Ad Astra is now available on digital, and arrives on Blu-ray soon. The home media release of the James Gray-directed sci-fi film features two deleted scenes, one of which is an epilogue featuring Liv Tyler‘s character. Tyler didn’t exactly have much screentime in the theatrical release, so if you were hoping for more of her, here’s your chance. Check out the Ad Astradeleted scene below. Spoilers follow.
After a journey into space, Brad Pitt returns home to his wife Liv Tyler and daughter. This deleted epilogue has the characters sharing a moment together, and while it might not have been needed in the film itself, it still serves as a nice, quiet coda to the journey. In Ad Astra, Pitt plays Roy McBride, a major in U.S. Space Command who venters “on a daring mission to Neptune to uncover the truth about his missing father and a mysterious power surge that threatens the stability of the universe.” Tommy Lee Jones also stars as Roy’s father, Clifford, who vanished on a voyage into deep space thirty years ago, and was believed to be dead.
Ad Astra is now available on digital and arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD December 17. A full list of special features is below.
Deleted Scenes with Optional Audio Commentary by James Gray “The Void” “Epilogue” To the Stars A Man Named Roy The Crew of the Cepheus The Art of Ad Astra Reach for the Stars Audio Commentary by Director James Gray* Space Age: The VFX**
On Friday, the world lost a music legend when Kenny Rogers passed away at 81 years old. To honor the Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, Golden Globe nominee, and fried chicken enthusiast, actor Ryan Reynolds shared a deleted scene from Deadpool where the Merc with a Mouth sings Rogers’ quintessential song “The Gambler.”
In a series of Instagram Stories, all collected below, Reynolds showed the sequence where Deadpool beats up Ajax on a highway. “During the edit of Deadpool 1, we kept messing around with Deadpool singing Kenny Rogers, THE GAMBLER while putting the beat down on Ajax,” he wrote. “It didn’t make the cut. But it sure made me smile.” The concept was eventually dropped, however, in favor of Deadpool saying, “A hush falls over the crowd. Rookie sensation Wade W. Wilson out of Regina, Saskatchewan lines up the shot,” and “and that’s why Regina rhymes with fun. Ladies and gentlemen, what you’re witnessing is sweet, dick-kicking revenge.” Should’ve kept the Gambler.
Deadpool aka @VancityReynolds singing @_KennyRogers. I wish they had kept this in the first movie. #RIPKennyRogers pic.twitter.com/z54KOxBL7b
— _-_-_-_ a disappearing boy_-_-_-_ @ChalametTheGod March 22, 2020
Ryan Reynolds and his wife Blake Lively recently made a $1 million donation to coronavirus relief, while also taking a good-humored jab at Hugh Jackman. “Covid-19 has brutally impacted older adults and low income families. Blake & I are donating $1 million to be split between FEEDING AMERICA and FOOD BANKS CANADA. If you can give, these orgs need our help,” he wrote. “Take care of your bodies and hearts. Leave room for joy. Call someone who’s isolated and might need connection. Hugh Jackman’s # is 1-555-????-HUGH.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson tried and failed this week to call out a mistake in Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival,” but he next took a swing at the science behind James Gray’s “Ad Astra.” Gray’s science-fiction drama stars Brad Pitt — as the son of a legendary astronaut — who ventures through the solar system toward Neptune to discover the truth behind his father’s disappearance. The film opened last fall to critical acclaim and $132 million at the worldwide box office — leading to a Sound Mixing Oscar nomination. As this is a film from the director of “Two Lovers” and “The Lost City of Z,” “Ad Astra” often prioritizes character drama over science, so it’s no surprise to hear some of Tyson’s criticisms. The astrophysicist has the biggest issues, in particular, with the moon sequence in “Ad Astra.”
“The film ‘Ad Astra’ showed an excellent lunar landscape,” Tyson wrote on Twitter. “Desolate. Without color. Bright in sunlight. Dark in shadows. Daytime starry skies. Except the length of shadows should have been much longer, extending in front of them, just before crossing to the Moon’s darkened far side.”
Tyson argues the shadows of the characters and vehicles would be greater on the moon than what’s depicted in “Ad Astra,” and he writes the view of Earth would also be different. “They announce the Moon is almost full, yet a ‘blue marble’ gibbous Earth hangs in the sky — a geometric impossibility,” he writes. “During full Moon, from the Moon, you would ‘see’ only the un-illuminated nighttime side of Earth, or at most, a very thin crescent.”
As for the moon pirates, Tyson joked, “Moon Pirates? What are they thinking?” he asked. “Buried treasures on the Moon? If the Pirates knew how expensive it is to be a Pirate in space, they might have just stayed on Earth and become investment bankers.”
“Ad Astra” is now available to rent or buy on digital platforms.
The film “Ad Astra” showed an excellent lunar landscape. Desolate. Without color. Bright in sunlight. Dark in shadows. Daytime starry skies. Except the length of shadows should have been much longer, extending in front of them, just before crossing to the Moon’s darkened far side pic.twitter.com/xgn5PpLWkY
— Neil deGrasse Tyson @neiltyson February 27, 2020
The film “Ad Astra” loves showing weightless astronauts. But space is not inherently weightless. If your engines fire constantly because you’re in a hurry to get to the Moon or to Mars, then the acceleration creates artificial gravity — at the rear-end of the ship. Always.