Truly a fantastic way to watch this movie. I hadn't even noticed the jarring score before but now that I've seen it this way it's very noticable. It also helps to separate the real world from the Shimmer, and makes it feel like the alien location it was meant to be.
The subtle trims to the characters were great, and helped keep the movie feeling smart rather than condescending. The audience is treated more capably as well.
The only thing I wish was a little better was the "dance" between Lena and the clone. I get what the metaphor is, self-destruction turned literal, you get out what you put in, etc. but I wish it was less awkwardly graceful and strangely threatening. Not much anyone can do about it I guess.
I remember watching Annihilation at the theater and being spellbound and unnerved, especially in the culminating lighthouse scene. Reading over the changelog and comparing some scenes to the theatrical edition, I realize how much more Scribbling Man elevates the film and trims the fat. I agree with others that this IS the definitive version.
The cuts and transitions and newly re-arranged scenes were all professionally done. I did notice 2 changes I wanted to add here for completeness: 1) 19:46 - the fade away from Lena's laugh feels a bit abrupt and 2) 53:22 - Lena's "hold on" almost appears dubbed or out of sync. However, these don't warrant removing editing points for.
Additionally, excellent opening/closing titles, and thank you for including subtitles!
As a whole, this is a seamless edit that I highly recommend and will turn to for future watches. Thank you for sharing your work!
Do you recommend this edit?
Owner's replyAugust 27, 2023
Thank you for the generous review and feedback! It's very much appreciated :)
19:46 - this was a tricky edit that I redid a number of times. It sits well with me at this point, but I've probably become too familiar with the material. If it keeps coming up I'll def consider going back in again.
53:22 - good catch. This scene has a number of things going on and that moment is indeed dubbed (the line is normally off screen). It was a compromise made to retain visual continuity from Lena getting from the door to having walked towards the group and facing them. I'm not sure what the alternative would be, but again, if it's something that continues to come up I will revisit it.
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 already liked the original and have read the book, so I wanted to revisit the movie in a new way and found great enjoyment from this version. Only slightly recall the original music to be honest, but the new music choices suited the movie great!
Well worth your time if you want to give it another watch.