Friday the 13th: The TM Edit
-at the beginning I made Annie’s character the first/opening kill. By fading in on her walking to the diner.
-moved the teens entering camp crystal lake to after Annie is killed
-added new after effects title after Annie’s death and a new opening credits sequence
-added the song ‘Paint It Black’ by Rolling Stones over the opening credits
-removed Alice and Steve awkward flirting scene
-removed Ned and Brenda’s arrow scene
-removed the swimming scenes
-removed the snake scene
-remove the police officer scene
-trimmed down Marcie’s bathroom scene A LOT
-removed Tom Savini’s AWFUL stunt double of Brenda
-reworked the ending scene a little
-added new end credits + ‘Paint It Black’
though i love the friday the 13th films they do often feel like there thinly stretched out for a 90min run time, i'm sure each film could have 15mins cut and you wouldn't miss it. TM productions edit quickens the pace though i do feel it finders the edit in that we don't get to know our young campers as well as we should.
other than the inclusion of paint it black by the rolling stones there's nothing within this edit that stands out. i would have liked the editor to maybe be a little more adventurous and present a version of friday the 13th that gives a totally different experience to the the viewer.
as it is it looks and sounds good and the cuts made are done well i just found it lacks a creative impact that make good edits into great edits
LastSurvivor apr 8 2012
I’ve been a big fan of the Friday the 13th films ever since I saw the original film back when I was around 16 years old. Up until this point however, I had not seen a fanedit on any entry in the series. So I was pretty intrigued to watch TM’s cut of Sean S. Cunningham’s original classic.
I went into the edit knowing that it wasn’t an attempt to make “big” changes to the film. Indeed, TM’s version feels very much like a fine tuning exercise and for the most part the changes are very welcome ones.
By starting the film with Annie coming into town, thereby removing the whole sequence from 1958 where two promiscuous teenagers are brutally murdered, it actually benefits the film in creating more mystique around the Camp Crystal Lake legacy. Thus, Annie’s little part in the Friday the 13th history now becomes a very fitting pre-credits scene.
Then we’re straight into the credits and to my surprise the use of the classic Rolling Stones track, “Paint it Black” works very effectively and seems to fit the mood of the film like a glove. Very good job on the added credits too, with a great looking font. Only downside would be the abrupt way the song is cut as the credits come to an end. A slow fade would have been far better I’m afraid.
As the film moves on after this, some of TM’s cuts actually improve the film more than I could have imagined. Scenes such as Steve Christy’s rather strange little chat with Alice which hints at some romantic relationship of sorts between them and the snake in the cabin are not missed at all. The trimming of Marcie’s scene in the bathroom just before she’s attacked also works a treat and is nicely edited. Only towards the end does TM take one step too far for my liking, which is when Brenda’s body is thrown through the window – I understand why TM trimmed the scene, but for me the edit feels unnatural and as if a frame of film is missing.
Picture and audio quality is excellent throughout and seemed to me to be on a par with the commercially available DVD version. 10/10
As far as the editing goes, I would give this 9/10. Nearly all the edits bar the couple I mentioned were very well executed, and for the most part are well judged decisions in relation to enhancing the pace and the purpose of the story.
Entertainment value – much like Neglify, I love the original movie and would probably score it a 9/10. I certainly had my doubts as to whether TM’s edit would be able to stand shoulder to shoulder with Cunningham’s original version, and whilst I suppose there’s an argument that not much has actually been changed here, I think there are enough substantial alterations on show to make the experience more than worth the trip. So, a well deserved 9/10 on this front.
Overall, I would congratulate TM on a very solid edit which turns out to be a respectful and fitting tribute to one of the all time classic slasher films. Final score 9/10
One final thing TM… I think the end credits were way too slow… maybe it would have been worth adding some more film credits, just to make it seem more professional?
neglify apr 4 2012
Video/Audio Quality – Top-notch.
Editing Quality – Well executed. Frantic Canadian mentioned one minor audio flaw but that didn’t bother me. All the video cuts were well done also.
Entertainment Value – I personally think that the original Friday the 13th is as perfect as it could be. The film is still pretty much intact but the overall pacing does seem off to me now. This edit isn’t all that different from the original film so it’s a little difficult for me to rate it. While the editing was well done it doesn’t really (in my eyes) create a whole new version of this classic film.
Audio and Video: Audio and video are on par with the source material. The 5.1 English audio track was used. No complaints. 5/5
Audio Editing: The only complaint I have is that the song "Paint It Black" that was used for the opening credit sequence seems to just cut out. You can hear it start to fade out for about a second, but then it's gone. It's not a big issue, but slowly fading the song out until you can't hear it anymore would have been better. 4.5/5
Video Editing: No complaints here. I do have a question though. At the very end of the movie, when the camera is slowly panning on the lake, we get a quick flash of Jason with his arm around Alice as he's about to pull her under just before fading into the end credits. I'm assuming this was intentional and not an error because it looks like you used an effect like you did when you hit the PLAY button on the menu. What was that about? 5/5
Entertainment Factor: I liked that you removed the flashback beginning, and the fact that you don't miss the other cuts that you made, but overall I found it on par with the original. 3/5
Presentation: The menus were nice, and I liked that you included little transition videos. The video boxes and title cards for the chapters in the Chapters menus could have been bigger though. I couldn't even read what the chapters were called, or really make out what images were in the boxes to give me a general idea of where the chapter would start. I also don't think that a SETUP page was necessary since there was only one audio track. Minor issues though. The only thing I really had a problem with is that you can't skip past the trailers that start when you pop the disc in. I tried hitting the menu button and the next chapter button, but that didn't work. I even tried the fast forward button but no luck either. 3.5/5