Excellent cut of this great movie. It has been a while since I watched the original, and I have to say that this really flowed very well, and I couldn’t pick things that were missing. I happen to like the “Gotcha” ending of the original, but I liked this one as well.
wow. ok so that worked A LOT better than i expected. i seem to be a sucker for narration removal – it just rarely seems necessary. what i DID like was the faster pace here with “azazel” in addition to changing some pretty huge story elements. jumping forward to hobbes and keeping with him the whole movie was a great idea. it seems like a lot of setup shots were removed, also, but i could just be crazy (likely). the ending works VERY well. i think the way in which you handle jonesy (azazel) is perfect and removing much of the interior cabin scenes helped speed this movie along to a great (NEW!) conclusion.
i have ONE critique: the ending was a bit odd for me. is that a heartbeat? why would a non-physical being have a heartbeat? also, if we just STAY with azazel a bit longer as “he” dies off i think this will help with a quick cut to the credits.
The DVD release of Azazel is a perfect template of what a Fanedit should be. It takes a flawed film and makes it better. much better.
The film/edit itself is flawless and in my opinion improves upon the original elevating it from mediocre thriller to a really good mystery ala Se7en.
Boons skill is really amazing and it is on full display here. It does not show that this was a fanedited film, and could easily pass for a full fledged studio release. The inclusion of 3 featurettes really shows his care for the edit and lets the viewer see what was removed and why. My favorite extra to find on any fanedit is a commentary by the editor explaining the choices he/she made and it lets the viewer look at things from a different viewpoint as well as learn how or why something was done. I hope to see more of these in the future
The beautiful DVD menu is by far the best I have seen on any fanedit to date and really hit this one out of the park. It is easy to see why this was chosen as a fanedit of the month. well done!
Audio: 5/5 – Seamless. The removal of the narration and subsequent re-scoring of the scenes blew me away. This is done so well I didnt even know they were missing.
Video: 5/5 – Clear, nice picture despite the limited source material/older DVD release. New DVD menus look amazing.
Entertainment: 5/5 – I enjoyed Azazel much more than I did the original “fallen” this isnt just an alternate version, this is a better version.