The western/sci-fi mash-up gone wrong called Cowboys & Aliens is heading to Blu-ray on December 6th and it will come with an extended edition that features 17 extra minutes. This new cut could perhaps save the film from its very weak story. I’m hoping that the theatrical cut was just an example of poor editing and not poor filmmaking by director Jon Favreau, who directed Iron Man and its horrible sequel. I don’t recall the last time I gave credit to Harrison Ford for providing the best performance in a movie, but Cowboys & Aliens could have been a lot worse had he not been present.
Daniel Craig wonders around aimlessly as a drifter who forgot his past while Olivia Wilde plays the wildcard with a set of big eyes. Wilson reviewed the film when it originally came out in theaters, check it out right here.
As for the Blu-ray, it looks like the film will also contain the theatrical edition plus a boat load of special features. Check them out below, thanks to Blu-ray.com
- Igniting the Sky: The Making of Cowboys and Aliens: A behind-the-scenes look at the film featuring conversations with Jon Favreau, Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, and stars Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig and Olivia Wilde.
- Finding the Story: Featurette on the decade long development cycle for Cowboys and Aliens.
- The Scope of the Spectacle: A look at how the crew staged and photographed the film’s numerous action sequences.
- Outer-space Icon: Featurette on the special effects created by Legacy Effects and Industrial Light and Magic.
- Audio Commentary with Director Jon Favreau.
- A Call to Action: A profile of actor/writer/director Jon Favreau featuring on-set video diaries.
- Absolution: A look at the practical re-creation of a dusty Old West mining town, the town’s inhabitants and the ensemble of actors who portray them, as well as a look at the film’s meticulous production and costume designs.
- Conversations with Jon Favreau: Promotional interviews conducted by Favreau. Interviewees include Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci, and Damon Lindelof.
- Universal’s Second Screen