X-Men: Dark Phoenix - The Cosmic Cut
All deleted and extended scenes, plus an alternate ending have been masterfully reintegrated into the movie. adding 5 new scenes and 4 more minutes of footage.
- Xperiments From Dark Phoenix and Dark Phoenix (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Hans Zimmer
- Unused Deleted Scenes and Alternate Ending
- Director Simon Kinberg and Producer Butch Parker Commentary on Deleted Scenes
- Before and After Colour Correction on Deleted Scenes
- Added Prof X coming home from the fancy dinner and seeing the aftermath of Jean's episode
- Added Cyclops telling the team what the Jean mission is, and Mystique and Beast talking about it potentially going sideways
- Added Prof X and Cyclops seeing the X-Jet hanger empty after Beast takes off for Genosha
- Added Prof X talking to Mystique's grave about what he had done wrong before he leaves the school
Virtually all of the criticism this movie gets, while maybe fair (in some cases), boils down to studio interference. This movie may not be the perfect send off of the X-Men franchise, but it's a solid addition to the universe. With no chance of the sinister mouse releasing any thing remotely close a director's cut, there is absolutely no better way to watch Dark Phoenix than Bobson Dugnutt's Cosmic Cut. While the added scenes don't jurastically change the movie, they sure let the film breathe a little.
Wasn't my favorite X-Men movie. However, I found this version somewhat more watchable than the original. Thank you Bobson Dugnutt!
I didn't go and see the film in the cinema, I waited for home release and then I watched the blu ray - I didn't like it but I had the full X-men collection.
Then I waited several months before watching this edit. When I watch a film that's forgettable, I always worry when I watch an edit many months later that I won't spot the additions, in edits where a film has been trimmed I find it advantageous to the editor because I'm less likely to spot their handiwork. But even with this passage of time I was able to recognise where some of the restored scenes were. And Those four minutes actually make something of a difference, after watching the edit I realised how hard I had initially come down on Dark Phoenix. It is a flawed film and not quite the swansong we wanted for the fox-studios mutants. But I feel it is actually a better film than Apocalypse with Charles, Jean and Beast getting their due.
I do recommend this to fans of the previous films, maybe not a newcomer, but perhaps someone like me who thought the theatrical cut was just ho-hum.
As a big fan of the X-Men First Class series I thoroughly enjoyed this edit. With so little extra footage to work with, it should noted that this edit only adds a little, but it goes a long way to enhance engagement with the characters' emotional arcs and to improve the break-neck pace of the theatrical edition. The Theatrical cut I feel lost a lot of its punch by rarely allowing the characters to grapple with or react to the things going on. The ending of this film remains, for me, its weakest point, failing to adequately conclude the series, purely because its so rushed. But the addition of Charles speech at Raven's grave does a lot to round out his character arc and make the film feel like more of a conclusion.
On a technical level a couple of the added scenes were noticeable by visual transitions that felt slightly off. I even think I noticed a frame jump at one point. But generally the new scenes are very well integrated and fit naturally in with the film. The deleted scenes audio is different to the main film however, and the difference meant I had to turn down the volume every time a deleted scene came on.
If, like me, you're a fan of these characters I'd recommend this for its added value. But if you weren't pleased with DP in theaters you'll find little more satisfaction here.