Indecent Proposal : Divorce Edition
1. Cut opening scenes/voiceovers on pier with David and on bus with Diana.
2. Added music from soundtrack cd to opening titles.
3. Cut shot of stove without underpants.
4. Cut Diana saying “I love you, even without the money” and subsequent sex-scene and David looking at Diana while she sleeps.
5. Cut David and Diana embracing in hotel room paid for by Gage.
6. Cut Diana saying “He’d tell you to go to hell” and Gage saying “I didn’t hear him say that.” in pool game/proposal scene.
7. Cut David and Diana in bed talking about past lovers.
8. Cut all of Davids scenes showing what was happening to him while Diana was with Gage.
9. Cut Diana in the bathroom on the boat putting lipstick on.
10. Cut man in restaurant with food all over his jacket saying “I’m taking it off.”
11. Cut Diana saying “I hate him” in fight with David at their home.
12. Cut some of Diana crying in paper chair.
13. Cut Jeremy on exercise bike saying “Hi Di” and David saying he’s not there, Diana saying she doesn’t want to talk to David and Jeremy telling Diana that she and David love each other and need to work it out.
14. Cut David taking shoes off table and picking towel off floor.
15. Cut Gage fooling around in foreign student class.
16. Removed audio of Gage saying “Nice people, they want the american dream” and Diana replying “They saw it in the flesh tonight” as they walk from foreign student class.
17. Cut David saying “Do you wanna know a secret, we’re invincible” to Gage in the rain outside restaurant.
18. Cut Mr Shackleford seeing the ripped up photos of Diana taped back together and stuck on wall, after dumping David on the couch.
19. Cut everything after David signs the divorce papers.
20. Added new song to closing credits. “Life Ain’t Always Beautiful” by Gary Allan now plays instead of “A Love So Beautiful” by Roy Orbison.
August 5, 2009
The idea of this fan edit caught my attention immediately. I had not seen the original in many years, probably since it first came out in 1993. But it was not a movie I would have watched more than once, in its original form. And that is why I like the Divorce Edition.
I thought that it was very well done. The edits were smooth, the sound and music flawless. I liked the black and white more than I thought I would. It really helped to hide some of the colors and patterns that date the original movie.
The ending is somber, but that was the point, wasnâ€™t it? Life is often somber, and there are not always happy endings. Happy endings are predictable, clichÃ©d and not realistic. The way TV and movies are today, most everything has a happy ending. These days, when a movie starts, even when there is conflict, pain, angerâ€¦ you know that 95% or more of the time it will all be resolved in the end. There may be sadness, but in general it will also be happy. Because that is what the masses want. But personally, I like realism. When everything you see on TV is perfect people with perfect lives, it does not make me feel better. Why do I want other people to have perfect lives when I do not? Seeing that doesnâ€™t make me feel better about myself. I want real emotion, real reaction. In real life, I do not believe that Diana and David would have been able to stay together. Firstly, they did not seem that devoted in the beginning of the movie, and secondly, she was attracted to John Gage. Whether they shouldâ€™ve made the decision for Diana to spend the night with Gage is almost irrelevant. Right or wrong, the choice was made, and we all have to live with the choices we make. David was right to do what was right for him in the end. He needed to.
I recommend this version to anyone who believes that Hollywood happy endings are overdone. This movie is still hopeful, despite the ending. Rather than have a married couple continue to be married but at least half be unhappy or resentful or sorrowful, you have David, who can now move on with his life, and Diana, who can continue whatever it is she is doing with Gage, and have the money and the life that she thinks she wants.
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August 8, 2009
Amazed that i enjoyed this so much: Adrian Lynne, Woody Harrelson, Demi Moore….three strikes right there. But the combination of removing the color, the new topicality of another recession, and all the perfect tiny cuts you exacted on the original…all made this a truly impressive achievement. You took a movie I couldn.t get through when it first came out and turned into the best movie it could possibly be.
Way to go.
September 1, 2011
I saw Indecent Proposal years ago and didn’t care for it at all. It seemed like an interesting subject cheapened down by an overly-Hollywoodized approach helmed by a hack, featuring phoned-in performances and moving at a sluggish pace. The best thing about it is the fact that it spawned one of the most memorable Simpsons episodes. But, the second best thing about it might very well be this recut version.
Plot: Consistent (or as consistent as the original script allowed), with no holes created by the edit. Now it’s overall still contrived, but much more believable. In some moments, the characters even feel like human beings and not Hollywood clichÃ©s (in others, they’re still awful, but no solution for that). Stopping where it does, this version is much darker and almost completely devoid of movie cheese, so it works much better than the original “love conquers all” garbage. The characters are still despicable (Gage a vomitive sexist asking David permission for things about Diana, the couple obnoxious snobs), but this version isn’t trying as hard to force us to like them. Which is grateful. Still, I think that AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL sequence with Jeremy the lawyer and the two screenwriters should disappear. It adds nothing, is not narratively needed, and cheapens the overall movie. Rating: 9/10.
Image quality: This is only available as an .avi file, and the technical info indicates the source was a divx (which means compressed), and that’s too bad. Blocking/pixelation is present all through it, particularly whenever a dark hue dominates the frame. Not too unusual for a xvid file, but it’s too bad we aren’t getting a DVD. The B&W conversion does not create great visuals, sometimes it’s more like ugly washed-out grey on grey, yet it’s competent and works. Rating: 6/10
Audio quality: Again, this can’t be judged against the standards of a DVD, but I noticed no mistakes or level errors whatsoever when watching it on a 2.0 system. Maybe a 5.1 would reveal further details, but so far, rating: 10/10.
Difference to the original: As I say, less Hollywood corn and more serious drama. Which improves things a lot. Still a bad movie, right, but that can’t be fixed. Rating: 8/10.
Overall presentation: Only the .avi, which is too little and too bad for such a well made edit. Rating: 5/10.
Entertainment: Much higher level than the original could ever dreamed. Rating: 8/10.
Technical editing: FLAWLESS in audio and video, except maybe for one very slight jump at 0:46:32, in which there appear to be one or two missing frames. Still, it’s hard to spot and it even may be a flaw of the original, I have seen way more noticeable hard cuts within the same shot in theatrically released movies (there are two particularly ugly ones in the James Bond film Never Say Never Again). Rating: 9/10.
Overall rating: 8/0. BUT, to the faneditor: please consider releasing a DVD, much preferably if it’s a 2.0 version in which the screenwriters sequence is nowhere to be seen!