Buckaroo Banzai: The VHS TV Edition

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Meanwhile in another dimension....
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Original Release Date:
1984
Original Running Time:
103
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Fanedit Running Time:
60
Time Cut:
56
Time Added:
13
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Brief Synopsis:
The original movie has been re-visualized as long lost VHS recording of a Network television show from 1986. It has been edited into a typical 47 minute length episode with created Opening & Closing Titles and commercial breaks. Authentic commercials from 1986 (of a lower video quality) have been used. The movie has been reframed/cropped as 640x480 with Pan & Scan where needed, and slightly degraded with the use of Gaussian Blur and a VHS tracking overlay to help sell the illusion of VHS.
Intention:
BUCKAROO BANZAI is one of my all-time favourite movies! I honestly think it is PERFECT in all of it's Bonkers Splendor. But I got the idea to create this 1986 tv style edit when fellow editor Jrzag42 was openly discussing his fan edit ideas for BB. The idea of creating a similarly bonkers style tv episode where the audience is just dumped into the middle of an ongoing adventure that would have no conclusion, was a temptation I just could not resist! lol
Other Sources:
Tales of the Gold Monkey
The West Wing
Eddie and the Cruisers
Beauty and the Beast (1987)
This Island Earth
Ghostbuster (1984)
V: The Series (1984)
Man From Atlantis
Monster Squad
The Amazing Captain Nemo
Special Thanks:
So many people supported this project, but in particular I want to again thank Addiesin, for without whom, none of this would have been possible. :)
Release Information:
Digital
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If i could turn back time.... if I could find a way... I would get Bionic Bob to go back and actually complete a full Buckaroo Banzai TV series. This edit is a pure joy, from start to finish. It's like a big hug of nostalgia for anyone growing up in the 80's like me - the kind of hug that leaves you wanting to tune in for next week's episode.

Initially, I must say that it took me a few minutes to adjust to the nature of this edit. The degrading of the picture, the inconsistencies in the audio levels... I started to get all critical, with my fanediting brain saying, why is the hiss that's been added a bit too loud, why do the commercials sound loud one minute and then quiet the next. Then, I just relaxed and got totally drawn in - after all, the varying quality here is kind of the point of this VHS style edit.

The great thing here is that it's not overdone. I have seen some edits of this kind try far too hard to make it feel "old", or as if it's been sourced from an old VHS tape that's suddenly been discovered, to the point where it just doesn't work. This is not the case here however. Bob has done an excellent balancing job, and by half way through I genuinely felt like I had been transported back to watching TV back in the 80's. That's the ultimate success of this edit. The advert break transitions work a treat, the choice of adverts made me smile (even though most of them I'm not familiar with, as I'm from the UK and we didn't get all these adverts back in the day) and I particularly loved the NBC indents.

As for making Buckaroo Banazai a TV series? It actually works far better than I thought. The idea of landing us half way through a story, and then have no ending as such... it could be seen as a bit much, but you know what? It's brilliant. Indeed, the concept of this whole edit is pure genius in my eyes. It kinda should not work... but it does. It works beautifully.

Scoring this kind of edit is very difficult... perfect 10's across the board for me, as it's not an edit that is trying to obtain the perfect quality... but when you judge it on what it's setting out to achieve, it does it perfectly. All in all, highly recommended for anyone wanting to take a trip back to watching TV in the 80's.... now, if only I could uncover the VHS tape for the next episode.
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This is my first fan edit ever and it is the best ever! The way BionicBob adds ad breaks in between is genius. If I could, I would put this on blu-ray to own forever.

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This was a very fun edit! I understand it was done as an experiment, but I wish Bob had made 3 or 4 episodes of the full movie and not just part of it... again, I get what he was going for and absolutely achieved! the editing of the commercials is just awesome & reminded me of my childhood... if you are a fan of the movie, def check it out!

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This one definitely falls squarely under the title Fan Mix. It's not trying to fix anything, it's just a what if exploration. BionicBob has set up an entire imaginary TV series and fandom as background for this project which just adds to the fun. This was masterfully executed.

The technical aspects were spot on. Just enough degradation to imply an old VHS recording without going overboard. The ad break bumpers felt just right for an '80's TV show. The commercials were well selected for the time (dating myself, I remember several of them).

Now I'm looking forward to him "dredging up the next found VHS recording" for the next episode.

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BionicBob does what he does best in this edit by mixing his love of great (even if sometimes lesser appreciated) gems and re-imagining it through his encyclopedic knowledge and love of numerous genres; in this case, the greatest decade of them all, the 1980s (You can disagree with that statement, but you'd be wrong!)

I love the concept of this project on multiple levels, from the re-worked mythos of BB as an ongoing T.V. show to it's bitter ratings drop to comic-con cult-trading classic. Many of us remember the days before the interwebs where bootlegs were not just a magical holy grail, but getting them was often a mythic (and sometimes expensive) journey, and Bob blends all of that nostalgia wonderfully in this lost video tape concept.

Now, to the actual product and ratings.

Technical (A/V quality, Visual Editing and Audio Editing): 10 across the board.
It's a little cheat I suppose because the goal here is to degrade the quality, but to do it convincingly is actually a bit of an art, and he pulls off the balance just right here making it feel authentic. The edits are seamless, and the audio work is great, particularly with the intros and outros to the commercial breaks. It takes some work to get the right 'natural' feel and everything about this feels authentic for the era it replicates, including the fantastic work on making it a 4:3 frame. Great work!

Narative: 10
Being a 1 hour episode (minus credits and tv breaks) Bob does a great job of creating a compelling chapter within the broader story, with an appropriate "previously" section so that as a viewer we have everything we need to dive in. I would say the only thing missing for me would be a "Next week" teaser at the end that sometimes ran with such projects.

Enjoyment: 10
The most subjective category, I have to give a 10. This was FUN. Having grown up in the 70s and 80s, this edit speaks directly to that innocent version of me who adored all the lunatic television and films in a world where cable was an extreme luxury and the closest thing to the internet was a BBC you'd access with your phone modem. My brother in law was wandering in and out of the kitchen as i watched this and he in particularly loved the commercial breaks and NBC spots.

If you didn't grow up in or live through the 1980s, this is absolutely an authentic treatment of what TV was like.

I'm square in the middle of the target audience for this, and it delivers. Great job Bob!
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