Boogie Nights since it was released has always been a personal favorite of mine! So when I saw the deleted scenes from my purchased special edition , I determined "from my point of view" - having these scenes placed back in makes the movie more FUN ...if...you are a big fan! Yes, I know why PT Anderson cut them out, but if you loved the movie, saw those deleted scenes, and WANT them put back in to enjoy a longer movie - then you want this fan edit!!!
Sure, most of the additions are incidental material...but some folks like that. HOWEVER I must point out adding the sub plots with Dirk learning about the death of his younger competitor, helping Becky, and then experiencing the Car Crash - really make this complete for me!!! The other scene with the improv of the gang getting high, as shown from under the coffee table was hilarious! That is IMPROV and a welcome addition, too.
As for the fanedit technicals - I thought the edits were clean and produced with the best technology and skill possible! Please contact me if we can make arrangements for me to obtain a copy of your most superior quality version you have!
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.
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.