Birthday Presents

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9.4
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9.8(8)
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9.6(8)
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9.4(8)
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(Updated: October 15, 2016)
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8.9
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
9.0
Audio Editing
 
9.0
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8.0
Enjoyment
 
9.0
I enjoyed this on several levels. Foremost, it’s almost a different beast compared to the lurid original. TM2YC does a great job presenting a straightforward story that I’m sure the director never intended, and a great deal of the wonder comes from knowing of the transformation and seeing how it’s pulled off.

The original film, I found, is also the source of many of TM2YC’s fanediting hallmarks: his fanedit intros, his first-time edit approval graphic, and his very moniker. I was delighted to discover these elements, like a cosmonaut finding hot, gourmet cheeseburgers in a Martian cave.

The new Morricone score carries a somewhat high volume here and there. And though no fault of the faneditor, the inserted footage from Nuovo Cinema Paradiso has unconvincing aged film effects. But the change I would have liked to see most, to decrease the perv vibe, is movie-within-movie material that’s more appropriate for a first date.

I love seeing edits of older films, and TM2YC does a great job of packaging the charm of another time period. I want to see more of these, please. Take me to your cinema.
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8.3
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9.0
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10.0
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10.0
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7.0
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8.0
A nice short that is quite a transformation from the source material. The editing is very well done. Narratively, Mark still comes off like a bit of a psycho in the beginning. There is a slight implication that he might be watching porn or snuff. Having him view something a bit tamer might have better sold that he was just a lonely, but harmless guy. A minor point though, and there is a lot of great editing on display!

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