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.
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.