In all the years I have been writing under CanMag this might be a first. Who want to talk about a film coming to DVD before it even reaches theaters? It sounds crazy, but Ben Stiller admits that there is so much hilarity to Tropic Thunder that they couldn't fit it all into a single, theater-ready film.
Tropic Thunder DVD Talk
Just in case you're still confused, no, Tropic Thunder hasn't hit theaters yet. The good people at FilmSchoolRejects have however caught up to Ben Stiller to discuss the film and what we can come to expect from the, wait for it, DVD.
In addition to that, the film will be released (whether on the same disc or separate discs has not been revealed) with an additional 18 minutes of footage for the director’s cut. Stiller mentioned that the original cut of the movie ran at about 3 hours long and lots of funny moments and entire scenes were lost due to time.
The Tropic Thunder DVD will also feature something a lot cooler than outakes, a feature Stiller is calling “Full Mags.” No, not bullets, but mags of film. While filming scenes the actors were often let loose on the parts, allowed to improvise and just keep going. Rather than stopping the camera from rolling, Stiller taped the entire process, sometimes expending a full mag or more on just one part of a scene, leaving him with a few seconds for the movie and 8 full minutes of other takes. This will let us watch the evolution of the scene and how actors take direction and learn from previous takes.
While I do feel weird saying this, the DVD does sound pretty cool. Check out the entire report on the Tropic Thunder DVD here.