Boogie Nights – Full Frontal Edition
- NTSC DVD-5
Ham and Cheese
Buck and Amber in the van
The 2nd Awards Ceremony
New Year’s Eve
Maurice and Rollergirl
Mixing “Feel the Heat”
Under the Table
Becky and Jerome/Car Crash
Added part of “Brock and Chico 16mm” as an end credits scene.
I did not add “Fire with Fire: The Brock and Chest Story” as it was too long and uninteresting and I couldn’t find a good way to incorporate it without it looking sloppy.
As well, a few minor trims were made in order to add some of the new scenes.
I'm going to differ from the other reviews here by not making any sex puns and just giving it to you straight. Hmmm... Well, look, this was only my first re-watch of Boogie Nights and I think it hasn't aged as well as I'd imagined. I think a lot of what I loved about the film was its unpredictability, that I didn't know what to expect from PTA's style, or from latter-day Burt, or from young Wahlberg and cast. Everything was refreshing. But now we've seen a lot of these elements repeated in other films, and it's hard to go back. So how does that affect this edit?
Well, having all these deleted scenes back in (expertly, I might add) seems like it might be too much of a good thing. Wahlberg doing his "earnest, high-voiced" thing, Don Cheadle deadpan riffing, and oh my god...John C. Reilly. Now that we've seen his over-the-top improv statements in so many other films, I found it almost impossible to believe him as a character in this. It just made every scene into Step Brothers. This is probably intensified by the nature of the deleted scenes, that most of them are extended riffing... the "Under the Table" doing-coke-heist-planning-scene in particular just seems to go on for-ev-er. I mean, it's good...they're ALL good...but added back in, they change the tone of the film. (It's also problematic in that the only "black" relationship in the film is now portrayed as a jarringly discordant abusive relationship, as opposed to all the loving white relationships...)
I'd advise watching the movie like this ONCE. After you've seen it, and you're a fan, invite some people over and have drinks and laugh at it. But watch the original cut first so you can appreciate the drama of this misshapen f*d up porn family. The original cut probably has juuuust enough dark humor to make the drama hit. But a giant, extended thanks to Neglify for cutting together this very interesting alternate way to view the film.
I’m not sure how the director could have left these deleted scenes behind. Neglify spreads apart the film and firmly inserts these segments to create a deeply satisfying edit. This version isn’t merely about length, with swollen storytelling spewing irrelevant junk at us—no, oh God, oh my God, no—the inserted scenes flesh out the characters as they probe and thrust their way toward their sad climaxes. Highly recommended—come check out this release. It’s an epic ride.
Enjoyjoy: 10 pelvic aerothrusts atop shag carpet.
I'm going to try to keep the dick puns to a minimum. This is a great extended edition. Dammit. I mean, the editing process must have been long and hard. Fuck. What I'm trying to say is, the deleted scenes are edited well and don't bulge out from the rest of the film. Shit. What I'm getting at is that this could have only been pulled off by a long standing member of the community. Ah, fuck it.
This is awesome. Go watch it.
Boogie Nights is one of my favorite movies: funny, sad, shocking all rolled into one. Dare I say Mark Wahlberg does some great acting in this. But because of it's length (no pun intended) it's not a movie I rewatch very often. Neglify's Extended Edition gave me the perfect excuse to revisit the movie. The editing (both audio and video) was well done (Neg's got the touch! Neg's got the pooowweeer). As Neglify readily admits, the deleted scenes are of lesser quality and it's noticeable. But this is a problem lots of faneditors run into, and one that can easily be excused and looked over as that's what the editor has to work with.
Overall a very enjoyable edit.
Rating: 13/13 inches