With physical media on the decline and Blockbuster Video locations magically transforming into Blockbuster-shaped toilets for homeless people, DVDs are now basically fancy drink coasters that you stupidly paid $30 for. That's too bad, if for no other reason than the loss of the "deleted scenes" feature.
Most of the time, these scenes are nothing but inconsequential little things, like Tom Cruise running down a hallway or Jim Carrey doing five less-funny takes than the one that wound up in the final movie. But other times, they are oddly inappropriate moments which prove that the right cut can save a whole movie. Or at least, save a lot of viewers from turning to their date and saying, "Wait, did that just happen?"
Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan -- A Toddler Gets Exploded
The Wrath Of Khan is one of the highlights of the Star Trek series, managing to be fresh, dramatic, and exciting, despite the fact that 90 percent of its cast are secretly wearing girdles. However, it's hard to imagine the movie being as beloved as it is today if, instead of being known as "the one where Spock dies" (30-year-old spoilers!), it was "the one with the baby-killing plotline."
Couldn't they at least make it an ugly baby?
We all know that it's mentioned in the movie that the villainous Khan had a wife who died. But originally, it went further than that: he had an adorable baby son, too. We can cut Khan some slack for being so wrathful, then, since as any new parent can attest, babies can be really stressful. Especially since Khan was clearly breastfeeding.
Though we're not sure how, since genetically-engineered supermen apparently have no nipples.
Craziest of all, the film's finale almost involved the baby getting blown up. As Khan is all but beaten, he activates the Genesis device, which creates a new planet in a huge explosion. Unfortunately, the bright lights of the device are basically a Fisher Price toy to little Khan Jr., who crawls towards it. The device explodes, destroying the ship, the baby, and the heart of every Trekkie who mainly loved the show for never brutally killing infants.
That scene was actually shot, but the filmmakers eventually came to their senses and deleted it so hard that only a few stills remain.