Men in Black: Intergalactic Duology
The Intergalactic Edition adds deleted scenes, an all-new ending and reinstates the original plot of MIB before reshoots with alternate and extended scenes being masterfully reintegrated into the movie. adding 9 new scenes and 5 more minutes of footage.
- Men in Black (1997) PAL DVD - For the slightly higher quality deleted scenes (576i for the win!)
- Metamorphosis of Men in Black - Alternate scenes relating to the Baltain and Arquillian plots are taken from this behind the scenes documentary (sourced from the aforementioned PAL DVD)
- Men in Black II (2002) Blu-Ray - Sourced the main film from here
- Men in Black II (2002) PAL DVD - Mildly better quality alt ending taken from this
- Before and After: Deleted Scene Colour Correction
- More Deleted and Alternate Scenes (both MIB and MIIB)
- Director Barry Sonnefield and Tommy Lee Jones talk Deleted and Alternate Scenes (Film Commentary Clips)
This new cut of MIB might need a bit of back story since there is a bit more to it than adding back some deleted scenes. After screening the film for test audiences, there was some confusion on the 3 conflicting alien races fighting over the galaxy. The original plot was two formally feuding species (Baltain and Arquillian) who had finally come to an agreement to trade the galaxy back, with the Edgarbug stepping in to stop the peace happening so that his species can continue to live off the devastation and destruction of the war.
Clearly this was too much for some so they re-edited the film to take out the Baltains out and simply made it that the Edgarbug species wanted control of the galaxy from the Arquillian prince. They did this by redubbing the diner scene so that the two aliens were now speaking some foreign language with new exposition, redubbing the Frank the Pug scene to support it, and adding new graphics to the MIB HQ screen and having off screen dialogue added to shift the narrative.
These 3 scenes were included in the short making-of documentary on the DVD, so I've done my best to reincorporate them back to simulate what the original test audiences would of scene back in 1997 along with the few deleted scenes elsewhere on the disc
And also the alternate ending to Men in Black II is put in its appropriate place.
- Added extra beat with J at the chinese restaurant
- Extended MIB Audition shootout with some new dialogue
- Extended Miss Edleston scene on the MIB HQ screen
- Alternate diner scene with the Baltain and Arquillian dignitaries (formally 2 Arquillians)
- Extended scene of Edgar leaving the diner
- Added parametics taking the bodies away and sending the cat with them
- Alternate Frank the Pug scene with new exposition to support the Baltain and Arquillian plot
- Alternate scene at MIB HQ with the Baltain and Arquillian warships firing at Earth
- Added alternate ending and replaced what was formally there
"Interesting edits you guys have"
A favourite of mine, Men In Black is just one of those movies that only ever worked properly with just the one entry, all the other sequels, while enjoyable, often fall short of the mark, the edit for the first of these movies enhances and adds to what is already a very good and workable movie, Bobson adds in alternate scenes and expands others to give you an insight into the film's original vision. The scenes added are of a more raw visual quality but do not distract and are very well integrated.
This is definitely one of a thousand memories that I still want.
A major improvement of an already very enjoyable film.
This review is focused only on the extended edition of the first film. I loved the theatrical cut, and remember hearing something about reshoots - but didn't know just how different the TC was from the original. And now, thanks to Bobson's edit, I know what I've been missing all these years. I like the "new" (=original) narrative very much, and highly recommend watching it.
The edit is not perfect. While the editing is technically perfect (as always), there is a significant drop in quality as a result of using the PAL DVD source. It did not hurt my enjoyment, but it is a flaw in the edit.