this is what the bonus features are according to the official website. deleted scenes Some featurettes about special effect, characters, set design, stunts ect. then there is something called children of men comments by slavoj zizek. I'M not sure exactly what it is but sounds like scene specific commentary. so is this a bare bones, not exactly. Much like the prestiege dvd which has some very good and interesting featurettes, but no commentary. buy the DVD if a better version comes out rent it for the extra features which most people only watch once, youll save money, most of the extra latent dvds are at least 10 dollars more.
First up we get three deleted scenes that run around 2 minutes. While none of them are essential at least two amplify the desperate situation that Theo finds himself in; one features Theo's apartment manager showing up at his door for four months past due rent while another continues Theo's meeting with his cousin who is a member of the government and collects artwork. *** We also get "Children of Men Comments by philosopher Slavoj Zizek" which most folks are going to skip. While some of his observations are interesting, they're the type of observations that you'd hear in a basic philosophy class. I suppose they are included to give legitimacy to this science fiction film but his comments aren't necessary to recognize the power of this film. *** "Under Attack" highlights the long takes used throughout the film. We hear from star Owen, director Cuarón and the producers discussing the difficulty in shooting the action sequences with these long fluid takes shot on location. Cuarón's vision for the film required constant camera movement which doesn't allow the filmmakers to fake it as they might normally. In particular we see the sequence where Theo, his ex-wife and others attacked in the country in their car and how it was put together with physical effects allowing for a 12 minute uninterrupted take. *** "Theo and Julian" allows us to hear the actors Julianne Moore and Clive Owen's thoughts on their character. Director Cuarón also chimes in on the collaborative nature of creating a character with his actors and integrating their suggestions into an already finished script. It's clear that he relishes the collaborative nature of film and that the performers that have worked with him enjoyed the project as well. *** "Futuristic Design" focuses on the production design with comments by producer Hilary Shor and how they had to straddle the line between the futuristic look of the film while also grounding it in our world. Jim Clay and Jennifer Williams the production designer and set designer respectively discuss how the natural instinct is to go for a visually strong look for a science fiction film. He suggested they fight that instinct create and use ugly environments that refer to our current world to bring home the gritty reality of the film as much as possible. Using London as their background the designers created a world that is as old and tired looking reflecting the biological sterility facing mankind but also reflects a world that is at the brink of collapse. *** "Visual Effects: Creating the Baby" highlights the delivery scene in the film. Created with CGI this sequence was difficult to shoot because they couldn't use a real baby for the sequence and had to use a combination of prosthetics, CGI and physical effects to create the sequence. Small details such as Theo's breath in the freezing room where the baby is delivered were created in post-production and digitally inserted.