Jackie Brown in the Del Amo Heist

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Original Release Date:
1997
Original Running Time:
154
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Fanedit Running Time:
116
Time Cut:
38
Time Added:
0
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Brief Synopsis:
This is Tarantino's adaptation of Rum Punch with some changes to narrative and a fresh take on the music
Intention:
I have a love-hate relationship with this movie. Not the best Tarantino but far from boring. I love Robert Forster’s character and think the movie should have given him a more important part. Four key elements:
-Bringing forward Robert Forster’s character, to reframe the narrative
-Reordering the scenes to build one chronological heist montage
-Trimming and recutting scenes to lower the runtime of the movie
-Adding new music
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Special Thanks:
I wish to thank:
ArtisDead for his support and for believing in me
Futon88 for his patience, dedication and for his brilliant understanding of this movie and cinema in general
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
Technical modifications​
Aspect ratio modified to 2:1 for a more cinematic look without losing too much
Color correction to attenuate a slight reddish hue
Cuts and Additions:
Added: Presented in Univisium 2:1 aspect ratio disclaimer
Added: A fan edit by Daedal
Added: ‘‘based on the book Rum punch by Elmore Leonard’’
Added the song: Will there be enough water? By The Dead Weather
Moved opening credits to later
Moved the scene when Ordell and Louis watch ‘Chicks who love guns’ tv show to later
00:00:04 Music starts
Action starts when Ordell meets Max Cherry to get a bail bond for Beaumont
Removed most of Louis from that scene
Removed Beaumont’s sequence entirely
Removed Simone dancing for Louis
00:04:46 Inserted opening credits here, introducing Jackie
Modified the title to add: ‘‘In The Del Amo Heist’’
Cut the ending so it blends with the next scene when Jackie gets arrested by Ray
New song: Something Wicked This Way Comes, Lost Highway OST
00:12:37 Jackie in court, removed the jail scene that came before
New song: Drum Battle, Whiplash OST, when Ordell tries to kill Jackie
Moved the scene when Melanie and Louis get to know each other to later
Moved the scene when Melanie schemes against Ordell with Louis to later
Removed the following scene when Louis and Ordell talk at the bar
Jackie then tells Max her potential future is scarier than Ordell
00:38:31 Jackie tells Ray and Dargus that she will help them get Ordell
Trimmed the scene when Jackie gets home and listens to Max’s voice message
Removed the jail flashback when Jackie and Max chat at the Mall
00:50:48 Money Exchange Trial Run (rewritten)
New song: Rocking Horse by The Dead Weather
Fixed a continuity error with Jackie’s cigarette
New song: Go To Hell by Nina Simone
Removed the second time Max says ‘‘Could work’’ in the parking lot by himself
Removed a shot of Melanie flirting with Louis while Ordell speaks on the phone
01:04:34 Melanie’s Sequence
New song: Lost Due To Incompetence by Danny Kortchmar
Most scenes inside Melanie’s house are grouped here in their original order. Although they have been trimmed down.
01:14:04 The Heist (instead of ‘‘Money Exchange, for real this time’’)
Starts with the animation of a plane traveling to LAX. The sequence is pretty straightforward and blends all the characters’ scenes in one chronological heist montage
Removed the scene when Ordell calls Louis to ask him why he’s late
Recut the scene when Jackie and Max drive to the mall
New song: I’ll be waiting by Adele
Melanie and Louis arriving late
The original ‘Escape’ song is laid over the new montage
Melanie gets killed
New song: The Gambling Priest by Danger Mouse
Louis leaves the mall
Jackie screams for Ray’s help
Max leaves the Mall
01:25:01 Jackie and Ray in the interrogation room is intercut with Louis picking up Ordell
Removed Max asking Winston: ‘‘Good enough?’’ to fix a drop in the background noise
Added for a second time the song Drum Battle while Ordell and Louis talk in the van
01:36:40 New song: Dub Driving from the Lost Highway OST during phone call
Cut the ‘my ass is dumb’ line from Ordell
Removed and reordered shots with Max and Ordell in the car
Removed Jackie singing in the car before the end credits
01:53:16 End Credits
New song: Rolling in the deep by Adele
Modified the songs’ section to represent the new edit
Modified the end title logo
Added a final title card with my name and year
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9.6
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10.0(4)
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10.0(4)
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10.0(4)
Narrative
 
8.5(4)
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9.3(4)
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8.8
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10.0
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10.0
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6.0
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8.0
Full disclosure: Jackie Brown is my least favorite Tarantino film, and one that honestly I find pretty lackluster. So I was really looking forward to this re-envisioning of the film. I fully agree with every one of Daedal's goals for the edit (listed in "Intentions"), but for me, this edit didn't fully accomplish those goals.

