I must say this outright, I removed 1 point for visuals because nothing is ever perfect.
I enjoyed every bit of this edit as well as I enjoyed the original. It’s only when watching this edit that I realized the original was guiding us a little too much from time to time. Scribbling Man removed those small bits where our hands were held and let us loose inside the Shimmer. Everything works fine. The music plays a more subtle role. I think the original score is good. It’s bringing some sensibility, maybe even some comfort (thinking about the folk guitar). In Scribbling Man edit, the music seems to be there only for tension, or weariness.
I was impressed with the original movie visuals and wondered how the editor inserted their name in the credits. It’s only when I watched it again that I saw the trickery. But again, every other visual cuts are good. Bravo!
Like other reviewers, I can confirm that this is THE definitive way to watch Annihilation.
While the original was an enjoyable and arguably under-appreciated sci-fi gem, it wasn't as good as it could've been. Scribbling Man's clever, skillful edits are subtle enough that a first-time viewer wouldn't know they were watching an edit (but for the logos and altered credits), while someone watching the movie for the second time will appreciate the changes.
Again, this is simply the best way to enjoy this film, period.
I very much dug the original, regardless of it flaws. TSM wonderfully fixed it and I'm digging this so much more. A go-to version. Yet to check out the isolated score. There's the reason to spin it again, and soon.
Owner's replyJanuary 22, 2023
High praise! Thank you for taking the time to review, plissken. So glad you enjoyed it :)
I love this. It's the correct version of the film, period
I enjoyed the original film, then I read the book and, while still thinking of the film as incredible, a few aspects of it diverged too much from the book's theme. Also, the film had way too much dialogue, it detracted from the experience
All of that is perfectly fixed here. As a bonus, changing the score with no more acoustic guitar really helps