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Official ad copy about the new Legend of the Guardians DVD release was ambiguous about any Hugo Weaving-related extras… only David Wenham (Digger) is mentioned as narrating an extra on owls in the natural world. But I did notice a “bonus scene” mentioned, and knew at least one snippet of Hugo’s narration (and part of a scene) appeared in the film trailer but not the film. I did get the DVD/Blu-Ray combo pack for Christmas, but I don’t yet have a Blu-Ray player, and all but two of the bonus featurettes are Blu-Ray only. (To add to the confusion, there are both 3D and 2D versions of the Blu-Ray.)
But, fear not, because someone has taken pity on us fans and uploaded the Rise of the Guardians featurette to YouTube. In glorious HD, at that. 😉 As I’d hoped, it is indeed a deleted scene featuring Noctus (Hugo’s barn owl character, father of the hero Soren) telling his owlets the backstory of the Guardians of Ga’Hoole, including the Battle of the Ice Claws constantly referenced in the film but never shown. (It was a defining moment for both Ezylryb (Geoffrey Rush) and Metalbeak (Joel Edgerton).) You’ll recognize the funny bit at the end from the trailer. I don’t think Warner Bros officially posted this, so see it while you can, if you get my drift. This definitely should have been in the film, and effectively doubles the size of Noctus’ role. 😉
I do recommend seeing the film/buying the DVD in Blu-Ray or 3D Blu-Ray if you can, as it’s visually spectacular. Have a Happy New Year– hopefully we’ll get official word on The Hobbit and a US run for Uncle Vanya soon. 🙂