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.
Great job with this edit. This is one of my all-time favorite movies so I was happy to see an extended edition. Sure, most of these were cut with good reason but it's a really enjoyable alternate experience to watch it all as a 3 hour cut. The scenes are of lower quality but it's not jarring and looks as good as it can. The visual and audio cuts are seamless. The music was especially well done over the deleted scenes to create a really seamless experience. It won't replace the original for me through no fault of the editor. The theatrical cut is just perfect in my opinion, but this provides a fun alternative that I will certainly revisit many times.
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.
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.