This is the best version of this movie you can get! The only thing was I had wish a specific scene was moved to a different spot and I actually talked with the editor about it and we figured out that it was changed from the theatrical to the directors versions of the movie. So I was just used to it being in the other place.
This is fantastic and if the released version was this one, the movie would never have been as panned as it was and made such a joke.
OK, how do I even start this review... I promise, I was not paid to write this :) This is an ASTONISHING edit!!! It's an amazing technical, visual and auditory accomplishment. The chronology has been majorly and meticulously restructured with great success. The cuts have been chosen carefully and with precise intent. New music have been added which really adds to the atmosphere. Even special effects have been revised and improved! Uncanny Antman had a crystal clear plan and it shows. I hope to be half as good one day for my next fan edits! SPOILERS will follow...
Right from the start, after the customary credits , the professionalism and quality of the edit reveal itself. The original introduction with Matt Murdock dying in the church has been removed and the movie begins instead with an important part of our hero, his relationship with his father as a kid. This is a great way to introduce our main character and prove that you don't have to use flashbacks to be interesting.
Judicious cuts have been made throughout the prologue to remove the cheese and create an interesting drama we're invested in. Those smart cuts continue all the way to the very end of the movie. The training montage was an highlight for me and the choice of music was excellent to set the period and the mood. The prologue ends with an interesting choice as the big baddy is not responsible for creating our hero. It's a really refreshing idea.
We now go to the movie titles. I'm telling you, I watched it two times in a row, it's that good! The music was superb, the titles were amazing, the imagery revealing Matt's fight training with a known mentor, it was awesome. And then, the main story begins with a bang and a few surprises. Bad CGI scenes have been removed without compromising the flow of the story and... there are no voiceovers! I liked Ben Affleck in the role, he has a passion for the character, but I thought his voiceover lines were pretty bad and his delivery was poor.
OK, I can go on and on with nearly every scenes of the edit but I should wrap-up this review. Uncanny Antman really shuffled a lot of scenes with great efficiency and the movie becomes much more interesting in the process. I only have two less positive comments. You tend to notice very little things when dealing with a nearly flawless edit such as this.
Firstly, when Daredevil kicks Bulleye from his motorcycle, the CGI is really, really bad. Maybe by cutting before the CGI character hits the ground and then switching to the character rolling on the road would have hidden the CGI a little bit more. Lastly, when Daredevil is looking for Bullseye on the roof, we have the cliché bird (or sometimes the classic cat) appearing on the other side of the sheet, surprising our hero just before being attacked by Elektra. I think the birds could have been removed entirely and it would have given the impression that Elektra surprised him.
All in all, I'm repeating myself but this is an ASTONISHING edit!!!
You can be very proud of your work Uncanny Antman!
Having seen Spence's edit of Daredevil, I knew Daredevil was a film that was able to be salvaged. I had originally trolled the Internet looking for Uncanny Antman's Daredevil the Man Without Fear, but was sorely unable to find it. Having mentioned this in my review for Spence's edit of Daredevil, I promptly received a PM from UA a few days later on how to obtain this truly technically advanced fanedit. Having seen both gives me a little bit better perspective on what sorts of things the Daredevil movie could've been and the sort of things it just simply wasn't.
Overall the visual effects of this edit are truly stunning. The frame by frame details, the removal of the floaty wire work, the recoloring of the devil vision; all of it was truly inspired. The action was greatly cleaned up and the narrative streamlined. The Kingpin's involvement has been made more clear than it was in Spence's edit and overall there is a fair amount of resolution to be had.
Of the things I didn't like, the only thing that was really noticeable was a complete lack of resolution with the Bullseye storyline (though if a sequel had been made, this sort of inconclusiveness would have made a for a great lead in where Daredevil and Elektra go after Bullseye). I realize that the church fight scene is terrible and in most ways I'm happy that Uncanny Antman didn't even bother to try fixing it. I don't think that fight scene could have been saved, though I do think there was a way to have Daredevil confront Bullseye and then work his death scene in somehow (but again, as a lead in for an imaginary sequel the lack of resolution with Bullseye works quite well). I think it's completely justified to remove it entirely and while the church plays an important role in the movie and Matt's talks with the priest are included, we have been spared the organ fight scene. After watching this I ended up watching the Elektra movie which sadly doesn't have a fan edit though honestly it's pretty standard run away from the kidnappers faire and it was really not a particularly good movie. Overall I think a Daredevil/Elektra edit combined could work fairly well though it would have to be done in such a way as to not detract from the otherwise good parts of Daredevil (and is not a project I would want to take on, I honestly just don't think the source material from these two movies is enough to make a satisfying movie for BOTH characters). A few scenes from Elektra were incorporated into this edit mainly the training scenes with Terrence Stamp, as well as some of the Elektra revival stuff. The training scenes were actually nice to have as there was more or less no explanation as to how Matt becomes so good at fighting (I mean every superhero movie needs some kind of training montage no?). The only other thing I felt was lacking was the finale of the court case which felt a little rushed especially towards the end. Though honestly as viewers were not terribly invested in the case anyway except that Kingpin decided to frame somebody which gives Daredevil the clues he needs to find him.
In short, technically astounding, narratively better, but not even this truly inspired edit completely saves this movie. The action is remarkably better and simply for that I would check this edit out if you have any interest in DD. At just 90 minutes the pain has been minimized and the best parts of this movie have been compiled into something that's worth more than the theatrical or director's cuts.
With this being my second exposure to the awesome works of Uncanny Antman, following on from T3 the Coming Storm, this edit is as slick as they come.
The origin/prologue sequence is beautifully done, as are the opening credits. The restructuring of the narrative is to dramatic effect and feels as though it should have always been this way. There are perhaps a few transitional scenes missing but this can't be helped and thankfully it doesn't leave the film feeling choppy. I love how the relationship between Matt and Foggy plays out. The directors cut did this well also but everything was too padded out. Action sequences are wonderfully edited to appear more realistic and thank goodness the worst of the CGI is gone.
Some reviewers have commentated that the removal of Daredevil's fight with Bull's Eye leaves the ending feeling a little hollow. I didn't have this problem as it puts all the focus on Matt's loss and him tracking down the Kingpin.
My only complaints and bear in mine these are minor. The film has a slightly depressing vibe. Possibly as a result of one too many humorous moments removed and some soundtrack choices. The Terrance Stamp cameos seem unnecessary and I'm not at all keen on the post end credits sequence. The subtle ending with Matt pondering over the charm was a nicer way to end things.
Overall though this is a fantastic fan edit and now replaces the Director's Cut as my go to version.
I've seen this one before a few years ago, and came back to see Daredevil in all its cheesy glory. UA has done an excellent job here at removing a lot of the fluff, unnecessary scenes and cringe to leave a stronger, darker film.
A/V Quality: DVD quality. Dialogue was sometimes not that clear on my stereo TV.
Editing: Superb. I did not notice any of the cuts, visual or audio. Very well done.
Narrative: Clear throughout. I feel that a bit too much was cut from the legal subplot involving Joe Pantoliano, as I wasn't completely following what was going on there. The final duel between Daredevil & Bullseye was cut, however I now agree with this decision as looking back on it, it wasn't necessary, and there was no reason for Bullseye to stick around.
In addition, the intro is very well crafted, and the DVD extras are hilarious.
Overall, this is an excellent edit that manages to cut a whopping 40 minutes from Daredevil yet remain coherent and enjoyable. Strong recommend.