Having raked in over $150M on a sub-$5M budget and with a near-perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes, it's possible that Jordan Peele's Get Out will end up being the success story of 2017. The film, a socially-conscious horror film whose very existence is somewhat miraculous, has also positioned itself as this year's thriller to beat, and there's every reason to believe it'll sell like hotcakes once it hits DVD and Blu-ray on May 23rd.
What'll you get when you purchase that Blu-ray? Quite a bit. Here's a rundown, via The Playlist:
- Alternate Ending with Commentary by Writer/Director Jordan Peele
- Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Writer/Director Jordan Peele
- Unveiling the Horror of Get Out: Go behind-the-scenes for the making of Get Out
- Q&A Discussion with Writer/Director Jordan Peele and the Cast: Director/Writer Jordan Peele sits down with the cast to answer fan questions on the film hosted by Chance the Rapper.
- Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Jordan Peele
All of these bonus features sound worth dipping into (particularly that commentary track; that's probably gonna be something else), but the "Alternate Ending" should be of particular interest. We've known for some time that Get Out's original ending was much darker/less hopeful, and this may be it.
Here's what Peele had to say about the original ending, in an interview on the Another Round podcast in the lead-up to Get Out's release:
"In the beginning when I was first making this movie the idea was, ‘OK, we’re in this post-racial world, apparently. That was the whole idea. People were saying, ‘We’ve got Obama so racism is over, let’s not talk about it.’ That’s what the movie was meant to address. Like look, you recognize this interaction. These are all clues, if you don’t already know, that racism isn’t over ... So the ending in that era was meant to say, look, ‘You think race isn’t an issue? Well at the end, we all know this is how this movie would end right here.’
It was very clear that the ending needed to transform into something that gives us a hero, that gives us an escape, gives us a positive feeling when we leave this movie ... There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing the audience go crazy when Rod shows up."
While we're glad that Peele went with the more hopeful theatrical ending (for a number of reasons), I think it goes without saying that we would 100% check out the alternate version if given the opportunity to do so. Guess we'll find out if this is it when Get Out hits Blu-ray on May 23rd.
There's a link below to pick one up for yourself, if you haven't already.