Having never seen the original, I can't directly compare...but a quick trip to Wikipedia to read the plot summary makes it clear that this is a very different film. I was shocked to see that the original has a ridiculous twist ending that utterly undermines the entire revenge and sacrifice narrative in favor of a sappy Hollywood ending. At the last second, it turns out Pita was alive the whole time?? Give me a break; it seems obvious that this was a result of studio interference and a preference for a "happy ending."
Thankfully, that's been corrected by CBB. This is now an absolutely brutal REVENGE movie about a man whose only goal is to mercilessly hunt down and murder Pita's killers. "Creasy" is edited so flawlessly, taking place entirely from the eponymous protagonist's perspective, it's hard to imagine that the original was so vastly different. It's a testament to the strength of the edit that it's pulled off so well here.
The core narrative is effective and powerful. Creasy forms a bond with Pita, fails to protect her, and then exacts brutal vengeance. Simple, straightforward, and enjoyable. Without giving away the ending of this edit, I honestly have no idea how it was put together....presumably there was in fact an entire alternate ending filmed? However it was done, CBB's edit is absolutely flawless. The only reason A/V isn't a 10 is because it isn't 1080p, but the quality is solid regardless. Highly recommended.
This is a great fan edit.
What a great idea it was to remove the scenes without Creasy.
It is alot more engaging, not to mention faster paced than the original.
I hadn’t read up on the cuts made so I was expecting Pita to be returned. So I was disappointed that she wasn’t. It was a great, unexpected, twist in the original that she was actually alive and it left me feeling really good.
I like that he didn’t just die in the car ride so it is a better finale but still, it would have been better, for me at least, to have kept Pita alive. Sometimes, cuts that make sense logically don’t agree with the what the heart wants.
I highly recommend this to anybody who enjoys a good old fashioned, action packed revenge movie, without a doubt.
I really did enjoyed to ride!
This is a great fanedit. I finally got to see it last night with my wife and we were both very impressed. The new ending is done VERY well. When I first watched the theatrical cut of this I actually fell asleep right around the point that Creasy dies in the car and I just felt that that summed it up for me. Creasy died from the boredom of the ending. This new ending is SO much better and for me now, THE ending. As for the rest of the edit, it all works wonderfully, with only one or two spots where I became aware (not in a bad way) of edits being made. I also liked that Pita’s mother is in this less, she really was quite annoying to me. I have to give this 9/10.