Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian ~Book Cut~
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Soundtrack CD
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe Soundtrack CD
Captain Khajiit (for helping with the interlaced footage/video tech)
dangermouse and CommanBen (for previewing versions 1 and 2) and anyone else who was involved in the thread and showed interest in the project.
- Cut the scene with Miraz telling his general to enact the plan to kill Caspian (I decided removing this scene allowed for a little more mystery at the beginning of the film)
- Cut/trimmed train station scene to exclude the fight Peter has with the other people, it just made him look like a jerk when he gives his reason for the fight
- Added the deleted Apple Orchard scene - Cut the entire raid on Miraz's castle from the film and all mentions of it
- Cut Cornelius from most of the film, in this edit he remains in prison until after the battle
- Cut the White Witch scene (while this scene was in the book, it was almost completely different from the book and the motives behind it didn't make sense after cutting the castle raid)
- Trimmed the scene where Peter discusses the plan to send Lucy into the woods in search of Aslan (again because of the references to the castle raid and white witch scenes)
- Cut Susan's line about her horn to Caspian "You may need to call me again" in this edit there is nothing going on between Susan and Caspian
- Added deleted Picking Marshalls scene (note this scene in particular has unfinished visual fx)
- Cut almost all of Susan shooting at the Telmarines in the woods, with the exception of one arrow that she shoots (left in the film in order to make the audio work)
- Cut Peter offering Miraz's sword to Caspian, now Peter just walks away after
- Cut Susan and Caspian kiss
- Trimmed ending scene so as to accomadate the fact that there is no dialogue now
As a fan of the Narnia books since childhood really enjoy the seven books and the first two movies, not to mention the BBC miniseries, although the adjustments had their differences had the spirit and many of the elements of the novels, but returning to see the second, I've noticed that (like many films produced by Disney), always tries to be as long as possible so they often resort to fill, as proof this whole '' Suspian '' and the sequence castle, elements that have to account only gave the best-looking one more clumsy and slower pace.
In this edition it was decided to give a route and spirit more similar to the book and to be honest I think it does, the movie is narratively much more skilled, when I noticed, had already spent two hours of footage and not even notice the cuts. Well there is a scene in which Peter for and sits immediately for some reason, but it's a detail.
The introduction is almost perfect (eliminating a detail that speaketh then), then advances with buenritmo to a surprising climax that does not feel overloaded, it feels with the right amount of war to this story.
I only had two problems with the edition:
1) The romance between Susan and Caspian: While they are not romantically involved, there are some scenes that made me fear for a moment that they would be, there are several scenes that seem to be giving himself looks somewhat strange for people who are just allies, but the most noticeable is when Lucy and Susan will go to Forest, the scene has too many silences and looks to be normal allies and several times it looked like both really have something.
2) The Nerd: That scene is horrible and sadly is in the assembly, had it not been for that scene, the introduction would have been perfect.
I do not bother the disappearance of Nikabrik, since this is not the first time I see an adaptation in which a character disappears without reason, but it was something strange, I think a good way to put it without the sequence of the castle, looks like this: Come the Telmarines, Caspian is doubtful about what to do because of the large army, Nikabrik tells him that if he wants to end the war need your help and is introduced to the white witch.
In general, an improvement on a clumsy narrative film.
It is the closest thing to a purist version that will derive from this movie.
The recent films based on C.S. Lewis’ Narnia books left many fans, including myself, less than pleased, with pointless added subplots and with the central allegory muddled or ignored, among other problems. Fans generally liked the first one but had bigger problems with the next two. Thankfully, SoboFilms is here to try to set things straight.
Sobo has cut out about a half hour from the film, but the cuts are so seamless that I had trouble recalling where the cuts were even made. There are no jarring transitions in terms of sound or video. There is one deleted scene that’s a bit startling to watch, as it has unfinished CGI of Reepicheep and some other characters. But Sobo warns us with a disclaimer at the beginning of the edit that this unfinished scene will be there, so I didn’t have a problem with it. And I can see why he wanted to include it: The scene is one of the few taken from the book with virtually no changes. I note with some frustration that naturally such a scene would be one of the first to hit the cutting room floor for the original filmmakers.
