*** Official THE DESCENT Discussion Thread

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  1. Simon Massey

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    Interesting - this was released in the UK some time ago and is now on DVD. Have they changed the ending for the US release ?

    The original ending was this
    you thing the heroine has got out but then it suddenly cuts back to her still in the cave as the camera pulls back.
     
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    Yeah, the delay is weird because unlike most of the crap Lion's Gate releases, the reviews from the UK on this movie have been consistently very high [​IMG] You'd think they'd have wanted to get it out there sooner instead of sitting on it for a year.

    They've also reportedly made some trims to the gore in the film, which makes the tv ads gloating about the film's "over the edge" bloodiness kind of ironic [​IMG]

    I'm really looking forward to seeing it, though. From the way people I know have reacted to the glimpses of the cave, they wouldn't even have needed to have the monsters in there. Claustrophobia would have been enough.
     
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    Yes, Simon. They basically just cut that last 2 minutes out.

    I just ordered the UK DVD with DTS. Awesome!
     
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    Seeing this Friday because my crazy woman is forcing me to accompany her so she can feed her irrational obsession with mutant/ninja/redneck/imbred/immortal attack movies
     
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    My guess on the delay was in deference to last years release 'The Cave' (Sony) which was very similarly themed and resulted in a box office bomb. Though I enjoyed it on DVD.
     
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    I just read an interview with director Neil Marshall on ComingSoon.net where he said Lion's Gate wanted to put some space between "The Descent" and the bigger-budget, bigger disaster, "The Cave." Hence the release delay.
     
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    I was kind of confused by the theatrical ending, but the UK ending that I saw on YouTube helped clear that out. Why do studios think things need to be different from the original version?
     
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    Dog Soldiers is indeed a much better film.
     
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    Probably because Liongate test-marketed it and found that people wanted a more uplifting ending to Sarah's story given her past tragedies (spotlighted at the start of the film), so they cut it at the last scene for the US ending instead of letting it run with the UK's ending which is a smidge longer and ends on a more pessimistic note.
     
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    Always interesting to hear varied opinions. I really disliked Dog Soldiers.
     
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    I read they changed the ending because audiences didn't dig the ending in the UK and it hurt the Box Office.
     
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    I had no Knowledge going in that there was an alternate ending. I could definitely tell that there was something not right with the one in the film.

    The alternate ending is much better.
     
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    First off I loved the film. Solid thru and thru.

    Regarding the ending, I'm a bit confused. I just came back from seeing it and the very last-last-shot was Sarah still in the cave.

    It was clear to me that she didn't escape and just imagined it.

    Anyone else catch this??
     
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    Just watched the original ending and indeed it was more downbeat, but still..the theatrical ending was by no means a "happy" one.
     
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    You guys really need to use spoiler tags, particularly for a movie like this.

    And the U.S. and U.K. endings are drastically different. For anyone who only saw the U.S. ending,
    the U.K. ending is viewable here to see what we missed. (I think this original ending was much, much better)

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    I thought spoiler tags were for before the film was released - its out now so we should be free to discuss it. If you look at my previous post I did use spoilers before it was released but its out now.
     
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    I thought this was a solid film. I don't hate the new ending, but the old one is superior. The new ending still works for me because it indicates that Sarah will be haunted by her guilt, as well as what happened to her husband and kid.
     
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    Brett .. wish you would have used a spoiler alert.
     

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