Released this week on Blu-ray and DVD, It is obviously a must have disc as it’s one of the best adaptations of Stephen King’s work (it’s right up there with The Shawshank Redemption and Stand By Me).
Though both versions come with several featurettes (“The Losers Club,” “Author of Fear,” “Pennywise Lives!”), the biggest addition for this initial version of the release lie in the deleted scenes. Be warned, there are spoilers in the succeeding paragraphs!
The biggest deleted scene is an alternate ending to It, as Bill (Jaeden Lieberher) goes off on a vacation with his parents, and it’s a trip that the family argued over since it meant a great deal to Bill’s late brother Georgie (this argument is also a deleted sequence). Both scenes add more depth to Bill’s relationship with his family, but by cutting both sequences director Andy Muschietti narrowed his focus on the children.
Click on the media bar to hear Stephen King talk about why It is a special movie:
Even by placing the kids front and center in the film, there are a couple of kids who get a short shrift with their characters. Stanley Uris (Wyatt Oleff) is seen earlier practicing for his bar mitzvah and being pressured by his father, but unfortunately his character is the least developed out of the Losers’ Club by the film’s closing moments. Viewers who wanted more of Stan will be happy to see he delivers an impassioned speech at his bar mitzvah in a scene that ties together respective struggles of the Losers’ Club when they are temporarily separated. It’s understandable that, with a running time of 135 minutes, various scenes would be left on the cutting room floor and it’s great they’re now available for viewing.