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So, due to circumstances beyond my control, I was unable to get the RENT DVD until last night at around nine. Everywhere I went last night around my place was sold out, so my dad picked it up for me on his way home from work -- apparently it's more popular on DVD than it was in the theater around here because he said he had to go to four different stores before he found a copy, and he got the LAST ONE at the Rogers by his work. Wow!

I watched it with my best friend tonight, and despite her hollering 'MOVIE OVER' when 'Without You' started playing, it was a wonderful experience to share with her. She was hugging my stuffed bear Collins, and I was hugging my plushie puppy Angel throughout the entire ending. I honestly thought I wouldn't react to the movie as strongly as I did in the theaters -- that's just the way it always is with me. I cried like a baby during Moulin Rouge in the theater, but when I watch the DVD I barely shed a tear anymore. But I wasn't disappointed with RENT -- it was just as incredible on the TV as it was on the silver screen. My mum even stepped in at the beginning, on her way to work, and during 'Tango Maureen' she said she got chills. During the beginning, when the actors were lined up on stage singing 'Seasons Of Love', she said that Wilson was her favorite. Then when Angel was playing his drums the first time, she said 'Oh, I like him too!' and I had to stop and go 'aww' at her because she's so adorably thick sometimes. But good for her, loving Wils / Angel right away. Sigh, my mum has good taste.

The DVD itself is beautiful. The menu is wonderful, and it's put together perfectly.

The deleted scenes were perfect. Parts that I was disappointed that weren't in the actual movie were there -- Benny paying for the funeral and admitting he knew that Angel was the one who killed Evita, the 'Halloween' scene, the second half of 'Goodbye Love' -- and that made me feel all together better about Chris.

The alternate ending was... nerve wracking, and incredibly emotional as well. Here I am, reeling from the movie the way I always am, and my friend said "Wouldn't it be great if the alternate ending was... Angel comes back?" And then there was the stage shot, with Angel's spot empty, and I was terribly upset. I believe my exact words were 'WORST THING EVER' as I cried and clung to Angel!puppy. And then I saw Mimi turn and grin and Angel walked out and... I'll admit it. I screamed and kicked my feet around. I then looked at Chrissy and started hyperventilating, saying things like "Oh my god!" and "Best ending EVER!". When Collins touched Angel's hand, I was gone. Weeping again like the sap that I am.

I suppose I can understand why they cut what they did, and why they didn't use the ending, but it still would have been great to see the movie complete.

I haven't gotten through the entire featurette yet -- I was too much a wreck. The second Jonathan Larson came onto the screen, my already fragile self shattered once more, and I just stared at the screen blankly, tears running down my face. I think I scared my friend out of her wits, because she couldn't understand why I suddenly looked like I had no brain. I got about halfway through the first part before I had to turn it off, because I couldn't see through my tears anymore.

All in all, an extraordinary DVD experience. Completely beautiful, and completely worth the wait I feel. Something that will proudly be displayed for as long as I have someplace to put it.

You know, there are times when we're dirt broke, and hungry, and freezing... and I ask myself... why the hell am I still living here? And then they call. And I remember."


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Feb. 24th, 2006 02:32 am (UTC)
Oh my goodness, I was an absolute puddle at the alternate ending, where Angel touches Collins' hand. They just make me so happy! And I liked where Benny pays for Angel's funeral... He's so much more likeable than in the musical.

I think I was less-than-impressed with the "Halloween" scene, and I can understand why they cut it. I just didn't get the emotion from Mark that I came to expect when listening to the soundtrack. Seemed a potentially great look into his character that fell flat.

But yeah. Ee, RENT! *squeeee*
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