Monday, July 25, 2011

Tractor Tire Award of the Week - Captain America

Have you ever watched a trailer and had that one scene, that one shot that made you go "Wow, that was cool!"? Or maybe there was something you saw that stuck with you, something that for some reason was in the back of your head and despite how insignificant it was you were waiting for it to show up in the final cut of the film. But when you watched the movie that scene was nowhere to be found or has been altered in a significant way. Well, that is what the Tractor Tire Award of the Week is all about. We try to track down those scenes that didn't make it into the final version of the film and make sense of them. Where in the film was it supposed to be? Why might it have been cut? Why has it been changed? We may not always have the answers for you but at least you will have your piece of mind and know that you aren't crazy. So, this weeks award goes to Captain America!

Cut Scene #1

Steve gets a close up that wasn't in the movie.

Cut Scene #2

And yet another close up that was nowhere to be found.

In the finished film the entire scene with Steve Rogers undergoing his procedure was just as it was in the trailer. Except that is for the close ups of him while he is inside the capsule. The first image a close up of Steve when he asks Dr. Erskine if it is too late to go to the bathroom. In the film that is all done without a look inside the little capsule window. The second image is when Stark reaches the 70% mark on the generators and Steve begins to cry out in pain. I don't question for a second why these were changed for the finished film, part of the intensity of that scene was not knowing what exactly was going on inside that capsule. So both these shots are pretty much throw aways that will most likely never make it into any deleted scenes section on the inevitable blu-ray disc and they certainly are not missed.

Cut Scene #3

Peggy meets up with Steve at the docks.

This missing scene is a little more interesting but still not very relevant in the grand scheme of things. It most definitely takes place just after Steve captures the Hydra agent and throws him up on to the docks where the agent then proceeds to kill himself. This shot seems to imply that Peggy was running after Steve during that entire chase and tracked him down (which wouldn't be too hard given the destruction in his wake). While there is really no need for the scene from what I can tell it perhaps could have been a moment where Peggy reacts to Steve's new powers or it could have just as easily been just a quick glance as demonstrated in the trailer. Either way it is a sad if inconsequential loss (we could all use some more Peggy in our lives) that will likely not effect anything in the long run.

Cut Scene #1 1:00
Cut Scene #2 1:03
Cut Scene #3 1:19


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