Having edited my first FanEdit, Star Trek BUGS, on iMovie, I felt I needed a more advanced editing suite if I was to embark on a feature length project. The choice of software was easy; the selection of a project was not.
I watched Capricorn One again and was struck by the fact that such a great premise rapidly descended into a simple chase movie with all the usual Hollywood baloney thrown in. Unrealistic dialogue and endless monologues pepper the film. There is a scene where one astronaut climbs a cliff and recites a joke while he’s doing it. The scene is just too painful to watch.
Apart from the speeches and corny dialogue, there are some really terrible performances. O.J. Simpson being a point in case.
So for this fan edit I have tried to construct a more insidious beginning. I have removed most of the appalling dialogue and the more ridiculous scenes. This means that Telly Savalas is no longer in the picture and Karen Black is left with only one line. Elliot Gould as the intrepid condescending reporter has also been trimmed and re-jigged to try and make the character a little more believable. I have also changed the ending.
- NTSC DVD-9
- PAL DVD-5
NTSC: 16:9, AC-3 5.1 audio
Extras – Selected Commentary & Stills
sdavmor aug 25 2010
My cousin and I watched “Capricorn One” and “Eleven” back-to-back the other night. Conclusions: “Eleven” is a better film”, but the problem is that Mollo has (for the most part) polished a turd to a high-sheen. Which is all down to problems in the source material rather than the fan-editing. I was impressed by the excellent informative fan-editor commentary track, which helped a lot in understanding the choices made in what to junk from “Capricorn One”.
The editing of “Eleven” (with the added footage) is excellent, and some of the continuity repair-work + audio reconstruction is outstanding. I especially liked how a lot of needless exposition was got rid of. That by itself (trimming a good 20 mins of yakking) was a huge improvement to the flow of the story.
One thing that I noted watching the original is that the premise of “Capricorn One” is very strong. It’s ultra-suspicious conspiratorial core almost carries a duff script and a bunch of so-so performances to the finish line. Which is probably why its a dynamite candidate for a get-it-right remake (one is in the works right now).
Once the decision was made to junk the entire WTF? crop-dusting biplane rescue the ending of “Eleven” has to change from exposure of the conspiracy to its triumph. I think Mollo might have been a bit too aggressive in cutting Elliott Gould’s part. And Karen Black’s reporter did at least serve as a mechanism for getting him pointed towards the conspiracy’s film-studio in the abandoned airbase. Still, this is just personal taste nit-picking. A very good job indeed, Mollo. You achieved all your stated objectives, even if the final result is still a bit of a letdown in the conspiracy-thriller dept.
I give it 8/10 for execution and 6/10 for content.
flyboy707 july 7 2010
The edit works well and is effective; it’s the source material that is lacking.
This original movie isn’t good. I have always found the acting to be lack-luster and the plot just too unrealistic (yes, I realize a certain amount of suspension of believe is required of all movies, but this overworks the idea).
The technical side: it lives up to Mollo’s usual level of expertise and the edit succeeds on this point. I didn’t notice anything that would cause me to comment on (i.e. audio hard cuts etc).
This might be worth watching if you have never seen “Capricorn One” and want a little mindless viewing.
joebshmoe feb 13 2009
capricorn one isn’t what i would call a great movie. unfortunately i just don’t think this will reach an audience. the editing ideas are good, and the execution is good, too, but the entertainment is not much improved. i kinda miss some of those corny performances! LOL
technical quality 4/5