20 MINUTES OF DELETED SCENES FROM “THE MASTER”
Anyone who watched (and re-watched and re-watched) the trailers for “The Master” knows that writer / director / superhero Paul Thomas Anderson shot a whole bunch of footage that didn’t quite make its way into the theatrical cut of the film. A few months after “The Master” made its initial splash, PTA presented the film at LACMA alongside a 20-minute reel of deleted scenes, which he had cut together into a nicely paced and fully scored assembly. The reel was included as a bit of bonus material on the DVD and Blu-Ray (in stores now), and now — inevitably — it has made its way onto YouTube.
The reel is a treat for fans of the film, and perhaps even more essential viewing for those who were frustrated by the beguiling bromance between WWII vet Freddie Quell and neo-mystic religious figure Lancaster Dodd. And be sure to stick around for the whole thing, as the package ends with a “blooper” from the famous Processing scene, a fit of uncontrollable laughter that reveals just how fluidly Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman were able to slip in and out of these indelible characters.