Star Wars: Rogue One director explains why there's no deleted scenes on Blu-ray but it doesn't make a lot of sense

Behold, a list of all the Rogue One deleted scenes that you'll be able to see when the movie comes out on DVD and Blu-ray on April 4:

That's right, the home release of one of 2016's biggest films won't have a single deleted scene. Director Gareth Edwards told Fandango this is because the way the film was made wouldn't allow for a traditional collection of scenes.

"There's not an individual scene that you can drag and drop and put on a Blu-ray," Edwards said. "There are little things that would come and go during the process of post-production, but they're not scenes. They're more moments within the scenes, or a single shot. So it's impossible to be able to do that, and that's why the decision was made."

And it's… okay, it's not the worst excuse. Any film goes through reshoots and changes in post-production and Edwards has explained that he would often shoot - as he called it on the Director's Cut podcast - "loads of random shit." That's the story behind Jyn Erso in disguise, one of the trailer's most iconic shots; he just noticed that it looked cool, so they filmed it, never really intending it to be part of the final film.

"The stuff people talk about, like what they saw in the trailer, they're not scenes you can just put on a DVD," Edwards explained. "They're moments within scenes and threads, and you pull a thread and it all changes. It was changing the whole time. It's not like there was one version and then there was this other version -- it was like this thing that incrementally evolved constantly through all of post-production and didn't stop until there was a gun at our heads and we were forced to release the movie."

But still, it's not like those teensy moments are the only thing that was cut. Remember watching Jyn, Cassian, and K2 running in the trailer? Or Saw Gerrera asking, "If you continue to fight, what will you become?" Those aren't just pretty images or single moments. Maybe the deleted scenes were just too different and it would be confusing to include them. Or maybe we're just being given lip service until the scenes do reappear on the Ultra Special Mega Edition Blu-ray that will inevitably come out.

I mean, it's not like Star Wars movies haven't been tweaked post-release before.

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