The Master was grossly overlooked at the Oscars this year. It’s the type of adventurous filmmaking – both in style, performances and subject matter – that should be recognized. Unfortunately, I think it was the actual subject matter that turned the stomachs of a lot of Academy members. Like other nominees, The Master did provoke, but its provocation took you to a different psychological recess, compared to films like Life of Pi and Lincoln.
Despite how great the film was, in my opinion, it turns out there was still lots of workable footage left on the cutting room floor. Director Paul Thomas Anderson has released his “deleted reel”, edited and scored in such a way that it feels like its own short film, featuring twenty minutes of scenes that were omitted from the final cut.
You can watch it in its entirety below: