It’s no secret that Scott Cooper’s “Crazy Heart” took a long and strange journey to the big screen. Cooper had initially tried to make the film come together with Bridges, but only got him to commit after producer and songwriter T-Bone Burnett came on board. And even with talent like Burnett and stars such as Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Robert Duvall (also a producer) in the fold, “Heart” had issues getting distribution. An early cut of the drama was screened for a number of potential suitors including Paramount Pictures who passed, but the film they saw was not what eventually hit theaters. Cooper re-edited the film trimming a lot of the fat along the way. Which was a very good thing. Especially for Bridges — who won his first Academy Award — and Fox Searchlight who has grossed almost $40 million off the $7 million budgeted flick.
Still, when “Crazy Heart” hits DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow, it will feature a slew of deleted scenes. These cuts inform the audience more about the characters and the life of Bad Blake (Bridges), but in the long run weren’t necessary for the cohesive dramatic arc of the flick. That’s not to say, however, that some of these scenes aren’t intriguing. HitFix has been provided one exclusive deleted scene which finds Bad Blake meeting his estranged grown up son mentioned throughout the course of the picture. It’s unclear where besides the third act the scene was intended, but it demonstrates the new responsible nature of Blake. In all, the Blu-ray version of “Crazy Heart” includes 10 deleted scenes or alternate cuts, while the DVD version has just six.
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“Crazy Heart” hits DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday April, 20.