Firstly: the edit is amazingly professional from a technical standpoint. No notes. My issues all come with the choices made in terms of re-structuring the narrative, and how the tone is (or isn't) established. The edit is structured really weirdly, where the first hour feels like it’s all leading up to this big heist, but then it HAPPENS.... and there’s a whole third of the film left afterwards of people just arguing about what went wrong. This is partly the shaggy nature of the book and a script that doesn’t adapt it all that well, imho. But it honestly feels like a perfect opportunity to play with a typically-Tarantino mixed-chronology structure...

While the current cold open isn’t bad, I think it would work a lot better to move some of that bickering from the end of the film up to the front. This woudl produce tension and curiosity where currently the edit is lacking much of that early on. Specifically, the first half of the interrogation scene with Jackie and Ray after the heist would make a good intro, then cut to the credits of her on the moving sidewalk after she <sighs> at the end of that scene. THEN maybe go to the Max Cherry intro after she gets picked up.

It also feels like this film needs a lot more music. So much of the dialogue is delivered so matter-of-factly, really the film can feel slow and draggy with only the talking. But lay a groovy jam underneath and this could all feel SLICK. That already happens in a couple scenes in the film, like with the Delfonics track, but the movie needs MORE of that. On the other hand, “Rolling in the Deep” is such a well-known, contemporary hit, it feels really out of place in the film with the other music and atmosphere that’s in there. I think you could either change it out for another song, or add in a lot more contemporary music throughout the film. Regardless, the tone just isn't quite established.

Where this edit really starts losing me though is about 1h8m in: the two Melanie scenes back-to-back is pretty awkward. This also feels like a massive detour in the middle of the film when we haven’t spent any time with her character or Luis before, and have been so focused on Jackie and the heist, and now we’re just listening to them BS for literally 15 minutes. It tanks the momentum of the film and really serves no purpose in the edit since literally only the final line is connected to the heist. Then: next time we see Luis and Melanie, his vibe is like this completely different person with no explanation (because the fighting was cut out). It just seems inexplicable and their whole arc is bizarre and distracting from the characters we’re really invested in (and that are better written), Jackie and Max.

There are a couple of other weird edits in the back half of the film, like at 1h29m with “If you had to do it, you had to do it.” It’s an abrupt change in the conversation. I would also suggest new foley for the gunshots in the parking lot and in the van. The original work just isn’t good, they don’t have the right acoustics and sound really fake and cheesy. Overall though, it's just the balance of the characters and the structure of the story that didn't really work for me. This is obviously somewhat subjective. I do think Daedal is on the right track though, but I think honestly a more severe edit and one that rearranges the film even MORE would be the fix I'm looking for. As is, I think the theatrical cut still works better for me.

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9.8
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10.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
10.0
Enjoyment
 
9.0
The cuts were seamless and I really felt like they told a different story, just by moving different parts around. I went back and watched the original movie to see what was missing and what went where and I was surprised by how much fluff there was, and how easy a lot of the movie was to remove without changing the story too much. Very impressive vision, and well executed!

As much as I hate to say it because I really like De Niro, cutting back on Louis throughout was a smart move. While I appreciate his character, it felt like his entire arc was "show up, get high, shoot someone, get shot." Much tighter results here and I'm really happy with how he plays out.

The new soundtrack is really cool, really well done, and it gives the movie a more modern feeling. It almost made me feel like it was set in 2015 instead of 1995 (especially the Adele at the end). Even if you prefer the 70's feel of the original, these are some fun choices!

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10.0
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9.0
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10.0
A fresh, streamlined take on Tarantino's Jackie Brown.

Full disclosure: I was involved in the review and approval process for this edit.

AUDIO/VIDEO

I watched the larger 10GB file. To my eyes, the image matches the bluray very well. Focus is soft and the blacks are somewhat challenged in the early bar scene, but this is true of the original as well. I've skimmed the smaller 3GB file and it presents very fair compromise for those who want something smaller.


VISUAL EDITING

The cuts are seamless, and the bespoke title card is integrated very well.


AUDIO EDITING

The edit features new music in several pivotal scenes. While it doesn't match the original's style, it is nonetheless effective, and becomes even more so on repeat viewings. The added/replaced SFX are effective and generally not noticed (good!).


NARRATIVE

The editor has done some interesting things with the titular "Del Amo Heist". While I'm on the fence about whether the rejig is more effective than the original, I will say the results fully achieve the editor's goal.

The removal of some superfluous scenes with with Louis are very much appreciated, though I found myself missing a key early scene with Ordell and Beaumont.


ENJOYMENT

Jackie Brown is among my favourites of Tarantino's work and I really enjoyed this two hour take on it.

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Overall rating
 
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10.0
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9.0
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10.0
this is the first fan edit i watch of a movie that i absolutley love. i think the editor did a great a job - making a more straightforward heist move. But - to me it felt like stuff was missing and to be fair it is probably because i am such a fan of the orginal. if i had seen this movie instead of the original first i might have a different opinion. anyway this is my favorite quentin film and i really loved watching this fan edit. also i noticed that i paid more attention to certain things because it was so different so that was kinda cool .

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