I must say, this has polish and luster and is the go to version of this clsasic for me. It may not be refernce level HD due to the source material, but I don't mark down (nor should anyone frankly) when the limitation is the source.
Those extra Betty scenes and dialogue, and the clarity brought to this by having itall in one place is a joy to behold.
Sure, there are a few narrative quirks, but given that we get the 45 and 46 material in one place...MEH to quirks, it adds to the noir feel all over.
The 45 scenes are a touch softer, but on smaller setups will be missed by most. The pacing is exquisite, the tongue in cheek moments glorious and bot, they don't make 'em like this anymore...and more the shame..
Thanks "Marvin" for your diligence and hard work.
The Big Sleep is one of those stone classics that has its merits in both versions; they’re both so good it is, indeed, a rare occasion when, as Roger Ebert mentioned, “studio interference was exactly the right thing” (we’re specifically talking about that horse conversation).
I’ve always enjoyed comparing both versions, but Paranoid’s cut brings it all together. One may question the pacing, but that’s not due to the editing - this film ain’t no Maltese Falcon by nature. It’s a witty slow burn, and every scene is essential in trying to sort out the myriad plot.
Thanks, Paranoid, for presenting one of the all time classics in a way that preserves it all so preciously. Flawless.
This is one of those edits that belongs more in the category of "important contribution to film history" along with LastSurvivor's "Phase IV: The Evolution Cut" and many of TM2YC's preservations. No longer will viewers have to choose between the two different but excellent versions of TBS, this one has everything you need all in one place. More atmosphere, more saucy banter, more plot details -- no need to ever watch this classic in any other version. Thanks to the original editors and to ParanoidAndroid for dusting it off and sprucing it up a bit for us.
I watched the 1945 cut and not the 1946 cut recently with the idea of making an extended edition. Then along comes ParanoidAndroid and saves me the trouble. I would not change a single thing he has done with this edit. A great job was done on this. The 1945 footage is not quite as sharp but it is more than good enough not to be distracting and the plot is much easier to follow with the reinstated scenes which never should have been cut in my opinion.