The Master Paul Thomas Anderson Joaquin Phoenix

Even if "The Master" isn't quite the breakout hit that "There Will Be Blood" was, it is undeniably one of the most talked about movies of the year. Paul Thomas Anderson's film continues to spur discussions and debates, and conversations are nothing less than passionate. The picture is one whose enigmas last long after the viewing is over, encouraging and demanding a second or third viewing, and luckily for fans, there will be even more to dive into on the forthcoming DVD and Blu-ray release of the film.

Earlier this week, Film Independent at LACMA presented "An Evening With Paul Thomas Anderson," and the filmmaker brought the goods. First off, as he has extensively talked about in the press run for the film, Anderson has cited two wartime documentaries by John Huston as being influences on "The Master" -- "Battle Of San Pietro" and "Let There Be Light" -- and he screened both of them. The former is a pretty straight-ahead look at the Italian campaign, and features an introduction by General Mark Clark. But it's in the latter picture that many will see the most ties to Anderson's film.

"Let There Be Light" was so controversial at the time, it was banned from public screenings until 1980. As The National Film Preservation Foundation note, the film which chronicled what we now know as PTSD (post-traumatic stress syndrome) "pioneered unscripted interview techniques to take an unprecedented look into the psychological wounds of war" and "its remarkable innovations in style and subject, which in the 1940s were at least a decade ahead of their time." The documentary follows a group of men from their arrival into a military hospital through to their discharge, and it's certainly worth a look. Both "Battle Of San Pietro" and "Let There Be Light" can be viewed below. 

After those docs played, Anderson then showed a 20-minute reel of deleted scenes and footage from the film that he confirmed will be on the upcoming DVD/Blu-ray release in a single montage/pastiche. Portions of it were used throughout the promotional campaign for the movie in the Anderson cut trailers, but there are lots more. SlashFilm were on hand and have a very detailed rundown of the scenes that were shown. You can click over there to check it all out, but among the highlights:

-an extended breakfast scene between Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) and Peggy Dodd (Amy Adams) in which she explains time holes 
-Clark (Rami Malek) telling Freddy that Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman) once died in a hospital for seven minutes, which inspired him to write his book
-Another Lynch-ian scene, this time with Freddie guarding the box he dug up in the desert with Lancaster. When he gets curious, he opens it up only for a small fire to pop out of it. 
-Freddie is made First Lieutenant of The Cause at the convention, but arrives late after beating up a man outside.

Undoubtedly, lots more to soon explore. No word yet on when it will hit home video, but "The Master" should really be seen on the big screen first.

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  • jingmei | November 4, 2012 10:35 PMReply

    Good article thanks. PTSD=posttrauma stress disorder.

  • Oogle monster | November 4, 2012 2:08 PMReply

    Did anyone (was it allowed?) happen to record the talk?

  • GrammaPoleese | November 4, 2012 12:58 AMReply

    Compound adjectives "talked about" and "Anderson cut" should both be hyphenated.

  • savf | November 3, 2012 11:46 PMReply

    fuck yes.

  • DG | November 3, 2012 7:02 PMReply

    A small fire popping out of a box?

  • JD | November 3, 2012 5:45 PMReply

    "The Master should really be seen on the big screen...." The Master should be avoided at all costs and people should spend their money on Argo instead.

  • AB | November 4, 2012 11:10 AM

    Except that The Master is way better than Argo. Are people actually complaining that there's too much "talking" in the film? Collective taste in film really must be declining.

    I hear Expendables 2 is coming to DVD soon; perhaps that would be more to your liking -- you actually lose brain cells while watching it! :D

  • James | November 3, 2012 7:09 PM

    Agreed. It's 2.5 hrs of people sitting in rooms talking. I have no earthly idea why it was shot in 70mm. I saw it in that format and was not impressed.

  • Tom | November 3, 2012 4:09 PMReply

    Nice! I particularly like that bit with Joaquin looking for his lost ship with the Golden Gate Bridge in the bg.

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