I felt this adaptation was much better represented with a much shorter form factor. Despite how much runtime was cut from this edit, it doesn't feel incomplete. However, my gripe with the original cut remains here, in that all that buildup ultimately didn't lead to the most amazing payoff for me personally. However, that has nothing to do with the editing skills displayed here, and I highly recommend this to anyone looking for an animated adaptation of this story.
Aside from the usual technical excellence of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's work in their primes, I'm not much of a Killing Joke fan for its darkening ramifications on the wider DCU (though Barbara Gordon as Oracle is the ultimate sow's ear-to-silk purse story in all of comics, thanks to Ostrander/Yale). The original Killing Joke film adaptation written by Brian Azzarello (a good enough writer but undoubtedly a poor man's Garth Ennis who is himself a poor man's Alan Moore) was a bloated, character-betraying mess and the animation was utterly banal DC DTV house style. (For a better visual adaptation of TKJ, I implore all to check out the Zellers Batman commercials by veteran animator John Celestri.)
BlueYoda has done the best possible job of reining in the bloat of the original cut, allowing what is now a faithful adaptation of this undeniably important comic, and it is exciting and even revelatory to see some of Alan Moore's subtler scene shifts (a trademark of this era) take place. I have to admit, a few of them (the cut into Jim Gordon's apartment for example) had never occurred to me.
So a much-improved version of a mediocre adaptation of a seminal but depressive comic. Hard to say I'll revisit it but for the curious, this is definitely the version you want.
Can find nothing at all to fault, to utilise the overused phrases the cuts were seamless and it never felt like anything was missing. From all what is said about the extra material on the original version I don't think I ever need watch it, why should when this edit exists!
I love the graphic novel the Killing Joke. It was short, concise, and brutal. Blueyoda's fanedit brings back the brutal concision that was horribly missing from the original. Of course, the important edit is the removal of the unnecessary relationship with Barabara Gordon. This fixed the rewatch for me and made this a watchable, short adaptation of one of my favorite graphic novels.