Just a day after their impressive Oscar win for Best Animated Feature, which ended a Disney winning streak spanning nearly 13 years, Sony announced that the upcoming Blu-Ray release of their critically acclaimed film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will feature an alternate cut featuring footage that was left out of the original theatrical release. Of course, the theatrical version of the film was be included on the Blu-Ray as well.
While speaking to CinemaBlend, Spider-Verse Director Rodney Rothman explained that Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, “had an unusual among of material at every stage of production. So, an insane among of storyboard material, like insane, like break your high end edit systems insane. An insane amount of layout, an insane amount of finished animation that didn’t make it into the movie. An unusual amount.”
Not wanting this material to go to waste, Rothman and others came up with the idea of adding the alternate cut of the film to the Blu-Ray release. “So, the Alt-Universe Cut contains a bunch of that stuff that we chose not to put in the movie, but that in an alternate universe easily could have ended up in the movie. So, uh, that’s kind of the premise behind it.”
Few details have been released as to what is included in the alternate cut, but it has been confirmed that the relationship between Miles Morales and his roommate, Ganke Lee, will be featured in more detail. The previously released Spider-Ham short will be included on the Blu-Ray release as well.
This is great news for fans of the film since we will have to wait at least a few years before any sequel is released.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse lands on Digital outlets today, February 26th, 2019. The physical Blu-Ray release will hit shelves on March 19th, 2019.
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