Here’s What’s New On The Martian Extended Edition Blu-ray
We’ve already seen and dug The Martian at TIFF, in theatres, and on Blu-ray, but that isn’t going to stop us from bringing Matt Damon home yet again with Fox’s newly released extended edition Blu-ray, 4K UHD, DVD, and Digital HD. You might be wondering what these 10 minutes of extra material might bring to the table, and we’re here to tell you just that. And if that’s not enough, we’ll also get into the sweet new bonus features included on this two-disc set.
1. Around 20 minutes in, we see Damons’ Mark Watney waking up and assessing his newfound situation.
2. 16 minutes later, Mark doses off during his first series of survival experiments. He’s understandably tired.
3. At the film’s 40-minute mark, Kristen Wiig’s Annie Montrose scolds Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Vincent Kapoor for his whole “bring him home alive” speech. We also learn how she’s stuck paying alimony to two ex-husbands, who are clearly “deadbeats.”
4. Just shy of an hour into the film, we get a humourous look at the fractured communication between Mark and Earth.
5. One hour and 13 minutes in, we get to see Mark science the shit out of some holes in the plastic sealing his precious potato film.
6. A few minutes later, we learn a bit more about Donald Glover’s Rich Purnell and his master plan to bring Mark home.
7. At around the 90 minute mark, we get to watch Mark insult Michael Peña’s Rick Martinez and hurl some jokes towards the camera.
8. Just shy of two hours in, Mark inflates the Ares IV tent and enjoys a quiet meal.
9. Moments later, Jessica Chastain’s Commander Lewis talks to Rick about the many times he killed Mark in the rescue simulator. Inspiring!
There are also three deleted scenes included, totally four minutes. Not sure why there weren’t included in the extended cut, but we’ll take ‘em however we can get ‘em. Scene one sees Mark calculating the travel distances on Mars; scene two gives us a more intimate glimpse of the relationship between Kate Mara’s Beth Johansson and Sebastian Stan’s Chris Beck; scene three offers an alternate voice-over of Mark on his first free day back on Earth. Here’s a taste:
More new material includes a rock-solid new commentary with author Andy Weir, screenwriter Drew Goddard, and director Ridley Scott, who’s spliced into the mix from another recording. If you’re looking for some in-depth intel on the film, this commentary is for you.
If you really want to learn everything about the film’s production, The Long Way Home: Making the Martian is an incredibly dense 80-minute documentary. Split into six parts, two of which were on the previous Blu-ray, it features a ridiculously impressive roster of talent, including cast members Matt Damon, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jessica Chastain, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, Jeff Daniels, Kristen Wiig, Sean Bean, as well as astronaut adviser Rudi Schmidt, NASA Planetary Science Division director James Green, FX technician Glenn Marsh, cinematographer Dariusz Wolski, stunt coordinator Rob Inch, and many, MANY more talking heads. To be honest, this is even more essential than the extended footage.
The final new extra is an extremely robust three-parter called Investigating Mars, which deals with the legit science shown off in the film and NASA’s big plans with Mars travel. The second part is over two hours and features panels with Bill Nye, The Martian author Andrew Weir, and tonnes of other science-y peeps.
On top of all this, basically every extra from the previous Blu-ray is included here. Who on planet Earth doesn’t love a good gag reel?