This is a pretty good fanedit. There were no hard cuts, no flaws to the image or the plot which I did notice, the plot was complete and although I did really like the Alien ending and thought it would still make more sense to the story than David’s suicide does, it had a nice flow to it. To me the ending came to abrupt and I would have needed a bit more information on the suicidal tendencies of David. Also the “adventure” seemed rather short to me, especially when Prof. Hubby mentions it as a big deal. So, the new ending is not totally convincing to me and left me a bit unimpressed, meanwhile the original ending and the “loving” act of the aliens to fulfill his biggest wish ever and let him then die, forced me to tears. This way, it’s all very cold. This does not mean, that it is wrong, the coldness is part of the story all along and most of the time, it is merely David, the machine, who brings emotion into the orga world. I enjoyed watching this version a lot and I think the faneditor addressed the correct spots to be corrected. Unlike the original I was not bored to death. Well done.
editing: 5 of 5,
entertainment: 4 of 5
The image quality is perfect (IMO).
video quality: 5 of 5
The audio is could be slightly louder, else it is perfect, no hard cuts, no flaws. There is a repeating audio stutter to the end credits song, but since I don’t know it, it could be intentional.
audio: 4 of 5
The DVD comes with a nice still menu, scene selection and an about menu. All the menus look real good. Animation would have been great, but still, an exceptional DVD design from what I am used to. Audio to the menus would have been nice. No artwork is attached.
DVD: 4 of 5
resulting in a 4 of 5 overall rating from me. This is a very good fanedit and definitely a huge improvement over the original. I recommend anyone who liked A.I. a bit and owns the original to watch this one.
Ive always been uncomfortable with the bolt-on happy ending that Spielburg seemingly slapped on at the end of this film. I’ve always known where I thought the ending should be – but is it in the same place as JasonN thinks?
The answer is no. I’ll get to that in a minute.
Technically – great edit, seemless work here, no jaring bits or sound problems.
I liked the shortened start of the film. David is less adopted now, quickly thrown – it feels much more chilling. The bit’s you’ve chopped I didn’t even notice weren’t there, except the pool party – I appreciate why you chopped it, but as I recall – they just leave David at the bottom of the pool – uncared for, which may have emphasised that they don’t give a damn for him.
Didn’t recall or remember the other chops you made.
Joe – now as I understood it – he was framed? Cutting that bit out makes no sense as to why the Police want to arrest him later.
We carry on fine now, until a very abrupt ending. My feeling was that the film should have ended with David, in the chopper stranded under the sea chanting the mantra of Blue Fairy making him into a real boy. Although nicely seemless, the ending comes too fast and is David capable of suicide? I don’t think so. If he is, we haven’t been given enough information to appreciate that.
Leaving the Joe subplot in would explain his arrest and would allow a continuance to David trapped under the sea.
Anyway, that’s just my quids worth.
I think you’ve done an excellent job here – the film is much darker, much more chilling as well. Good work.
This is good work (I refer to V2, I havne’t seen V1).
The tone seems right now that the film as been freed of most of Speilberg’s treacle, tonally more what I think Kubrick might have come up with. The storytelling is mostly tight and obviously a lot of thought went into this edit.
Technically it’s good, too.
I have to agree with White43 about the too-abrupt ending, however. A much more fitting but equally downbeat ending would have been David underwater in the helicopter, with his imaginary Blue Fairy at last.