(NOTE: “Degree of Editing” is a 100% arbitrary rating that I keep in mind when reviewing edits. This is not meant to insinuate that a faneditor is lazy or not. Some fanedits require a lot more work than others and I take this into account.)
MOVIE RATING –9
Narrative – Who cares?
******* POSSIBLE SOUNDTRACK SPOILER ALERT? ********
CONAN GOES TO ELEVEN!
Metalhead opinions: I watched this the moment it came down. I knew exactly what it would be like judging from the reviews and info and having played “Brutal Legend” on the ps3 and thinking to myself the whole time “Conan would be soooooooooo much better if Manowar had scored it.” My dream has come true! To the point where i actually had tears in my eyes during some of the sequences.
The edits are incredible, seamless and in sync on par with any music video i’ve ever seen (narative style.)
The music choices were mostly perfect (i’m not a die hard Manowar fan but i knew everything on the soundtrack apart from the Nessun Dorma cover.) I’ve never been big on lyrics (the “music” usually the reason for me listening) but found myself intently listening to every lyric because TMBTM had obviously chosen the music cues to tie in with the plot.
The following day during my band rehearsal i started this up to show the first sequence to the other guys. We didn’t even end up turning on all the gear and playing anything, they were all as mesmerized as i was.
To TMBTM, you have the metalhead seal of approval for this one. That’s coming from 4 dudes who love metal but not big into Manowar and one die hard Manowar fan. Please do not take any offence at my finding this edit to be humorous. Half the reason i’m into metal is the inherit sense of humour that goes hand in hand with metal.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE INTO METAL TO APPRECIATE THIS EDIT (it will really help if you familiarize yourself with Manowar first and judge for yourself if you’ll enjoy 96 minutes of POWER.)
Think: Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”, the “weird bits” from Led Zeppelin’s “Song Remains The Same” but edited better or the sequences in Highlander where the Queen tracks are used as the score.
I can see how some of the crazy shred and drum solo sections in the laast 3rd of the film might be too much for anyone not into metal but for me it added to the hilarity. I’d be lying if i said i take Manowar seriously, they are a curiosity for me but this is the PERFECT visual companion for their music and i certainly enjoyed Conan more with this score, new pacing and minimal dialogue (i am not a fan of the original.)
In keeping with Nigel Tufnel
(My vocalist would rate it 21/11!)
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.
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.
F’ing brilliant… you took one of my top favorite films and made it even more awesome. Being a huge fan of Basil Poledouris because of the soundtrack to this film I was a little anxious about this edit, but also being a fan of Manowar I couldn’t resist watching this the first minute it was downloaded. I must say you did impress and it met all expectations. Very well done! 10/10 rating
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
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.