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Time now for our first home viewing recommendation of 2013 from film critic Bob Mondello. In case you missed it in theaters this fall, Bob suggests you head boldly into the future with the time travel thrill ride, "Looper," just released on video.

BOB MONDELLO, BYLINE: Welcome to a future when time travel has been outlawed, meaning only outlaws, like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, travel through time.


JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT: (as Joe Simmons) When they need someone gone and they want to erase any trace of the target ever existing, they use specialized assassins like me, called Loopers.

MONDELLO: Gordon-Levitt's been made up to look like a young Bruce Willis, who's playing a man he's supposed to kill because...


GORDON-LEVITT: (as Joe Simmons) The only rule is never let your target escape, even if that target is you.

MONDELLO: That's called closing the loop, in this case with young Joe meeting old Joe. And there you have director Rian Johnson's nifty premise.

"Looper" is plenty of fun on its own, but on Blu-ray, along with the usual commentary tracks, you'll find not two or three, but 22 deleted scenes. There's one that expands a nightclub sequence from the finished film's 12 seconds to well over a minute, including a blink-you'll-miss-it walk-through cameo by Tobey Maguire.

Another expands a diner conversation between the old and young Joes, explaining a line that flew right by me originally.


BRUCE WILLIS: (as Joe Simmons) I don't want to talk about time travel. 'Cause if we start talking about it, then we're going to be here all day talking about it, making diagrams with straws.

MONDELLO: Diagrams with straws. That was the set-up for a sequence you never see in the completed film. Bruce Willis takes the top off a salt shaker, and empties the salt on the table, with most of it ending up near one of two straws.


WILLIS: (as Joe Simmons) Stand between these straws is a timeline of the next 30 years. The machine is tuned to a fixed time, you know that, 30-odd years or so. It's not adjustable.

MONDELLO: The actors spent an entire weekend rehearsing this bit, so it's nice to see it play out, with the director and another cast member talking it through.


UNIDENTIFIED MAN 1: A little bit of insight into how the time travel works; the idea that it's not an adjustable...

UNIDENTIFIED MAN 2: That's the one bit of information that we lost by cutting this segment out...

MONDELLO: Not lost any more. Great fun to close that loop and a nice way to spend a little extra time with "Looper," a seriously cool time-travel movie.

I'm Bob Mondello.

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