This was the first fanedit I've seen and it was fantastic! I've never seen the original version and while I could tell there was some stuff missing, the serious tone that was established from the first scene never really let up (which is what I think our faneditor set out to do). I also particularly enjoyed the explanation at the beginning of the rationale behind the edit and I really hope that Danny Cannon has seen this edit for himself!
1995's Judge Dredd was the typical 90's movie. Dumb action, stupid sidekick, and a love story shoved into the movie just so the action hero would have something to look forward to just before the credits role. Thankfully, TM2YC is here to remove as much of Schneider as possible and to eliminate that love story that the real Dredd would never have engaged in.
Firstly, the visual and audio editing is definitely up there. There are small bits and pieces that you can tell were edited around, but are barely noticeable. I'm going to guess that Blu-Ray for Judge Dredd isn't going to be demo material considering the content, but the video quality is also up there. Everything in the story is consistent with the source material.
If i had to show someone a version of Judge Dredd, it probably would be this version. There is less of Schneider, so the movie is more tolerable on that front. The love story is removed, so its more true to the source material. It might have been a guilty pleasure of mine beforehand, but now its a solid cut of a movie, albeit it still not as good as the new Dredd movie. Recommended.
Having been disappointed by the excessive stupidity included in the original and an overly emotive characterisation of Dredd I was exited by the goals of the this edit. It hits the mark accurately, most of the chaff has been removed and the heavy editing of Stallone's performance transforms it into one of his strongest — less is most definitely more here. Schneider's character still has a role in the film, but now he is an minor antagonising idiot vs a majorly irritating fool.
The first two thirds of the edit are strong and appropriately emotive, things start to weaken towards end — but that's due to the limitations of the source material not the editing. The final act does it's job and the ending carries much more weight than the original.