To some degree, Sobo can’t make the film exactly like the book (such as starting with the Pevensie kids rather than in Narnia with Caspian) because the film itself is so heavily structured to work a certain way. (In fairness to the filmmakers, the book was a difficult adaptation anyway. If the movie were exactly like the book, about half of it would involve the Pevensies listening to a flashback from Trumpkin the dwarf while sitting on a beach.) Sobo does the best he can with what he has.
There’s an early scene in the movie where a nerdy kid attempts to flirt with Susan, much to her dismay. The scene comes off as very mean-spirited humor, and it’s nowhere in the original book. The author C.S. Lewis was a nerd himself who had a difficult time with women; he would never have written a scene like that. I was hoping that this scene would be missing from this edit, but it’s still here. Nonetheless, I can see Sobo’s reasoning. The nerdy kid appears again in the very end scene, and there’s no editing around him, so Sobo likely kept him for visual continuity.
(Major spoilers ahead in the next paragraph!)
As with the other reviewers, I do have to say that I kind of wish that Sobo had kept the scene where Trumpkin tries to resurrect the White Witch, but simply cut it shorter. Certainly, the scene in the movie is a disaster. Caspian shouldn’t be so easily tempted, and the White Witch gets way too close to actually coming back to life. However, with this scene missing, Trumpkin disappears inexplicably from the rest of the edit. Plus, Edmund shattering the image of the Witch is one of the few things added for the movie that I actually like. It shows how much he’s really changed. Having said all that, I haven’t tried editing this scene myself, and it may be that with all the other material cut, the scene simply didn’t flow or work anymore.
(End of major spoilers.)
I think that few people watching this edit realize how much work went into the last scene. Sobo opted for a silent, heartwarming return to Earth with just the music (“The Call” by Regina Spektor) and the actors’ expressions carrying the scene. But the scene originally had dialogue along with the Spektor song. So he removed the dialogue, added back in the music, and then painstakingly assembled sound effects for a train station from scratch! The effect is so seamless that you may not even notice it, but it’s extremely well done.
Bravo to SoboFilms for a terrific edit! I can’t wait to see his completed take on the next film, Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
A reasonably good take on an overly-long film.
The film is a lot stronger removing the Susan / Caspian "romance" that went nowhere, as well as removing the castle attack.
The new opening is MUCH better as well.
However, there is still a lot of extraneous fluff there. Maybe more of the baddies back-adn-forth could have been removed (I know already a lot has gone). And I think the battle could have been a lot shorter as well. LWW and PC both suffer from post Lord of the Rings blues. Too much battle! That's not the point!
Unfortunately I think removing the White Witch scene was a big mistake. It flattens the character arcs of Peter and we lose the resolution of Edmund. I imagine that was sacrificed to get rid of the castle. Maybe the castle should have been reduced instead of just cut? The point of the castle scene is to really highlight their dependence on Aslan. WHen they just blast ahead without consulting him, they fail.
I also think it was a big mistake adding the scene with the unfinished effects in. The scene added nothing to the film, it was obvious why it had been cut, and it totally jarred. This scene alone makes it impossible to replace the original. I knocked off a couple of points for visual editing for this. If you desperately wanted this scene you should have found a way to cut around or replace the unfinished FX.
However, the orchards scene was a nice addition.
Sound was fine, but Stereo - why? Why not keep it 5.1? Docked some points for that. Also the Disney logo right at the beginning starts off very low then suddenly JUMPS.
Oh, I missed the roar at the end.
Other than that solid editing. Video and Audio quality very good.
A good first effort. But I'd like to see a v2!
The Chronicles of Narnia film trilogy is for the most part a pretty good crop. The spirit of the stories is there, the casting is decent and the effects have aged well considering the first film came out 10 years ago. However, the films aren't without their faults. C.S Lewis isn't a writer with a sense of great detail like his friend J.R.R Tolkien. The battle in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe isn't even described in the book, so the producers have had to improvise a fair bit with the film series.
The film version of Prince Caspian isn't without it's faults. The raid on Miraz's castle was the bit that stuck out the most, as well as the romance subplot between Caspian and Susan. However both of these elements have been excised by this edit, which helps to de-clutter the narrative. It also feels like a much more nimble film. The trimmed opening works a lot better too. The film runs a fast two hours, and there was only one bit aspect of that which jarred: The missing Nikabrik. As the scene with the White Witch is gone, Nikabrik is there when Caspian blows the horn but disappears from the film after this. Besides this minor quibble, I recommend this edit. Thanks SoboFilms.