Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, The - Dime Novel Cut
The subplot of Jesse & Dick hunting down Jim Cummins
The beating and references to Albert Ford
Scenes which pose no new (or redundant) information
The final years of Bob & Charley
My goal was to reduce the running time to less than 2hrs but keep the mood and atmosphere of the original. Also, I wanted to see if I could edit a film!
Gatos for approval.
The Fanediting community.
- PAL DVD-5
Bob seeks out Frank requesting to be the James’ ‘regular sidekick’, Frank refuses. This is correlated later when Charley speaks to Frank (at Bob’s persistence) whom Frank again refutes
Cut opening banter between the gang members:
Although a good introduction to some of the main gang (Dick Liddil a womaniser, a not too bright Ed Miller) we find out these character traits later in the film. This version has Bob going straight to Jesse to request coming along on the train robbery
Removed Jesse arriving at Major George Hite’s to collect Dick and subsequent hunt for Jim Cummins:
Jim Cummins is only mentioned by name and has no physical presence in the original version
Removed beating of Albert Ford (cousin of Bob & Charley) and subsequent reference to him:
Jesse & Dick introduce themselves to Albert under pseudonyms saying they are searching for Jim but Albert does not know where he is, Jesse then beats him for information
Cut Bob’s reference to Albert’s beating by Jesse
Edited Jesse’s chat with Charley:
Jesse confesses to Charley of murdering Ed Miller – trimmed for continuity and to remove the reference to Albert
Removed Jesse & Charley’s trek through the snow & ice
Removed Bob wandering/creeping alone around the James’ house
Removed the final years of Charley & Bob’s life
Added epilogues for both Charley and Bob after fade out of Jesse on ice
Added new credits
Audio: Stereo 2.0
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is a great movie. I loved everything about it. The cast, the score, the cinematography etc.
I only looked at the cutlist after watching dubmecrazy's edit. I think he did a good job of slimming down a lengthy movie. There are no real plot holes to speak of. Audio editing was fine, I noticed no harsh cuts. Video quality, as Neglify mentioned, was below DVD standard but still acceptable, and there were one or two abrupt fade in/fade outs. Other than that my only gripes are personal preferences (I happen to like the theatrical ending). This edit doesn't replace the original for me, but if you've seen the original and wished it was shorter, this edit is for you.
An enjoyable and well executed edit overall.
This is the most impressive firstling edit I have seen so far. Instead of going for a flashy, trendy & popular movie to edit dubmecrazy has taken an overlooked critical darling and made it more palatable to the common man.
Andrew Dominik's "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" is a beautifully flawed movie. It's terrifically acted, excellently directed, the music is fantastic, but it is so slow that it's hard to sit through it multiple times. dubmecrazy's fanedit completely fixes that issue with a shorter, more to-the-point version that keeps the story focused on what it needs to be focused on. I was so happy that you cut out the drawn out ending. I enjoyed every second of this edit as it unfolded.
That being said there are a couple minor issues with the quality. Firstly, it's in 2.0 stereo and not 5.1, so a point was deducted there. Second, the picture quality isn't the best for a SL DVD. It's nowhere near terrible, but it definitely could have looked better. Lastly, there was 1 or 2 abrupt fades that could have been improved. Nothing too drastic though, so only 1 point lost on the editing score.
Enough with the numbers.
This edit is highly recommended.