I got the 2 DVD Special Edition–note, why not just make them all 2 DVD sets? Seriously. I hate all this Special Edition shit–Set of the 6th Harry Potter movie. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I reviewed it here. I started with the second DVD, the one with the special features, because we all know the reason I buy the DVD set in the first place: moar Alan Rickman!
Now, I realize the stupidity of this wish because the HP movies are kids movies, thus, most of the focus is on the trio and their friends. Still, I always hope for one deleted Snape scene. Just one. That’s not too much to ask, is it? I mean, I know that Alan Rickman is perfection itself and that to delete one of his scenes would be a travesty, but really! One snippet, one quote from him, any scrap I can get.
I slog my way through the painfully unfunny behind-the-scenes shtick. The actual behind-the-scenes look is interesting, but the patter that accompanies it is cringe-worthy. I work my way through (doing my exercise, to the soundtrack of Hedwig and the Angry Inch) a grinning Tom Felton (Draco) asking his costars a variety of questions. I start the commercial for the Harry Potter theme park in Orlando (is Alan Rickman going to be there? No? Then who the fuck cares?), but since they don’t actually show the theme park, I get bored and fast-forward through it.
Finally, I watched the deleted scenes. Mostly of the kids. I am getting gloomier and gloomier as each deleted scene goes by with nary a hint of Alan Rickman. Then, in the penultimate (I think) scene, ooooooooooh! There he is! Dark, gloomy, and the light shines upon Snape, his dark eyes glittering….Will he speak? Is he going to speak? Oh, please let him—and cut to Draco. Damn!
May I just say that for such a freaking goldmine of a series, they have, quite possibly, some of the shittiest special features ever? It’s been that way since the first movie, and I have a feeling it will continue through the last. Seriously. Oh, there was a trailer for the seventh movie, which is slated to come out in November, but will probably be delayed as all the other movies have been, and that was OK.
I did like seeing how the kids have grown up and shit like that, but really! Pay me a couple thou, and I will come up with better special features!
And, yes, I know it’s my own damn fault that I buy the damn DVD sets, but what can I do? I am hopelessly enthralled by Alan Rickman, and after buying the first three movies, I have to buy the rest (hi, OCD issues!). When I lived in the East Bay, I had a crush on a housemate against my will. He was also Taiwanese American, but he was pretty much exactly opposite of what I would seek in a partner. He was fastidious, depressed (I’m the depressed one, thankyewverymuch), fussy, an aesthete, a spartan, and just uptight in general. He wasn’t even physically my type. Yet, I wanted him desperately. Let me tell you, it sucks to lust over someone against your own damn will.
My friendly obsession with Alan Rickman is a happy one. I have no qualms with it–except, it means I have to keep buying the damn Harry Potter DVD sets and that I have to keep being disappointed by the lack of Alan Rickman in said DVD sets. In addition, I am reaching the end of my Rickman oeuvre, and he’s not working fast enough to expand my viewing pleasure. Oh well. I can just keep watching this video instead.
P.S. I will watch the actual movie again in the next day or ten, and I may or may not do a review of the actual movie.