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During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring 'the Martian' home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return.
Based on the novel by:
Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, Aditya Sood, Mark Huffam.
Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, Donald Glover, Mackenzie Davis, and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring "The Martian" home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney's safe return. Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, THE MARTIAN features a star studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.
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I had purchased the original Blu-ray when it was released. I doubt I would have purchased this again for only ten additional minutes of content except for the Amazon credit I needed to burn. Of course this is a no brainer if you are upgrading to Blu-ray or haven't purchased yet. I was unable to find an explanation online as to the actual extra scene content, so I have provided a synopsis here.
Most of the additional screen time relates to Mark Watney on the planet. Otherwise, there is a scene between Vincent and Annie after his press conference where she is unhappy with his performance. There is also a scene where the NASA group are discussing what Mark wrote in response to finding out they hadn't told the crew he was alive. This was supposedly changed for the movie to get the PG-13 theatrical rating. There is also a little more of Rich Purnell.
On Mars there are a number of scenes which just have a few seconds added on. This also relates to showing the lag in downtime with both Mark and NASA waiting for responses. There is a scene showing Commander Lewis letting Mark know they were coming for him. A couple of scenes where Mark decides to finish the work and experiments the crew were doing, and him doing that. A little additional time in the rover, and a section showing how he lived during the time it took him to get to the rocket.
There is four minutes of deleted scenes on disk two.
*Mark calculates rover time distances
*Hermes crew discuss sleeping arrangements
*Mark looks at Earth from Hermes with final VO
A good movie and an excellent looking picture. One of the few lately where the CGI doesn't look overdone.
I’ve already reviewed the theatrical release version on Blu-ray disc (BD) of “The Martian” here at Amazon. I think it’s a nearly perfect blend of drama, high adventure, suspense, comedy, and realistically futuristic technology. Starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Sean Bean, and based on Andy Weir’s novel of the same name, it tells the story of how an American astronaut, presumed killed in a violent sandstorm on Mars, is left behind to fight for his survival against incredibly long odds…
“The Martian Extended Edition” is a 2-BD set, with one disc containing both the theatrical release and extended edition of Scott’s feature film, and the other containing a wide variety of excellent special features – most of which are brand new. The extended edition is 151 minutes long and adds about 10 minutes of footage to the theatrical release. Most of the extra footage shows astronaut Mark Watney’s heroic efforts to survive on Mars long enough for someone to come and rescue him. A few minutes are added to various scenes back on earth at Mission Control.
I didn’t see any significant differences between the extended and theatrical versions of the film, so I’m a bit undecided as to whether or not my purchase of “The Martian Extended Edition” was worth the extra money I paid for it. However, if there were anything that does make my purchase worthwhile, it would have to be that supplemental “Special Features” disc included in this 2-BD set. I thought the bonus features were all very entertaining, interesting, and helpful in enhancing my enjoyment of the feature film. Highly recommended for both the feature film and the outstanding bonus features.
Of course there are lots of other reviews that cover the story line about leaving Mark Watney on Mars thinking wrongly he had died. From there it's a tale of survival with lots of twists and turns. along the way. I'll focus on my experience with the extended edition differences.
So, the extended edition adds about 10 minutes and I read 11 scenes. Having seen the theatrical 3 times I picked out 6 of these pretty readily. Trying not to be a spoiler... Mostly I noticed scenes providing more story detail on Mars, at least one on Hermes and a couple on earth. If you turn on the commentary the longer scenes are obvious by their absence of commentary.
Speaking of commentary - I thought it was quite interesting with the tie-in to Lawrence of Arabia and discussion of how the laws of physics were compromised in the name of theatrical expediency. The commentary is by Ridley Scott and author of the book and the screen writer. Listening to it seems clear to me that Scott's commentary was recorded separately from the writers and interleaved with the writers' voices. Seemed a little strange till I caught on to it.
I can see why some of the extended scenes were not in the theatrical release as they affect the pacing of the film. BUT, I'm glad to have them to see. I was already a fan and happy to get any more of the movie I could. Add to that the excellent quality of the 4K/UHD version and my expectations have been well exceeded. I think it should be pretty obvious I think the 4K extended edition of the Martian is definitely 5 stars.