I have to confess that all of the edits were flawless to me and I only felt that one or two scenes were new (but wasn't entirely sure). I didn't notice their insertion and they didn't take away from the experience. It was practically an official release. This speaks to the editor's skill as well as the completeness of the material, and I can only assume the scenes were removed for runtime or pacing (although I never thought the movie dragged). This will be the version of the movie I go back to for repeat viewings.
For anybody who wants to live in the world of Close Encounters for a little longer this edit is certainly worth their time. Watching any of the three official versions on their own is a great experience but knowledge of extra material always left a desire in me to see what was being left out, even something as mundane as a few amusing seconds of product placement!
Wraith has solved that problem, the three versions providing three degrees of completeness. Having seen the 137-minute director's cut first and most often, the additional 8 minutes (for version sans mothership interior) feel in no way unwelcome, while not strictly necessary these scenes add to the world-building and give the film a more complete feeling.
Unsurprisingly, there are no noticeable joins where scenes have been spliced together, from now on I consider this my go-to version.
This is a fantastic version of one of my fave films of all time. For years I’ve thought that I remembered scenes incorrectly and probably in the wrong order. This version has corrected my thoughts of premature memory loss thankfully by restoring everything in an almost seamless way.
The quality time and pains that Wraith has gone through to create the brilliant version are quite remarkable. It looks just as good, and in some places a lot better than my UHD official version of the directors cut!
I recommend all CE3K fans to check it out!
Having grown up on and watched the different versions of this movie over the past 30 years I can definitely say that this versions feels like the Complete Story.
and to be perfectly frank I take absolutely no issue with it. There is some jumps in visual quality but that is to be expected when working from three different sources and Wraith did an admirable job with it. Audio was perfect - no issues with music or being able to understand the actors when they were speaking.