This is a major improvement. I don't see how it could be edited any better without adding new footage. The edits are only noticable in that the pacing is so different and the last "consent" line being so prominent that removing it, while necessary, stands out. Other than that, I'm not a fan of the Depeche mode track over the credits, but that's not a big deal to me. And the sound during the action sequences does suffer due to not having the encoded audio, though I wouldn't expect an edit to be able to maintain that. Overall I think this is the best version we'll ever get, and the best that can be created with the material available.
A very orderly scraping away of the chaff. The film itself is still a fairly graceless mashup of familiar motifs, shots and beats from across the manga and its anime adaptations, but the considerably more understated approach to the narrative and the much leaner and slightly meaner 90 minute runtime helps tremendously. Great work.
Well. Good job. I saw this movie only once, in the cinema. I love the anime, and I liked the movie, but I didn't remember much. But this. I will remember this! It was really good. Cutting out some her "name", and some bullshit moment, made The Major a much more responsible, relaxed, and more professional. Her charachter ark was really different here. Without her mother moment, made Dr. Ouelet a more significant mother model, and The Major as a more beloved protagonist. When she was at "her" Tomb, it was like: "She was me. But i'm not that person anymore, and I accept that. I am 'The Major' ". It's a really powerful moment. So yeah. I really like this cut.
Oh one more thing. The best cutting was from the pool scene to the prison scene. Its REALLY good. I really liked that.
I will watch it again, when I have time.
Once again. Good Job!
Magnificent, simply magnificent. This fanedit is so well done as it cuts out irrelevant scenes, cheesy 'on the nose' and exposition dialogue, and the mother subplot that all bog this movie down. By getting rid of the fat it made this movie far more of an engaging and entertaining movie, it's not a perfect movie but this edit makes it close to being one for me. The editing for me was seamless and the music particularly in the shelling sequence synchronized with Kenji Kawai's original soundtrack simply brilliant. In general high praise FairFriend knocked it out the park with this edit and this will be an easy replacement over the theatrical cut.