Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- NTSC DVD-5
- Blu-Ray (BD-25)
Q2 comes in with the big save. I have to say it's much easier to watch Deathly Hallows, while both good movies, I just hate sitting through part 1. This edit seamlessly edits the two films together into one coherent movie.
Visual this fan edit is pretty good. I have no complaints with how Q2 edits, this is pretty close to how I would do a Deathly Hallows fan edit (thanks Q2 for saving me the work!) The audio is top notch, when I first got into fan edits, all the audio was either too high o too low. Q2 hits the nail on the head with this one.
I highly recommend giving this a chance! It took 1&2's place in re-watches for me.
Time and time again I find myself giving the Potter films another chance. With every new viewing I wish for the movies to somehow improve. Either by discovering cinematic choices I neglected the previous viewing, or by a newly discovered emotional chord within. Sadly, the result is always the same: Apart from PS, CoS and most of PoA, I don't enjoy the Potter films. The fourth and fifth are what they are, and the sixth is the-one-which-must-not-be-seen.
HP and the Deathly Hallows (both of them) contains more story yet manages to a) feel too long and b) feel rushed. An achievement, if nothing else. The writing in some parts is atrocious, especially the "Seven Potter"-sequence and its explanatory, stiff and hastened dialogue. Furthermore, the Potter/Voldemort hide-and-seek climax, from its beginning in the courtyard to its inevitable end, is vile. A putrid mess and a massive change so emotionally different from the source I can only goggle at it in disbelief. Context complete.
Q2 possesses a damn fine skill set, as this edit displays. Impeccable cutting, slicing and editing of both audio and video. What he cut I didn't miss. Most of it gave the film a pleasant pace and a admirable tightening. Regarding the narrative I can only agree with aztek463's note about the cursed name of Voldemort.
Unfortunately, the removal of some stuff (i.e. the admirable tightening) leaves less time in between the poor writing. Thus, it becomes more noticeable. On the one hand the edit is superb, on the other it makes the film even less enjoyable to me (and thus the rating).
While I can revel in Q2's amazing work, I cannot enjoy the movie. Everything is pure quality from Q2 and he deserves all the praise. Alas, my enjoyment of his edit and skill as a fan editor is lessened by the very subject Q2 edits. Nevertheless, it is an edit I want to recommend for those seeking a perfect edit of a film they enjoy and are familiar with.
Stellar work, Q2!
I must say i never liked DH part 1 because it is boring and long with little action, and you did an amazing job at it. It flows smoothly.
About part 2 i think that you shouldn't had cut/trim a few scenes:
- I always liked the opening scene where we see Severus watching over the students and the music (this is just a preference, so don't count this one)
- The battle of Hogwarts could have more action
- Why did you cut the Elder Wand cracking and hurting Voldemort as well as that scene were he is analyzing his wound and send Lucius to find Severus? (If you didn't want to show him humiliating Lucius you could trim it a bit)
- I think you shouldn't have cut Voldemort's awakening after killing HP and Narcisa lying that HP was dead
- I think it was an important scene to see Draco's reluctance to join the Voldemort and it caused an inconsistency, because in one frame Draco isn't behind Voldemort with his parents and on the next frame he's suddenly there
These are the reasons to why i won't give a 10 in narrative.
Tank you so much for removing the end scenes where they are "old" and send of their children to school! Awful scenes bahhh!
PS: I know that the movies get a darker color after third movie (i think), but i in my opinion it gets too dark that i always have to change the contrast and brightness lol. This is just a general comment.
Totally recommend it! And it is now my official 2 parts in 1 movie of the Deathly hollows! =)) Good work Q2
Wow. What an edit. The A/V quality was on par with the official BD releases, and for such a long film on a 25GB disc (bearing in mind the increased bitrate and resolution) this is quite an accomplishment.
The visual editing was perfect. From masking out the "Part 1" at the beginning to just regular cutting (of which there is lots!) everything is in order. No stray frames, awkward jump cuts, or anything else that might pull one out of the experience.
Disregarding the cut issue brought up by thecuddlyninja that Q2 is working on fixing, the audio was spot on. Sync was good, levels were good, especially where a deleted scene was inserted about halfway through.
There were a couple minor quibbles I had with narrative
- When Ron left, he wasn't gone nearly long enough for his return to have much impact.
- There was a deleted scene that ought to have been in the theatrical cut about why Harry and company stop using Voldemort's name and why the Death Eaters come running (flying?) when Mr Lovegood says his name.
That said, I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend this edit. I've already recommended it to a good friend who is also a Harry Potter fan (before I even finished watching), and any Harry Potter fan who doesn't watch this is seriously missing out.
Bravo, Q2. Bravo!
Truly excellent work.
A/V Quality - 10 - Watched the blu-ray; looked like my blu-ray.
Visual Editing - 10 - Seamless editing throughout. Very professional job.
Audio Editing - 9 - Real unsung hero of the edit here. Subtle audio editing was fantastic and the transitions were spot on. Only thing keeping this from a 10 is the only niggle of the whole edit - a rather abrupt audio transition after Xenophilius Lovegood says "they make one master of death." A minor complaint amongst loads of improvements. I just realized I probably didn't need to type his last name; he's probably the only one. :)
Narrative - 10 - I don't think I missed anything that was cut. The focus of the narrative is really put 100% on Harry, which made the whole film work better in my opinion.
Enjoyment - 10 - Loved it. This completely replaces the theatrical cuts for me.
Reeeeeeeeeeeeeeallly minor nitpick which doesn't matter at all: During the end credits, the background is not fully black. Between some of the names, it flashes to pure black for a second then back.
Thanks, Q2 for making the definitive HP finale, in my opinion.