Emerald City: An Oz Fanedit
Captain Khajiit and geminigod for their help with dealing with the interlacing issues and using avisynth and HCencoder.
L8wrtr for his feedback and suggestions on the photo montage.
Jswert12345 for helping me find some static tv footage for my production logo.
The fanedit.org community!
I added some new credits in the same font style as the original credits. This was so I could include the majority of the cast that appeared in the edit (simply using one of the credit sequences from the end of one of the individual episodes wouldn’t suffice). I added a photo montage that is not part of the original series. I also added a custom “Gatos Production” logo in the style of the HBO static tv logo.
This Fanedit Was Nominated for "Best TV-to-Movie Edit" in the 4th Annual Fanedit Awards
In an ideal world, I would have enough time to run a smuggling empire from my prison cell, watch every TV show that interests me, and still get seven hours of sleep every night, but the crushing truth is that I don't have an evil henchman/vice president to assist in these endeavors. Oz is one of those shows that sounds damned good, but watching all of it is daunting as fuck. That's why Gatos's TV-to-movie edit feels as liberating as an early release from hard time. It condenses the story of Tobias Beecher into a tight arc, and evaluating the edit on its own terms, without comparing it to the first season from which it was assembled, I find the narrative coherent and gripping, hellish and darkly comic. The supporting characters—Schillinger, Augustus Hill, Ryan, Sister Reimondo—serve in this edit to flesh out Beecher's story as he grows survival balls.
Nowhere in this edit does Gatos stray from Beecher's tale. Solid construction, as if it were a stand-alone piece released by HBO itself. As a bonus, you also get the unique HBOish intro with the Gatos moniker, a stamp of quality and an indicator of the shady-good entertainment to come. Now excuse me as I return to scraping away the concrete behind my bed.
Enjoyjoy: 10 out of 10 ankle grabs.
Great job! Thanks Gatos!
What, the original show was not all about Tobias Beecher? One would never guess based on this edit. Brutal, gut-wrenching, and to the point, Gatos brilliantly tells the story of a man being destroyed by a dehumanizing environment, without distracting side plots. This edit grabbed me and didn't let me go until it was over, even if I felt like I needed a shower afterwards. The only flaw is that some unnecessary flashbacks have been left in. They work as recaps for different episodes in the original, but here we're just seeing again stuff we've seen minutes before, and thus they become distracting and completely superfluous. Otherwise, it was all perfect from both a narrative and technical point of view.
Another Gatos triumph. Now, where's my Season 2 edit?
aug 1 2012
This is an excellent edit. Great editing quality, great storytelling. The highest praise I can give is that it felt like a natural movie and not bits and pieces of a bigger story.
Audio/Video Quality – 9
Visual Editing – 10
Audio Editing – 10
Degree of Editing – 8
(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.)
Narrative – 9
Enjoyment – 10