Conan - Man of War

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I waited in anticipation to watch this when this was first announced and I must say TMBTM did not disappoint. It amazes me that you can take a movie like Conan and turn it basically into a musical. Just shows the creative genius, that Boon mentioned also, that TMBTM posesses. A totally unique and original piece of fan-editing from a very gifted fan-editor. As I mentioned in Jorge’s Blue Skies on Mars, this edit will definitely not be for everyone, but I was thoroughly entertained to say the least..

Video: The video quality was very good, not the best, but pleasing. Some of the footage used from the other films was a tad bit rough. Overall it was fine.
8 out of 10 stars

Audio: The audio on the other hand was superb. The minimal dialogue that was there was crisp and clear. Also, the music tracks selected were perfect and sounded fantastic. No hiccups whatsoever.
10 out of 10 stars

Editing: No real flaws here. Everything flowed and very concise as in the story TMBTM was trying to tell. Amazing how the music fit pretty seamlessly to what was happening in the movie. Very well edited, can’t complain.
10 out of 10 stars

Presentation: Very simple but effective menu screens. I really liked the intro leading into the main menu. The extras were a real nice touch, especially the making of featurette. Liked how you showed some of the effects you seamlessly put into the film. Great!
9 out of 10 stars

Entertainment: Now this will not replace my DVD copy of this movie, but at least it gives me a very satisfying alternate take on this film. Good Job.
9 out of 10 stars

FINAL SCORE: 9 out of 10 stars.

Your creativity astounds me and can’t wait to see what you come up with next. Keep up the good work!
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(Updated: August 29, 2012)
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This review is based on my opinions and my viewing experience. Nothing is meant as an attack. Spoiler warning.

AUDIO: Everything sounded great except when Conan and Subotai walk into the first city we see, the audio got distorted when the bass notes hit. It may have been my setup, but i have NEVER had this happen before.
8 out of 10

VIDEO: Image quality was superb on my tv, and it seemed a bit better crisper and clearer than the retail dvd.
10 out of 10

EDITING: Very well done. Hardly anything stood out as being off, except for one or two audio fades that did not seem as smooth as they could have been. The footage from other films blended in very good all things considered and did not seem jarring at all. The new effects were beautiful, and half of them i did not notice until i watched the special feature. Love the snake eyes!!! So Cool.
9 out of 10

ENTERTAINMENT: This one is [exploitive deleted] awesome. So much fun. I was blown away. Loved how you managed the counterpoints between the film and the music. It was kind of like the ultimate sync (remember those?). Absolutely nothing to complain about here.
10 out of 10

OVERALL:
9 out of 10

SIDE NOTES: This fanedit is miraculous. Astounding. Beautiful. You have opened a new door in the fanediting world TMBTM, and you did it briliantly. I cannot wait to see more edits like these. You have earned a place in Valhalla TMBTM, congrats.

Sincerely. Rogue.
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(Updated: August 29, 2012)
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**OVERVIEW**

TECHNICAL ASPECTS

VIDEO:
Crisp image, absolutely amazing cuts.

Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars

AUDIO:
Everything falls into place. It’s Manowar! The music guides the images perfectly.
Obviously, a lot of work was put into finding just the right song for every scene.

Overall:
5 out of 5 stars

PRESENTATION:
Nice basic menu. Nothing fancy, just right.

Overall:
4 out of 5 stars

IMPROVEMENT OVER THE ORIGINAL:
This was obviously not meant as an improvement, but a different take on the film.
It takes some getting used to, watching one hour and a half of Conan with almost no dialogue, but it’s a definite must see.

Overall:
5 out of 5 stars

FINAL SCORE: 4,5 out of 5 stars

Adds up to a fanedit score of:
9 out of 10 stars
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This is one awesome fanedit and I bow in deep respect to the creativity of TMBTM. What a great concept. I was for most of it really entertained and I am not a fan of Conan nor Manowar. There could have been more sound effects. I have put my few other complaints in the spoiler. Remarkable. No, it does indeed not replace the original, but it is a whole different thing than the original Conan and truly a fanditing piece of art that has NEVER been done like this before. There should be a name for it, something catchy like “grindhoused”, so I am suggesting “theme scored”.
9 stars. Great!

******SPOILER ALERT*****

The odd music at about 1h was a tad long. The vikings scene did not make much sense to me. The chapters menu is in this presentation kind of obsolete.
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(Updated: August 29, 2012)
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Know O’ Viewer,
that between years when MTV drank Radio and epic ballad rock,
and the years of no talent produced studio pop,
there was an age undreamed of…..

The Age of CONAN, Man-O-War!!!!!!!!!!

Sorry, I could not help myself.

But WOW!
This is EPIC!!!!
As an avid reader of Robert E. Howard, the music used for this edit absolutely captured the spirit and power of his works!
Sword and Socercy never sounded so good.
Incredible. I had never heard of MAN O WAR before, but they are now on my must buy list.
The music fit each scene perfectly and completely heightened the viewing experience for me.
I loved the additional elements created for the Viking funeral, it was perfect.

A great entertaining experience and a masterful edit in all areas.
I give this epic edit an overall score of 9/10.
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